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Question 1 of 42
Do you have any other therapy interviews?
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List of Occupational Therapist Interview Questions
  1. Do you have any other therapy interviews?
  2. Describe to me what you are doing to improve two of your weaknesses?
  3. What do you see as the negative and positive features about occupational therapy?
  4. What types of patients or people do you have trouble working with?
  5. Describe yourself to me.
  6. How do you normally handle conflict? Pressure?
  7. Describe your most difficult experience with a patient at your last program?
  8. Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
  9. How do you make important decisions?
  10. Tell me about a patient you've helped the most in your career?
  11. What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position? In what areas will you need support and further learning?
  12. What problems do you foresee facing as a therapist in the next few years?
  13. Tell me what fascinates you the most about the human anatomy?
  14. How do you handle adversity?
  15. What type of supervision fits your personal style the best?
  16. What do you do with your spare time that improves your career?
  17. Do you enjoy traveling and seeing patients at other facilities?
  18. Where do you see yourself after 5 years of being an OT?
  19. How do you see the delivery of health care evolving?
  20. Tell me about a time where you really felt motivated to help a patient out, and you went above and beyond to do so.
  21. What is your most memorable patient encounter?
  22. Tell me about the most successful patient you've had.
  23. What could you tell me about our medical program?
  24. Tell me about a situation during your fieldwork where you felt most proud to be an occupational therapy practitioner.
  25. What are your expectations about this position?
  26. Have you sat for the NBCOT exam?
  27. What is your energy level like?
  28. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
  29. Did you enter this career for the big salary or to help others?
  30. Tell me about your college experience.
  31. What do you yearn for?
  32. Besides helping people, what do you love about being an OT?
  33. Have you ever quickly ran through paperwork, and missed an important detail?
  34. What is your medical career plan?
  35. What is the greatest educational piece you've learned in your career that you would pass on to a subordinate or a coworker if you could?
  36. Who are your heroes?
  37. Which types of patients do you work with most effectively?
  38. If you could no longer be a therapist, what career would you choose?
  39. Do you genuinely care about helping other people?
  40. How do you continue learning more about therapy?
  41. Are there any types of injuries that you do not like dealing with?
  42. Do you participate in any volunteer organizations?
Author:
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Diana D'Souza
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Occupational Therapist Information
August 22nd, 2017

Occupational Therapists are allied health care practitioners who specialize in treating injured, disabled or ill patients regain and improve their mobility and independence. As part of their job, occupational therapists assess their patient's condition and develop customized treatment plans to help them overcome their limitations so they can lead more fulfilling lives. They 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.
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. Do you genuinely care about rehabilitating the disabled and the injured? Do you have the necessary patience and interpersonal skills to handle patients of different ages? What motivates you? Where do you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now? Be prepared to answer all of these questions and more by going to Mock Questions and rehearsing answers to the questions you see listed there.

Occupational Therapist User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 42
Do you have any other therapy interviews?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No this is my only interview.
2.
I currently do not have any other interviews scheduled, no.
3.
Yes, I am currently in the interview process with other schools.
4.
No I applied for this program only to recieve an interview because I'm focused on getting into this OTA program.
5.
I do have any other therapy interview at the moment, because I want to focus on this company, because I heard that you have a unique and intensive approach to rehabilitation, returning patients to less average time.
Question 2 of 42
Describe to me what you are doing to improve two of your weaknesses?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Joined a choir, putting myself forward for more responsibility.
2.
I'm searching for online education classes and doing research online.
3.
1- I'm type A- I feel that there is one way to do things and it has to be the most organized way, otherwise its wrong. But I have learned through my last FW experience, where I worked with 2 different OTR that there are multiple ways to approach a lot of situation. I am working on being more open to different approaches as well as understanding that my approach may not always be the best so I have to change it. 2- English is my second language. I was raised speaking Spanish so sometimes it takes me a little while to translate things correctly. Also, there are a lot of idioms and sayings that Spanish people say and understand however I've learned that when translated into English they can be offensive. I work everyday to improve this, by exposing myself to the English language and working hard to better understand individuals.
