Interviews in the Care Industry : Common questions and how to answer them

So you’ve managed to secure an interview for a great new role in the care industry – congratulations! The next challenge is to really sell yourself in the interview and show the employer that you’re the right person for the job.

The key to a successful interview is in the preparation – after all, it doesn’t matter how talented, skilled, or experienced you are, if you can’t draw upon key examples or experiences to portray these qualities to your interviewer, how will they know that you’re perfect for the role?

We’ve compiled a list of common interview questions for the care industry, and how you should approach each one…good luck!

How to answer questions in your care job interview

What does the role of a care worker involve and who might you be working with?

This one might seem quite straight-forward, after all why would you apply for a job if you didn’t understand the role, right? What the interviewer is looking for is a good understanding of the expectations of the specific job role, so make sure you read the job description thoroughly and develop an in-depth understanding of what the role involves. If you fail to do any research, the interviewer will know straight away.


When you’re caring for someone, how do you ensure you maintain their dignity and respect?

This one is all about empathy – ensuring that you consider how the other person will feel. Make sure you demonstrate that you can do the job empathetically, encouraging the individual to do as much as they can for themselves, whilst offering support. Explain how you would help them to become more independent, whilst providing the care, support, and assistance they need.


Provide an example of when you’ve contributed to an effective and successful team

This is a common question in interviews in all sectors and industries. When you’re interviewing for a job in the care sector, however, the interviewer is looking for evidence of the soft skills and values needed for social care. Try and refer to a situation where you’ve listened to and supported colleagues, ensuring that you clearly show why team work was important and how your skills helped deliver a positive outcome.

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