Being interviewed does not mean that your abilities are being questioned.
Unfortunately, many of us take it this way and end up acting defensive at the time of interview. This doesn’t help our case – in fact, it makes us come across as pompous and arrogant. And that is not the image that you want to portray to a prospective employer.
Let go of your guard and fear, and prepare for your interview with the following set of questions and answers:
How do you feel about assisting residents with their most personal needs?
It is actually quite a fulfilling job to work as a resident care aide. And the part where I have to help residents with their personal needs such as toileting, grooming, washing and dressing is what makes it even more worthwhile, as I am assisting people do things that they cannot do themselves.
Tell us about your duties as a resident care assistant in a previous role.
Apart from helping residents with activities of daily living including dressing, toileting and grooming, I have provided support during mealtimes, encouraged them to take part in physical activities, assisted them with therapeutic exercises and ensured that their surroundings are kept clean and sanitized at all times.
What skills do you possess specifically that make you an excellent choice to work as a resident care aide?
I am a compassionate person who possesses great patience. I believe that these two qualities are the most important in this work. Additionally, I am respectful and trustworthy, and possess deep knowledge of handling medically inclined work such as medicine administration. Also, I am well-versed in handling emergencies and identifying changes in patients’ conditions.
What would you do if you found your assigned resident in a state of distress?
I would first try to find out why he is feeling that way by talking to him gently and trying to elicit information. I would then make sure that he does not harm himself or end up getting harmed, by making him as safe as possible. If I feel that it is beyond my expertise to manage the situation, I will alert the doctor or nurse on duty.
Has an adverse incident ever taken place? What did you do?
I was looking after an elderly woman who had dementia, and who I later found out had a history of attempted suicides. One day, out of the blue, she threatened that she would kill herself if I didn’t get her chocolate (she was also diabetic). When I refused politely, explaining that chocolate would make her very sick, she attempted to jump out of the second floor window of her room. I managed to stop her just in time and restrain her without hurting her, while she hurled obscenities at me.
Have you ever felt that you just want to up and leave because of the very high demands of this job?
Never. I feel that as a resident care aide, I am in a position to make someone’s life better. And this is motivation is enough not to up and leave when the going gets tough.