Interview Questions and Interview Tips for Aged Care Jobs

26 Comments   Posted: 07/06/13   by Inspire Media

    Interview Questions and Interview Tips for Aged Care Jobs

    Aged Care Job Interview Questions

    So, have you finished your aged care training?  If you haven’t, learn how you can get your Certificate III in Aged Care training here (click the link and request a free info pack for more information).  If you have finished your training, congratulations!  It’s time to put your hard work and training to good use and get an aged care job.

    Interviewing for any job can be daunting.  We’ve compiled a list of  sample aged care interview questions that will help you prepare for that all-important meeting with your potential employer.  The questions are broken down into 2 sections:

    • General interview questions – applying to anyone going for a job interview!

    • Specific aged care questions - applicable to aged care job interviews!

    But how do you get an interview for an Aged Care job in the first place?

    Make Your Aged Care Resume Stronger

    Before you get scheduled for a job interview, you first have to send in your resume to hiring managers. This means that you have to make sure that your resume has enough information to convince them to meet and talk with you.

    If you have not done aged care training already, it might help you do just that.

    One of the most common courses is the Certificate III in Aged Care which covers many skills needed by care providers. It is a nationally accredited course that was developed together with actual organisations in the Aged Care industry. Having a qualification such as this can strengthen your resume and help you perform better when you get invited for an interview.

    You can also try the Certificate III in Home and Community Care. This course will train you to go out and work in people’s homes to provide home care. If you already have a qualification in Aged Care, it is very easy to add the Home and Community Care qualification to your resume.

    General Interview Questions

    Are you studying Aged Care or are looking to get into the industry? Here are some interview questions you should prepare for.• Interview Question #1: “Tell us about you?”

    • Interview Question #2: “Define good work ethics?”

    • Interview Question #3: “Why do you want a job with us?”

    • Interview Question #4: “What is your biggest personal accomplishment?”

    • Interview Question #5: “What are your strengths?”

    • Interview Question #6: “Give us an example of a weakness?”

    • Interview Question #7: “Give us an example of a team work experience?”

    • Interview Questions #8: “Have you ever had a conflict in the workplace, please explain how you had handled it?”

    • Interview Questions #9: “What sets you apart from other candidates?”

    Aged Care Job Interview Questions

    • Interview Question #1: “Do you understand the importance of documentation at work? Why do we document?”

    • Interview Question #2: “What attracts you to do nursing and community care?”

    • Interview Question #3: “What do you find personally fulfilling about working in a care role?”

    • Interview Question #4: “Regarding effective communication, how would you go about education a client on a healthier lifestyle?”

    • Interview Question #5: “What are the key responsibilities to our residents/clients?”

    • Interview Question #6: “Describe how you have handled a stressful situation in the workplace?”

    • Interview Question #7: “What personal qualities are important for the position?”

    • Interview Question #8: “If a dementia client became aggressive what would you do?”

    • Interview Question #9: “If you find a client hurt when arriving to your shift what would you do?”

    • Interview Question #10: “Can you explain the principles of handling?”

    • Interview Question #11: “Can you explain the principles of infection control?”

    • Interview Question #12: “How have you impact previous clients quality of life?”

    • Interview Question #13: “Why do you want a career in aged care?”

    • Interview Question #14: “The client needs vitamised food at every meal but the blender is broken, how would you handle this?”

    • Interview Question #15: “Describe a time when you used leadership skills to resolve a situation”

    • Interview Question #16: “Describe any contributions you have made in improving safety in the workplace”

    • Interview Question #17: “How would you go about ensuring quality of care?”

    • Interview Question #18: “Explain an example that demonstrates your ability to handle an emergency?”

    • Interview Question #19: “Describe an example of your communication skills to improve the care of your patients”

    • Interview Question #20: “How to see your career in aged care progressing over the next few years?”

    Aged Care Job Interview Tips

    Look good

    Wear clean, neat clothes that are safe for a workplace. Practical clothes like pants and a t-shirt would be appropriate for many aged care job interviews. The patients you will work with may come from a wide variety of social and religious backgrounds so do not wear clothes with offensive words or pictures.

    Be on time

    You will need to be on time every day for work, so be on time for the interview. It’s good to arrive 10 minutes early so you have time to calm down and catch your breathe. Take a water bottle with you because you might be talking for a long time.

    Be polite

    You will be working with many aged care patients every day. You might need to help them with intimate personal manners. If you are polite, it shows people that you respect them. It will help you build good relationships with your patients. Start by being polite in the interview and you can show your employer you have good manners.

    Don’t want to work in Aged Care any more?

    Sometimes it’s good to try a new type of work. If you have worked in aged care and love working as a carer, one of these courses can open up exciting new work opportunities for you:

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – this course will allow you to go and work in child care centres. You can work with babies and little children as a child care worker. You will look over them while they play, help them learn, feed them food and drinks and make sure they are safe.

    Certificate III in Disability Care – this course will allow you to work with people with a disability. They might be little children, adults or aged care patients. Disability care workers can help disabled people live a normal life. You will normally do work around the house and provide personal care, but also take people on walks, to the gym, to see movies, to get coffee and other normal activities.

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    • penha ludgero says:

      Please could you leave a ANSWERS FOR ALL QUESTIONS ABOVE???

