Care Worker Interview
For every job their are specific characteristics which employers will look for when choosing a candidate for a job opening. During an interview you would be wise to take any opportunity to drive home how you possess as many of these as possible. Key characteristics for a care worker will include:
A desire to care for people.
among many, many more.
You must bear in mind that this cannot be seen as just another job. In whatever discipline of providing care you must understand that you will be dealing with people’s loved ones. It is important to reflect this in your interview answers. It sounds obvious but too many people get caught up in the formality of the interview process and on occasion, can come across as cold and without any sympathy for those who need the care. This lack of caring will most likely not be the case, but it proves the importance of practicing how you will answer your questions with a friend or family member. Ask them to give you honest feedback as to how you come across to them.
Possible questions you will be given:
Question: What attracted you to this post?
This is guaranteed to come up towards the beginning of your interview. The answer will depend on what type of care you would be providing, but it does give you an excellent early opportunity to get some key characteristics into your answers early on. For example, "I have spent X number of years training to gain qualifications in this area. I have always had the desire to help people in general but this field is particularly close to my heart. I know it will involve a lot of hard work but I know that my dedication and patience make me an ideal candidate to be considered for this job." You cold add in some job specific sentences to show that you understand the responsibilities you will be undertaking. Especially if a mental or physical disability will be involved.
Question: Tell us about a recent situation you were involved with that required you to use your initiative.
Here your experience gets a chance to shine through and you should ensure you keep the example job related.
Overall, during the interview remember to smile. Give human responses to the questions you are asked, try not to fall into the trap of answering robotically because of nerves and the interview environment. Make sure to do plenty of preparation work and you will walk into the interview full of confidence.