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Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview

30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 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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Have you worked with stroke patients?
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When you answer this question be sure to talk about a specific patient but do not disclose any confidential information about the patient or clinic.
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Have you worked with stroke patients?
When you answer this question be sure to talk about a specific patient but do not disclose any confidential information about the patient or clinic.

Rachelle's Answer
" I have not had the opportunity to work with patients that have suffered a stroke. I have had the opportunity to work with patients that suffer epileptic seizures and through my studies, I have learned that the challenges are similar. I look forward to working with different types of patients and improving my therapy techniques."
What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
When you answer this question be careful not to fall into a slippery slope of negativity. Be brief and end on a positive note.

Rachelle's Answer
"Overall, the pro's always outweigh any con's in the in this career field. If I had to change one thing, I would wish for the billing process to be more streamlined for patients who are on financial assistance. It can take a long time for them to see a refund for their medical expenses."
What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
This is one of the most common interview questions so you'll need to make sure you have your answer rehearsed. Talk a little bit about what you are doing to strengthen yourself in this particular area.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would say that one thing I could improve on would be my knowledge of more difficult medical terminology. I have enrolled myself in a medical terminology course that starts this summer."
What motivates you as an OTA?
Tell the interviewer how you motivated at work and what keeps you going in your job even on the most difficult days. Tell the interviewer if it is your patients, learning new therapeutic techniques or the team that you work with.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am personally motivated by words of encouragement and feedback on my work. If I can leave the office feeling like I did my best, and learned something new, I feel very motivated."
Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
When you answer this question, it is good to give an example of a time that you have had strong communication with a patient. You can also talk about a time that you were complimented by a supervisor on your strong communication skills.

Rachelle's Answer
"I really enjoy communicating with patients. Everyone has their own unique story, needs, and preferences. It makes my day go by so quickly when I can be in a patient facing role. Through my previous job reviews, my former supervisor consistently commented positively on my communication style with our patients."
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