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Top 20 Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions
Question 1 of 23
Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
"I really do 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."
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.
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List of Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions
  1. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
  2. What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
  3. What motivates you as an OTA?
  4. Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.
  5. What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
  6. Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
  7. Did you pass the national certification exam?
  8. Tell me about your education.
  9. What do you like most about being an OTA?
  10. How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
  11. If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
  12. When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
  13. Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
  14. Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
  15. Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.
  16. What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?
  17. Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
  18. How do you typically treat patients?
  19. Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
  20. How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
  21. What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
  22. Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
  23. What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
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Occupational Therapist Assistant Information
August 26th, 2017

Occupational therapist assistants help patients become more independent by helping them improve, develop or recover the skills they need for daily living and working. They are employed by hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare services and private clinics. In all of these workplaces, they work under the direct supervision and direction of a qualified occupational therapist. On the job, occupational therapist assistants teach patients therapeutic exercises and how to use specially designed equipment. They also set up therapy equipment, monitor therapeutic sessions, and record patients' progress. They report all their observations to the occupational therapist who is overseeing the patient's treatment.
An associate's degree from an accredited program is the minimum qualification required to work as an occupational therapist assistant. Licensing or certification is required to practice in almost all states. Compassion, physical strength, flexibility, an eye for details and excellent interpersonal skills are essential attributes for anyone wishing to pursue a career as an occupational therapist assistant.
Be prepared to answer tough questions that aim to gauge whether you have what it takes to work as an occupational therapist assistant. The interviewer may give you instructions that an occupational therapist would, to assess how well you follow and execute instructions. They will also ask you all types of questions related to techniques used in occupational therapy and your short and long term career goals. To be better prepared for your interview, go to Mock Questions and give some thought to how you would answer the interview questions listed there.




Occupational Therapist Assistant User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 23
Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
"I really do 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."
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.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I sure do. The reason I chose the skilled nursing facility is that I will be working with the elderly, my favorite kind of people to work with.
2.
Yes I enjoy communicating its the most important part of the role. That way the interventions are more succsseful.
3.
Yes. I enjoy getting to know them and hearing their life stories. I think that's what they enjoy most about therapy, sharing their life experiences.
4.
I am such a people person I will commincate with anyone. I believe we can learn so much through others. Having the time to sit and chat with pateints is so important not only does in build positive theraputic relationships but it is an opportunity to get know them and discuss their care and how occupational activities could help thier recovery.
5.
Very much I'm define moly a people person and I enjoy talking to others.
Question 2 of 23
What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
"I would say that one thing I could improve on would be my knowledge of more difficult medical terminology. I have enrolled myself into a medical terminology course that starts this summer."
However you answer this question could determine if the hiring manager chooses you for the job. And, if they do, your answer will help them to determine what type of additional training or coursework they may need you to complete. Talk a little bit about what you are doing to strengthen yourself in this particular area.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am beginning right out of school.
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Wishing I had more time to spend with each patiant to improve there skills that we are working on.
3.
I tend to be very tediuos about my work.
4.
Forming to close a bond with service users.
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My weakness is prob listening to the patients longer than I should but I do feel that sometimes being I n hospital they need someone to talk to.
Question 3 of 23
What motivates you as an OTA?
"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."
How are you motivated, and what keeps you going in your job even on the most difficult days? Let the hiring manager know how they could motivate you on the job.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Knowing I can change someone's life and get them back to living life to the fullest.
2.
Interest in supporting people to become independant and able to go home with support and equipment in place then follow up calls to ensure patient managing with no problems.
3.
The satisfaction from seeing the service users strive.
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To see someone I've been working with for long time get better.
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I am motivated by passion to help people.
Question 4 of 23
Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.
"In my previous role with ABC Clinic, I worked directly with patients all day. One of my favourite clients was an elderly woman who had been in a car accident. She came to see us a couple of times per week for physical rehabilitation. She was always to kind and appreciative of us. It made me feel really special to be able to help her."
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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, watching pt's go from bed bound to walking out.
2.
