Published Jun 2, 2009
Ok..here's the deal. I am currently an LPN student...out of school for 10 weeks then back to finish my degree. I also have my CNA license and have had for 7 years.
Anyway, I have an interview tomorrow (Wednesday) for a part-time CNA position at a hospital...it will help with extra $$ for school, they are willing to work around my school schedule when I go back at the end of summer break, and it will GUARANTEE me a position as LPN once I finish school and take my state boards.
Here's my delima, I have not had a job for over a year, and haven't had to go to a job interview for a few years!!! so I need some advice on the following:
1. What should I expect (in general) for the interview?
2. What kind of questions can I expect to be asked?
3. What kind of answers do they look for?
4. What questions should I be asking them?
5. What is the avg. pay for CNA's in hospitals (& differential for night shift)?
6. Any other advice??
You might want to do a search online for "behavioral interview questions." These seem really popular lately. Cannot guarantee they'll ask them, but I have a couple friends who had recent interviews at hospitals that were all behavioral questions.
DLS_PMHNP, MSN, RN, NP
agree with above post. I just graduated, and all of my interviews were behavioral based.
For example, describe an incident where you had a conflict with a co-worker/manager/pt, how did you resolve it and what was the outcome.
etc, etc, etc.
Daytonite, BSN, RN
first of all, a cna is a certification and not a license. one of the things on the list i have that you absolutely do not do at a job interview is misuse terms in your speaking that you don't understand in order to impress someone else. that caught my attention immediately when i looked at your post. if you stated, "i also have my cna license and have had for 7 years." at an interview with me my antenna would go up and i probably wouldn't be interested in hearing anything else that you had to say.
when we interviewed for jobs we were looking at the person's attitude and behavior and we had this list of qualities that we were looking for:
what kind of questions can i expect to be asked?
any other advice?
what is the avg. pay for cna's in hospitals (& differential for night shift)?
first of all, a cna is a certification and not a license. what is the avg. pay for cna's in hospitals (& differential for night shift)?this is not a subject to discuss at the interview. you should do this research outside the interview. they will usually tell you what the position pays at the end of the interview as well as what the benefits are. it is something to bring up only after an offer of hire has been made to you and you want to negotiate a salary.
wow! thanks for all the help...in response...i did know that it is a certification...i guess i was typing so fast (and including the info. about my lpn class) that i wasn't really thinking clearly...but thanks for pointing that out; now i'm sure not to "mix it up" at my interview!
also, understand completely about not asking about pay at the interview...i don't think that is professional either...i'm just wondering if they do make an offer...what's an acceptable rate of pay, and how much is average for negotiation? i don't want to start negotiating and ask for too much (for a hospital setting).
i'm just wondering if they do make an offer...what's an acceptable rate of pay, and how much is average for negotiation? i don't want to start negotiating and ask for too much (for a hospital setting).
most likely, you won't have a choice. they will make an offer of employment and give you the pay rate they are willing to start you at. it will be based on your experience. you can ask for more, but if they say no and give you reasons why they won't go any higher, i wouldn't pursue it or they will withdraw the offer of employment.
when i was working in management, they actually sent people out, call them corporate spies if you want, to get information on work hours, job duties, benefits and pay. they all did this. it is one way the facilities stay competitive with each other so the pay rates are pretty much the same at all the facilities in the area where you live. if they were not, everyone would quit and work at the one that pays the best.
then, again, the ones that pay the highest aren't necessarily the best places to work. sometimes they have to pay the highest in order to keep staff working there because they might be such bad places to work!
take it from me, what i learned in over 30 years of nursing jobs was that the best ones were where the people i worked with were the nicest to get along with and the pay was secondary. teamwork and good behavior trumps high wages any day. that is partly why a good interviewer is going to ask questions designed to detect someone who is
because in the long run this person ends up causing trouble of one kind or another as an employee. the fact is that when we work for a place our time and labor belongs to them. when they say "jump!" we are pretty much obligated to say, "how high?" and do it. too many do not get that.
Daytonite,Wow! Thanks for all the help...in response...I did know that it is a certification...
Wow! Thanks for all the help...in response...I did know that it is a certification...
I should not get too excited at the mix up not everyone pulls the shutters down this. For some reason the toys fall out of our (nurses) strollers when we hear a CNA say licensed. Of course if MDs dismissed a nursing license the way some RNs dismiss a CNA qualification the nurses would go crazy. Oh wait they DO go crazy.
Good luck in your interview. Good luck with school.
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