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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Why should we hire you to be our athletic trainer?
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The interviewer would like to know what makes you a stand-out candidate. Why should they choose you? Tell the interviewer all of the star qualities that make you an unforgettable candidate.

If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! These stand-out qualities could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.
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Why should we hire you to be our athletic trainer?
The interviewer would like to know what makes you a stand-out candidate. Why should they choose you? Tell the interviewer all of the star qualities that make you an unforgettable candidate.

If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! These stand-out qualities could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am the best athletic trainer for you because I come with the exact experience that you are looking for in your job posting. I have exposure being an athletic trainer to elite athletes and have additional experience working side by side with physicians."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I'm qualified and passionate about helping people to move and stay active. I am excited about the idea of delivering health to your athletes and will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond for your facility."
2.
What type of physical therapy equipment are you best versed in?
As an athletic therapist, you will be required to use a variety of equipment when working with your patients. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of working with a range of popular equipment. This is an excellent time to ask if you don't already know, the type of equipment most used by this particular facility.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am most versed in the use of bobath tables, mat tables, and hydrotherapy whirlpools. What types of equipment do you most commonly use in your medical center?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"While attending my practicum, I used bariatric tables, parallel bars, and mat tables. I am a fast learner and am confident in my ability to learn the type of equipment you use here. Could you fill me in on the types of equipment you use here? "
3.
Are you experienced in collaborating with physicians and other healthcare practitioners?
Collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals is a crucial part of your role as an athletic trainer. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of professional partnership.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have had some great experiences while collaborating with healthcare professionals. In my current medical clinic, our team meets on a monthly basis to discuss possibilities of changes in our program. Everyone is welcome to participate, and we've come up with some great changes."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"During my practicum, I worked with a team of all types of practitioners. This experience was incredible and made me a big fan of collaboration within clinics. What better for the patient than to have multiple specialties under one roof!"
4.
While attending university, what was your most challenging course, and why?
Generally speaking, our most challenging area of study during post-secondary will be our least favorite and weakest area of practice. Discuss with the interviewer what your most challenging course was during your time in university/college.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My most challenging course was on Neuromuscular control. Teaching the body to have conscious control of particular movements is an incredibly detailed concept. After graduating with my Bachelor's Degree, I returned to school to take a couple of related courses just to expand my knowledge in this area."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had the most difficult time in head, neck and spine evaluation. Some of the technical language was difficult for me to grasp, so I chose to hire a tutor. I am proud to say that I graduated with a 92% in that particular class."
5.
While attending university/college, what was your favorite course, and why?
Generally speaking, our strongest area of study during post-secondary will be our favorite and strongest area of practice. Discuss with the interviewer what your favorite course was during your time in university/college.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My favorite subject in university was Human Nutrition. I have always had a strong interest and passion when it comes to the relationship between performance and fuel."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I loved the majority of my courses, but if I had to choose just one, I would choose clinical exercise science. My professor was passionate and knowledgeable which made the course even more enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed learning to assess physical function from postsurgical rehabilitation."
6.
Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?
As an athletic trainer, are you comfortable creating your client training program? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create your program from scratch.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have developed many client training programs in my career and am happy to share some of these with you. My primary focus when developing training programs is on athletic rehabilitation from over-strain with a large focus on restorative yoga and stretching."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have not yet created my program; however, this is a goal of mine for the future. I have even attended writing courses so that I can better learn how to structure an athletic program and effectively write it."
7.
Are you keen on documentation and report writing?
Do you understand the importance of documentation when it comes to client progress? Assure the interviewer that you are great with documentation and that you know the importance of clear, concise report writing.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A critical part of my role as an athletic trainer is to ensure that my client's needs are properly documented, along with their progress. I am strong with my documentation, and when you call my references, they will attest to that as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My time in university taught me a great deal about clear report writing. I am diligent and understand the importance of clear client records."
8.
What is your top diet or nutrition recommendation to your patients?
With so many opinions surrounding diet and nutrition, the interviewer will want to know that you share similar thoughts when it comes to healthy eating habits. Share with the interviewer your favorite food or nutrition tip.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My top nutrition recommendation for my patients is to eat a large breakfast and a small dinner, rather than the other way around. This way of eating will boost an athlete's metabolism and give them the proper amount of energy they need to fuel their day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently exploring the positive effects that a plant-based diet has on high-performance athletes. It's fascinating research and I believe will be recommending this way of eating to any of my patients who suffer from inflammation and digestive issues."
