MockQuestions MockQuestions
Job interview preparation
Sign in
Upgrade
Career Interviews
Interview Topics
Company Interviews
Close

Top 25 Athletic Trainer Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 2 of 28
Why should we hire you to be our athletic trainer?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 3 of 28
What types of work environments are you used to?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 4 of 28
What are the general assessment steps that you take with a new patient?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 5 of 28
How do you respond to sudden changes in your schedule?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 6 of 28
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 7 of 28
As an Athletic Trainer, what do you believe is your best asset?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 8 of 28
What is your top diet or nutrition recommendation to your patients?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 9 of 28
Why do you want a career as an athletic trainer?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 10 of 28
What are your salary expectations?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers

Practice More Interviews

Behavioral
We all have some behaviors that are typical of us and which sometimes results ...
Common
There are some questions that employers ask at almost every interview. ...
Communication
Communication skills are essential for any workplace to function efficiently. ...
Leadership
If you are interviewing for any type of leadership role; prepare with our ...
Management
Our management questions are designed for any interview for a position ...
Teamwork
This set of questions aims to ascertain what your idea of teamwork is and ...

Related Career Interviews

Paramedic
Paramedics are healthcare workers who provide emergency medical aid to patients who are injured in an accident or who suffer some type of medical emergency. You are usually the first to arrive on the scene ...
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioners (also called NP's) are advanced, state-licensed, registered nurses who are capable of treating particular medical conditions without physician supervision. As a Nurse Practitioner, ...
Physical Therapist
As a Physical Therapist you consult with patients to learn about their physical condition and symptoms, develop a treatment plans, teach patients how to properly use exercise techniques, provide stimulation ...
Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, ...
Athletic Director
An athletic director (commonly "athletics director" or "AD") is an administrator at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, who oversees the work ...
Athlete
Professional athletes participate in organized athletic events nationally and internationally. Companies often sponsor athletes who then compete in their sporting event wearing the sponsors' badge or logo. ...
View More Careers
Question 11 of 28
When you suffer a setback with a client, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 12 of 28
What type of physical therapy equipment are you best versed in?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 13 of 28
What type of training program do you use for yourself?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 14 of 28
How do you evaluate if an athlete is ready to be back in the game?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 15 of 28
While attending university, what was your most challenging course, and why?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 16 of 28
While attending university/college, what was your favorite course, and why?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 17 of 28
In your career as an athletic trainer, have you ever come across an injury that made you queasy?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 18 of 28
As an athletic trainer are you able to recognize the signs of steroid or other performance enhancement drug use?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 19 of 28
Have you ever worked as part of a team with a head coach or another trainer?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 20 of 28
Give me a time when you went above and beyond the basic requirements for a patient.
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 21 of 28
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a rehabilitation team?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 22 of 28
Tell me about the most severe injury you have come across in your career as an athletic trainer.
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 23 of 28
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for a career as an athletic trainer.
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 24 of 28
Are you experienced in collaborating with physicians and other healthcare practitioners?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 25 of 28
Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 26 of 28
Have you ever worked with patients who have disabilities or unique challenges?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 27 of 28
Are you keen on documentation and report writing?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 28 of 28
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Professional Answers
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers

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.

Print all Athletic Trainer Interview Questions