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Athletic Trainer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Athletic Trainer interview, here are 28 interview questions and answer examples.

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Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?

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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.

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List of 28 Athletic Trainer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?

      How to Answer

      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.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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      Experienced

      "I recently launched an e-program on the benefits of yoga and meditative stretching. I work with each of my clients on incorporating this program into their treatment."

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  • 2.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      How to Answer

      In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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      Experienced

      "I like to leverage both methods of communications when dealing with business. Sometimes, situations call for verbal communications and other times, written. As a rule of thumb, I tend to practice verbal communications, with written follow up or vice versa. Utilizing multiple methods creates repetition and therefore, change."

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      Community Answer

      "Communication is essential in the work environment, and both are equally important. However, I prefer verbal communication because I enjoy face-to-face interactions. I can read body language and gain a sense of tone and expressions. Plus, written communication can be misunderstood, though it is a good strategy for documenting a conversation."

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      Your answer has a lot of balance, which is great! It sounds as though you are a very thoughtful communicator, and I like the fact that you provided some examples of when each form of communication is most beneficial.

  • 3.

    When you suffer a setback with a client, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with delays in the workplace.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Experiencing a setback is always disappointing, and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

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      Entry Level

      "Setbacks can be trying, but I find that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping off point to something even better."

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      Experienced

      "Setbacks happen for a reason, and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

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      Community Answer

      "Experiencing a setback can be disappointing; however, I see it as a learning process. I debrief with colleagues and discuss what I could have done differently. I also do some research on how I can improve my skills. I remember the first time I experienced a proximal tibial fracture. The opposing softball athlete was running down first base and collided with the first baseman. She heard a pop. I immediately thought ACL. After performing an on-field evaluation, I carried her to the dugout and sat her down with ice. I performed a more thorough secondary evaluation, and I noticed that she had a fracture. I activated 9-1-1, but the coach said no, that the mom will take her. I learned that I shouldn't have made that decision."

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      The story you tell is an excellent example of running into a setback and learning from the situation. Any interviewer should appreciate your willingness to bring your answers to life through a story!

  • 4.

    What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      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.

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    What type of physical therapy equipment are you best versed in?

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      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.

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    What type of training program do you use for yourself?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you 'walk the walk' when it comes to athletic training and body care. As an athletic trainer, you should believe in your services enough to use them for yourself. Talk to the interviewer about your own personal regimen.

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    How do you evaluate if an athlete is ready to be back in the game?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you gauge and athletes readiness to return to the game. As an athletic trainer, you will be responsible for ensuring that your athletes do not return to their sport too soon. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of making a critical call like this.

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  • 8.

    While attending university, what was your most challenging course, and why?

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      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.

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    While attending university/college, what was your favorite course, and why?

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      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.



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  • 10.

    In your career as an athletic trainer, have you ever come across an injury that made you queasy?

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      As an athletic trainer, it's crucial that you can handle looking at and treating all types of injuries. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of professionally handling all types of injuries.

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  • 11.

    As an athletic trainer are you able to recognize the signs of steroid or other performance enhancement drug use?

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      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.

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    Have you ever worked as part of a team with a head coach or another trainer?

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      An athletic trainer can work in a medical center or with a variety of sports teams. Talk to the interviewer about your experience working with an athletic coach or training team.

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  • 13.

    Are you keen on documentation and report writing?

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      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.

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  • 14.

    Have you ever worked with patients who have disabilities or unique challenges?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you have worked with a range of clients who have a disability or unique physical challenge. Talk to the interviewer about any experience you have had working with clients who have limitations and how it has stretched you as an athletic trainer.

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  • 15.

    Why do you want a career as an athletic trainer?

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      The interviewer would like to know what inspired you to become an athletic trainer. Discuss what brought you to this career path and what keeps you in it. Be sure to express your passion for what you do!

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    Are you experienced in collaborating with physicians and other healthcare practitioners?

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      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.

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    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for a career as an athletic trainer.

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      The interviewer would like to know more about your post-secondary experience. How do you feel that your post-secondary experience has shaped you as an athletic trainer? Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary studies. You can include which courses were your favorite or discuss a professor that positively challenged you.

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    Tell me about the most severe injury you have come across in your career as an athletic trainer.

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      The interviewer would like to know the level of injuries you bring experience in treating. Injuries can vary significantly in severity. Assure the interviewer that you can handle whatever comes your way.

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    As an Athletic Trainer, what do you believe is your best asset?

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      The interviewer would like to know what your one-star quality is. If you had to choose one stand out characteristic that makes you the best athletic trainer around - what would it be? Make your answer unique and expressive so that you stand out from the crowd.

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    What three words would you use to describe yourself?

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      If you had to sum up your personality, character, and work ethic into just three words - what would they be? This question will help the interviewer to know more about your true character and how you think of yourself.



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  • 21.

    How do you respond to sudden changes in your schedule?

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      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.

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  • 22.

    What are the general assessment steps that you take with a new patient?

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      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.

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    What is your top diet or nutrition recommendation to your patients?

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      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.

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    What types of work environments are you used to?

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      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.

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    Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a rehabilitation team?

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      The interviewer is trying to get a feel for your personality and how you interact with others. You may work well without the need for much management or direction, or perhaps you are better driven in a collaborative and team environment.

      Either way, be honest with the interviewer about your preferences without leaning negatively, either way. As an athletic trainer, being collaborative is essential. Assure the interviewer that you can work well with other trainers without any ego getting in the way.

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    Give me a time when you went above and beyond the basic requirements for a patient.

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      As an athletic trainer, are you invested in your patients? Talk to the interviewer about how you are willing to go above and beyond for your clients.

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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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    Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?

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      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.

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