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Occupational Therapist Interview

33 Questions and Answers Written by Ryan Brunner

Updated on 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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Question 2 of 33
How do you handle criticism?
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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.

Question 3 of 33
What type of chronic conditions have you helped your patients monitor?
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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.

Question 4 of 33
Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
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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

Question 5 of 33
What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position?
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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.

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Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 02/26/2014
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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