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Athletic Trainer Interview Questions
1. Being an athletic trainer can be a stressful position. How do you handle stress and pressure?
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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.
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Why do you think you are the best athletic trainer for us?
 
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You guys should hire me because I already know about athletic trainer and how it works.
 
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I get so committed to something almost nothing else matters. When I became and Athletic trainer I learned this is what I want to do. So I ended up spending everyday in the ATR not but force but by choice. And Chosing to help people is a commitment I want to make. And I feel like committing to this position feels right. When I picture my self working here I see a future a way to grow and I also see something I love to do and do daily. I see my self commiting my life to this job.
 
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I strive in pressure and I have worked in many different collegiate surrounding.
 
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You should hire me because I can bring a high quality of rehabilitation care to the athletes of this school to get them back to sport and keep them healthy.
 
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I am the best fit for the position.
 
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Tell me about a situation where you had to quickly adapt to inevitable changes as an Athletic Trainer.
 
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Just over a year ago I was finishing my second year working as an athletic trainer at a college, with volleyball and softball specifically. We had a team of 5 and I knew my athletes well. I did all my own rehabs and treatments with my athletes. When I got my current job at a high school, I had to quickly adapt to taking care of a wide range of athletes, learning how to talk to parents, and learning how to refer injuries out for physical therapy.
 
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When I was working with a baseball team I had to.
 
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The most prominant situation I can think of was an injury (broken leg) that I had to take care of in an environment where I had none of the tools I needed to work with. I was able to act quickly and think outside the box to make sure that person was as safe and as comfortable as possible while I splinted the leg and transported them to the hospital.
 
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Weather changed schedule.
 
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There's been a lot of times when practice times or fields changed from what was scheduled so I had to be flexible.
 
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What are the general assessment steps that you take with a new patient?
 
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The steps I would follow are to first try and understand how the problem arose, such as a communication issue, injury mechanism, etc. Then take the necessary actions to calm the situation down and take care of what needs to be taken care of.
 
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Investigate, so I do my research, I ask other individuals with the same education as I do as to how they would handle it, find someone who I know has had a similar problem and ask how they solved it. Then I apply the information I have gathered and apply it to my own beliefs and make a decision about what would most benefit the program or individuals.
 
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I stay calm and think of all the possible scenarios before making a decision.
 
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Breath, assess emergency situations, weigh options.
 
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I try to see all sides of the situation or problem first to try to make the best decision possible. I'm not afraid to ask for help if I think I need it and I think getting advice can greatly help solve a problem that I might think is impossible.
 
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Are you able to adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments?
 
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Every semester I had to change placements and get acquainted with new people, situations and environments.
 
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I grew up in a small town with 200 students in a graduating class to a college like Penn State where I knew no one and learned to make new friends easily. I've been to many summer camps in my youth where I would be alone and have to adapt to make the best of it. I had to make a bad living situation my sophomore year into a decent one by eventually just having to move out but we tried to work it out.
 
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What three words would you use to describe yourself?
 
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Professional dedicated responsible.
 
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As an Athletic Trainer, what do you believe is your best asset?
 
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I think my best asset as an athletic trainer is how quickly I learn new techniques and how eager I am to learn and try new things.
 
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I always act professional and stay calm.
 
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What is your top diet or nutrition recommendation to your patients?
 
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I covered a high school rugby game where there were a lot of pretty serious injuries. First, I had an obviously broken ankle on the opposing team; fortunately family friends were there that were able to take him right to the hospital. Then, I had two kids collide and both sustain concussions. One lost consciousness so I had to triage; I called an ambulance for the kid that lost consciousness and then evaluated the other kid when the first was taken care of.
 
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At a summer soccer camp we had a girl go down after getting kicked in the back of the neck and we made the decision to spine board her and call 911. It all happened in less than 2 minutes.
 
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When I was born I had to decide wether to breath or just die.
 
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Why do you want a career as an athletic trainer?
 
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I find working with athletes rewarding because they want to do what they do. They put their minds and bodies through so much for their sport and I think working with them and helping them achieve that goal is so satisfying. I always knew a career in the health field was something I wanted to pursue and working around sports is a great combination of my passions.
 
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I knew that I never wanted a 9-5 career where I was stuck at a desk all day with little interaction with people. I love being outside and I love sports, and I knew I wanted a job where I had the chance to help and better someone every day.
 
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Who would you say inspires you?
 
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How do you evaluate if an athlete is ready to be back in the game?
 
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What type of training program do you use for yourself?
 
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What type of physical therapy equipment are you best versed in?
 
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What are your salary expectations?
 
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Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
 
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Describe your three greatest accomplishments to date.
 
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What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
 
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Where do you see yourself five years from now?
 
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Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
 
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How can we motivate you on the job?
 
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What do you know about our organization?
 
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While attending university/college, what was your most challenging course, and why?
 
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While attending university/college, what was your favorite course, and why?
 
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In your career as an athletic trainer, have you ever come across an injury that made you queasy? Or, any situation where you could not service the athlete?
 
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Give me a time when you went above and beyond the basic requirements for a patient.
 
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This girl at the high school had lower back problems and my preceptors wanted me to write up her rehab. Well I didn't really have much experience with back injuries except in class but this girl was very determined to get back and wanted to try anything so with the help of my preceptors I researched every rehab exercise we could do and other alternative ways to help her.
 
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I made a noose and instead of just showing it, I used it ;)
 
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Is there any form of therapy or a specific type of situation that makes you uncomfortable?
 
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Getting too deep into my personal life with individuals I am not close with.
 
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Large spaces, enclosed places, being high up, and being very low to the ground.
 
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How well do you work in conjunction with other athletic trainers?
 
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I work very well with other people. I've been on sports teams since I could kick a soccer ball and being apart of a team is something I enjoy a lot.
 
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Ten years from now do you still see yourself in the athletic training industry?
 
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I see myself settled down working in a college setting. Also, I have been thinking that at some point I may go back to either PT school or get my PhD to be a professor, so I may be completing that.
 
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I see myself working at a D1 school as an athletic trainer working with my own team. Maybe working with a US Olympic team as well. Just furthering my knowledge on manual therapy.
 
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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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Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for a career as an athletic trainer.
 
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Are you experienced in collaborating with physicians and other health care practitioners in order to create a strong rehabilitation program for a patient?
 
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Have you ever developed a client training program from scratch?
 
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Have you ever worked with patients who have disabilities or unique challenges?
 
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As an athletic trainer, you need to assess a clients' progress carefully and regularly. Are you strong with documentation and report writing?
 
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Have you ever worked as part of a team with a head coach or another trainer?
 
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As an athletic trainer are you able to recognize the signs of steroid or other performance enhancement drug use?
 
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What makes you a great problem solver?
 
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