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.
" 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."
When you answer this question be careful not to fall into a slippery slope of negativity. Be brief and end on a positive note.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
Author of Occupational Therapist Assistant Answers and Questions
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 09/20/2010 Last modified on: 08/21/2018
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About Occupational Therapist Assistant
August 25th, 2018
As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, you help patients become more independent by helping them improve, develop and recover the skills they need for daily living and working. Occupational Therapist Assistants are employed by hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare services and private clinics. You will work under the direct supervision and direction of a qualified Occupational Therapist. On the job, you teach patients therapeutic exercises and how to use specially designed equipment that will help them relearn the skills they've lost which will help them become stronger. You may 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. The interviewer may also ask you all types of questions related to techniques used in occupational therapy, ask about your short and long-term career goals as well as behavioral questions.