What type of interview questions can an employee ask when working with the elderly?

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An employer interviewing job candidates for an elderly care centre or a home-health business will ask questions that focus on the treatment and care of the elderly. Be prepared to answer questions in regards to your health care certification, your medical knowledge and your passion for taking care of people who are in need of assistance.

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Certification

Although your resume explains that you have been certified by the state, the employer can ask to see your certification to ensure you have been specifically trained to take care of the elderly. The certificate demonstrates that you have achieved a specific level of competency and understanding of medical treatment of older adults, who need additional assistance. This can include how to prevent skin sores, changing bed linens and sheets and providing baths for bedridden patients.

Personal Health

The employer can also ask you about your personal health status in case you have a disease or condition that can be contracted by the elderly people. For instance, tuberculosis is a contagious disease and can be very harmful to elderly people, so the employer will inquire about your health to protect the patients' health. A fitness test may also be required, if the job description includes lifting the elderly out of bed or lifting heavy items to make the day easier for the patients.

Interests in the Job

Some employers may be curious to know why you want to work with the elderly, so be prepared to make your case in regards to your professional interests. Emphasise your interests in working with the elderly, being social and helpful in the workplace and showing a caring and compassionate side of yourself in a professional light. Mention that you are a naturally nurturing person.

Recognising Symptoms

Recognising symptoms of strokes, attacks or a heart attack is an important part of taking care of the elderly. Be prepared to explain the symptoms of diseases or conditions proposed by the employer, as some of the elderly you will be taking care of may be suffering from them.

Handling Emotional and Mental States

Elderly people can suffer from emotional or mental conditions that can affect the way they interact with you, while you provide caretaking services. Examples of these conditions include depression, memory loss, mood swings and random outbursts. The employer wants to ensure that you can remain professional and comfortable in situations, where the elderly lashes out against you in a verbal manner.

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