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Respiratory 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 objective is..Ö

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 me to...

*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."

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