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Tips for your interview as a live in carer

Julie Lord
Tips for your interview as a live in carer

If you like a job that is varied, offers high levels of satisfaction and personal reward; and where no two days are likely to be the same, then working in elderly live in care could be just the role for you.

This is a job that offers plenty of challenges but can be incredibly rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of an elderly person and allows them to stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home for much longer.

A role as a live in carer can be particularly enticing to those who are looking to switch their career. It could also suit those who already work in the care sector but are looking to make the move away from the stresses associated with working in a residential or nursing home.

Of course, it isn’t enough to want to work as a live in carer, you will also need to pass a job interview as well. This is one of those situations where there is no “one size fits all for every role,” experience gained from other roles in the care sector will certainly stand you in good stead. However, here are some tips to help you with your interview.

Preparation is key

There is a high demand for care workers it is true, but it is still really important that you prepare properly for your interview. You want to provide an impression to the person who will be carrying out the interview that shows them that you are organised, and that demonstrates your values and ethics.

If you don’t have much experience that will showcase your skills, don’t worry.  Many interviewers are often looking at the bigger picture. They will be considering the answers that you give to any questions that they ask, assessing your personality and also your communication skills. Your soft skills and how you present yourself are key things that will really help in a care role and if these shine through at your interview, then this will certainly impress the interviewer.

Consider what you might be asked

Before you even think about the questions that might come up in the interview it is really important that you take a little time to read the job description properly. This way you’ll fully understand all of the responsibilities attached to the job that you have applied for. You may also want to make sure you are up to date on any of the latest industry news so that you can respond to topical questions. This should include being aware of any recent changes in care guidelines.

Some sample questions that you may want to consider, and prepare answers for include:

·       What do you think the role of a live-in carer involves?

·       What qualities would you bring to the role?

·       Can you provide us with an example of previous teamwork?

·       Talk us through a stressful care work incident and how you dealt with it

·       What experience do you have, either caring for someone in a paid capacity, a voluntary one or looking after a loved one

·       What do you understand about the term “person-centred care”?

·       How would you deal with an elderly person who was confused or upset?

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it makes a great starting point for preparing for interview.

Julie Lord
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