This again is a very commonly asked question and you should tell about some skills and qualities that you have, which are required by a professional pursuing this career. For example, you might have a passion and patience to serve the elderly people or you have a lot of stamina and patience to serve the sick people and so on. There are some things you should avoid saying like "I was looking for better opportunity" or "I find the work rather boring"; instead you can say something like, "I was looking for something more challenging", or "I wanted to specialize as a XYZ" and so on. 

Why did you choose this profession over your current profession?

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What are some positive personality traits that will help you in your job?  

Why do you want to work as a CNA?  ​

You do not want to say that you no longer want to be working there but you also need to show you are a motivated individual with goals. If you want to grow in your career, you could say, “I hope to gain a few years of solid experience working as an assistant before pursuing a licensed nursing degree. I know I can learn a lot working for this facility which has a reputation of providing outstanding care to patients. Sometime down the road, I hope to work as an LVN or maybe even an RN for this facility.” 

You do not want to say, “I hated that job and could not leave it fast enough.” Even if you had bad experiences, look for a positive spin: “I learned a lot about myself in my previous job and part of what I learned is that my talents and skills can better serve your health care facility and the people I will work with each day. I know I will continue to grow as a person and as a nursing assistant if I work for you.”.. 

Do not just rattle off your educational and school history but rather discuss how your experiences will make you a great CNA.
You can reply by saying, “I get along with people very well. This has made me a team player at all jobs I have had. In my previous employment as a sales associate, I got along well with the public and went out of my way to help both customers and co-workers. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to apply my people skills and caring attitude to a job as a CNA and hope to make all patients feel a little more at home and very well cared for. Having worked two jobs while also completing my CNA training, I know I have the ability to work long hours and multitask without losing my energy or positive attitude.”

Although this is one of the most commonly asked questions, it reveals many things about your personality. Your employer will see if you have the qualifications, experience, qualities and skills for the position. Although there are no hard and fast rules to answer this question, make sure you introduce yourself in a very positive manner, highlighting your past experiences, and if possible, state why you choose this profession. Finish replying the question in not more than two minutes. 

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Tell us something about yourself

To find out more about your dedication and motivation in choosing a CNA career path, interviewers most likely will ask why you want to work in the field. This is the time to talk about your passion and your desire to help people. You might want to explain that your were always drawn to the medical field, possibly inserting anecdotes about how your family has a tradition of service in healthcare, or how you realized you were cut out for the work when you helped take care of an aging parent. Another route you could take is to refer to the exceptional opportunities available in the field that attract you.. 

Where do you want to be 5 years from now? 

Instead of saying something generic like, “I am a great communicator or I pay close attention to detail”, provide a personal story. “I have always been the type of person to go the extra mile in everything I do in life. I give it 110%. When I was completing my training course, I was working with a patient I had gotten to know well. Her conversations with me one morning were nothing like we had before. I just had a feeling something wasn’t right even though she looked well and her vitals were fine. Even so, I talked to my supervisor to let her know something was wrong. The doctor was called and it turned out the patient was ill that day. Since I had always taken time to really talk to and understand my patients, I was able to help when she was not well.” - See more at: http://www.nursetogether.com

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Provide an answer showing your passion to work in the health care field but with your own personal touch. Say something like, “I have known since I was a child that I wanted to work in a job where I could truly help others and know that I want to enter the health care industry in some way. When I was in high school, my grandmother became too ill for us to care for her on our own. My family hired a home health agency to provide nursing care for her. Now my grandmother is doing very well and I truly believe a lot of that is because she had such wonderful nurses. I decided to become a CNA because I would like to help others the way those lovely ladies helped my own grandmother.”Do not just rattle off your educational and school history but rather discuss how your experiences will make you a great CNA.


You can reply by saying, “I get along with people very well. This has made me a team player at all jobs I have had. In my previous employment as a sales associate, I got along well with the public and went out of my way to help both customers and co-workers. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to apply my people skills and caring attitude to a job as a CNA and hope to make all patients feel a little more at home and very well cared for. Having worked two jobs while also completing my CNA training, I know I have the ability to work long hours and multitask without losing my energy or positive attitude.”

Although this is one of the most commonly asked questions, it reveals many things about your personality. Your employer will see if you have the qualifications, experience, qualities and skills for the position. Although there are no hard and fast rules to answer this question, make sure you introduce yourself in a very positive manner, highlighting your past experiences, and if possible, state why you choose this profession. Finish replying the question in not more than two minutes. 

Why did you leave your last job?