Eight Tips for Your First Senior Care Job Interview

Congratulations! You’ve decided to apply for a job in senior care. Whether that is an Independent senior living community, an Assisted Living facility, a nursing home or a home care agency—and no matter what job you are applying for—here are ways to make a great impression:

Be on time. Showing up late for your interview creates the impression that you are unreliable and might not arrive promptly to care for the people who depend on you. Figure out ahead of time how to get to the interview site, and leave early, just in case.

Describe your experience. Create a resumé, even if this will be your first experience in senior care, or even your first job. Include your education and work history, and list the skills that you think would make you a good choice for the job. If you’re sending your resumé ahead of time, include a cover letter.

Express your desire to do this work. “I just need a job” isn’t a reason that will impress a senior care employer. Senior care organizations are looking for people with a positive, respectful attitude about older adults. If you’ve never worked with older adults before, think of the blessings that the older people in your life have brought to you, and express that (perhaps in your cover letter).

Do a little research ahead of time. Review the job description thoroughly before your interview. And, most every senior care organization has a website these days. Before your interview, visit that site and learn about the organization’s mission and values. That will help you better express why you are a good fit for the job.

Dress for success. Pay attention to your appearance. Dress professionally, with clean and tidy clothing. Bring a briefcase or portfolio, not a backpack. Avoid heavy cologne and gaudy jewelry, and leave facial piercing jewelry behind. And here’s another benefit of checking out the organization’s website ahead of time. What are the staff members wearing? Don’t come in more casually dressed than that.

Express your willingness to learn. Don’t exaggerate your experience or knowledge, but make it clear that you would value the training the company offers to help staff provide the best possible care and services to the seniors they serve.

Turn off your phone. If you have to respond to a text or call during the interview, that implies that you’re not focused on the interview … which might be a signal that you also wouldn’t be focused on your job duties if you were hired.

End on a positive note. At the end of the interview, thank the interviewers for considering you. Express again that you are very interested in the position and hope to hear back from the company soon.

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