Unless they’re a confirmed ego-maniac, everyone is nervous about going for a job interview. And ironically the more we want the job the more nervous we get. Being prepared and knowing you’ve done everything you possibly can to help secure it beforehand can definitely help make you feel calmer. Here are our top 5 ways to get an interview:
1. Getting experience
Regardless of what type of job you’re going for, having tried and tested it – via voluntary work or a temporary post, etc. – it shows the interviewer that (a) you’re serious about the job and (b) you know what it involves and that you like it.
Check out your local authority website for volunteering opportunities or approach charities/companies directly.
2. Getting great references
Another reason for volunteering and doing similar work in the past is to get a good reference/s you can show your interviewer. Another person’s good opinion of your work and personality – especially someone already in the care sector – will be highly regarded. If you don’t have formal experience have you looked after an elderly family member, neighbour or friend who could perhaps vouch for you?
3. Getting qualifications
All home care workers need to have social care qualifications or be prepared to work towards them (often the company puts employees through training). This covers topics such as understanding Dementia, supporting individuals with learning disabilities and infection control.
Any qualifications you do have should be up-to- date. You’ll also need a government Disclosure Certificate saying you’re fine to work with vulnerable individuals. You can apply if you get the job but if you already have one, that’s a definite advantage.
4. Listing your strengths
Take time to write down your good points beforehand and how they fit into the role. Are you a good listener, for instance? Many housebound people love having someone to chat with. Are you patient? People with Alzheimer’s often repeat themselves while those with mobility challenges can take time to complete certain tasks. Other great qualities to bring to the role include a cheery disposition, a desire to help others and, of course, a love for your fellow human beings!
5. Knowing your stuff
Even if you don’t have formal qualifications at this point, it’s still essential to research the government’s policies on what to do about caring for vulnerable individuals in certain situations. Unexplained bruising or increased agitation should be dealt with in particular ways, for instance. You’ll probably be asked a scenario-type question at your interview and it makes it easier to answer if you already know the guidelines.
The above 5 points should definitely help put you out in front when it comes to getting that care job. In fact, you’ll probably smash it! Meanwhile, find more helpful info on working in a Home Care role on our website lavorocare.com or like us on https://facebook.com/lavorocare to keep up to date with our other tips and insights.