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Top 30 Physical Therapist Interview Questions

What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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Question 2 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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This question may be asked for a few different reasons. The interviewer may compare your self-assessment to what your references said about you or the interviewer might actually want to see how you view yourself. Tell the interviewer that your co-workers would say you are a dependable, giving and hardworking co-workers.
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Question 3 of 30
What excites you the most about being a Physical Therapist?
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"I love coming to work each day, seeing patients, hearing their story and being a part of their recovery."
This question is being asked to see your level of excitement during the interview. Tell the interviewer how being a Physical Therapist is very rewarding. You work with patients one-on-one, see them progress through treatment and know that you are really making a difference in their lives. Whether your patient's problem is a result of injury or disease your role is to foster the patient's return to maximal function. Talk about your current experience or where you see the career field going in the future. Be upbeat and positive and you’ll be sure to knock this one out of the park.
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Do you have patience, tell me about a situation where you showed a great deal of patience?
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"I love working with children and have found that a bit of extra patience is needed in order to accomplish the treatment that I've set for the patient. I enjoy incorporating games with treatment which is sometimes necessary in order to get a response from a young patient."
As a Physical Therapist, you display patience every day with your patients as well as with other medical staff. Tell the interviewer about times that your patience is tested and what situations you find yourself being patient in most. Be sure to tell the interviewer that when your patience is tested you handle it calmly and with a smile.
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Are you comfortable delegating work?
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Have you ever been interested in treating sports injuries?
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What is your style of leadership?
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What classes or professors had the most impact on you?
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Being with a single patient for an hour can be tiring, how can you overcome that?
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What work setting do you prefer?
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Being a Physical Therapist allows you to see progress in your patients, does this motivate you? Why?
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How would you solve the situation of miscommunication?
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What was the most difficult problem you have faced and how did you go about solving it?
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How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?
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How do you educate your patients?
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How would your boss describe you?
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Describe the steps you take when reviewing a patients medication.
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What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?
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What experiences have you had that made you a better person?"
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How do you stay organized?
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Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with.
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Why should we hire you?
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What are your salary expectations?
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Describe your typical work week.
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Question 25 of 30
Which population are you exited to work with?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you physically fit and do you exercise?
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Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.
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How would you work differently with an older patient?
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Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.
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What do you feel is your best asset as a Physical Therapist?
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Question 1 of 30
What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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Well, I will practise physical therpy along with ethics and evidence based practise.I will take care of privacy of patients. I will delegate work to people in such a way that I can deliver therapy as effective as possible along with the time frame.
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While working as an aide I am continually recieving more responsiblity under the supervision of the therapists.
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I am a prefectionist. I pay too much attention on details. For me there's no room for mistakes. I want everything organized.
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Throughout my life I have been handed many responsibilities, as small as being captain of my soccer team to as important as being in charge of chldrens well being. I have found that as long as I can stay organized I handle responsibility well.
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I try to do what is going to be the best for my patients and to make sure that patients are being taken care of.
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I will deal responsibilities with commitment and passion.
Question 2 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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A physical therapy assistant.
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If I could not be a physical therapist I would attempt to be a physical therapist assistant or an athletic trainer.
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If I couldn't be a physical therapist I think I would attempt to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
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I would attempt to become a Physical Therapy Assistant and work my way to becoming a Physical therapist.
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I would like to work as a nurse,
