Homecare Interview Prep 101
Any interview process can be daunting— we’ve all been there. At SWIFT SHIFT, we’re speaking with nurses and caregivers day-in and day-out and we have answers to the burning questions that come along with the homecare agency interview process.
What To Bring
Before leaving for your interview, you definitely want to make sure you’ve packed the essential documents: your driver’s license or a government-issued ID, proof of residency, and any home healthcare certifications (or pictures of the documents).
When To Arrive
Now, we’ve all heard the saying, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.” The same applies when it comes to your homecare agency interview. It’s best to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start time of your interview (make sure you don’t arrive too early as this can pose an inconvenience for the interviewer, making them feel rushed and uncomfortable). There are various reasons for this early arrival—from travel complications to check-in to calming the nerves and preparing your game face— you want to make sure that you are on-time and prepared to present your best self.
“Remember, you landed this interview for a reason so get out there and show them how great you really are.”
What To Expect
Once the actual interview begins, you should expect to hear the common questions one would typically be asked, no matter the industry. You know, the “tell me about yourself,” or “would you consider yourself organized?” kinds of questions. You’ve heard these before (easy!). Past experience is also a huge talking point within the interview process. In homecare, your experience is crucial in demonstrating your skills as a nurse, caregiver, or aide. These questions will often refer to past jobs and how your experience will transfer over to the current position at hand. Agencies can also raise behavioral experience questions. With this, the interviewer might propose a situation and then ask you to explain how you would typically respond to the circumstances.
While you’re not expected to study and memorize interview answers, you should make sure that you take time to think about and prepare answers for questions that may come up throughout the process. This way, you can calmly convey your honest answer.
What To Wear
Let’s talk about what to wear. Many who work within the homecare industry typically wear scrubs for their shifts. However, it’s important to wear more professional clothing to the interview. At SWIFT SHIFT, we recommend wearing business casual attire (things like slacks, skirts, blouses, or button-downs). While you may be getting a little dressed up for the occasion, remember that it’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin and to be yourself (do you!).
You Got This
Us folks at SWIFT SHIFT are wishing you the best of luck (we know you are going to rock it) in your interview. Remember, you landed this interview for a reason, so get out there and show them how great you really are. We’re motivated by creating a better experience for all individuals involved in the industry—agencies, caregivers, and patients— and are happy to help you crush this interview in any way we possibly can. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to us here.
If you’re interested in landing an interview with a home healthcare agency with the help of SWIFT SHIFT, click this link here to get started and we will get back to you shortly!