Yes during my fieldwork rotation. I worked with a man who fell because of the type of slippers he wore. He refused to wear the non-slip socks or a more safer type of slipper. I sat down next to him while he was using Dumbbells and I said to him, mr. So and so I need to talk to you about a concern I'm having. He said "ok what concern are you having"? I said well.... And I simply told him how the slippers he was using were unsafe and we are just simply here to help him get well and as much as we loved having him here, we didn't want to see him back at some point down the road and that he was there because of those type of slippers and if he were to change something so simple like the type of slippers he were wearing then there was a very good possibility we would never see him back with us again. He then immediately changed his slippers and from that point forward he never wore them again.
3.
Yes. My best experience was with a patient that could not grAsp after surgery and by the end of her treatment she was writing her name.
4.
Yes I have worked with many patients thoughout my career... The one that stays in my mind is a lady who was refusing all interventions, I managed to gain her trust and she eventually became more independant and returned home.
5.
I have put on a service users night time music and he began to get excited about the song chosen. A beaming smile came to his face.
Question 5 of 23
What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Having to tell a patient their insurance cut them due to lack of progress.
2.
There is not one thing I dislike about OT. I love it. I dislike it doesn't get the respect it should.
3.
I dislike that I know I will not be able to help everyone as much as I want to but I will do the best that I can with each and every patient.
4.
Not much possibly the resistance from service users.
5.
Absolutely nothing I love every bit of it.
Question 6 of 23
Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I enjoy people progressing and able to return home.
2.
To enhance and drive individuals to accomplish tasks and goals.
3.
I want to assist people to be able to maintain and gain as good a quality of life as possible.
4.
I feel like it gives me a purpose I want to help others and this is how I can do it.
5.
I enjoy working with people and helping people so helping a person lead a independanly life is the best way.
Question 7 of 23
Did you pass the national certification exam?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have it scheduled for next month.
2.
No, however I am very keen to progress and I am excited about this oppertunity.
3.
I have not had the opportunity to develope the skills.
4.
I dont believe I have taken one.
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Yes I passed the NBCOT the first time I took it.
Question 8 of 23
Tell me about your education.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Gcses in english , oral, lit, lang,.... Typing, maths, needlework. Pe.
2.
I like to learn and get very enthusiastic about new challenges and progression in the ot sector.
3.
Currently doing my hnc in social care.
4.
I graduated from Northland in EGF, MN with an associates in OTA and an applied science liberal arts degree.
5.
Associate degree in OT Assisting. Many continuing education hours after initial licensing in areas including lymphedema treatments, handwriting, documentation, and modalities.
Question 9 of 23
What do you like most about being an OTA?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I like the end result of the help I have assisted to give and enjoy learning about peoples lives thoughout.
2.
The chance I get to improve others lives.
3.
I love how challenging and creative this job is-every day is different.
4.
Various treatment options with the ability to use my creative side to complete goals.
5.
Again is the satisfaction I get when someone has met their goal of becoming independent and returning home to their private residence.
Question 10 of 23
How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
2.
In my opinion, their coordination should flow like water. The OTA should assist the OT with patients and let them know of any new information they may have gained. As both are working closely with patients.
3.
I feel as though the OT/COTA relationship should be close. They should function as a team. The OT and OTA need to Trust each other and believe in each other and constantly communicate.
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Work together and make joint decisions.
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I think that they should be collaborating/communicating as much as possible to get the best possible care.
Question 11 of 23
If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Talk about it and work it out.
2.
Disguss in an appropriate manner to achieve an agreement.
3.
Firstly speak to my ot about the problem then if things are not addressed properly approach a senior.
4.
I would talk with the OT expressing my concern and see if we could work something out that would be best for the pt.
5.
I would speak to OT in a professional manner and explain my reason for disagreement.
Question 12 of 23
When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When someone didn't want to reach there goal and you have to tell them they will make it though and push them.
2.
Working with alziemer and dementia patients.
3.
With in all my previous work as my attendance and and devotion shows.
4.
When the team is not cohesive.