4.
I attend work provided continuing education classes and read articles online.
5.
As a new graduate I try to stay informed and look to the evidence in order to strengthen my skills as a therapist.
Question 3 of 42
What do you see as the negative and positive features about occupational therapy?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Limited understanding of the role of OT meaning a lack of resources for the service. Promoting the value of independence.
2.
Positive is the help and support you can offer to people and the negative is the people who you want to help can not always be helped.
3.
The negative aspect is that people don't often understand our profession. On the positive side, people's General lack of knowledge about occupational therapy gives an opportunity to explain the profession to them.
4.
I have worked hard to build my career as an occupational therapist since the age of 15. I love being part of a profession which is so varied and can therefore fit our mission into any team or area. The value of occupational therapy is that even when someone is at a low point, we can bring a positive turn. If someone is nearing the end of their life we can make the time they have left meaningful by allowing them the dignity dignity of living as independently as possible and helping them manage their changing needs. The only true negative I have encountered many times is people not understanding our role even when we explain, give examples sometimes repeatedly and I'm different ways.
5.
Positive features about occupational therapy are that we work with clients to achieve what they would like to, we enable people to do things they would not be able to. Negative: we are considered a borrowed profession at times with some lack of evidence based practice.
Question 4 of 42
What types of patients or people do you have trouble working with?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I don't have trouble working with anyone.
2.
I dont have trouble with any particular types of patients or people. It can be difficulty at times when I provide education to clients and they do not implement my advice. I find the best solution to this is to discuss the positive outcomes that can be achieved when my recomendations are implemented.
3.
A noncompliance patient who refuses to participate in treatment can be difficult for me.
4.
I am scared by the medical unwell.
5.
I am very good at approaching each patient or idea from different perspectives to arrive at the best solution for the patient. This may not be the safest or most logical solution but the patients ideal. For example I have found myself offering equipment which the patient or relative has been reluctant to accept. So I make sure they understand the reasons I'm offering it and I leave knowing why they are reluctant. I assure they can come back to me if they change their mind and more often than not they ring mine within a few days.
Question 5 of 42
Describe yourself to me.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Dependable, hardworking, effective worker, good team worker.
2.
I am a hardworking, individual who strives for success. I am enthusicatic and I find nothing more rewarding than helping others,.
3.
I am hardworking, excellent communication skills, able to adapt to change, good team player and always determinated to make a success of this role.
4.
I am a very capable and passionate person. I love people and am very stubborn but recognising this can be beneficial so as not to let it hinder me but use it as My strength, I am very resourceful and humble too.
5.
I consider myself a responsible, determined individual that tries to keep a positive outlook on life.
Question 6 of 42
How do you normally handle conflict? Pressure?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would try to confront the situation so that I could solve the conflict at hand.
2.
I would stay calm at all times. Take the colleague to a quiet place and calmly discuss this and try to come to some kind of compromise. If we were unable to do this and it was not something we could agree to disagree on I would involve my lead.
3.
I remain calm, I consider both sides of the discussion and assert myself appropriately. If necessary, I will ask for support from a supervisor to assist in resolving this issue. When under pressure, I prioritise what is necessary to be done and remain focused until completion.
4.
I try to take a step back from the situation to really have a whole view of the issue. Sometimes it is a matter of assisting a person to the correct entity or asking your team for help. My boss and team has complimented me in the past with developing conflict resolution which benefits both sides of conflict.
5.
With a calm approach and who ever is involved I keep their best interests in mind.
Question 7 of 42
Describe your most difficult experience with a patient at your last program?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Client wanted to talk and was angry. Difficulty to get to engage in activities. Despite 2 sessions of manly listening to him talk I identified that he wanted his hand to get better we needed to try some activities. Client became upset and informed writer that she was not listening to him. Apologies- go back to place of wanting to work with him. Want was it that he wanted me to understand- dis-empowered, angry Repair the relationship.
2.
