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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What therapeutic techniques are you familiar with and which have you used successfully?
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This question is being asked to learn more about your work history. Take this opportunity to share a short story about a successful patient interaction. Discuss how you've made modifications for patients learning how to eat again, hand strength exercises used to gain hand movement or even sensory integration exercises.
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1.
What therapeutic techniques are you familiar with and which have you used successfully?
This question is being asked to learn more about your work history. Take this opportunity to share a short story about a successful patient interaction. Discuss how you've made modifications for patients learning how to eat again, hand strength exercises used to gain hand movement or even sensory integration exercises.

Rachelle's Answer
"I've had a lot of success over the years with Therapy Putty. From children to patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I've found that this simple tool not only builds strength but is also a nice stress reliever."
2.
How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
Take some time to think about an OT that you worked with previously. What was the best part of the working relationship? Give examples if you can.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my current role, I have an excellent working relationship with my OT. She gives me direction at the beginning of the day and reviews the areas that she needed me to step in the most. I always appreciate the constructive feedback so I can become a better assistant."
3.
What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
There are many areas that you can take your career in occupational therapy. Talk specifically about some areas that are of more interest to you than others. You can make this answer a bit more detailed if you have a personal reason behind it as well.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have always wanted to work more with stroke patients. When I was a teenager, my grandfather suffered a stroke and he was in therapy for many months to re-learn many basic functions. The difference that therapist made was incredible and that is what piqued my interest in this line of work to begin with."
4.
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."
5.
What type of supervision do you work best with?
The correct answer to this question is that you can work under ANY type of supervision style. You wouldn't want to bring up a particular style for fear that the interviewer is the total opposite. Let the interviewer know that you've worked under various types of supervision and you've been successful under all of them.

Rachelle's Answer
"I've worked under all types of leadership styles and have been able to work under all of them. I do find that I work best with a supervisor that is confident, hardworking and possesses the same integrity as I do."
6.
If you noticed a patient wasn't improving what would you do?
As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, you'll have situations where a patient wasn't improving. Tell the interviewer what steps you would take. Walk the interviewer through the documentation you would make, the plan change you would discuss with the Therapist and the conversation you would have with the patient.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I noticed a patient wasn't progressing as planned I would work with the Occupational Therapist to come up with a new plan. I would present it to the patient on their next visit by highlighting the milestones they had met and show where progression had stopped. I would be sure to keep encouraging the patient and confirming that sometimes we hit walls with therapy and change is common."
7.
Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
The interviewer can see your qualifications on your resume, now they want to know if you are a team player. This is a good time to give an example of when you went over and above for your coworkers.

Rachelle's Answer
"I work best in a collaborative team environment and I love to help my co-workers out. Teaching a co-worker something new and also working with people who will teach you, in turn, makes for a really good work environment."
8.
What is your communication style?
As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, your communication style should be effective. For this answer, you will want to tell the interviewer how you communicate as a healthcare provider as well as an employee. As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, you must communicate with patients to gain information, convey critical information and make important decisions. Without effective communication skills, you may not be able to obtain or convey information and cause detrimental effects to your patients. As a team player, your communication style should be direct, honest and collaborative. Share a situation where you had effective communication and what the outcome was.

Rachelle's Answer
"My communication style in both my professional life and personal life is to be factual and honest. I've found that this achieves the most effective results."
9.
Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
Interviewers like to see that you spend some of your time giving back to your community or to a group that is close to your heart. It can say a lot about your character. If you haven't volunteered, let the interviewer know that you are anxious to give time back to your community once you find the right opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I currently volunteer for the Kids Cancer Foundation. I have also spent time volunteering at the local animal shelter. I believe in showing care and compassion during my work hours, and outside of them. It's an important part of who I am."
10.
Do you encourage fidget tools as a part of sensory therapy?
Fidget tools may be written into the plan for a patient by the Occupational Therapist you are working alongside. Tell the interviewer what tools and therapy techniques you to help your patients keep their hands busy in order to help them maintain focus and attention as well as decrease anxiety.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do encourage fidget tools as part of my sensory therapy. The Occupational Therapist that I currently work alongside often integrate chewy tubes and therapy putty in our sessions. I've had many parents comment that my simple suggestion of sending two lego's to school has been benificial."
11.
If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
Having a conflict in the workplace should always be handled professionally and with grace. If the conflict is with an OT, who would be reporting to, that can be an even stickier situation. Reply with a positive answer and do not get wrapped up in detail if you are referring to a specific situation.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I were to ever have a disagreement with the OT, I believe that keeping quiet and waiting until the end of the day to discuss the details would be the best method of managing the situation. The OT is often who I report to and I need to do what they require of me, putting feelings aside on the job. I would try to also learn something new from the situation."
12.
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."
13.
How would your co-workers describe you?
Think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace. Explain why your coworkers think you have these traits or an experience that shows off these characteristics. Prepare three examples that you can use in your interview. These examples can also be applied when talking about your strengths, another potential interview question.

Rachelle's Answer
"My coworkers say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude even when we are really busy."
14.
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."
15.
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."
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Interview Questions
  1. What therapeutic techniques are you familiar with and which have you used successfully?
  2. How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
  3. What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
  4. Have you worked with stroke patients?
  5. What type of supervision do you work best with?
  6. If you noticed a patient wasn't improving what would you do?
  7. Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
  8. What is your communication style?
  9. Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
  10. Do you encourage fidget tools as a part of sensory therapy?
  11. If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
  12. What motivates you as an OTA?
  13. How would your co-workers describe you?
  14. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
  15. What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
  16. What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
  17. Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
  18. Tell me about your education.
  19. What do you like most about being an OTA?
  20. Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
  21. Do you have any questions for us?
  22. When can you start working?
  23. Have you worked with Autistic patients?
  24. When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
  25. What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
  26. Have you assessed a child's handwriting?
  27. How do you typically treat patients?
  28. Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
  29. Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
  30. How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
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