Aged care job interview — what to expect

Friday, March 16, 2018

Job interviews can make even the most confident person feel nervous. Thankfully, a little preparation can go a long way. Get an idea of what to expect from your aged care job interview and you’ll be one step ahead.

For the best chance of success at your upcoming aged care job interview, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

Before your aged care job interview

Do your research

Know what the organisation’s values are, who they work with and what they do. Read over the position description again too, and work out how you can position yourself as the ideal candidate.

Rehearse answers to questions

While you can never be 100% sure what questions will be asked, you can prepare for some of the more popular questions like “Tell us a bit about yourself”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “What do you like best about working in aged care?”.

Plan the day

Know the way to get there, plan what you will wear and leave early. The last thing you want to do is be late for your aged care job interview. Use apps and websites like Public transport Victoria and Google maps to plan your journey.

 

During the interview

First impressions last

Smile, introduce yourself and shake hands.

Make eye contact

When you’re nervous it can be tempting to look down, but take a deep breath and look at your interviewer as you answer their questions.

Prepare some questions

It’s likely that your interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Have a few ready to go, as asking questions shows that you’re interested and proactive.

Try asking things like:

  • What is a typical day like here?
  • What are the hours expected?
  • Is there a uniform?

Take copies of relevant documents

It is efficient and professional to have everything your potential employer would need to see right there with you. This could be a copy of your qualifications, First Aid certificate, working Visa or anything else relevant.

 

After the interview

You may not hear back right away

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back right away. The employee may have several more interviews to get through. It’s a great idea, however, to send a follow up a day or two after your interview to thank them for their time.

Back yourself

You won’t get every aged care job you apply for, but know that as a Selmar graduate you have the skills and know how to excel in aged care. Believe in yourself — confidence can go a long way! If you need some extra support or advice, get in contact with your trainer.

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