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33 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What has been your most rewarding patient-care experience to date?
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As a Home Health Aide, you will have many rewarding experiences with your patients. Display to the interviewer that you are able to connect with your patients and find reward in your career.
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1.
What has been your most rewarding patient-care experience to date?
As a Home Health Aide, you will have many rewarding experiences with your patients. Display to the interviewer that you are able to connect with your patients and find reward in your career.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have had a multitude of rewarding experiences in this career but I would say that the one which impacted me the most was a patient I had with severe autism. She was just 9 years old and had the biggest smile on her face every day I showed up to her home. We would play some games and we made a very strong connection during the time that I cared for her."
2.
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
Talk openly to the interviewer about a challenging situation that you have faced at work. Tell the interviewer how did you succeed in this situation.

Rachelle's Answer
"One of the most difficult situations that I have had to face on the job was a patient who suffered from dementia. He would frequently become agitated, restless, and sometimes angry. I would patiently remind him of a conversation in a way that suggested something rather than making him feel like he was forgetting. I also encouraged him to leave notes to himself for the purpose of recollection. Eventually, his state deteriorated and he needed more full-time care than I could offer but we certainly made his situation work well for him as long as we could."
3.
Have you ever had to perform First Aid or CPR on a patient? Are you currently certified in First Aid or CPR?
Tell the interviewer about any times that you have had to perform First Aid or CPR on a patient. Also, let the interviewer know if you have valid certifications or if these need to be renewed.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am currently certified in First Aid and CPR and these certifications are valid for another 2 years. Fortunately, I have never had to perform CPR on a patient but I have performed First Aid on multiple clients due to falls, cuts, and other minor injuries."
4.
Have you researched our Organization? Do you have any questions about what we do?
Performing research on the organization prior to your interview displays a great deal of interest. Show the interviewer that you have a keen interest in landing this particular opportunity. Compliment them on what you have seen throughout your research and tie this in with your particular career desires.

Rachelle's Answer
"Prior to coming here, I was able to conduct a great deal of research on your organization through your website, online reviews, and your social media presence. One great consistency I found was the dedication you display to your clients, as well as the stellar feedback that your clients have provided online. I am looking to work for an organization just like yours. One that puts clients first and carries a very strong reputation in the community."
5.
What is your philosophy towards work?
Having a positive work philosophy is very important to potential employers and this is a great opportunity to display your dedication to your career. Tell the hiring manager how you feel about work.

Rachelle's Answer
"My philosophy towards work is that if you choose a career that you love, it will never feel like a drag. I chose this career because it left me feeling whole, even after a busy day. People rely on me and I am able to help them to live a life with dignity."
6.
As a Health Care Aide, your patients rely heavily on you. Would you consider yourself very reliable? Tell me about your attendance and punctuality in your current position.
As a Home Health Aide, you will be heavily relied on to be punctual and present for work. Assure the interviewer that they will be able to rely on you, should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do consider myself to be very reliable. My previous supervisor often commented on the fact that I was always early for work, and rarely asked for time off. I understand that my patients rely heavily on me and I would never want to let them down."
7.
How long have you been a home health aide?
Take the interviewer through your experience as a Home Health Aide. They are looking for you to bring your resume to life for them so that they can fully understand your path and assess if this position is a fit for you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have been a certified Home Health Aide for 8 years now. I started my career as an assistant and then worked my way into an independent role. Now, I feel that I am ready to be a team leader and take on more responsibility which is why your particular position interests me so much."
8.
Why are you the best candidate for us?
This is a great time for you to brag about yourself and your abilities a little bit! Talk about positive feedback that you have received from previous employers or any positive performance reviews that you have had recently. What makes you a memorable candidate?

Rachelle's Answer
"I come with excellent references and great performance reviews that I am happy to provide to you. My clients frequently say that I am the most attentive Aide they have ever had."
9.
What are your greatest strengths? How do you think these benefit you as a caregiver?
It is absolutely okay to brag about yourself a little bit when answering this question! What do you feel are your highlights as a Home Health Aide, and how will that benefit this particular employer?

