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Nursing Aide Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Nursing Aide interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What is one of the most difficult things about being a nursing aide?

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Working in the healthcare field means there are days that are exciting and fun, and there are days that are sometimes difficult or sad. Being able to identify things that are difficult to you and learning to adjust to those difficult times while still performing your job well is an important skill for a nursing aide to learn. The interviewer wants to know what you consider 'difficult' and how you cope with those times.

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List of 30 Nursing Aide Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    What is one of the most difficult things about being a nursing aide?

      How to Answer

      Working in the healthcare field means there are days that are exciting and fun, and there are days that are sometimes difficult or sad. Being able to identify things that are difficult to you and learning to adjust to those difficult times while still performing your job well is an important skill for a nursing aide to learn. The interviewer wants to know what you consider 'difficult' and how you cope with those times.

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      1st Answer Example

      "As with most jobs, I'm sure we all have things that we wish we could change or find a way to make better. For me, one of the most difficult things is having a patient who has no family or friends to visit them. As a nursing aide, I have a number of people to care for daily and time is often of the essence. When I have a patient who has no one to come by and check on him or spend time with him, I find myself wanting to spend extra time with that patient. It is difficult sometimes, because time does not always allow for that."

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      Experienced

      "One of the most difficult things for me has been having a patient who had no family to visit him, knowing he was dying. It is a hard thing and it happens more often than people realize. If I have a situation like that, I always try to get my work done and spend as much time as possible with that patient."

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  • 2.

    Why do you think you are a good nursing aide?

      How to Answer

      This is a chance for you to 'sell yourself' to the interviewer. Share what you think sets you apart from other nursing aides who may be applying. Remember, be positive. Make sure to mention some of your personal qualities, such as compassion, rather than only your hard skills.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am a very committed and dedicated to my job and helping those I am responsible for giving care to. I feel I will bring a great sense of passion for my patients to this job and look forward to being a part of such a great team of nursing aides."

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      Entry Level

      "I am passionate about being a good nursing aide and doing all I can to make a difference in the lives of my patients. I am a hard worker and believe in teamwork. I believe I could be an asset to the team of nursing aides that you already have working here."

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      Experienced

      "Even after all these years I look forward to waking up each morning and getting to work and helping patients begin to heal and get better faster. I'm willing to work longer hours if needed, as well. Since I have no children or domestic responsibilities, I can come to work really early and leave late without any hassles."

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  • 3.

    In addition to providing care to patients/residents, nursing aides often have to talk with stressed out, and sometimes demanding, family members. How do you approach offering support to family members?

      How to Answer

      Patients in a hospital or nursing home are often facing uncertain outcomes. Family and patient supporters are naturally concerned and often anxious. Communicating your compassion and knack for comforting others will show an interviewer how well-rounded you are as a nursing aide.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Caring for family members often requires as much patience as caring for our patients. They are naturally afraid of a possible difficult outcome with regard to their loved ones. I always try to speak kindly and offer time to answer questions and give family members an opportunity to talk about what concerns them. While every day does not offer as much free time as others, a few minutes can often make a big difference to a concerned family member."

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      Entry Level

      "I know what it's like to be the family member who is worried about a loved one requiring critical care. I remember when my father was very ill. He had some nurses and nursing aides who were very kind and approachable. He had a few that were not so kind. I always try to remember how I felt when I was the one in need of support and to treat those family members with the same kind of respect and kindness that I wanted."

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      Experienced

      "Each family has a different dynamic. A skilled nursing aide tries to recognize the specific personalities of those for whom she is caring, as well as those of the loved ones. When time allows, I try to visit with the family members of my patients so that they know who is caring for their loved one and begin to build rapport with them. Having a good relationship between care providers and family members usually has a positive effect on the patient."

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  • 4.

    Being a nursing aide requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?

      How to Answer

      Nursing aides are often assigned several patients to care for in a day. The ability to multitask and ensure all details are checked and double-checked is important..

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  • 5.

    If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?

      How to Answer

      There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

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  • 6.

    Do you feel like you have good problem solving skills?

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      An interviewer is aware of the importance of a nursing aide who has strong problem solving skills. Each shift brings unexpected challenges and issues. Show your understanding and strength as a problem- solver.

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  • 7.

    What are some of the most difficult patients to work with as a nursing aide?

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      Being a nursing aide means that you are caring for people, often at their worst. Diseases and disabling conditions often make people seem to have a change in their personality and outlook on life. The interviewer doesn't just want to know that a particular patient is difficult, but how do you approach giving effective care to that patient.

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  • 8.

    What made you want to become a nursing aide?

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      Your choice of profession tells alot about you. Interviewers often ask what made you choose a specific profession. It's their way of getting to know you and seeing how passionate you come across regarding your choice.

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  • 9.

    Has there ever been a time when you received negative feedback, and how did you handle it?

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      Receiving negative feedback can be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be something that leaves you feeling incapable of doing your job. The important thing to remember when answering this question is don't talk negatively about the person who gave you the feedback. Rather state what was said and how you grew from the event.

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  • 10.

    Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?

      How to Answer

      Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

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  • 11.

    Have you ever had an issue with a supervising nurse, and if so, how did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Nursing aides report to a nurse who is the team leader, or floor supervisor. It is important to remember when answering this question, do not speak negatively about a supervisor. You can refer (cautiously) to a situation that may have occurred, but use it as a way to speak of how an issue was positively resolved.

