Interview Questions and Interview Tips for Aged Care Jobs

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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