Therapy Interview Questions
1. Describe yourself.
Over the last ten years, my background has been in the field of direct
sales. Specifically, Iíve been focused on identifying and gaining new
accounts for my region. During the last year alone, I was able toÖ
2. How would someone else describe you?
Dependable. I make sure that whatever goal Iím assigned, I see it
through to the end....
3. Why do you want to work in this field?
4. What procedures have you designed for at your past position?
5. Tell me about a patient you couldn't treat as well as they needed.
6. Why should we hire you?
I sincerely believe that I am the best person for the position. My past
experience has taught me the necessary skills that will allow me to
succeed in this position. Other candidates may have the ability to be
successful, but I combine that ability with an attitude that is
guaranteed to deliver results.
7. What is your long-range objective?
The future is always uncertain, yet Iíve always known my goal. My
8. How has education prepared you?
Most students will take the bare minimum of courses to get through, but
Iíve always taken additional courses and electives that I knew would
relate to this type of work. For example, during my senior year I was
able to take two additional anatomy classes. In one of them, my final
project involved working with a team andÖ
9. What were your major responsibilities in your most recent job?
Much of my responsibility was spent assisting my biomedical engineering
department. I was able to..
10. Tell me about yourself.
I was born in China and I came to the United States when I was five years
old. Like most college students, I had no idea what I wanted to do with
my life. Biology was my default major because my mom is a biologist. A
coworker informed me of respiratory school so I decided to give it a
try. It was the best decision of my life. I was elected the respiratory
club president because of my desire to unite the juniors and seniors.
Our club became official this year and our main purpose is to discourage
smoking on campus. Iím ACLS, BLS, NRP certified and I just applied for
my CRT license. My customer service experience at Stone Mountain Park
and MaxGroup developed my patience with people. In school, I rotated
through a variety of different hospitals which has given me a versatile
experience in the field.
11. What is your greatest weakness?
Iíve historically been a poor time manager. I In order to deal with
this, Iíve begun adhering to a much tighter schedule on my calendar. I
will organize my projects and schedule a time to work on each. This has
the added bonus of not only helping with my time management, but enables
*Note: Whenever this question is asked, make sure that you find a way to
turn your weakness into strength or find a weakness that isnít a crucial
characteristic. It is much preferred to mention a real weakness that is
not critical, as answers like ďIím a perfectionistĒ are sometimes
perceived as dodges to the question. In our opinion, the best two
answers to this are the ďtime managementĒ answer above or mentioning a
skill youíre developing; for example: ďI tend to get nervous in public
speaking situations. However, I have made an effort in the last year to
make more presentations to larger groups so that I can overcome my fear.
Iím not nearly as nervous as I was a year ago, but I still have lots of
room for improvement.Ē Such an answer addressed a nearly universal fear,
and reveals nothing that would tarnish your professional image in the
eyes of the interviewer.
12.Why do you want to work here?
I chose this particular hospital as a potential career due to its patient
population and reputation.
13. How has your past experience prepared you for this position?
All of my last positions have prepared me to do this graduate school
program. Iíve spent time working in each of the departments that
interact with this position. That experience has equipped me to put all
of the pieces of the puzzle together. I want the challenge of
cooperating with each of these other departments and networking with the
relationships that Iíve already established. When working independently
in a department, it is easy to fall prey to tunnel vision. Having worked
in each of the related departments, Iíve developed a number of ideas for
how they could all be coordinated together. One idea isÖ
14. Salary Questions.
As a screening device, interviewers often ask early in the interview what
salary you are looking for. If you ask for more than the employer is
willing to pay (or occasionally, on the flip side, undervalue yourself),
the interviewer can eliminate you before spending a lot of time with
you. That's why the best tactic for salary questions is to delay
responding to them as long as possible - ideally until after the
employer makes an offer. Try to deflect salary questions with a response
like this: "I applied for this position because I am very interested in
the job and your company, and I know I can make an immediate impact once
on the job, but I'd like to table salary discussions until we are both
sure I'm right for the job."