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Top 30 Occupational Therapist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
Have you applied with any other facilities?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Criticism on the job should be considered highly valuable by any employee and I take criticism to heart no matter who it comes from. I had a parent of a child I was working with talk to me about their thoughts on the treatment of their child. Not realizing that my therapy sessions were causing frustration with the child after we were done, the parent thought that taking things slowly with the child was of utmost importance. Taking the feedback to heart, we adjusted the plan for the patient and the parent was very thankful and said the child was responding more positively following our sessions."
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Throughout my career working as an Occupational Therapist, I have worked with patients with all sorts of chronic conditions. My experience in working with people that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia has been extensive in recent years and make me an excellent candidate for this position. I work closely with both patients and their loved ones to assess home living life and suggesting modifications for the patients to live as independently as possible with these conditions. Knowing that conditions for these patients can change quickly, I thrive on the focused time with each patient."
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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

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"My one on one skills and overall people skills allow me to be very comfortable interviewing my patients and their caregivers. I approach each conversation with the patient in mind and am able to adapt my interviewing style to each individual that I work with with eas."
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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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"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"As an experienced Occupational Therapist that has worked in different settings, I would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team here. I truly enjoy mentoring young therapists as they enter the career and, in return, I always find joy in learning new techniques from them as well."
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Question 6 of 33
How did you learn about this position?
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Question 7 of 33
How do you validate the client's pain and work to establish trust?
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Question 8 of 33
What is your favorite type of patient?
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Question 9 of 33
How do you help your clients suffering from Arthritis?
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Question 10 of 33
Are you experienced at hiring clinic staff? Is this a responsibility you are comfortable with?
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Question 11 of 33
Tell me about the most successful patient you've had.
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Question 12 of 33
How would you treat a patient with sleep dysfunction?
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Question 13 of 33
Have you worked with patients that have suffered a stroke?
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Question 14 of 33
How are your administrative skills?
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Question 15 of 33
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 16 of 33
Where are you most comfortable providing therapy?
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Question 17 of 33
What are a few ways you would help an adult experiencing stress?
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Question 18 of 33
Do you have specialized training in driver rehabilitation?
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Question 19 of 33
What do you do in your spare time?
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Question 20 of 33
What is your ideal work environment?
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Question 21 of 33
How would your current supervisor describe you?
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Question 22 of 33
What types of patient assessments have you worked with in your work history?
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Question 23 of 33
Have you specialized in the field throughout your career or are you looking to specialize?
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Question 24 of 33
How do you best communicate goals with your patients and, when necessary, their families?
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Question 25 of 33
Talk about a time you had to be innovative or use a new method or technology to help a patient. What made the situation innovative?
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Question 26 of 33
What are some unique skills that you think you can bring to our team that set you apart from your competition for this position?
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Question 27 of 33
Have you ever disagreed with a decision or process change made by upper management? How did you handle that situation?
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Question 28 of 33
How do you keep yourself organized on the on the job when the work day or week gets hectic?
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Question 29 of 33
Talk about the most difficult patient that you had to work with. What made them difficult and how did you handle the situation?
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Question 30 of 33
Why did you pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist?
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Question 31 of 33
What experience do you have helping your patients work through Mental Health challenges?
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Question 32 of 33
How would your patients describe you?
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Question 33 of 33
Have you ever had to work with a patient that couldn't communicate verbally due a physical condition? How did you effectively work with that patient?
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About Occupational Therapist

October 29th, 2017

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.

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