Patient had a lot of belongings and waste in their home which was a health and safety risk I talked and listened and came to a agreement to throw unwanted items away to maintain a safe enviroment.
3.
We had a patient who was younger who went into end stage renal failure. It is expected this individual will not make it. That was difficult.
4.
Patient shouting consistantly.
5.
Patient hit out during assessment.
Question 8 of 42
Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, this is an essential part of out evaluations, to gather information about what a day in their life entails, and many times specially in the elderly population their biggest barriers are health related, thus its crucial that we collect this information during the interview portion of the evaluation.
2.
I am very comfortable. I explain to pts why I am asking certain questions and how it pertains to the therapy process. I am not shy about asking personal questions and I am able to ask those questions in a fashion that is not embarrassing or uncomfortable for them or myself.
3.
Very. One of my strengths is getting to know people and allowing them to feel comfortable by not posing any judgement during discussion.
4.
Yes, I adopt a open ended question that allows the patient to discuss there day to day activities and I gather information in that manner asking more pertinent questions were needed.
5.
Yes. That way I know their needs.
Question 9 of 42
How do you make important decisions?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Look at and discuss all options and come to the option that has the best and safest outcome for the patient.
2.
I weigh the pros and cons. I ask a trusted person for input.
3.
It depends if I have the time I take the time analyze my choice if it is under pressure I quicky try to anaylze it and go with the best choice.
4.
Getting consent from the patient.
5.
Ultimately my decision making is guided based on who my client is and whose well-being I am supposed to be watching out for. So I will consider my own professional reasoning, influence from other health professions, family members, clients, and other members of the team but but ultimately I am going to make the decision that I believe is best for client working within the legal ramifications of each case.
Question 10 of 42
Tell me about a patient you've helped the most in your career?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Palliative patient return home for end of life care.
2.
Pts at Lamont came extremely weak with the lowest hand strength I have seen.. She could not walk and putting a peg in a peg board was an extremely difficult task. She is now walking with a walker and using her hands to dress and open bottles. I am very proud to have contributed to her recovery. She is scheduled to be discharged next week.
3.
Assisting with all daily activities of life such as personal, derssing, feeding and extra.
4.
Mr.McColl he was a really sweet old man he had been in an accident that forced him into a wheelchair after a few years the doctor finally decided it was time for him to start walking again it was a tough adventure but seeing him take his "first step" really made it worth it.
5.
Child with down syndrome going to school. Looking into the future with him.
Question 11 of 42
What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position? In what areas will you need support and further learning?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Communication, empathy, hard working. Support from mentors.
2.
Strengths: a solid treatment intervention background in. I feel that I could use more experience in use of the FIM scale and goal writing.
3.
Good communication skills and team work. Report writing.
4.
I have additional training in addressing persons with suicidal ideation or intent. I will need additional training in PGAP which I know is an asset for your company and something all your employees are trained in.
5.
Teamwork, communication, problem solver. further learning about the condition, specalised seating.
Question 12 of 42
What problems do you foresee facing as a therapist in the next few years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not moving to a higher band.
2.
I think governments regulations are going to be a challenge and the changes in the insurance industry.
3.
Meeting the demands of all the patients in a specific period.
4.
More children with sensory diagnosis.
5.
Growing population of older adults facing problems with dementia.
Question 13 of 42
Tell me what fascinates you the most about the human anatomy?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The brain is the most fascinating part of the human body.
2.
How the brain controls everything that happens in the body.
3.
The ability to compensate for weakness in one area and gains in another.
4.
It explains how the human body works and is the reasoning behind our interventions.
5.
How body works and how much brain is stronger than you think.
Question 14 of 42
How do you handle adversity?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Treating all the patient the same.
2.
I approach such a situation calmly as possible and prioritize the situations while considering what is the best for the patient at the moment. If time is allow, I will research the relevant evidence based research and seek for an advice from supervisor or more experienced OTs.
3.
I will look for other interventions to try and assist the best I can.
4.