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I would like to work as a nurse,
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I think I would be a special education teacher. My volunteering with special Olympics gave me a new appreciation for all that they have to deal with. The way they are always happy makes going to work a joy every day.
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I would want to be a first grade teacher.
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I have always wanted to work in the health care field. I love so many aspects of PT and if I was unable to become a therapist, I would become a PT aide.
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Paramedic or some other healthcare professional.
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I would still be a physical therapist.
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Network and Computers Systems Administrator.
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Its depend on the work which I get im ready to work any which will give me earnings to save my family.
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Why did you choose this career in biomedical sciences.
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Nothing honsetly I weoulf die for this job.
Question 3 of 30
What excites you the most about being a Physical Therapist?
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Having fun while working and being a part of someones rehabilitation.
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To idea that I will be able to help a patient fulfill the best possible life that they can have.
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Contact with people I will be able to help.
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Every patient is different, even with the same diagnosis there is lot of difference between what two patients are experiencing. So to adapt your treatment plan according to patients needs and helping them improve in their condition is very exciting for me.
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Every patient is different, even with the same diagnosis there is lot of difference between what two patients are experiencing. So to adapt your treatment plan according to patients needs and helping them improve in their condition is very exciting for me.
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I enjoy helping people and teaching them how to help themselves despite the injuries or disabilities the most.
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The opportunity to build personal connections with so many different people and to be able to be a part of their journey to recovery. I want to be able to make an impact on someone, regardless of how small of an impact that may be.
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I love to see my patients improve and to know that I had some how made their life better.
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That excites me most is when I see patients improving well.
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To serving the people and we r attached physically emotionally supportive and its pleasure to making them to return in normal life.
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I excites when a stroke patient does his daily activities, I excites when my pediatric client smiles at me while I stretches his contractures. I do excites when my geriatric patient relay on me when he walks.
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Making a difference in a patient's life for the better and being with them through the process.
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I can make people walk and they can live their life again with new colors that is the most exciting thing as a physical therapist.
Question 4 of 30
Do you have patience, tell me about a situation where you showed a great deal of patience?
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A stroke recoveree was having a difficult time comprehending what I was saying to them and was continuously asking me to reapeat myself while having weird looks on their face.
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I have been able to demonstrate patience through my work with the MDA. A week of providing critical care to someone with muscular dystrophy ta.
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I certainly am patient with every situation that I come about. It is especially important with dementia patients, which I experienced when working in a skilled nursing facility. They need constant repetition with everything they do and can easily forget the task at hand.
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I can remember a time when I was dealing with a patient who was very upset about her condition and was not being co-operative at all for the therapy. But after lot.
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I believe I do have patience. I have done a lot of work with children, which can really test your patience. But I feel this experience has taught me how important it is to accommodate for each individual and grant them the time that they need.
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I once had a very high level patient and he would refused to participate with therapy and I was able to get him to participate by talking to him and making therapy fun but still beneficial.
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One incident when my patient doesn't want to ambulate after surgery, however I encouraged her well and explained the benefits she will gain as long as she will follow the treatment.
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I demonstrate patience with all situations. A situation that I found that needed a lot of patience was when a patient with dementia came to the clinic for lymphedema treatment and was in a very hostile mood and was not happy with the wrappings that have been placed on her legs.
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Yes Once I deal with a situation when I have to show great patience one of my colleague discourages our field in Orthopedic department That something I cant bear I kept quite due to the respect for that person.
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Yes Once I deal with a situation when I have to show great patience one of my colleague discourages our field in Orthopedic department That something I cant bear I kept quite due to the respect for that person.
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Almost every patient interaction requires patience; someone with an extra long answer to a question, someone who goes off on a tangent when answering a question, someone who is fearful, guarded, painful, someone who requires more time to learn an exercise correctly, someone who disagrees or doesn't want to do what you are asking.
Question 5 of 30
Are you comfortable delegating work?
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I am quite good at speaking to a person and giving them direction. Even though they may not want to do it, I emphasize on the benefits that it provides now and in the long run.
