Five top reasons why you may be getting turned down for caregiver jobs and how to fix it

Finding a job as a caregiver can be challenging. Employers are looking for responsible, kind, and experienced workers. They want workers who can provide quality care for their clients. 

If you are looking to be a caregiver and you have been getting turned down for jobs, it’s important to understand why. After understanding, you can then take the necessary steps to overcome the issues. This blog will look at the top five reasons you may be getting turned down for caregiver jobs and how to fix them.

The top five reasons are:

  1. You can’t answer the “Why should an employer hire you as a caregiver” question
  2. Your availability is too limited
  3. You are only open to a certain type of client
  4. You don’t come off as reliable
  5. Your job history looks like you’ve hopped around a lot

The rest of this blog will go into more detail about how you can address these issues. Read below to find out more!


1. You can’t answer the “Why should an employer hire you as a caregiver” question

This is one of the most common questions asked in a caregiver interview. To stand out from other interviewers, you need to be able to answer this question with confidence. Take the time to think about your skills and qualifications that make you a great caregiver.

Try to think of 1-2 of your personality traits that make you a good caregiver. These could be that you are kind and thoughtful. Also try to think of a job you've had before, such as babysitting, that would make you a good fit for the job.

Write down the reasons you have thought of and then practice saying them out loud. You can even ask a friend or family member to ask you the question so that you can practice responding.

If you write down your answers and practice saying them, you will have the confidence to answer this question easily.


2. Your availability is too limited.

Employers are looking for caregivers who can work flexible hours. Part of working in the caregiving industry might mean that you have to work 2nd or 3rd shift at times. Make sure that you understand which shift you are interviewing for and that caregivers often have to work flexible shifts. Clarifying the shifts you might be working is very important. 

If you know you can't work full-time and want to work part-time, be sure to tell the person interviewing you as soon as possible. For example, if you have another job or have children, it is important that you know how much you can work. 

Another important thing to do is make sure that you are free during the interview process. Showing up late or missing an interview will look very bad. Make sure to clear your schedule and double-check your interview times. This will show them you are an organized person who can make time for important things.


3. You are only open to a certain type of client.

While it’s important to know the type of clients you want to work with, make sure you are open to working with other clients.

Caregivers can work with:

  • Elderly individuals
  • People with disabilities
  • People with illnesses

Some caregivers find that they like caring for one of these groups of people the most. It is okay to have a favorite kind of patient to work with. But, you should also be open to caring for all in need.

Caregivers also can either work:

  • Doing in-home care or
  • Giving care in assisted living facilities

Some caregivers might prefer being in someone's home to provide care or at a living facility. It is okay to prefer one of these too. But, make sure you tell your interviewer that you are okay with working in both places if you are.

Being flexible and a person who is open to providing care and helping all will help you land a caregiver job.


4.You don’t come off as reliable

Being a caregiver comes with a lot of responsibility.  Employers need to always know that their caregivers won't miss work. As an employer, you can never miss a shift or be late because your patient depends on you.

To show that you are reliable in the interview process, you can:

  • Tell a story about how you were always on time at your last job
  • Talk about how you use alarms to make sure you wake up at the right time
  • Talk about how you have a calendar that helps you organize your time

Talking about any of these things will show your employer that you are reliable. Some employers will ask you to have a reference on your application. A reference is someone who could talk about how you are a good fit for the job. Sometimes, employers call your reference to make sure you are a good employee. Make sure that your reference is someone who knows this about you.

In summary, you can show employers you are reliable by talking about

  • Your past experiences
  • Your organization skills &
  • By having a good reference.


5. Your job history looks like you’ve hopped around a lot.

If you’ve had a lot of caregiver positions or jobs that didn't last long, employers may be hesitant to hire you. Hopping around jobs may show that you won't work for them for long. Employers want workers who will be working for them for a long time. If this is you, you should start by explaining why you’ve had a lot of jobs if they ask.

 Some reasons you may have had a lot of jobs are:

  • You wanted to try different jobs to see what you like
  • You needed to move towns for family reasons
  • You needed to move towns to find a better situation
  • You needed to make ends meet or pay for education

If any of these situations apply to you, make sure to tell your employer. You can explain how you overcame any of these situations and are sure you want to work as a caregiver for a long time now.



By understanding why you might be getting turned down for caregiver jobs, you can take the steps to improve your chances. If you focus on fixing these problems, you will get hired by more agencies. With the right preparation, you’ll be on your way to securing that perfect caregiver job.

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