Ask myself what I can learn from the situation, analyse how I can convert the situation into personal value. Try and find the humour in the problem at hand.
5.
Remain calm and confident.
Question 15 of 42
What type of supervision fits your personal style the best?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Clinical e. G. Splinting. Sometimes supportive e. G. Discuss issues at work.
2.
One that both provides alot of feedback to work through and also gives me space to independently complete work, as I feel I do alot of my learning by doing.
3.
As a new practitioner, I prefer to work independently but know that I have a supervisor and other staff members who are there to assist if I have questions, concerns, or just need some help.
4.
I prefer informal discussion with my supervisor as I am a auditory learner who reflects best through verbalising events etc. I am happy for either of us to keep a record of discussion but prefer it to be shared.
5.
One to one supervision to ensure personal approach, with documentation of discussion for future reference if required.
Question 16 of 42
What do you do with your spare time that improves your career?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I like to read AJOT articles and research evidenced based practice in occupational therapy.
2.
I research the evidence based articles, attend to continuing education classes.
3.
I volunteer at a special needs after school club, where older adults with learning disabilities and difficulties go to as a place to relax and play games and just to have a chat to others. I have started to volenteer there on Tuesdays after college and find this a good way to spend my spare time.
4.
Make crafts/laminate crafts. Read online about diagnosis.
5.
Work in home are promoting independence.
Question 17 of 42
Do you enjoy traveling and seeing patients at other facilities?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, enjoy widening my experience by seeing as many different area of OT as possible.
2.
Yes, it gives me an idea of how other facilities work.
3.
I am very flexible and feel that seeing patients at other facilities will always be a chance to learn new skills. Plus if it better for the patient then that is the most important thing as you want the patient to be assessed in an environment which they are most comfortable with.
4.
Yes I enjoy travelling, and I like to see patients within other areas as it improves my knowledge base.
5.
Yes! I enjoy moving around throughout the day.
Question 18 of 42
Where do you see yourself after 5 years of being an OT?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would like to have specialised and I enjoy having OT students and teaching so maybe going down a route where I link in with universities as a external examiner.
2.
Defiantly still working with kids, my family is here so plan to stay in area.
3.
I would like to see myself gaining a band 6 post in the next year or so I would like to continue in this area and work my way up to become a specialist and would like to gain as much training as possible. I am also interested in developing myself as a care coordinator.
4.
I see myself being a full time OT hopefully in the school systems or a nursing home. Along with that I enjoy being part time at the hospitals on weekends. My passion for this career is outstanding and I would love for it be a part of my daily activities.
5.
Working at an advanced level in this hospice.
Question 19 of 42
How do you see the delivery of health care evolving?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Acute health care is becoming limited and is relying on community services more. Be that from historical providers or from a variety of private companies that are tendering for services. It is becoming a competitive environment.
2.
I think health care is going to be more privatised and I think there will be more generic roles as people try to cut corners and save money. I think communication needs to improve to reduce duplication of work and I think care will become more community based.
3.
I feel more children are being diagnosed with sensory disorders so more OTs will be needed in coming years.
4.
I do worry, less care and more expectation for treatment in the community, however aging population with more complex needs - some people need care and time to get better.
5.
Interprofessional and interagency will facilitate quality patient care.
Question 20 of 42
Tell me about a time where you really felt motivated to help a patient out, and you went above and beyond to do so.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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There has been a couple of times where I have really seen potential in someone and they have demonstrated a real desire to regain independence. I think this is when I feel motivated to put in that little bit extra and perhaps provide a couple more sessions on an intervention plan before passing on to support staff.
2.
Frequently child being screened do not qualify for OT services but I will still give teacher strategies or fidget toys to help within classroom.
3.
When a patient in their own home had injured the self, I called for the district nurse to call in and dress her wound. When I had finished work I went back to check up on her and make sure she was ok. Sat and had a chat and made her a cup of tea.
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My three years in the hospital palliative care team - would meet family after work hours to complete environmental assessment to fit in with their other commitments.
5.