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I believe that I am successful in this scenario. I would be able to articulate the benefits that would be provided by the this in the long run.
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You always have to strive and encourage them throughout every workout and explain the benefit of them doing it.
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It's always a struggle. But I try to persuade them as much as I can, but if they never give in you can't force someone into something. Rather, try to compromise.
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I will explained to them the good and bad side.
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I will in courage them by telling the positive outcomes of that work which can help them to get bright future.
Question 6 of 30
Have you ever been interested in treating sports injuries?
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PT need to provide more patient education so the patient is able to maintain gains and control their symptoms if they re-occur at a later time due to limited healthcare coverage and to limit healthcare resources as needed.
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Insurance is definitely a large factor that has changed PT. Patient's are granted less appointments and therapists now have to do more in a shorter span of time, while still giving their patients the best care that they can provide.
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It can make it a little harder to treat patients as much as we want but it does make it so that we provide even better care for our patients.
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People were not properly inform regarding the role of PT before but nowadays they value the importance of it.
Question 7 of 30
What is your style of leadership?
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They cal us slave driver.
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If the situation calls for it, I will take leadership and direct people. If there is no need for it, which might be rare, I continue to think of ways to help improve others.
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Yes, its entertaining.
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If need be, I can certainly handle directing people to do what needs to be done.
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I don't enjoy simply making people do what I want only. Rather, I like to work with others and come up with the best options.
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Yes I enjoyed a lot to directing people towards positive attitude and right path that they can do easily.
Question 8 of 30
What classes or professors had the most impact on you?
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Mrs. Barbara rose, I love her. She believed in me even when I didnt believe in myself.
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My professor that had the biggest impact was Dr. Enderson. She has taught my anatomy, embryology, and histology class and has been a mentor thus far. She truly cares about her students understanding and is passionate about teaching.
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Sir Akhtar Rasul Cheema is a great teacher and inspires me to do Physical therapy when I do not want to do it.He motivates me to do it with my best ability and make great future in this field.
Question 9 of 30
Being with a single patient for an hour can be tiring, how can you overcome that?
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Making conversation with a patient makes the time go faster and makes the visit more interesting. I would also take advantage of any sign that the patient needs a break to sit and catch their breath.
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I can get up and show and demonstrate the exercises.
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I just enjoy the challenge and think about the benefits what my patient can get and its rewarding for me.
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Honestly yes but if I want to see progress in patient then I have to perform my duty with full courage and I overcome my tiredness by motivating myself .
Question 10 of 30
What work setting do you prefer?
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The setting does not matter as long as I am able to provide a one on one relationship with the patient.
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I do not have a preference, I think different settings would enhance my experience as a therapist.
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Any setting is good for me, as long as I am able to make my patient happy and comfortable.
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Thus far in my shadowing and volunteering I have only experienced in patient, out patient, and school-based therapy. I enjoyed school-based most, but am open to all settings.
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Both inpatient and outpatient.
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I want to work in calm environment that mostly suits my personality.
Question 11 of 30
Being a Physical Therapist allows you to see progress in your patients, does this motivate you? Why?
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Yes because seeing people regain the functional ability to perform the tasks they once did is very rewarding in the emphasis you have made on their life.
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Yes, because it means that their insurance will continue to cover the visits.
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This is one of the reasons I entered this field because of patient's reaching functional goals that were not forseen in the past. Every patient that I can help reach their goal makes me work even harder and I enjoy my work more and more.
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Yes it really motivates me and I will do my best until she fully recovered.
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Yes obviously it motivates me to do more patients with this attitude because I am physical therapist and did it to help others to give life to other peoples.
Question 12 of 30
How would you solve the situation of miscommunication?
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I love to be creative when solving problems (my childhood hero was MacGyver)
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I enjoy solving problems and though I may not always have the exact answer, I try my hardest to provide a clear solution.
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Yes I have a passion for solving problems rather than to let me down myself I motivate myself to handle situations.
Question 13 of 30
What was the most difficult problem you have faced and how did you go about solving it?
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Having a bad attitude, I solved it by surrounding myself with people with good attitudes.
