"When faced with a stressful situation I've always had the ability to keep calm as well as keep my colleagues and patients calm."
This interview question is one of the most common questions during an interview. Have your answer memorized but not too rehearsed. Make a list of some of your strengths. Review the job description and see how they match. Choose a strength that can be vital in the workplace.
"I've noticed that I could really improve upon the time it takes for me to complete patient assessments and fill out patient information. I am a perfectionist so sometimes I take too much time on details. While I know the details are important, I am practicing moving more quickly through these routines."
This interview question is one of the most common interview questions. It's important to have your answer rehearsed but not memorized. Answer this question with technical or other skills you would like to improve upon. Explain how you are currently working to improve yourself, tools you've found that help and what you have learned about yourself along the way.
This question will likely be one of the first questions you are asked. Start off by sharing the highest level of education you have completed, your degree, and where you attended school. Next, share what experience you have as an OT, if any, including where you worked, how long you were employed there, and a brief overview of the types of patients you treated. Wrap up by sharing something interesting about yourself that directs to your work history.
"I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time."
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.
As an Occupational Therapists, you are a healthcare specialist that specializes in treating injured, disabled or ill patients to regain and improve their mobility and independence. You assess your patient's condition and develop customized treatment plans to help them overcome their limitations so they can lead more fulfilling lives. You work with patients of all ages, from toddlers and teenagers to adults and geriatrics.
It takes advanced training to be able to work as an occupational therapist. Most hospitals and clinics require applicants to have a master's degree in occupational therapy to be considered for the position. Some may only consider candidates with a doctoral degree. Occupational therapists must be compassionate and caring and have excellent communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills. You may interview for positions within a healthcare setting, visiting homes or within an educational setting.
The questions that are asked at occupational therapist interviews go beyond just trying to determine your academic knowledge of occupational therapy. To prospective employers, what is even more important is determining your soft skills and your passion for the job. During your interview, you will show the interviewer with your responses that you genuinely care about rehabilitating the disabled and injured. You will share situations that display the necessary patience and interpersonal skills to handle patients of different ages.