9.
What are the general assessment steps that you take with a new patient?
The interviewer would like to know that you understand how to intake a new patient correctly. As an athletic trainer, you need to understand the importance of proper intake with new patients. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of following appropriate protocol and documentation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current clinic we have a detailed form that I ask all new patients to fill out, in full. It includes their details such as height, weight, and birthdate. We collect their health care details as well. Then, the form dives into medical history, allergies, current exercise levels, and previous diagnoses. Each of my new patients will then sit with me for a 30-minute consultation. All of this happens before I begin treatment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When I first meet a new patient, I will ensure that their paperwork is complete. I take the time to speak with them about any previous injuries and discuss their expectations surrounding my treatment plan."
10.
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do not lean one way or another when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."
11.
How do you respond to sudden changes in your schedule?
An athletic trainer's priorities can change on a dime, depending on the needs of your patients and the nature of your clinic. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of responding quickly, and professionally, to sudden changes in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"For the past year I have worked with a semi-pro baseball team. The priorities can change at any moment, depending on injuries that can happen during practice and games. I am very used to changing my priorities depending on the situation at hand."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can think quickly on the job, and I do respond well to sudden change. Last week I was asked to take on three additional patients who were walk-ins. I am a team player, so I stayed late to ensure that these patients were taken care of."
12.
As an athletic trainer are you able to recognize the signs of steroid or other performance enhancement drug use?
ThThe use of steroids and other performance enhancement drugs is still very prominent in professional sports. Assure the interviewer that you would be able to spot steroid use in an athlete.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There are many signs to look for, but the ones that generally give it away are mood swings, poor skin, and dramatic weight gain. In my current position we do test our athletes about 3 times per year."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"While completing my Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training, one of the modules was on performance-enhancing drugs and the signs of drug abuse. I am very confident in my ability to spot steroid use in an athlete."
13.
What are your salary expectations?
The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus c. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am new to my career as an athletic trainer, so I would like to be paid according to my blend of education, and practicum experience, while being offered the opportunity for compensation and career growth."
14.
Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?
Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Assure the interviewer that you are capable of maintaining work-related stress healthily.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I handle career-related stress and pressure through keeping active in my own life. I also start each morning with meditation. I try to stay away from TV and snacks and spend more of my time reading."
15.
What types of work environments are you used to?
As an athletic trainer, you will meet a large variety of people every day. The interviewer wants to see that you can handle working in a diverse environment. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of getting along with a variety of personalities, that you can adapt to change, and that you can make yourself comfortable in any situation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
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Interview Questions
  1. Why should we hire you to be our athletic trainer?
  2. What type of physical therapy equipment are you best versed in?
  3. Are you experienced in collaborating with physicians and other healthcare practitioners?
  4. While attending university, what was your most challenging course, and why?
  5. While attending university/college, what was your favorite course, and why?
  6. Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?
  7. Are you keen on documentation and report writing?
  8. What is your top diet or nutrition recommendation to your patients?
  9. What are the general assessment steps that you take with a new patient?
  10. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  11. How do you respond to sudden changes in your schedule?
  12. As an athletic trainer are you able to recognize the signs of steroid or other performance enhancement drug use?
  13. What are your salary expectations?
  14. Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  15. What types of work environments are you used to?
  16. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  17. As an Athletic Trainer, what do you believe is your best asset?
  18. Why do you want a career as an athletic trainer?
  19. When you suffer a setback with a client, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  20. What type of training program do you use for yourself?
  21. How do you evaluate if an athlete is ready to be back in the game?
  22. In your career as an athletic trainer, have you ever come across an injury that made you queasy?
  23. Have you ever worked as part of a team with a head coach or another trainer?
  24. Have you ever worked with patients who have disabilities or unique challenges?
  25. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for a career as an athletic trainer.
  26. Tell me about the most severe injury you have come across in your career as an athletic trainer.
  27. Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a rehabilitation team?
  28. Give me a time when you went above and beyond the basic requirements for a patient.
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