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Having a bad attitude, I solved it by surrounding myself with positive people.
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The most difficult problem I have faced is providing care for my residents that have Alzheimers I solve this problem by remaining calm and friendly while I can determine the best plan for their well-being.
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When I was working in last clinic One physician asked me to treat the patient by removing its urine catheter that was most difficult problem I ever faced then I explained himself that is not my duty to remove his catheter my duty to do physical therapy and rehabilitate him to stand him on feet.
Question 14 of 30
How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?
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By giving EMS on Tibialis anterior and after that do exercise therapy and by performingresisting exercises.
Question 15 of 30
How do you educate your patients?
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No I never burned out from any project or work.
Question 16 of 30
How would your boss describe you?
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Mostly physical therapist spent more time to work than at home.
Question 17 of 30
Describe the steps you take when reviewing a patients medication.
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Of course I do consider myself as problem solver.This is thje most important thing that PT should have and this ability is called effective treatment in the medical word.
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Yes, a creative problem solver, especially when the problem cannot be solved by money.
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Yes because I handled the mostly situations in my previous working place with calm behavior.
Question 18 of 30
What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?
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Honestly I did nt chose this field my parents chosen it for myself.But Now I loved my profession because it smiles the people when they walk on their feet again when they support their families gain then it make me out of the world to being a physical therapist.
Question 19 of 30
What experiences have you had that made you a better person?"
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There's quite a few to choose from. The one that stands out most surprised me and it's studying the bible. Because of it, I've been compelled to help more people with whatever knowledge I have.
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I am not a calm person but when I have to work in different situations I faced a lot of difficulties that calm my personality.
Question 20 of 30
How do you stay organized?
Question 21 of 30
Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with.
Question 22 of 30
Why should we hire you?
Question 23 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 24 of 30
Describe your typical work week.
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I treated a women with cervical issue I gave her manual mobilization of cervical spine in 3 sessions with 5 repetitions after that she removed her collar and very happy to saw her progress and reward me.
Question 25 of 30
Which population are you exited to work with?
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Younger population they have more stamina and great energy.
Question 26 of 30
Are you physically fit and do you exercise?
Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.
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When I was working at teaching Hospital one patient reward me because I treated her Cervical Spondylosis with great care.
Question 28 of 30
How would you work differently with an older patient?
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They seem to be more appreciative and sociable than younger patients. And alot of them are very interesting. I enjoy working with them.
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I love working with older adults. I worked as an aide in a geriatric physical therapy clinic for 5 years and have had experience with older adults of all physical and mental capacities.
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Senior citizens are full of wisdom and if treated with compassion can be major influences in ones life. I have learned to work well with senior citizens through my job at an assisted living home for the last 5 years.
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I feel great because they are so polite in behavior they give us pleasures to say "My Daughter" .
Question 29 of 30
Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.
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I designed a plan for patient who have osteoarthritis of left knee I give her a chart that have 5 session firstly I did manual therapy with electrotherapy and stretching exercises for 3 session then I add light exercise therapy for gaining her ROM And this plan help her a lot and relieve her pain . And yeah I suggest her supplements also like Vit D and calcium to strengthen her bones.
Question 30 of 30
What do you feel is your best asset as a Physical Therapist?

About Physical Therapist

March 8th, 2017

As a Physical Therapist you consult with patients to learn about their physical condition and symptoms, develop a treatment plans, teach patients how to properly use exercise techniques, provide stimulation or massage, use equipment and devices to assist patients, maintain patients records, keeping track of goals and progress and advise patient and family about in-home treatment options and exercises. You work with diverse patients in many settings, from hospitals and outpatient clinics to schools and homes.

A blend of scientific know-how and people skills are just a few skills needed to be a successful Physical Therapist. You will need to be able measure, calculate, reason and analyze data. As a Physical Therapists, you spend most of your time working with patients, so strong communication skills are vital. You must be able to understand patients and their concerns while taking client histories. You also have the ability to instruct patients on proper exercise form and care regimens. You'll earn your bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Once you’ve completed your education, you’ll need to become licensed by your state. You can also earn professional certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and specialize in areas such as geriatrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports or women’s health.

To prepare for your interview, you'll need to convince the interviewer that you are the best Physical Therapist that he or she could ever hire. Plan on being able to talk for about 5 minutes about your background, education, experience and why you’re the best candidate for the job. The interviewer will also ask a number of behavioral questions to evaluate your people skills and your bedside manner since your job is to work with patients every day.

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