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Top 30 Physical Therapist Assistant Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?
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Question 2 of 30
What has been your most difficult situation in your experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant and how did you handle it?
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The interviewer wants to hear about a particular situation that challenged you as a Physical therapist Assistant. The interviewer can see that you are qualified by reading your resume, now they want to make sure that you have the people skills needed to do the job.

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"The most difficult problem I faced this week was working with my schedule to get two walk in appointments in between scheduled patients. I made a point to explain to the walk-ins that I would do my best to get them in but they may have to wait a bit. The fact that I was up front with the possibility that they could wait made them understand why they had to wait a bit longer than normal."
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"The most difficult situation I've experience was an emotional experience with a car crash patient. The patient was very depressed and wasn't making much progress. Treatment was delayed but picked back up a few months down the road."
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Question 3 of 30
What would you do if a patient you had been working with started refusing to work with you?
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As a Physical Therapist Assistant you may run into a situation where a patient you've worked with for awhile has decided they want a new therapist. Would you approach the patient and ask why they've requested a new therapist? Would you let it go and go about your day? Your personality type will determine whether or not you confront the situation or not.
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"I would respect that patients decision and ask who they would like to see and how I could make them feel more comfortable while they waited."
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Question 4 of 30
What was the most memorable patient you ever worked with?
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As a Physical Therapist Assistant you have the potential to build a lasting relationship with your patients. Tell the interviewer about a patient that made an impact on you. Did they make you want to become a better therapist? Did they simply make you smile each time they came in because they were such a pleasure to work with?
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"The most memorable patient I worked with was a 7 year old child. The child was so happy and eager to get better that it motivated me to be the best Physical Therapist Assistant I could be."
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Question 5 of 30
How do you handle stubborn patients who do not want to listen to your instruction?
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Patients that are in pain or ones that are getting discouraged will sometimes become stubborn and not want to continue treatment. As a Physical Therapist Assistant how do you encourage your patients to continue and and stop being stubborn? Share a time with the interviewer where you had to work with a stubborn patient.

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"There are times that my patients are stubborn but I just crack a few jokes to get us both laughing and it seems to break the ice and get them a better mood."
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"If my patient is being stubborn I'll take a few minutes to pause treatment and just listen to their concerns. Sometimes patients are just having a bad day, need someone to listen and then they can move on."
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Question 6 of 30
What have you done in the past year to become a better Physical Therapist Assistant?
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Question 7 of 30
Are you a good listener?
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Question 8 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 9 of 30
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 10 of 30
Share a time when you willingly took on additional responsibilities.
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Question 11 of 30
What is your greatest achievement?
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Tell me about your experience working in teams.
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Question 13 of 30
What is your ideal work environment?
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Question 14 of 30
What is your experience with Integumentary physical therapy?
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Question 15 of 30
How many years of long term care experience do you have?
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Question 16 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 17 of 30
How are your observation skills?
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Question 18 of 30
Are you comfortable with giving patients instruction on how to perform an exercise?
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Question 19 of 30
How would you describe your communication skills?
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Question 20 of 30
Do you see yourself becoming a Physical Therapist in the future?
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Question 21 of 30
Why should we consider you for this position?
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Question 22 of 30
How do you manage your work stress?
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Question 23 of 30
Have you ever had a situation where you had a number of alternatives to choose from? How did you go about choosing one?
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Question 24 of 30
How do you manage responsibilities?
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Question 25 of 30
Tell me why it is important to have patience as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
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Question 26 of 30
Tell me about a time you provided excellent patient care.
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Question 27 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 28 of 30
How do you work differently with an older patient
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Question 29 of 30
Are you comfortable working with all age groups?
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Question 30 of 30
What is your experience with Orthopedic physical therapy?
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About Physical Therapist Assistant

March 8th, 2017

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Your day consists of helping people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. You work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. Physical therapist Assistants may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided. You'll teach patients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination and provide training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

Skills and characteristics as a Physical Therapist Assistant include a professional and caring mindset, the ability to work effectively with other medical professionals, strict attention to detail and the willingness to engage with your patient. The education required to be a Physical Therapist Assistant is an associate degree from an accredited PTA program at a technical or community college, college, or university. You must pass the national examination for licensing/certification/regulation in most states to be eligible to work.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to brush up on your behavioral questions. Because you work directly with patients, the interviewer will want to know about your patient interaction and communication style. The interviewer will also want to know about your ability to work within a team. Have a few situational stories in your back pocket to share as part of your interview answers. Have your elevator speech memorized and ready to go!

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