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Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions

1. What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
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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 do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?

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As i have not yet worked within OT i cannot say what i dislike.
 
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All the paper work.
 

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#3 of 23

Do you enjoy communicating with patients?

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Yes I enjoy speaking to clients and am an excellent listener. I am happy to communicate verbally or through the use of Art or creative materials.
 
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Yes, I feel that I am a good communicator and a very good listener, and able to read between the lines. Each of my previous jobs have required me to communicate well with people at all levels.
 

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#4 of 23

Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.

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Yes i did during my intership as an ot student in sweden. it was just a small thing. the best experience i ever had was the adjustment of a wheel chair abo an old lady. her face after taking her new wheelchair looked very happy and she was really gratefll.
 
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No i havent but very much enjoy meeting and helping people.
 

Education Requirements

Occupational therapy assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program. They also must be licensed in most states. Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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#5 of 23

What motivates you as an OTA?

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Getting to help people and learn different techniques in order to treat and help patients.
 
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Its the sense of pride being able to work in the health service and helping patients . The outcome of seeing a patient reaching there potential is very rewarding and this motivates me to see there achievements.
 

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#6 of 23

Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?

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I have recently completed my degree in Occupational Therapy and due to the current climate, am having trouble finding a job. I feel that working as an OT assistant would benefit me in developing knowledge and skills within the work environment and I could also bring a high quality of service to this role, I am fully aware of the work of an OT assistant and would be able to carry out this job to a high standard.
 
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I study ot and i wouid like to work in uk. so it wouid be interesting from me to start from a position like this just to have the change to learn more about the nhs system and your culture. i want to be competly prepared to become an ot and this position in a big chance for
 

Work Environment

Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists’ offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.

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#7 of 23

Did you pass the national certification exam?

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No i do not.
 
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I graduated as an occupational therapist in 2009. This training has equipt me with skills and knowlege well suited to work as an occupational therapy technician.
 

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#8 of 23

Tell me about your education.

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Btec in health and social care.
 
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I left school without my grades but returned to education as a mature student to gain some grades.
 

Occupational Therapist Assistant Pros

1. being able to assist and observe the OT and then putting what you have learned into practice and helping patients May 30th, 2012

2. Supporting people to achieve their goals, e.g. cooking a meal, to promote independence and self-confidence during intervention activties, seeing people achieve thier goals out of life. June 13th, 2012

3. Helping people gain autonomy and learning through the process. So a combination of using and utilizing my personal skills whilst enhancing and improving my scope of knowledge for helping. April 26th, 2014

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#9 of 23

How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.

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As a tight fluid team with a joint goal which is to provide the best organised care one can. Good communication and listening with an open mind to ideas and strategies.Good organisation of assigned tasks and and a realistic outcome.
 
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The ota taking the lead from the ot but discussing cases and beneficial implementations.
 

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#10 of 23

What do you like most about being an OTA?

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Being able to work with and help different people in different situations. I think the job satisfaction will be brilliant and that it makes and incredible difference to patients that need it.
 
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Helping people to regain their independence and their confidence.
 

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#11 of 23

Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?

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Yes to become an occupational therapist and then senior occupational therapist in mental health.
 
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After working in the field for a few years I plan to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy.
 

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#12 of 23

If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?

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I would look at the situation and resolve the disagreement straight away admitting if I was in the wrong and discussing the disagreement having a bad atmosphere does not make for a good working relationship between work collegues.
 
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I would talk with the OT expressing my concern and see if we could work something out that would be best for the pt.
 

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#13 of 23

When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?

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When patients have not wanted to participate in certain things I personally feel that I am quite good at reasoning with them and taking the time and having the patients to persuade them to continue with the program set out for them.
 
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When the team is not cohesive.
 

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#14 of 23

Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?

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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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If it makes them uncomfortable I would have empathy with them.
 

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#15 of 23

Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?

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I worked for age uk and supported the men and women with practical activities. Family member who had stroke and dementia.
 
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Yes I do in the hospital running an exercise program.
 

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#16 of 23

Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.

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Yes I love learning new things and am currently learning about how to grown my own allotment.
 
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Yes, I love to continue to grow my education. Most recently I was working as an electrician so I learned quite a few new skills doing that the past few months.
 

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#17 of 23

What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?

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One who is enthusiastic as empathy and is keen to help guide and support whilst challenging me too.
 
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I believe that a manager has to be able to lead, be able to work with the people he supervises if need be, but also be able to command respect if nessecary.
 

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#18 of 23

Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?

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I enjoy working in a team, being a team player; feeling I am of use and that my ability as room to become evident to others.
 
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Yes, I believe there is a responsibility to each team member to contribute and always improve what we can do for our patients.
 

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#19 of 23

How do you typically treat patients?

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I am friendly and open with clear boundaries. I have a deep empathy and commitment to trying to help them best I can for their own personal needs. I also use humour in the right context and challenge when appropriate.
 
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With the utmost respect. I do not know how they personally feel so I do not pretend to. I make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. If they show concerns or discomfort in the treatment I notify the OT as soon as they inform me of said problem.
 

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#20 of 23

Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?

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I would consider one of my real strengths to be my organisation skill. I am meticulous when it comes to assessing and note taking whether this be verbally or visually.
 
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Yes, with certain aspects of my life. With work and studying I like to know and plan in advance. I use to plan out the times I would spend studying for each asighnment at college and ask extra members of staff to work on specific days when I knew we would be busier than usual at work.
 

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#21 of 23

How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?

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I took initiative to ensure all the OT equipment was clean and sterilized for the week ahead (I worked weekends.) Leaving notes for the OTA working during the week of who I had seen that weekend & what responses/reactions I had gotten from them. This communication between the two of us ensured she started her week off on the right foot & that all the patients were getting their treatment.
 
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I bring a calm, hard working attitude and try see things from ever persons perspective in every situation.
 

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#22 of 23

What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?

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Not collaborate with supervisor and other disciples, simply following.
 
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Ot being able to help some one who needs I t.
 

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#23 of 23

What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?

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Any really I do like a challenge I would love to work with people that need intense rehabilitation because nothing gives me greater pleasure and satisfaction to see someone achieve their goal and gain their independence again.
 
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Stoke or dementia, older people.
 
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