Rachelle's Answer
"I have been told by previous supervisors that my greatest strengths include my ability to have compassion with even the most difficult of patients and situations. I am able to bring empathy to every scenario and keep my personal feelings out of the way if a patient is being unkind or rude. This benefits my employer because they can have confidence that I bring grit, and will not leave a situation because it is deemed too challenging."
10.
What do you consider to be your biggest weakness? What are you doing to improve your skills in this area?
Everyone has areas for improvement and that is okay! Talk to the hiring manager about where you feel you could strengthen your abilities and what you would like to do about that.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that my biggest weakness is in my ability to lift and transfer heavier patients. My current supervisor and I have come up with a plan where I am going to become more physically active and also wear a back brace in order to support me while transferring patients."
11.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
The way in which you see yourself will tell the interviewer a lot about you. Make sure that you keep your answers positive but avoid coming across as arrogant. Keep your answers related to your work ethic as well. Be prepared to support your answers.

Rachelle's Answer
"Three words that I would use to describe myself would be: Reliable, Honest, and Hard-Working. I say this because I truly do put my patients first. They can rely on me to work overtime when needed and I would never avoid work for my own self-gain."
12.
After an extremely demanding day with a patient, a supervisor criticizes your work. How do you handle this?
Receiving criticism and negative feedback can be a disappointing, and sometimes emotional, experience. How do you handle this type of situation after an exhausting day? Assure the hiring manager that you are able to react appropriately to the emotions of a demanding workday.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very used to demanding work days and do always welcome feedback from my supervisor. I would hope that, despite the circumstances, that my supervisor would approach me in a professional and kind manner if criticism is required. I would absolutely welcome the conversation as I am always looking to grow in my abilities."
13.
Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a patient.
As a Home Health Aide, it is a really good idea to not only do what is required of you but to also go above and beyond for your patients. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have done so.

Rachelle's Answer
"I had a patient last year who had an accidental fall when she was home alone. She ended up being hospitalized for a few weeks because of a broken hip. I took time after work to visit her a couple of times per week. She really appreciated the gesture, as did her family."
14.
Have you ever faced a situation on the job that made you uncomfortable?
If you have ever faced an uncomfortable situation, on the job, be sure to tell the interviewer a bit about it and focus primarily on how you resolved the issues.

Be careful to avoid any negative comments about a patient or previous employer.

You can keep your answer simple so long as you focus on showing the interviewer that you are capable in uncomfortable situations.
15.
Do you work well with others and can you be a team player?
Of course, you are not going to say 'No, I am not a team player', but there is a strong way to answer this question aside from a simple 'yes'. Back it up with an example of a time that you displayed excellent team work!

Rachelle's Answer
"I do work well with others and am happy to be a team player. Just last week one of my colleagues was running behind on shift. I finished my work for the day but rather than going home, I offered to care for her last client of the day. It's gestures like this that made work a positive place to be and I am confident that my colleagues would do the same for me."
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Interview Questions
  1. What has been your most rewarding patient-care experience to date?
  2. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
  3. Have you ever had to perform First Aid or CPR on a patient? Are you currently certified in First Aid or CPR?
  4. Have you researched our Organization? Do you have any questions about what we do?
  5. What is your philosophy towards work?
  6. As a Health Care Aide, your patients rely heavily on you. Would you consider yourself very reliable? Tell me about your attendance and punctuality in your current position.
  7. How long have you been a home health aide?
  8. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  9. What are your greatest strengths? How do you think these benefit you as a caregiver?
  10. What do you consider to be your biggest weakness? What are you doing to improve your skills in this area?
  11. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  12. After an extremely demanding day with a patient, a supervisor criticizes your work. How do you handle this?
  13. Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a patient.
  14. Have you ever faced a situation on the job that made you uncomfortable?
  15. Do you work well with others and can you be a team player?
  16. Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
  17. Please explain in detail how you would appropriately transfer a patient from a bed to a wheelchair.
  18. Why are you interested in a career as a Home Health Aide?
  19. What motivates you, as a home health aide, to do your best every day?
  20. Tell me about your availability. Are you able to work overtime, shift work, weekends and holidays?
  21. What type of diagnoses have you cared for in the past?
  22. What are your short-term career goals as a Home Care professional?
  23. We are looking for a candidate with a clean criminal record, who is bondable. Are you comfortable if I do a background check on you?
  24. Imagine that your shift ends at 2 p.m. and your replacement hasn't arrived by 2:15 p.m. How would you handle the situation?
  25. How do you handle patients that are characteristically upset, difficult, or resist your care?
  26. Are you efficient with your time?
  27. How would your references describe you?
  28. Do you have an interest in pursuing a long term career within medical?
  29. Do you take direction well?
  30. If a co-worker corrected you in front of a patient, what would you do?
  31. How strong is your medical terminology?
  32. Tell me about your documentation skills.
  33. Do you have a reliable form of transportation to take you to and from your patients' homes?
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