Interviews for different types of positions are designed differently. Interviewers prepare interview questions according to their expectations.
Some positions are more sensitive than others; positions that have to do with providing healthcare or personal care services are given much importance as there is a human element involved. So if you are appearing for an interview for the position of a care worker or a home health aide, many questions will be asked to check your empathy, attitude and ability to provide healthcare to patients who are dependent on you.
Of course, questions aimed at determining your job knowledge are equally important. If you do not know how to handle emergency situations in this role, you may not be a considered such a great choice for a home health aide position.
No matter what position you are applying for, much concentration needs to be placed on preparation. Preparation means that you have conquered most of the interview even before you have answered the first question! Some questions that you may be asked at an interview for the position of a home health aide may include:
Tell me about yourself?
I am a compassionate and friendly person. After completing high school I went to a vocational coaching center and got certified as a Home Health Aide. I have been providing high quality home health care at various institutes and residential facilities for the past 6 years successfully.
What particularly interests you within the personal care arena?
Looking after people who have trouble handling themselves is a source of great comfort to me. This is interesting work not only because of the new challenges one comes across every day but also because it gives me a great sense of achievement to know that I have assisted someone in keeping their health intact.
What were the duties you performed at your previous workplace?
In capacity of a HHA at my previous workplace I was responsible for monitoring the patient’s physical and mental health, assisting in proper medication intake, providing housekeeping, laundry services and personal hygiene care, cooking meals, keeping company, taking the patient on social and hospital visits regularly and the like.
What measures do you take to keep the client’s family well informed regarding progress of client?
I fill in observation report forms regularly which are signed by me and the patient’s family on daily basis to ensure communication. I also remain in constant contact with the patient’s family and doctor through meetings and on the phone and efficiently communicate any changes in the patient’s health to them.
Share an example where a patient resisted care you were providing? How did you handle that patient?
Last year I was assigned an old patient who had multiple medical conditions. From day one, he refused to be fed. No matter what I cooked or offered him, he did not accept. The family was quite worried about the issue. I probed the family about the patient’s meal preferences and cooked the meal daily and left it by his chair without offering feeding assistance. He tried to eat it sometimes but could not due to paralysis. It took me 3 days to build rapport with the old man, but once I did he was a really easy patient to handle.
Why did you choose this field?
Being diabetic since childhood my visits to hospitals were frequent which developed in me a sense of compassion and empathy. Then later, my grandmother who was on dialysis had an HHA come in twice a week to assist her in dialysis. She was a very nice lady and I clearly saw the difference she made in my grandmother’s life. That was when I decided to choose this profession and I’m proud of my decision.
How do you ensure the patient’s dignity while providing care?
I am fully aware of the HIPPA guidelines regarding patient’s dignity and I ensure the same by allowing for privacy and maintaining client confidentiality at all times.
What kind of patients have you been caring for previously?
I have mostly worked with old people having Alzheimer’s, paralysis, physical disabilities, dementia, depression, epilepsy and the like.
What qualifies you to handle a medical emergency?
I am first aid certified from AHA and also possess a first class BLS certificate.
What type of diagnosis have you had the opportunity to care for? What was your experience?
Most of the patients that I have worked with have been dementia sufferers. Initially, I felt that looking after people with dementia is more challenging than I want my work to be. Now, I feel that there are very few people who can handle such patients effectively and I find the challenge very intriguing.
If your replacement hasn’t arrived much after your shift has ended, how would you deal with it?
I would stay and continue my work even if my shift has ended. Care giving is all about sensitivity. I would call to find out why my replacement hasn’t arrived but will never leave my ward unattended.
Patients often resist care. How would you handle a patient who makes you feel unwelcome in his or her home?
Working as a home health aide is not about my feelings; it is about my ward’s and his or her family’s feelings. There is nothing personal about this. If a patient tries to make me feel unwelcome, I usually just shrug it off as a work hazard. Clearly, the patient needs help and I have been hired to help him. There is no personal element here.
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