For a client who had agoraphobia, had just assisted her with shopping in town and wanted to make sure her orders were reserved for the day after as encouraged her to go to town during a busy period and she was to go alone, so was a big leap in her progress.
Question 21 of 42
What is your most memorable patient encounter?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Severe child in home about to turn 4, child did not have needs being meet at home nor toys to help him.
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The day I took a patient home for the first time in 6months after being admitted, it was just a home assessment but she was so happy and glad to be in familiar surroundings.
3.
My most memorable patient encounter was when I realised someone was becoming unwel. This was the first time I had experienced this and it was very clear that the way I communicated with her was going to be essential.
4.
My stroke patient who made a full recovery after hard work and effort from both the patient and the MDT. It was a great success.
5.
Vocational Rehab pt - solider returning to war zone and I had to assess his fitness to return to his job. pt very motivated, very fit and getting assessment tools to evaluate him was difficult to plan and implenment.
Question 22 of 42
Tell me about the most successful patient you've had.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Working at Select Specialty, I had a patient with a TBI that had a lot of contractures and could not respond at all. After several weeks of intense therapy he was talking and able to throw a ball.
2.
It was on my mental health placement. I was working with a client with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and a history of substance abuse. He had irrational thoughts about using public transport, that everyone was looking at him and someone was going to harm him. He relied on his father for transportation, shopping, meals. He lived in the subards of the city so there is very good public transportation. We used a variety of methods, thought mapping, relaxation techniques, desensitisation. I was only on placement for eight weeks, and by my final week we had used the bus twice.
3.
When I was a TI I supported a number of patients to apply for jobs and college courses. And in the space of a few months I had 3 people gain paid training placements in the trust and 2 people start college course.
4.
Able to discharge in middle of school year due to continued success above and beyond.
5.
Brain injured 20 year old who with strategies was able to go back to university and gained a 64% pass rate in her first assignment giving her confidence to continue.
Question 23 of 42
What could you tell me about our medical program?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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It is proffesonal and supportive to staff and clients.
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Its a program involved in the primary healthcare sector where students learn to rehabilitate and help those who cannot perform the occupations of daily life.
3.
You service a wide variety of clients birth to 21, offer 12 months of services and provide services to clients within the clinic and community.
4.
Becon of excellence for life limiting conditions, 14 inbeds, 1800 admissiions, community/day care and HPCT
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The small classroom setting, outstanding passing rates, job placement and family life faculty has greatly riled me in to this program. Milligan has had my attention from day one of visiting campus. It brings back a little piece of home since I am originally from a small town, Marion VA.
Question 24 of 42
Tell me about a situation during your fieldwork where you felt most proud to be an occupational therapy practitioner.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I was proud to see OTs providing patient centred care in an environment where medical model was most prevelent.
2.
Being able to help someone overcome functional limitations.
3.
I helped a bariatric patient to get onto bed safely, reducing the risk of fall and building confidence.
4.
There was a particular patient who had all but given up after sustaining a CVA. She had lost all hope of going home, and was experiencing expressive dysphasia. Having previously heard her sing at a Christmas party. I devised a programme of singing sessions that she consented to try. After a short period of time, she engaged with all aspects of her rehabilitation and eventually went home with minimal support and the motivation to continue.
5.
Within a community day care centre with the elderly, I was able to assess and elderly male and see what he could do on his own and then write a report on what assistant he could require to help him live a fuller live and become part of society again.
Question 25 of 42
What are your expectations about this position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I expect to develop close working relationships with MDT to provide best possible care for palliative patients. I hope to enhance my professional development and gain job satisfaction.
2.
I expect to gain a professional qualification in occupational therapy and gain work experience and professional knowledge in order to practice effectively.
3.
I expect to be given a caseload of clients to care coordinate and also to recieve OT specific referrals for assessment and intervention. I expect regular supervision and MDT working.
4.
To be able to have a challenging and new work experience, To have access to professional development and an inservice program To have the opportunity to be part of an OT team.