      I need the answers toooThanks a lot.Sincerely

      Penha

      • William Cowie William Cowie says:

        Hi Penha,

        These questions are just a sample of the kinds of things employers might ask you to help you prepare. It is best if you work out the answers for yourself so they’re stuck in your memory and you will remember them when you are in the interview and feeling stressed. Many of these questions are asking about your own, personal experiences so really need to be answered by you.

        Best of luck with your interviews and job hunt!

        • Mali says:

          Can you please leave me answer for 24march

          • malani says:

            Could you please leave the answers for me Because next week my aged care job interview Thank you

            • Luke Imbong says:

              Hi Malani! Your potential employers are likely have their own criteria for what is the “correct” answer so it’s hard to come up with one definitive answer. The good news is, you have almost everything you need to answer them if you’ve gone through formal aged care training and have work experience.

              For example, many of the questions are scenarios where you have to cater to the needs of a patient. In these scenarios, you should recall what you were taught about providing care, the frameworks, the documentation procedures etc. to come up with what you think is the best course of action. I hope that helps. Good luck on your interview Malani! :)

    • somi says:

      Please give answers

    • Kylie Hoffman says:

      I to would like to know the answers to the above questions. I have a fair idea but want to be absolutely sure. Thanks

    • Marta klembt says:

      Can I get the answer for question above?

    • mureen chandra says:

      I would like to know the answer to the above questions. I have fair idea. Thanks

    • figen olcer says:

      HI thank you for your assistance in the questions. To better prepare myself. Is it possible to attain some examples to the questions. It would be great to ease being nervous, especially if you have been unemployed for sometime.
      thank you

    • Linda says:

      The Aged Care Industry is in allot of trouble if people really need all the answers to these questions and then secure a position, I’m searching for helpful tips and get a general jist of questions asked to prepare me, Figen olcer sounds the same as me just needing to get my words around the right way, know it in my head but not practicing out loud or bouncing answe rs of a real person,ill be talking the answers out to myself when I get ready in the morning lol

    • Marilyn says:

      Is there any answers age care

    • Saru says:

      Can I get the answer for question above?

    • Keziah says:

      Can I please get the answers to all the above questions. Will help alot.thank you.

    • Rosemarie Schutz says:

      Can I please get the answers to all the above questions. Will help boost my confidence. Thank You.

    • mandy c says:

      this is what frustrated me doing the course! Everyone wants a quick easy solution to get into aged care such as wanting the trainers to give answers for them!
      THank you for this great guide on how to prepare… yes the answers would be helpful but then it would put me in the category of being a carer who really does not know how to be one in theory, as it is such a hard industry to get into I think the interview should be screening out the ones who have no idea!
      THANK YOU

    • kittylee says:

      Can I please get the answers to all the above questions. Will help alot.thank you.

      Reply

    • Kristie says:

      Oh my god! Are you all serious?? If you need the answers perhaps you aren’t right for the job? All these questions are easily answered if you know what you are doing!!
      If you don’t know the answers to most of these you shouldn’t be nursing anybody!!

    • kate says:

      I agree with Kristie, you just need to THINK about the questions and write answers down for yourself. I found the scenario questions so helpful,

      I have just turned 50 and have been a primary carer for my father and mother who have both passed away now. Mum ended up in a nursing home and I feel I would love to contribute to that area now, but I have lost my confidence (I used to be an Admin Officer at my local Council for 14 years), then in between having a family of my own, caring for my folks and running a cleaning business, I am unfulfilled but so unsure of myself, my age for a start! Anyway, the thought is there and in July I hope to start a Cert III in Aged Care and then hopefully get local work placement

      • Luke Imbong says:

        Thanks for sharing your story, Kate! It’s never too late to start investing in yourself again. You may have taken a break from work, but it sounds like you were still productive in providing care. Make sure you write about your experience in caring for your parents in your cover letter when you start looking for work placement. It may help to differentiate yourself from other applicants.

    • ranjit says:

      we need answer to please thanks

      • Luke Imbong says:

        Hi Ranjit! It’s hard to come up with a definite answer to these interview questions because their purpose is to see what you would do in different scenarios. Have you gone through formal Aged Care training yet? If you have, then you likely have what you need to answer them already. Simply recall what you were taught and think how the principles, best practices, ethical frameworks etc. can be best applied to come up with your own unique answer :)

    • Correy Smith says:

      Oh wow, these are some neat interview questions for someone who is wanting to help out in an aged care center. I guess it’s something that the staff does to determine if each individual will treat the elderly with great care. Do all aged care centers do the same things as well? http://www.evergreenlifecare.org.au

    • Michelle says:

      Great list of questions to help prepare for an interview, I am still studying my cert 3 course but have an opportunity to get a foot in the door with a community organisation. I had to interview just to get into the TAFE course in doing, so many applicants and not enough spaces, that was hard and asked many questions I didn’t even think they would of eg how have you dealt with a conflict in the work place, how would you put someone at ease when assisting with personal care, will you be able to assist with toileting a client etc. Just have to be prepared, be honest and show that you are a caring natured person that’s fit the role.

      • Luke Imbong says:

        Thanks for sharing your experience, Michelle! It looks like competition is rising because of the increase in demand for Aged Carers. Coming in prepared to show that you’re a naturally caring person is a great tip too. Many students and applicants become nervous when they’re invited in for an interview, but if they’re qualified, they should be able to answer whatever question employers throw if they can remain calm and remember their training :)

    • Bee says:

      Hello please we need answers

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