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34 Physical Therapist Interview Questions

By: Ryan Brunner

Question 1 of 34
What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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How to Answer
This is one of the most common questions asked during an interview so you need to have your answer memorized. To determine your strengths, think of the job- related skills that others compliment you on. Are you a patient person? Good listener? Provide amazing customer service? Have a great clinical skill?

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Question 2 of 34
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. Now is an opportunity for you to be honest with your interviewer on your skills in working with others and how your co-workers view you. Don't come across as smug or gloating in your answer and try to talk about direct feedback that you've received.

Question 3 of 34
What excites you the most about being a Physical Therapist?
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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.

Question 4 of 34
Tell me about a situation where you showed a great deal of patience?
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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.

Question 5 of 34
Are you comfortable delegating work?
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As a Physical Therapist, there may be a time that you have to delegate work to your co-workers. Tell the interviewer about a time that you had successful communications with your co-workers and were able to delegate work to get the job done. Talk about the teamwork you and your co-workers have and how you help each other out with delegated duties.

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Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 03/09/2014
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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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.