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I have been working in this area already and have knowledge of the role. I know that it can be pressured at times but also rewarding as clients often benefit from the service and we have helped people move on with their lives through recovery.
Question 26 of 42
Have you sat for the NBCOT exam?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have studied for it, but have not passed the exam as of today.
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I have not sat for the NBCOT exam yet as I have to wait for my documentation to come through after graduation but I have been preparing for the exam for the past few months and will be ready to take the test as soon as the proper documentation is prepared.
Question 27 of 42
What is your energy level like?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Pretty high.
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I have pretty high energy level. I like to constantly be doing something.
3.
On the go all the time.
4.
I am very energetic and motivated. I like to be productive in my days work and try my hardest to plan and organise my time appropriately.
5.
I have high energy levels. I eat well, exercise and am motivated.
Question 28 of 42
Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Communicating with patients is best part of job.
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This is probably the area I most enjoy and belive is vital the OT role. Communicating with patients enables us to undertsnad the client situation, the needs and enable us to collabrate with the client to develop client- centred goals and intervention plan. In addition, communicating with the client in evaualating their treatment so we know how they feel and whether the intervention, OT input and services has benfitted them.
3.
I do enjoy communicating with patients. I like to take the time to get to know my patients and understand them as an individual. As an OT it is important to know a persons likes and dislikes in order to make treatment meaningful and client-centered.
4.
Yes, I enjoy getting to know patients so I can tailor therapy to their specific needs.
5.
Yes, clients and their parents.
Question 29 of 42
Did you enter this career for the big salary or to help others?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The salary is not so big, I entered profession to help others.
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I enter this career to help individuals become as independent as possible and enhance their quality of life.
3.
I think its clear that the salary isnt particularly big so definately to help others.
4.
I did not know of salary, so for assisting others.
5.
I would not take a job based on salary - it the job and how this helps others to live meaningful lives.
Question 30 of 42
Tell me about your college experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
University of Liverpool. Challenging but rewarding experience.
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It went by very quickly, was very close to entire OT class.
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I completed a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I believe it gave me a well-rounded understanding of the factors that can impact health and well-being. It also gave me a wide variety of academic skills, such as working in groups, presentation, communication, and leadership skills.
4.
I attended a large public university where I had the opportunity to play lacrosse and enjoy varied educational and social events.
5.
Bachelor was not as good as masters.
Question 31 of 42
What do you yearn for?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The good times with family.
2.
To help others and make a positive contribution to individuals and society.
3.
To be able to make a difference in someones life whether small or in a big way.
4.
Helping others reach their full functioning potential to live a healthy care free life.
5.
Knowledge, stimulation, peace.
Question 32 of 42
Besides helping people, what do you love about being an OT?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I love the challenge of problem solving.
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Being able to use the skills of an OT in all aspects of my life. Within my work role, being a part of a much larger team of people involved with those that we help.
3.
The children's stories and their sense of humor.
4.
I love the fact that I can make difference to some one life.
5.
The investigative side of assessments.
Question 33 of 42
Have you ever quickly ran through paperwork, and missed an important detail?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I always double check paperwork to ensure it is a correct reflection of intervention.
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I am very detail-oriented, and tend to take my time in order to access all the important information in a document. I would imagine this is a critical skill when working as a healthcare professional.
3.
Yes, in urgent cases that are dealt with on a duty day there have been times where vital information has been put within the notes that has been missed e. G. Another OT service has been involved and knew the patient well however in the end that service would have been unable to meet the need anyway and our service would have had to have visited.
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I do not know what doing paperwork quickly looks like. My office will always tell me when there's a minor error and say they are surprised and not to worry.
5.
Yes, working In a pressured area is always difficult but I pride myself on maintaining COT standards.
Question 34 of 42
What is your medical career plan?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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T specialise in Palliative Care.
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I would like to find a career that is challenging and rewarding. Allowing me the opportunity to grow as a therapist.
3.
To attend continuing education to keep myself update on skills and techniques.
4.
To have benefits through employer.
5.
