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Physical Therapy Interview Questions

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  • How well do you work in groups? What is an example of when you took charge of a group?
  • Give an example of a time when a conflict arose in a group and how did you handle it?
  • When is a time you had a lot on your plate and how did you handle it?
  • What have you learned from your clinical experience?
  • Where do you see yourself ending up? Where did you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What is something people tell you that you need to work on?
  • What qualities do you see in yourself that relate to you as a professional?
  • What is your definition of a professional?
  • What is the most difficult decision you've had to make and how did you arrive at your decision?
  • When is a time that you had to overcome a challenge?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment?
  • When did you have to do something that you did not agree with?
  • Explain why some of your prerequisite grades were a little bit lower than your other grades?
  • What is something positive that has resulted from managed care?
  • How would you choose who would receive life-saving care, such as dialysis, first?
  • Suppose you walk into a hospital room to work with a patient and she refused because her favorite TV show is on. What would you do?
  • Why did you choose to pursue PT instead of another health profession such as a doctor or nurse?
  • As a PT, what duties would you assign a PT assistant that you wouldn't an aide?

Interview Questions for Physical Therapy School

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to be a Physical Therapist?
  • Why did you choose to pursue PT instead of another health profession such as a doctor or nurse?
  • What kind of experiences do you have in the field?
  • What did you learn from your clinical experience?
  • Describe some of your most challenging and enjoyable observations?
  • What do you think is the most challenging aspects of being a physical therapist?
  • How do you see physical therapy evolving in the next ten years?
  • How have your personal and volunteer experiences strengthened your goal to become a PT?
  • In what kind of a setting and/or location would you like to practice?
  • How did you select this school and why do you want to attend?
  • What strengths and skills do you possess to become a successful physical therapist?
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
  • What qualities or characteristics do you think make a good physical therapist?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • Do you think college grades and test scores are an accurate measure of your aptitude?
  • What would you do if a customer(patient) accuses you of a bad service?
  • What motivates you to do your best?  How do you motivate those around you to give their best effort?
  • Describe a time when you had to take a leadership role in coaching or instructing someone.  
  • What do you think is the most pressing issue in our field today?  What are some of the possible solutions?
  • What will you do if you are not accepted to PT school this year?
  • Why should we choose you for our program?

Summary of Interview from SU Student:

While arriving at XXXXX, there were eleven other students interviewing during the time of my interview. First, we had a small informational session where the faculty was introduced and so were the interviewees. After this, the interviewees were broken into groups to rotate through the interview process. For me, my first stop was an individual interview. The questions were not what I was expecting mainly because they did not give me the opportunity to tell them about myself or go into my interest into Physical Therapy. The first question I was asked was "who would I invite to dinner if I could choose three people from the past, present or future?" From there the questions were directed more towards why XXXXXX. Then I was confused by another question that asked me to compare XXXXXX to other programs I was interested in. This question puzzled me because I hadn't done as much research other schools like I had for XXXXXX. From there I went into a group interview with two other students and one faculty member. In this interview, all of the interviewees were asked the same questions and could answer in any order. I felt like the questions were negative in tone. They were trying to pull out your downfalls. For instance, some of the questions were "how do you handle stress", "what do you foresee as the biggest challenge being in PT school" and "what was a class that you struggled with as an undergraduate"? I used this opportunity to turn the negatives into to positives. The last part of the interview was a written exam. It was a behavioral based question and we were given 20 minutes to respond. Overall, the interview felt rushed and I didn't feel I was able to get across every aspect of myself that I  wanted to.

Interview Questions From You:

Regular Treatments
–Is therapy performed at bedside or in a gym?
-What are your productivity goals?
-How many units a day do you expect your therapists to bill?
-What constitutes one unit? (For example, are units calculated in 15-minute increments?

Evaluations
-How many evaluations do your therapists perform each day?
-How much time do you expect an evaluation to take?
-What responsibilities will I have that do not contribute to my productivity? For example, team meetings, patient
-What percentage of your staff members are meeting your productivity expectations?

Weekend Rotations
-Will I be a part of a weekend rotation?
-Are there any days during my placement that will be considered holidays?
-How long will it take to travel between the facilities that I’m expected to cover?

Rehabilitation Team Environment Questions:
-How many therapists do you have on staff?
-What’s the ratio of PT/OT/ and SLP therapists?
-Who will be my supervisor?
-What is your policy concerning continuing education?

Orientation Questions:
-When will I be orientated for this position?
-What does your orientation involve?
-How many hours are allotted for orientation?

Documentation Questions:
-How do you record documentation? Do you have a computer system, or a paper system?
-How long does it take the average therapist to become proficient with this system?

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