1. Demonstrate That You Are A People Person
Home Health Aides spend all day, everyday working with people. Health agencies and individual families who employ Home Health Aides are looking for compassionate, caring employees who really want to work in health care and help people. A huge part of the job is knowing how to interact with, support and deal with patients.
When you apply for the job, make sure that you highlight in your application any previous experience you have working with people. This could be in the field of health care, but it also could be in other areas such as customer service or hospitality. Give examples from your previous work experience of when you have interacted and helped people, and explain how you think this experience will help you be a great Home Health Aide. If there is no place on the application form for this type of information, start thing about it anyway – you will have a chance to provide these examples in your interview!
When you go for your interview, make sure you energetic and positive. Demonstrate that your people skills are a key part of who you are.
2. Show That You Understand the Job And Want To Work In Health Care
Showing that you understand what the job involves, and that you are very eager to be in health care, is critical. A thorough understanding of the job description and requirements of a Home Health Aide shows the employer that you are serious about the the job as a career. It also prepares you to be able to answer any question that the employer might have for you in a way that is relevant to the role.
In your interview it is likely that employers will want to understand your capacity to deal with stress, as the role can be stressful. Employers will also want to explore your level of empathy with the elderly and the sick – you need to show that you care about the challenges these groups face. Your integrity and your motivation for wanting to be a Home Health Aide will also be key areas which will be explored.
Think about your answers to questions like these in advance of the interview.
3. Become Certified
All federally funded agencies, and many States, require a minimum of 75 hours of Home Health Aide training before you can begin work. Some States have different requirements. While many employers will provide training, it can be an advantage to already have completed this training – especially if you are interviewing with a private employer. In some States you can be registered as a certified Home Health Aide, which can also be an advantage.
Become familiar with your State’s regulations and requirements for working as a Home Health Aide. If certification is required, consider becoming certified in advance of getting a job – it will help you stand out from other applicants.
4. Provide Fantastic References
Many job applications will request that you provide your prospective employer with references. These references are people who know you and are able to confirm how hard a worker you are, how you perform on the job, and whether what you have put on your resume is accurate. Your future employer will likely speak to one or two of the individuals you provide as reference. Make sure you ask people in advance for permission to use them as references, and let them know when they might receive a phone call. Prepare them for the types of questions they may be asked. Emphasise to them that employers are looking for compassionate employees who want to help people.
You will want to provide a list of people who like you and will be eager to help you get the job!
5. Gain Confidence Through Practice
Confidence shows. It makes a good, and lasting, impression. And it will help you to stand out from other applicants and ultimately get hired.
One of the best ways to gain this confidence is to prepare – continue doing your research and practice your interview.