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Top 30 Physical Therapist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 34
What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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Question 2 of 34
How would your co-workers describe you?
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How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"My co-workers would describe me as a patient-focused Physical Therapist that puts the needs of my patients first and foremost. With my current employer, I received the 'Patient Care Excellence' award last year based on survey data from my patients and that is the proudest achievement of my career."
Entry Level Example
"Any of my past co-workers would say that I am a dedicated employee that is eager to learn and better myself in my profession. During my internship, my supervising therapist would tell you that I was willing to jump right in and learn with a hands on approach and was willing to ask questions when needed."
Experienced Example
"A common theme that comes up each year in my performance reviews is that I am a team player who is always willing to help a co-worker when in need. My co-workers know that I readily offer help because I know that a large group of therapists and assistants need to chip in where they can to help each other out when things get too fast paced."
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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.

Answer Example
"I love coming to work each day, seeing patients, hearing their story and being a part of their recovery."
Entry Level Example
"I was inspired to become a Physical Therapist when I was in high school and recovering from a leg injury that I sustained in a car accident. The therapist that I worked was amazing and took the time to get to know me and my family. Seeing how she was able to help me was truly inspiring and I can't wait to have this effect on the lives of my patients."
Experienced Example
"While treating patients on a daily basis motivated me to become a Physical Therapist, I find my own personal joy now later in my career by being able to stay active and fit alongside my patients. I see other people my age in bad physical shape and I feel very fortunate that I'm able to hop on an exercise bike or a yoga mat next to my patients each and every day."
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"During my internship, I was working with an elderly patient that was recovering from a double knee replacement. The patient became very frustrated during our first therapy session when they were barely able to stand, let alone walk completely like they had when they were younger. When the patient became frustrated at himself for not being able to walk, I calmly explained to him the entire process of rehabbing a knee replacement surgery. By remaining calm and reiterating the timeline for him, he left our first session in a much better place and remained in that mindset each and every time I saw him from there."
Experienced Example
"Throughout my career, working with patients that required a long road to recovery have required to most patience for as their Physical Therapist. I have found it extremely helpful to remain calm when patients become frustrated at our processes and I always take time to educate patients on why a systematic approach to rehabilitation is very important to their recovery. More often than not, this educational piece helps get patients over the mental hump on their road to recovery."
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Question 5 of 34
Have you ever been interested in treating sports injuries?
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Question 6 of 34
Are you comfortable delegating work?
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Question 7 of 34
What is your style of leadership?
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Question 8 of 34
What classes or professors had the most impact on you?
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Question 9 of 34
What work setting do you prefer?
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Question 10 of 34
Being a Physical Therapist allows you to see progress in your patients, does this motivate you? Why?
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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.
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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: 07/01/2018

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Question 11 of 34
Being with a single patient for an hour can be tiring, how can you overcome that?
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Question 12 of 34
Talk about a recent problem that you faced as a Physical Therapist. How did you go about solving the problem?
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Question 13 of 34
How do you educate your patients?
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Question 14 of 34
How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?
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Question 15 of 34
Describe the steps you take when reviewing a patients medication.
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Question 16 of 34
What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?
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Question 17 of 34
Are you available to do outreach to other clinics or make in-home visits?
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Question 18 of 34
Are there any unique skills or techniques that you would bring to our group?
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Question 19 of 34
In what capacity have you worked with PT Assistants? What role do you feel they play in the rehabilitation of a patient?
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Question 20 of 34
Talk about a time there was miscommunication in the treatment of a patient. How did you handle that situation?
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Question 21 of 34
What brings stress to your world as a Physical Therapist? How do you handle stressful situations in the workplace?
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Question 22 of 34
How do you motivate your patients in their rehabilitation process?
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Question 23 of 34
Talk about a time where you had to involve the family or caregivers of a patient you were working with? In what capacity did you have to involve them?
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Question 24 of 34
How would you handle a situation where a patient you had been working with requested another therapist or a move to another therapy clinic?
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Question 25 of 34
How do you stay organized?
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Question 26 of 34
Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with.
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Question 27 of 34
Describe your typical work week.
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Question 28 of 34
Which population are you excited to work with?
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Question 29 of 34
Are you physically fit and do you exercise?
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Question 30 of 34
Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.
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Question 31 of 34
Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.
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Question 32 of 34
What experiences have you had that made you a better person?
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Question 33 of 34
How would you work differently with an older patient?
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Question 34 of 34
How do you keep yourself up to date in the field of Physical Therapy?
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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.

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