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Caregiver Interview Questions
Caregivers can work independently or in clinics, healthcare homes and other agencies. They care for the ill, elderly or disabled, frequently at the patient’s home. If they’re competent and enthusiastic, they quickly become irreplaceable for patients and their families.
Formal education isn’t necessary for caregivers, since most receive on-the-job training. License is sometimes mandatory so make sure you’re aware of state requirements. Depending on the position, you can check years of experience or specific skills like emergency response during an initial phone interview. Don’t neglect to ask for references from experienced candidates.
Excellent social skills and a pleasant personality are essential for caregivers. They should be self-motivated, compassionate, patient and reliable. Questions about their availability and means of transportation are important as the final part of the interview. The best candidates will ask questions about your clients and how you assign them. They’ll also be honest about what type of care they’re able (or willing) to provide.
Operational and Situational questions
- As part of this job, you’ll have to do [state tasks]. How comfortable are you with that?
- If you are working with a client with alzheimer’s, what steps would you take to ensure their well-being?
- Imagine a client with dementia accuses you of something you didn’t do. How do you handle it?
- Why do you want to be a caregiver?
- What do you find most rewarding about this job?
- What were your responsibilities with your latest client?
- What types of impairments/people have you previously worked with?
- Do you know how to cook according to special health requirements?
- Are you able to perform light housekeeping duties (laundry, cleaning etc.)?
- Can you perform CPR?
- What personal care/hygiene tasks are needed for an elderly client? Are you comfortable doing them?
- Are you available for work nights/weekends/etc.?
- Have you ever had to provide first aid to a client? What happened?
- Recall a time a client tried your patience. What did you do?
- Describe a time you offered emotional support to a client. What effect did it have?
- Tell me about a mistake you made while caring for a client
- Do you become personally involved when your client suffers?
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Caregiving jobs can be extremely rewarding for the right type of person. Elderly caregivers are in great demand and you probably know there is a lot of opportunity for caregiving jobs in most communities. Caregiving jobs can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers and in clients' homes. We'll share some of the reasons you may want to consider caregiving jobs and information we've gathered from asking our new employees, why do you want to be a caregiver? If you're considering a caregiving career, this information may help you determine if a caregiving career is going to be the right fit for you. We'll also share a little about what makes caregiving jobs in clients' homes particularly appealing to many of our EasyLiving home caregivers.
Why do You Want to Be a Caregiver? Good Reasons for Considering Caregiving Jobs
- You enjoy working with people and most enjoy jobs where you have one-on-one interaction with others.
- You enjoyed taking care of elder family members and would like to help others in this way.
- You like older adults and feel you can get along well with a variety of elders.
- You like doing work that has the potential to make a difference in someone's life.
- You like doing a variety of tasks in a day.
- You don't ever say, "that's not my job" but instead like pitching in to do whatever is needed.
- You like making someone smile and doing little things to make a person's day better.
- You take pride in your attention to detail.
- You don't want a desk job; you like being physical in your job and using your body as well as your brain.
- You are seeking a career with growing opportunities.
- You don't want to invest in many years of formal education but you are willing to learn new skills and take continuing education to do your job well.
- You feel that when you are older, you'd want someone like yourself there to help you if you need help.
What does it take to become a home caregiver?
This depends on the state you live in and what type of caregiving job you seek. For an agency like EasyLiving (a Florida licensed home health agency), anyone providing hands-on care must either be a home health aide or certified nursing assistant (contact us if you'd like information on training courses and the test process) and all employees must pass required background screening. At EasyLiving, we assume that all caregivers may encounter the need to provide hands-on care at some point so we only hire people with these qualifications. At other agencies, there may be companion positions which do not require these certifications, but we feel this best equips our caregivers to handle clients' needs.
Agencies determine their other hiring requirements; for example, at EasyLiving we require all applicants score above 90% on their home health aide test and fit our personal qualities profile. We provide our own, specially designed orientation training as well.