35 Caregiver Interview Questions (With Sample Answers)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 12 July 2022

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A caregiver is a health care role that assists in performing daily tasks for clients with health conditions. When applying for a caregiver position, an employer may ask you to perform a job interview. Understanding what types of questions an interviewer can ask and how you may answer them can improve your overall interview skills. In this article, we share 35 caregiver interview questions, including some sample questions and answers.

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General caregiver interview questions

At the beginning of an interview, the hiring manager may ask you a few general caregiver interview questions to help them learn more about you and your general work style. Most general interview questions don't require a large amount of specific knowledge and can apply to more than one job industry. Here are 10 examples of general questions someone may ask you during a caregiver interview:

  1. How did you hear about this position?

  2. What's your greatest strength?

  3. What do you like most about working as a caregiver?

  4. How do you manage stressful situations in the workplace?

  5. Tell me about some of your hobbies.

  6. What's your greatest accomplishment outside of work?

  7. If you were to write a memoir, what would you call it?

  8. Why did you decide to become a caregiver?

  9. What types of rewards or recognition motivate you the most?

  10. Are you capable of lifting heavy objects or people?

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Interview questions about your caregiver background

After learning about your general skills and work ethic, an interviewer may begin to ask questions that relate to your experience and skills as a caregiver. These questions may include asking about previous jobs or volunteer positions or clarifying items on your resume. These are some potential caregiver background questions:

  1. What experience do you have working as a caregiver so far?

  2. Why did you leave your last job?

  3. What was your favourite thing about your previous position?

  4. Do you have much experience working with seniors?

  5. Tell me about a time where you were reprimanded at work. How did you react?

  6. What special certifications do you have or plan to take?

  7. Do you have any personal or professional references?

  8. Describe a time where you had to perform a task with little or no supervision.

  9. What experience do you have working with people with mental health conditions, such as dementia?

  10. What was the biggest challenge you addressed in a previous position?

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In-depth caregiver interview questions

Toward the end of an interview, an interviewer may start to ask you questions that more specifically relate to a caregiver position. They may ask you about common caregiver techniques, key terms and hypothetical scenarios that demonstrate your ability. These are some in-depth questions that an employer may ask during a caregiver interview:

  1. How would you handle a situation where a client refused to take a shower?

  2. Have you ever needed to perform CPR on a client? Tell me what happened

  3. Are you willing to perform light housekeeping duties while working as a caregiver?

  4. How would you react if a family member of your client shouted at you?

  5. What are some dishes that you know how to cook that you can modify for a client's specific needs?

  6. Describe a time where you had to help a client with a specific daily task.

  7. What methods do you use to describe and organise patient records?

  8. What are your strategies for learning new caregiver skills?

  9. Can you tell me what you consider the primary responsibilities of a caregiver?

  10. Do you believe that caregivers need medical experience or training?

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Caregiver interview question examples

Here are a few sample questions you may hear during a caregiver interview and examples of how you can answer them:

1. Explain what qualities make you a good caregiver.

Employers may ask this question to understand some of your personality traits, characteristics or key values. When answering this question, pick a few key traits or skills that describe you and explain how you may uses these traits in a caregiver setting.

Example: 'I believe my most useful qualities in this role are patience and kindness. In my role as a caregiver in a nursing home, I was frequently the only attending caregiver on my floor overnight. I had one patient who would always buzz me to attend to them, but because they were experiencing memory loss and dementia, when I arrived they would forget they just buzzed me for the same thing. I always showed them kindness and patience, and as a result, they requested me as their caregiver when they left the group home to live with a family member.'

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2. Describe your work history

A hiring manager can ask about your work history to determine if you qualify for the role and hear about your previous experiences. This can give you an opportunity to tell a story about an achievement or task that you performed during a former job. Try to use the STAR method to explain your situation, task, action and result.

Example: 'I've worked in many health care roles. I started my career as a medical assistant for Emexee Health after receiving a vocational degree in medical assisting and achieving certification. During that time, I worked primarily in home health, traveling from client to client.

After a few years of experience, the Fort Hampton Group Home hired me as an overnight caregiver. I worked as the sole attendee for the elderly ward. Later, I was hired to work independently as a caregiver to one of my clients. I feel most comfortable in home health care, since that's where I started my career journey, and it brings me a lot of joy and fulfilment knowing I'm doing good things as I see people through some of their most difficult years and life transitions.'

3. What are important skills for a caregiver to have?

This question helps a potential employer determine what skills you value and gives you the opportunity to highlight the skills that you believe make you a quality caregiver. Try to list a few key nursing skills, then pick one or two of them to explain how these skills apply to you. Consider listing a combination of hard skills and soft skills.

Example: 'I believe it's important for caregivers to be good listeners and empathetic conversationalists. Other key traits are diligence, problem-solving and a strong knowledge of technical medical skills. In my last role as a home health aid, my client was feeling depressed. After a long, heartfelt talk with them, I learnt they missed going outside.

I assisted their family in moving them into a room with a large window so they could get more sunlight, even when they were on bed rest. I was able to use my problem-solving and communication skills to bring my client more peace, and I realised how important those soft skills are to the role. I also used my medical skills to help them get set back up with all the equipment they needed to thrive.'

4. How do you respond to difficult clients?

This is a general question that hiring managers can ask about positions where you spend a lot of time with your clients to ensure that you can handle challenging situations regarding guests. As a caregiver, responding well to people is particularly important because many of your clients may have pain or other health issues. You can use this question to demonstrate your ability to stay calm during unexpected situations and address challenges quickly and efficiently.

Example: 'To answer this question, I'd like to give you an example that comes from my personal experience as a home health caregiver early in my career. I was just out of university at my first job when a client in my care became very agitated. I took a few steps back, making sure my demeanour was calm and non-threatening and brought family members in to assist. When my client was relaxed, I knelt to their level, took their hand, looked them in the eye and explained why I was there in a calm, quiet voice.

This became common practice for me when I entered the room. I would meet the client at their level, take their hand and explain who I was and what I would be doing that day. It helped them feel less stressed, and eventually, they began to recognise me as their caregiver.'

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5. What would you do if it's after your shift but your replacement has not arrived?

This question may help a hiring manager assess your reactions to unexpected situations. The company can also have specific procedures for this type of situation that they may want you to know. Consider using any previous research you performed about the company to help you answer this question and try to explain the logic behind your answers.

Example: 'If I were in a situation where my relief had not arrived after my shift had ended, I would wait with the patient. I could never leave someone in my charge unattended. I would call my manager to make them aware of the situation, and if it seems my replacement won't be arriving, I would ask the company to send someone else to relieve me and stay with the patient until the issue is resolved.'

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