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  • 12.

    What are some things that you do to help promote balance in your life?

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      No matter what profession a person chooses, everyone needs some time to unwind and relax. Psychologists today say that a healthy balance in life allows a person to recharge and refocus which can result in better productivity at work. The interviewer simply wants to know what you do for you. Maybe you have a favorite pastime or hobby. This is yet another way for the interviewer to get to know you as a person.

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  • 13.

    How would you deal with an angry patient, and why?

      How to Answer

      Knowing how you will handle a difficult situation will tell the interviewer if you have the the right attitude for this job. Being a clinical lab technician means you have to deal with people from very different backgrounds and with varying personalities. Give the interviewer an example of how you would handle an angry patient.

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  • 14.

    Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.

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      Working as an nursing aide, you are trusted with sensitive information each day. Don't fall into this trap and answer this question with a story containing confidential information, people will view your answer negatively and view you as not being trustworthy. If you choose to tell about a situation be sure to be vague and not use names or too many details.

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  • 15.

    In your opinion, what personality type is best suited for being a nursing aide?

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      Each person you meet has his own personality. Certain jobs require specific characteristics of those who are performing the job. The interviewer really wants to know what you would consider a valuable characteristic or trait of someone who is a nursing aide..

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  • 16.

    How long have you been a nurses aide?

      How to Answer

      Length of experience will help an interviewer determine what strengths you may have and what area your skills may be most well utilized. Rather than just giving a specific amount of time, also share what your primary responsibilities were during that time.

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  • 17.

    Nursing aides at our facility often work on rotation. Are you willing to work, nights, weekends, holidays, or overtime if needed?

      How to Answer

      Being flexible with the schedule you are willing to work is always a plus. However, many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being upfront with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

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  • 18.

    What are your primary interests outside of work?

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      No matter what profession a person chooses, everyone needs some time to unwind and relax. Psychologists today say that a healthy balance in life allows a person to recharge and refocus which can result in better productivity at work. The interviewer simply wants to know what you do for you. Maybe you have a favorite pastime or hobby. This is yet another way for the interviewer to get to know you as a person.

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  • 19.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

      How to Answer

      Stress management will be essential for you to be able to handle tight deadlines, long hours and demanding patients. Before answering this question, think of some tools that have helped you manage your stress. What will you do when you can't take a break when you need it? How will you stay calm when dealing with those challenging personalities? Share any helpful techniques that you use every day to remain clear-headed in some of the most stressful scenarios.

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  • 20.

    Do you feel like you have strong relationship building skills?

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      Building strong relationships is essential for success of any business. The healthcare industry is no exception. Share why you think you have good relationship building skills.

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  • 21.

    What makes you feel motivated to do a good job?

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      This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don't give a vague, generic response - it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character, and use examples where possible.

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  • 22.

    Tell me about one of your most memorable patients.

      How to Answer

      As a nursing aide, you will have the opportunity to take care of many patients. There will most likely be at least a few who touch your life in a special way. The interviewer wants to know what makes a patient unforgettable to you.

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  • 23.

    What would you describe as your biggest weakness?

      How to Answer

      This is probably one of the most dreaded questions in a job interview. Answering this question requires self evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a key characteristic needed to perform your job.

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  • 24.

    What are important characteristics for a nursing aide to possess?

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      Interviewers often ask questions like this for a couple of reasons. Chances are, whatever characteristics you would consider valuable in another person are characteristics that you possess. Your answer will give the interviewer an idea of what to expect from you.

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    How would your coworkers describe you?

      How to Answer

      Questions such as this one are asked with the aim of getting you to discuss some of your qualities, perhaps hidden that you wouldn't have mentioned if you weren't asked. Remember to share positives, but not sound conceited.

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  • 26.

    Have you ever thought about furthering your career and becoming a nurse?

      How to Answer

      Many times an interviewer will ask about your education aspirations to get a feel of whether or not you plan on staying within the healthcare arena. Additionally, some employers offer opportunities for employees to continue their educations while still working, often with tuition assistance in exchange for contract work.

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  • 27.

    Can you recall a time when you had a disagreement with a co-worker or boss? If so, how was it resolved?

      How to Answer

      Any time you work with someone else, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your co-workers. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

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  • 28.

    Being a nurses aide often requires a great deal of physical exertion. Are you comfortable with physically demanding assignments?

      How to Answer

      The nursing profession can be physically demanding. Standing and walking for long stretches, assisting in lifting patients and staying awake for odd hours and long periods of time are some of the physical demands of the job. For the position that you are interviewing for, make sure to research what the physical demands are for the job and point out how you are able to handle those tasks. It can also be beneficial to discuss your self-care methods because being a nurse often requires being in great

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  • 29.

    Do you know what measures should be taken to help prevent a decubitus (pressure) ulcer?

      How to Answer

      A decubitus ulcer is a sore that occurs on the skin that is the result of pressure of bony prominences upon the skin, such as heels of the feet, shoulder blades, and elbows. Nursing assistants are taught the importance of preventive measures when it comes to skin care. The interviewer wants to know that you have a clear understanding.

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  • 30.

    What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a nursing assistant?

      How to Answer

      Sharing your experience or advice is a privilege. When an interviewer asks a question like this, he is trying to determine if you enjoy your work and what kind of impact you may have on people who are new to this field. Remember to be positive.

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