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28 Athletic Trainer Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
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Question 2 of 28
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"You should hire me because I am unlike anyone else you have interviewed before. When I started my current company, I was the youngest athletic trainer they had ever hired. That didn't stop me from becoming the #1 trainer in the company within six months. I am dedicated to my craft and engaged in this industry to the point where I commit myself to taking at least one professional development or leadership related workshop every business quarter. I am a competitive achiever. You won't be disappointed when you hire me."
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Question 3 of 28
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I work in an ever-changing environment. I have to respond to sudden change almost daily with the schedule changing on a dime. We offer appointments as well as walk-ins, so it is not uncommon for me to see a last-minute patient. You learn to roll with it, and you find the most efficient ways to get to each patient quickly while delivering a high level of care."
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Question 4 of 28
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"In my career, I have treated plenty of people that range from all ages and personalities. I can easily adapt from one conversation to another. I'm a good conversationalist and comfortable enough with myself that I can easily adapt to new situations."
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Question 5 of 28
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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I have an intake team who follows the protocols that I have set forth for them. Our intake process includes a full health questionnaire, a conversation surrounding their dietary habits, sleep habits, as well as their current exercise plan."
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First written on: 06/05/2013
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Athletic Trainer

January 28th, 2017

Career options for an athletic trainer are vast. An athletic trainer can work on a multitude of patients ranging from the general public in need of physical rehabilitation to amateur and professional athletes. An athletic trainer can work in a hospital setting, a rehabilitation clinic, a school/university, for a particular sports team, or for the military.

The tasks of an athletic trainer vary greatly and they include tending to minor injuries such as twists and sprains. An athletic trainer will properly fit the athlete to their athletic equipment and ensure that any physician recommended regimes are followed by the individual in their care. If the athletic trainer is working for a sports team, they are required to be present for every game, practice, and training session.

Athletic trainers should be strong and fit as they will be required to assist, and be an example to, their patients and athletes. This includes heavy lifting, supporting another persons weight from time to time and giving exercise demonstrations. This is a physically demanding career.

If an athletic trainer is working for a sports team they may be required to give presentations and training in regards to the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and other forms of drug and alcohol abuse.

An athletic trainer is considered a healthcare professional so a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a health related field is required for most positions. In addition to a Bachelor's Degree, most states have their own licensing requirements for athletic trainers.