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Home Health Aide Interview

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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Do you work well with others and can you be a team player?
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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!
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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."
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
Everyone handles stress and pressure differently. Tell the interviewer how you react to highly stressful situations.

Rachelle's Answer
"As a Home Health Aide, I fully expect to be put into stressful situations and am able to professionally handle a broad scope of pressure. My current supervisor, if you call for a reference, will also be able to attest to my coping strategies when under stress and pressure."
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."
Please explain in detail how you would appropriately transfer a patient from a bed to a wheelchair.
As a Home Health Aide, you will be required to transfer patients from a bed to a wheelchair quite often. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of doing so. Describe the steps that you would take and also talk about your level of experience with this type of task.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have performed this task several hundred times in my career as a Home Health Aide. In order to properly, and safely, transfer a patient from a bed to a wheelchair, you must place the patient's outside leg between your knees for support. Bend your knees and keep your back straight. Count to three and slowly stand up. Use your legs to lift. At the same time, the patient should place their hands by their sides and help push off the bed. The patient should help support their weight on their good leg during the transfer.
Pivot towards the wheelchair, moving your feet so your back is aligned with your hips.Once the patient's legs are touching the seat of the wheelchair, bend your knees to lower the patient into the seat. At the same time, ask the patient to reach for the wheelchair armrest."
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."
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