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Top 30 Physical Therapist Assistant Interview Questions

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 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."
"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."
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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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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"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."
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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Question 4 of 30
What was the most memorable patient you ever worked 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."
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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How do you handle stubborn patients who do not want to listen to your instruction?
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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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Why are you the best candidate for us?
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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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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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How are your observation skills?
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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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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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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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Question 1 of 30
Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?
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As an athlete, I have had my fair share of injuries. I remember the feeling of missing out and feeling like I was letting down my team. With the help of physical therapists and athletic trainers, I was able to compete again. I couldn't be more thankful. I also have a father who has had many surgeries that involved extensive rehab. Watching him recover and be in better shape has made not only him, but myself incredibly happy. I did not know that I always wanted to be in the physical therapy field, but I always knew I wanted to help people. Helping people reach their best potential again after a set back is the perfect fit for me!
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I want to be part of a team that naturally helps a patient with their functional deficits.
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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Not changing professions.
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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Sit down and talk with that patient, asking questions.
Question 4 of 30
What was the most memorable patient you ever worked with?
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Geezer that flashed nurses.
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A couple patients stand out to me from my last clinical rotation. A patient who was diagnosed with dementia reminding me of my grandmother & having to adjust instructions to patient based on that day. Another who was diagnosed with cancer who at first was weak, became stronger, & then everything changed to very simple tasks.
Question 5 of 30
How do you handle stubborn patients who do not want to listen to your instruction?
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Ask this patient questions about how they're feeling, why their not wanting to cooperate, educate patient on importance of therapy.
Question 6 of 30
What have you done in the past year to become a better Physical Therapist Assistant?
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With clinical externships I arrive early to set up my schedule & look through my patient's charts. Taking advice from my clinical instructor and improving needed areas like adjusting treatment sessions.
Question 7 of 30
Are you a good listener?
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I believe, I am with asking my patients needed questions & if needed I adjust my treatment session based on what the patient said to me.
Question 8 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Not only do I have the education to work for this position, but.
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My nursing assistant work experience sets me apart from other candidates in a good way. I am very flexible with work hours. I am always trying to make myself a better PTA with self assessment & or advice given from past clinical instructors.
Question 9 of 30
Are you efficient with your time?
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Yes, I have been told more than once that I am the most punctual person and that I plan almost too much.
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Yes, with experience I am able to become faster (I am more confident with my duties).
Question 10 of 30
Share a time when you willingly took on additional responsibilities.
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In class. Any class from grade school through college, I always went the extra mile. Especially in groups. Group work is not easy and in order to get a good grade, you have to rely on others. While I did rely on others often, I took a lot of the tasks and research into my own hands to ensure the group project would be completed to its full potential.
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As a nursing assistant, in the hospital everyone of my teammates require assistance every once in awhile, I am always their to assist them.
Question 11 of 30
What is your greatest achievement?
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your experience working in teams.
Question 13 of 30
What is your ideal work environment?
Question 14 of 30
What is your experience with Integumentary physical therapy?
Question 15 of 30
How many years of long term care experience do you have?
Question 16 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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I have no weaknesses. I am strong in the loins.
Question 17 of 30
How are your observation skills?
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I am very observant and a perfectionist. I have a habit to make sure tasks are done neatly and correctly in the correct manner.
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I have always been really aware of my surroundings and I am very detailed. I take direction very well and I am not afraid to ask questions and take projects and tasks slow in order to do my absolute best.
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Good, I feel like I can improve with observing other therapy sessions instead of just focusing on my patient.
Question 18 of 30
Are you comfortable with giving patients instruction on how to perform an exercise?
Question 19 of 30
How would you describe your communication skills?
Question 20 of 30
Do you see yourself becoming a Physical Therapist in the future?
Question 21 of 30
Why should we consider you for this position?
Question 22 of 30
How do you manage your work stress?
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?
Question 24 of 30
How do you manage responsibilities?
Question 25 of 30
Tell me why it is important to have patience as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
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1.
Getting through this questionnaire.
Question 26 of 30
Tell me about a time you provided excellent patient care.
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Told them to stay in bed.
Question 27 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?
Question 28 of 30
How do you work differently with an older patient
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They smell bad. If they was first.
Question 29 of 30
Are you comfortable working with all age groups?
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Absolutely! In a few settings and jobs I've held, I have worked with all age groups and I believe I have the knowledge to accommodate all age groups.
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Yes, I have 2 clinical education experience working at a SNF & I also work at acute hospital as a nursing assistant.
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Yes, I have 2 clinical education experience working at a SNF & I also work at acute hospital as a nursing assistant.
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Yes, I have 2 clinical education experience working at a SNF & I also work at acute hospital as a nursing assistant.
Question 30 of 30
What is your experience with Orthopedic physical therapy?

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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