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Interview Tips for Healthcare Jobs

April 27, 2017 Posted in Blog Posts

The provincial government recently announced a “significant funding boost to strengthen care for BC seniors”.   Click here for more details.


Make sure you are ready to secure one of these new job opportunites during your next interview by applying these great tips:

Set up a professional voicemail greeting. While in the process of a job search, you need to ensure that your voicemail message is professional.  This is often the first impression a prospective employer will make of you, and you want it to be favorable.  Make sure that your vm box is never full, or they may opt to skip right over you and move on to other candidates who are more easily accessible.

Update your resume.  Your resume should always be current with employment and educational experiences listed in chronological order with most recent first.  Keep it concise and focused on healthcare related experience. ALWAYS have someone with strong written skills review and edit for grammar.

Do your research. Learn about the company or organization you are applying at. Ensure you have a good understanding of the type of setting and care provided (i.e. residential care, assisted living, home support).

Anticipate common questions.  Prepare your responses and rehearse them in advance.  Be ready to provide specific examples of challenging client situations you may have encountered in your past experience, and present how you handled it and what the outcome was.

Prepare your questions to the interviewer.  Plan to ask insightful questions based on your research.  These questions should demonstrates a sincere interest in the position and in the company.

Dress for success.  Plan your attire in advance; dress professionally.  For women, less make up and accessories is better. For men, shave and wear dress slacks and button down shirt with or without tie.

Listen carefully to the interview question(s). If you did not understand the question, politely ask the interviewer to repeat it. Take a few seconds to organize your thoughts before responding.

Be aware of your body language. Avoid fidgeting, sit up straight, and maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Remember that body language often says just as much about you as your words do.

Follow up.  Be sure to follow up promptly to any requests made by the interviewer; references for example.  This will reinforce your interest, and shows them that they can count on you to get things done quickly. If no specific follow up is required, a simple email thanking them for their time is appropriate.

Special thanks to Drake Medox College’s Health Care Assistant Program instructor Rexaira Henze for her contributions to this blog.  All current students and alumni are always welcome to reach out to college staff at any time for support with job search assistance @ 604-629-0196.


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HR Generalist

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Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre

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Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

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Since completing the Health Care Assistant training course at Drake Medox College, I have gained the necessary knowledge, training, skills and confidence to work effectively with the elderly, children and people with developmental disabilities. I believe this course has helped pave the way for greater job opportunities and I since successfully been hired both as a live-in Manager and as a Life Skill Worker. Thank you so much Drake Medox College.