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Nursing Aide Interview Questions

30 Nursing Aide Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
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.

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."
Experienced Example
"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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Question 2 of 30
Why do you think you are a good nursing aide?
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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.

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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"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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Question 3 of 30
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?
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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.

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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"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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Question 4 of 30
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?
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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..

Answer Example
"I am very detail-oriented. One of my strengths as a nursing aide is to manage multiple tasks with professionalism and good follow-through."
Entry Level Example
"I have learned to recognize the things that may cause me to feel overwhelmed and try to address them before a situation gets out of hand. For example, I always like to check my daily assignments at the end of my shift and then again the next day before a new shift begins. This helps me to stay on task and prepare for events in a timely manner without leaving me feeling overwhelmed later on."
Experienced Example
"Being a nursing aide does require the ability to multitask while handling situations that may create stress. I feel it is important to know our own personal strengths and weaknesses. For instance, I am very detail oriented and like to keep written records to refer to. I like to make sure that I know what activities and assignments are scheduled for my shift are and make sure that I have a mental list of what needs to be done and in what order. It makes most situations less overwhelming."
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Question 5 of 30
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?
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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.

Answer Example
"I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."
Entry Level Example
"If I were hiring someone, I would look for someone who is passionate about the job and about patient care. I also feel that being approachable and willing to learn is very important."
Experienced Example
"We all possess different qualities and that is what makes a great team. If I were responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees,I would look for someone who has a genuine interest in the job and a desire to grow and learn. None of us knows everything there is to know about caring for patients.. Being willing to learn and share what we've learned with one another makes us a better team and benefits our patients and those who will need care in the future."
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Author of Nursing Aide Answers and Questions

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 10/30/2014
Last modified on: 11/29/2018

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About Nursing Aide

November 29th, 2018

Nursing Aides provide basic care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse. They are also known as nursing assistants. Nursing aides work in all types of healthcare facilities, from hospitals and private clinics to nursing homes, hospices, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. While their specific tasks may vary depending on their settings, in general, nursing aides help patients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, skin care, feeding and toileting assistance. There is a great demand for nursing aides, especially in facilities that are geared for seniors.
This is an entry level position. To become a nursing aide you must complete a state-approved program that focuses on the basic principles of nursing. Most healthcare facilities require all newly hired nursing aides to undergo a period of on-the-job training to familiarize themselves with their policies and procedures. This is a physically and emotionally demanding job as you are continuously interacting with sick and ailing patients. Spending the entire shift on your feet is not unusual.
At the interview for a nursing aide role, the interviewer will ask you questions to assess whether or not you know what the job entails and whether you have what it takes to handle the rigors of the job. Be prepared to answer questions such as what are your strengths as a nurse and what weaknesses do you think you need to overcome while working in this capacity. For a successful interview, your answers must demonstrate your proficiency and your caring nature. At mock interview questions you can find some of the most commonly asked questions at interviews for nursing aides. Going through these questions will help you be better prepared for your upcoming interview.