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1. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
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Occupational therapist assistants and aides work under the supervision of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients' quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. For example, occupational therapist assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by teaching them how to compensate for lost motor skills or help individuals with learning disabilities increase their independence.
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Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions
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What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
 
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My one weakness as an OTA would be dealing with difficult situations that include patients that will not participate in activities that I have planned.
 
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I am beginning right out of school.
 
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What motivates you as an OTA?
 
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Having the ability to help people to get back to their desired level of function, whatever that might be, to help them live fulfilling lives.
 
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Knowing I can change someone's life and get them back to living life to the fullest.
 
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Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.
 
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Yes, watching pt's go from bed bound to walking out.
 
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Unfortunately, I have not worked with patients before. Although when my grandfather was very sick I was there with him everyday watching the OTA's and knew that is what I wanted to be.
 
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What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
 
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What I dislike about Occupational Therapy is.
 
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Having to tell a patient their insurance cut them due to lack of progress.
 
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Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
 
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I enjoy people progressing and able to return home.
 
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To make a difference in a life.
 
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Did you pass the national certification exam?
 
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I have graduated in Psychology with honours.
 
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No I have a degree and have worked on rehabilitation.
 
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Tell me about your education.
 
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I took a 2 year Ota/pta program at sault college. I had about 6 placements through out the program.
 
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Gcses in english , oral, lit, lang,.... Typing, maths, needlework. Pe.
 
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What do you like most about being an OTA?
 
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Meeting people and progressing patients.
 
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I like the end result of the help I have assisted to give and enjoy learning about peoples lives thoughout.
 
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How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
 
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They should have a good relationship in order to achieve a happy working atmosphere that will also enhance the service user.
 
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To plan treatment programmes that are effective for the individual and be able to work together to help the individual achieve their full potential.
 
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If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
 
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Talk about it and work it out.
 
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Disguss in an appropriate manner to achieve an agreement.
 
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When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
 
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When someone didn't want to reach there goal and you have to tell them they will make it though and push them.
 
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Working with alziemer and dementia patients.
 
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Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
 
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No none at all I have had experience in all different sectors and belive that if you serve will you gain respect and trust in individuals.
 
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I love treating all people. The only thing I can say that I was weary of was TBI. I had a Pt that had a TBI and was sexually impulsive. Something I wasn't use to, and needed to work through. But those experiences make a person and I gained more experience and know legends from that individual.
 
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Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
 
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I do I think I have gained lots of experience though my placements expecally ccac.
 
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I have no volunteer experience but plenty of care experience and belive it's all relevant in the ot sector as alot of the position is caring.
 
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Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.
 
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I do enjoy learning and the subject I like or enjoy the most is rehab.
 
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Different conditions such as ms.
 
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What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?
 
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One that supports you encourages you and that is easy to talk to if there is a problem.
 
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One that communicates with me.
 
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Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
 
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Yes I love helping the team out and making the office successful.
 
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I love helping out the team.
 
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How do you typically treat patients?
 
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With respect how I would like my family to be treated eith dignity and empathy.
 
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With respect and kindness how I would like to be treated by someone.
 
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Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
 
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I would say that I am organised in my work and if I wasnt I would hope that someine would help me if not.
 
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I would say I am very organized.
 
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How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
 
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By being approachable friendly and happy.
 
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By working as a team communicating to each other.
 
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What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
 
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There isnt anything apart from the paper work.
 
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Maybe the paper work but even that I liked there is nothing I don't like about an Ota.
 
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Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
 
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Not at the moment but its something that I might think about later on.
 
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I do not I am happy being a Ota.
 
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What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
 
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I find the whole psychology of people very interesting and would love to progress in that.
 
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I do enjoy working with spinal and brain and brain injury but also enjoy trauma.
 
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