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33 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 33
Have you applied with any other facilities?
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How to Answer
This question might be asked to see if you are floating your resume or serious about finding employment. Simply share if you have any other OT interviews with a simple yes or no. Be sure to mention that you are most interested in this role, and provide one solid reason for why it intrigues you the most. Honesty in this answer is always the best policy for two reasons: 1) Many professionals in the industry are connected and 2) A truthful answer may lead to a quicker response time for an offer following the interview.
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1.
Have you applied with any other facilities?
This question might be asked to see if you are floating your resume or serious about finding employment. Simply share if you have any other OT interviews with a simple yes or no. Be sure to mention that you are most interested in this role, and provide one solid reason for why it intrigues you the most. Honesty in this answer is always the best policy for two reasons: 1) Many professionals in the industry are connected and 2) A truthful answer may lead to a quicker response time for an offer following the interview.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I have applied to two other facilities. I'm most interested in your company because it would allow me to work with children which is my passion."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As I'm nearing the end of my Master's program, I'm taking a focused approach to find the right employer and have applied to two positions that can give me the best opportunity that I'm looking for. This position is much more appealing to me because it allows me to serve the area that I grew up in and remain close to my family."
2.
How do you handle criticism?
As an Occupational Therapist, you will receive feedback about your work from everyone on your team, even your patients. Regardless of how reasonable or accurate the observations may be, do your best to respond thoughtfully. Be humble and don't take it personally. Depending on who the criticism is coming from, you will want to approach it differently. If it's coming from a doctor or colleague, you will want to respond respectfully. The key is to stay calm and never express frustration towards the person. Give an example where you stayed professional when someone gave you negative feedback.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As a person that is continuously looking to improve in my career, I take criticism to heart and appreciate any feedback that comes my way. After a recent patient was discharged from our skilled nursing facility, my manager gave me feedback on my interaction with the family with the patient. The daughter of the patient had complained on my approach to explaining the therapy the patient would need once he returned home. She thought my approach was not personable and more of a text book approach. I welcomed this feedback from my manager to help improve for the next time I had to work with a family. I had let the personal side of the job move to the side in order to be e
ducational in manner and I have focused more on the personal side of things since then."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am a person that welcomes any and all feedback from my patients, co-workers and manager. I want to be the best therapist that I can be and it is only human to err from time to time. By learning from my mistakes and feedback, I can become the best Occupational Therapist that I can be."
3.
What type of chronic conditions have you helped your patients monitor?
As an Occupational Therapist, you will work with patients that suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure or even asthma. Tell the interviewer how you recommend your patients conserve energy, reduce or prevent pain, simplify the activities, and improve the safety in their life. Your interviewer will be trying to get a better feel for the types of patients that you have experience with. It is important to know if the job you are interviewing for works with specific populations and tailor your answer to that population.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I have had a lot of experience helping clients that suffer from chronic conditions. I'm currently working with a patient that has diabetes. We have written up a plan that has the patient testing as often as their physician has required as well as meal planning and an exercise schedule."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Knowing throughout my schooling that I wanted to focus on working as an Occupational Therapist in a school setting, I have read and attended seminars on many of the conditions that effect children in a school setting like autism and attention deficit disorder. During my internship, I worked closely with several autistic children in a middle school setting and was able to develop individualized plans for them to help in daily living skills and assisting them in the classroom setting."
4.
Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
This is an essential part of your role, and the interviewer needs to hear that you are comfortable doing so. Simply tell the interviewer that you are comfortable talking with patients to gather their health information. If applicable, you can talk about any bumps you had to overcome throughout your career to become comfortable doin

Ryan's Answer #1
"I am comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information. If I'm unable to get the information needed because of their state or age I'm happy to w,ork with their caregivers, teachers or adults in their life to gain the information needed in order to provide the best care possible."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming into my first job as an Occupational Therapist, I fully understand the importance of being able to interview my patients to gather as much information as I can about them. That first interview sets the course for the remainder of the treatment with me. I am comfortable working with patients and conducting interview sessions with them and any family members or caregivers as well."
5.
What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position?
This question is similar to 'What is your greatest strength.' Be prepared to hear this question asked in a nontraditional way. If you are unable to pinpoint your best skill or greatest strength, ask friends or a family member what sets you apart. This can also be a skill or training on the job as an Occupational Therapist that doesn't show up on your resume.

Ryan's Answer #1
"A strength that I would bring to this position is my years of experience working with Geriatric patients. I've worked on a multidiciplinary team treating stroke patients and have seen much success with that patient population."
Ryan's Answer #2
"If I'm hired, you'll quickly find that I am eager to learn all that I can to become a better Occupational Therapist. I will be willing to put forth the time and effort to see as many patients as I can and work as many hours as I possibly can. I am looking to get as much exposure to wide range of patients early in my career."
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