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During my time in geriatrics my director repeatedly gave me patients who were "difficult" or who had dementia because I could show patience in getting that patient to work toward their goals.
Question 13 of 23
Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
There have been times where I have been asked to perform treatments that I was not familiar with which made me uncomfortable. I was able to work thru it by getting proper education and guidance to complete the treatment.
4.
No. I understand I will have to deal with different types of patients and culture and I am comfortable with it.
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Asking patients to do things that I know they are NOT able to achieve in one go. Patients need goal to achieve things sometimes in small bite size pieces.
Question 14 of 23
Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I do I think I have gained lots of experience though my placements expecally ccac.
2.
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.
3.
Yes, I think it really solidified my decision in perusing this career.
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I currently work for hospice supporting patients at home and on wards.
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From my work we sponsor local charity so I have spend some afternoon at the over 60 plus charity. Helping with serving lunch, playing bingo, snakes and ladders.
Question 15 of 23
Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I do enjoy learning and the subject I like or enjoy the most is rehab.
2.
Different conditions such as ms.
3.
Yes I enjoy learning, dementia training tought me a lot about the illness.
4.
I love learning. If honest I was not a learner in school but as I have got older and had my own children I enjoy learning and want to excel to show my children it's a pleasure and not a chore.
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I have just completed Self directed support which opened my eyes further within social care and in the midst of doing my hnc which has taught me that theres more help I can give than what I thought.
Question 16 of 23
What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
One that supports you encourages you and that is easy to talk to if there is a problem.
2.
One that communicates with me.
3.
One who works with me and wouldnt ask me to do something they wouldnt.
4.
Some one that's driven on success and enthusiastic.
5.
One that explains the role I am asked to carry out.
Question 17 of 23
Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I love helping the team out and making the office successful.
2.
I love helping out the team.
3.
Yes an office would not work as well as a singular. It takes a team to achieve more.
4.
Yes I do because it's important to have a good relationship with your co-workers-it improves morale and the output.
5.
Working together as a team gives me job satisfaction.
Question 18 of 23
How do you typically treat patients?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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With respect how I would like my family to be treated eith dignity and empathy.
2.
With respect and kindness how I would like to be treated by someone.
3.
With respect and dignity.
4.
With respect and compassion.
5.
Lots of patience and I do my best to keep it intestine and fun.
Question 19 of 23
Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would say that I am organised in my work and if I wasnt I would hope that someine would help me if not.
2.
I would say I am very organized.
3.
Very much so I like things to be in order and love structure within daily routines.
4.
I would agree with that statement. I think that in order to be a successful therapist, one must be organized and pay attention to the little things.
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Yes. I take pride in making sure I can make my notes detail oriented to not be denied by insurance providers and have everything I need for a treatment so I am managing as much treatment time as I can.
Question 20 of 23
How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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By being approachable friendly and happy.
2.
By working as a team communicating to each other.
3.
I have helped everyone as much as possible making sure everyone was happy and communicated with people.
4.
I have always been willing to take on any extra work or training which I think has helped business progress and also within the care sector to gain full knowledge of the patients requirements.
5.
I get along with all my co workers and feel like I am a good team player.
Question 21 of 23
What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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There isnt anything apart from the paper work.
2.
Maybe the paper work but even that I liked there is nothing I don't like about an Ota.
3.
Not much on the ot side think more the restraining process that I belive will be in place. Only as I don't really like confrontation.
4.
There isn't anything that I have found I dislike doing.
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I can't think of anything at this moment. There is still a lot I am learning.
Question 22 of 23
Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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I want a job that is going to apply to all my strengths and I belive this is it.
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I would be more than happy to stay with this job.
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After working in the field for a few years I plan to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Question 23 of 23
What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I find the whole psychology of people very interesting and would love to progress in that.
2.
I do enjoy working with spinal and brain and brain injury but also enjoy trauma.
3.
I love working with children. My heart is so open to all types of patients. Old or young.
4.
All as I have experience with most illnesses and disabilities.
5.
Tricky one. I think I would like to get the experience with all troupes if patents first and then decide.
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