To work in palliative care, be an expert clinician and have a wealth of knowledge/skills that I can share with pt/staff.
Question 35 of 42
What is the greatest educational piece you've learned in your career that you would pass on to a subordinate or a coworker if you could?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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If it is not written down it didn't happen. Always document intervention, adding time, date and place and sign it as you will not remember facts at a later date.
2.
Every person is unique and deserves treatment based off them as an individual.
3.
Finding a great mentor, has helped me to get on some great paths and opportunities.
4.
Think outside the square and network with other people.
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That when it gets difficult don't give up, push through for what you originally desired.
Question 36 of 42
Who are your heroes?
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My parents, they have showed me what hard working individuals can achieve and what a close family bond is.
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The lady who set up the charity i have volunteered with self less and my granny who is still an active member of her community although nearly 90.
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Charity worker who dedicate their time and efforts to improve the lives of others.
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Describe an event or experience which lead you to pursue a career in occupational therapy
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God, my family and my son.
Question 37 of 42
Which types of patients do you work with most effectively?
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Patients who have complex needs.
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I have worked with pediatrics to geriatrics. I feel confident working with a variety of patients whether it is patients who are non verbal and communicating in other ways or with very talk-a-tive patients and sometimes having to redirect them in order to accomplish our session while communicating.
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Would say generaly all patients. I do enjoy working with those who are more unwell and present as challenging as I find the need to be creative something I do well.
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I tearn to be the best that I can be, and to fulfill my dreams.
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Patients that are willing to try no matter how little.
Question 38 of 42
If you could no longer be a therapist, what career would you choose?
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Funnily enough i would probably say a police officer. i have always wanted a career where i can make a difference and that provides a challenge every day.
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Never thought about that, I always want to be an OT. I guess another position with children maybe social worker.
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I would choose to be an OT assistant as this would allow me to be in the same line of work, using the same knowledge and skills while still doing something I enjoy.
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I enjoy working with older adults best - their life histories are interesting and they mostly work really hard to reach their goals.
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I think I would be a counsellor of some sort. Maybe working older people, as I'm very interested in care of the elderly, as you'll be able to see in my dissertation.
Question 39 of 42
Do you genuinely care about helping other people?
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Yes I do. I have been in the caring profession in one form or another for over 30 years.
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Absolutely, I don't feel this a field to work in if you cant show compassion for others.
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Yes, I have always had a passion for caring for and working with other people. It is one of the primary reasons I chose this vocation.
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Absolutely, I have always tried to help others starting as a child, no matter it be with school, a life issue, financially, I always am the first to help someone else.
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Yes I have made some application but is waiting to ear from them.
Question 40 of 42
How do you continue learning more about therapy?
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Reading journals, attending courses, visiting other OT departments and liaising with colleagues.
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I continue to seek for evidence based research and learn through continuing education classes and seek for an advice from supervisors and colleagues.
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There is always new research and methods being developed so reading and learning from other fields in healthcare and science. Therapy learning though can often be client led.
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Classes at work and articles online.
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BAOT, OT news, Mac Voice.
Question 41 of 42
Are there any types of injuries that you do not like dealing with?
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There may be certain types of injuries that I am unfamiliar with so would need to gather information and gain assessment skills in this area, but no not really as the whole point of being an o. T. Is to help others to overcome obstacles in their daily living.
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No, I think every type of injuries has the potential for Occupational therapy input whether it has rehab potential, helping the person develop compensary approaches or provinding intervention to simpy improve the person quality of life despite the injury.
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No I do not have any type of injuries that I do not like dealing with. I am flexible and willing to take any opportunity that I have to improve myself as an occupational therapist.
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I have never worked in a Burns and I am unsure how I would deal with it. However this would not hold me back and I am keen to push myself.
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Cannot say I have come across one yet, when working on respiratory always unsure when patients on oxygen and short of breath, if appropriate for OT intervention.
Question 42 of 42
Do you participate in any volunteer organizations?
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Help my church when I am in town, for luncheons and setup of these.
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