Friday, May 6, 2011

I have a job interview!!

I got a call today from a local nursing home about an app I had sent in several weeks ago. It was a really nice on the spot phone interview and I think I really impressed the lady. She set up an in-person interview with me next Friday.

They do things a little strange though (or maybe not since this will be my first real experience in the healthcare setting). Apparently, after I interview with her, I will get a chance to interview with the Nurse Managers and such, and if we all decide we like each other, I will do something like a “shadowing” where I follow around another CNA for a day to basically interview them and see if I would like to work there.

This facility is the same chain as the one I did my clinicals at, just at a different location. I had really been holding out hope that I would snag a hospital position but I am starting to realize that is going to be next to impossible until I get some experience under my belt.

So, to all my experienced readers: Can you offer up any tips and advice for my first interview in the healthcare setting? I will be completely honest in saying I don’t have a whole lot of interview experience even outside of healthcare.


  1. How great is this news?? I did say a little prayer for you in hopes of you getting a CAN job somewhere! Congrats on moving to the next step of the interviewing process. Let me tell you that I think its great that they allow you to job-shadow another CNA, that is the best way to get to know what the facility will be like. During that meeting, don't be afraid to ask a bunch of questions. Also make sure you pick up on the interpersonal relationship among the staff, do they work as a team or are they cut-throat to each other, things like that.
    Now, I use to work as a CNA in a nursing home about 10 years ago and things have changed quite a bit since then and it was just a bunch of politics.
    Once my job starts at the end of this month in the hospital setting I'll let you know what I think. Otherwise good luck and I wish I had more to tell you.

  2. Congrats! You'll get it. In LTC they rarly interview anyone that they are not already interested in.

    Zazzy- Not much has changed at all it is all about politics still.

    Just go in there ready to learn and don't act like because you are a Nursing Student you know more than the Nurses or CNAs that have been there. ( Not that you will ), But we had a few of these and they did not last at all.

    You will work hard and be rewarded as well.