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Athletic Trainer Interview

28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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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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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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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