Top 3 Characteristics of a CNA or Caregiver Job Applicant
Its Ryan with CaregiverMain.
Now before going to a caregiver or CNA job interview. It’s absolutely critical that you understand exactly what employers are looking for. In todays video we are going to identify the three most important traits of a CNA or Caregiver job applicant from an employer’s perspective. So stay tuned and watch the video.
The first characteristic that employers are always looking for when evaluating a CNA or Caregiver applicant is, Compassion. This is a very personal job, whether you are in a facility, hospital or home type setting. You are going to deliver care to this person. And you cannot be successful in delivering care without compassion for the individual you are caring for. So when we are evaluating candidates we are constantly looking at their, “WHY”. Why did they choose to become a caregiver? Why are they interested in this field? Do they have compassion for the one they are giving care for?
The second characteristic is Trust. According to some reports approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60. Have experienced some form of elderly abuse. Now there are several different forms of abuse. There is physical, sexual, passive neglect, financial exploitation. But the bottom line is, we are caring for a very vulnerable population. Caregivers work in a verity of different settings, whether its homecare, facility or a hospital. A lot of times there is no direct supervision when we are caring for the individual. The families are trusting the employers and the employers are trusting the employees to deliver great care and ensure their wellbeing is taken care of. In order for that to happen, there has to be a trust. So that is why it is so important to employers.
The third and final characteristic that employers are looking for is reliability. To underscore the importance of reliability just take a look at the consequences if you are late or no show/ no call. If you are working in home care and are scheduled for a shift and don’t show up without notifying an agency, well then potentially there is a person there home alone and needs some help. The family is expecting help and the employer is expecting help. So you have to be reliable to work in this field. Many times a no call/ no show is grounds for automatic dismissal. That’s how critical reliability is in this field. It is also hard to find. So as a candidate if you can demonstrate your reliability then you have an opportunity to get the job you want. In my experience when interviewing candidates. Most of the time candidates disqualify themselves by being late for the interviews, late for the orientation or just not showing up at all. So it’s absolutely critical that you demonstrate your reliability throughout the hiring process. Whatever that hiring process may be.
So those are the three most important characteristics for a CNA or Caregiver Job applicant. Now that we know what those characteristics are, the next step is trying to anticipate what the job interview questions will be and how to answer them so that you can demonstrate the characteristics we just discussed. If you are interested in those topics subscribe to the youtube chanel and we notify you when the next video in the series comes out.