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The best thing you can do for yourself is to research the facility before landing the interview. You will want to know specifics, like how many patients the facility has and the type of illnesses of the patients to see if the ailment fits into your area of expertise. Another important factor to look at is the facility's view on pain. Find out their philosophy on pain management. According to the Compassion and Choices Organization, be wary of phrases like, "Not all pain can be controlled but we do our best." Almost all pain can be controlled and you want to know the facility has good pain management in place. Remember, you are interviewing the facility as much as they are interviewing you, and doing research beforehand helps you ask the right questions to make that decision.
Chances are the facility is going to ask you to demonstrate how you handled a certain situation, especially in a position such as this. You'll want to have real-life examples. Since hospice care requires extensive experience in the health care field, as well as a sense of compassion, tell the interviewer about a particular experience in which you had to deal with the loss of a patient, how you handled it and how you dealt with the family. You'll want to show a level of professionalism while demonstrating compassion at the same time. When you give your example to the interviewer, sit up straight with confidence and look the interviewer in the eye. This shows a sense of confidence in your job. If you feel confident, the interviewer will have confidence in you.
In this field, nothing is cut-and-dry. After the entire interview, maybe you still have questions on the specifics of their policies and procedures, or maybe there were some things you didn't quite understand about the facility itself. It never hurts to ask. Demonstrate that you are interested in learning more about the facility as opposed to just taking in the information and being on your merry way. Ask about accreditation the facility may have. Are they affiliated with any religious organizations? With the research and the interview, you should know more than enough about this particular institution and whether or not this is the type of place you would feel comfortable sending your loved ones to during their last days. As the interview concludes and if you are still interested in being part of the team, ask about the next step. If you've found that this may not be the place for you, simply thank them for their time.
Laurel Handfield has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction articles for "Guide" and "Bumples" magazine. Although she has been writing for years, her career officially began in 2003 with the release of her first novel, "My Diet Starts Tomorrow." She graduated from Cheyney University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. It was there she became serious about writing.