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Physical Therapist Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Physical Therapist interview, here are 34 interview questions and answer examples.

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Are there any unique skills or techniques that you would bring to our group?

How to Answer

For this question, think about a unique skill that you could bring to your potential new employer that may not be visible on your resume. Hiring managers are looking to have a complete group of physical therapists that have great general skills along with each person bringing their own unique specializations to the team.

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34 Physical Therapist Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Are there any unique skills or techniques that you would bring to our group?

      How to Answer

      For this question, think about a unique skill that you could bring to your potential new employer that may not be visible on your resume. Hiring managers are looking to have a complete group of physical therapists that have great general skills along with each person bringing their own unique specializations to the team.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my pursuit of my doctorate degree, I conducted extensive research and wrote my thesis on physical therapy in the treatment of vertigo. Being personally touched by the condition, I am passionate about helping future patients with vertigo in the treatment methods that I learned."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

      1st Answer Example

      "During my career, I have taken great interest in patient education and have recently completed a CME course on health coaching. Since doing so, I have been the go-to person in my clinic for assising with patient education. This is a role that I thrive in and would like to continue with it moving forward."

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Experienced

      "With my current employer, they asked if I would become a certified aquatic therapy trainer and I didn't hesitate to jump at the chance to do that. Through my training and since working with patients, aquatic therapy can play a huge role in helping with rehabilitating patients experiencing pain."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

  • 2. What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?

      How to Answer

      This question is similar to 'tell me about yourself.' This question will give you the opportunity to tell the interviewer more about why you chose to be a physical therapist. Did you decide to help people because it personally affected you as a child? Did a family member benefit from a physical therapist and you decided you wanted to help people as well?



      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "When I was in high school, I had a brief time where I was seeing a Physical Therapist due to a car accident I had been in where I suffered a back injury. Seeing how my therapy turned my injury around in a quick manner inspired me to want to help people in a similar predicament that I was in back then. After my schooling and internship, I am confident that I made the right career choice."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

      1st Answer Example

      "I chose physical therapy over everything else because I feel it's important to stay healthy and keep your body healthy. I've found that as a physical therapist I have the opportunity to specialize down the road if I'd like to change it up a bit."

      Written by Heather Douglass

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      "As a person, I have always had a passion for helping other people, and as a former athlete, I had experienced many injuries that put me in need of physiotherapy. So since the moment I got to know the positive impact that a physiotherapist can make in someone's life, I had in my mind that when I'd stop pursuing a career as an athlete, that I'd love to become a physiotherapist."

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      This answer is nice and gives the interviewer great insight into what drives you in your PT career.

      "I have a passion for helping other people, and, as a former athlete, I have experienced many injuries that put me in need of physiotherapy. So, since the moment I witnessed the positive impact that a physiotherapist can make in someone's life, I had in my mind to pursue it as a career."

  • 3. Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.

      How to Answer

      What sets your customer service skills above the rest? How do you provide the best care to your patients? Tell the interviewer about a time that you provided excellent patient care. Were your efforts noticed by your boss? Did the patient submit a patient comment card to give kudos to you? End your story with a big impact so the interviewer won't be able to say no to you and your customer service skills.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, I was working with my supervising therapist on a patient rehabbing an ACL tear in his knee. The patient was extremely overweight and was unable to utilize one of the pieces of exercise equipment that our space had. To help safely modify his exercise, I brought in a mat that he could use with some resistance bands while laying on his back."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

      1st Answer Example

      "I was working with a patient recently that was experiencing some major spinal pain during her rehab process. Even she was on pain medication, there were times that her sessions with me were becoming painful. Looking to reassess her plan, we decided to limit her movements that were causing pain for the time being and this made her time in our clinic better for her. I recommended other exercises she could perform at home to build strength and she really appreciated the extra effort I took with her."

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Experienced

      "As a Physical Therapist that prides herself on providing customized care to my patients, I can think of many great examples here. I recently was working with an elderly gentleman that was coming off of a double knee replacement. Knowing how hard his process would be for him physically, I asked if he would be willing to try out aquatic therapy for the first few weeks in our new aquatic therapy center. He agreed that it may be best and he loved it right from the start. His process is now running very smoothly."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

      Community Answer

      "I can recall a time when I had a male patient who was recovering from a knee surgery, that wasn't feeling comfortable at all exercising in the same room with other patients, so I talked with my supervisor and agreed to do his therapies in his room, so I had to transfer back and forth some of the electric modalities that we could use to help reduce the pain and the swelling and also some ankle weights and elastic bands for the strengthening exercises etcetera. So when we finished with his therapies, he showed a lot of appreciation for my extra effort, and he also made some really positive comments to the management about the service that he received, something that was very kind of him."ยจ"

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      This example is very good! You went above and beyond, acting with sensitivity towards the patients' needs.

      "I had a male patient who was recovering from knee surgery. He wasn't comfortable exercising in the same room as other patients, so I talked with my supervisor and agreed to do his therapies in his room. I transferred some of the electric modalities back and forth, as well as some ankle weights and elastic bands for the strengthening exercises. When his therapy was over, he showed a lot of appreciation for my extra effort, and he also made some positive comments to the management about the service that he received, something that was very kind of him."

  • 4. Are you physically fit and do you exercise?

      How to Answer

      As a Physical Therapist, it's important to 'practice what you preach.' Promoting a healthy lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise will only go so far if you aren't in shape yourself. Do you do yoga? Run marathons? Walk your dog each night? Do you stay away from sugar and starches? Are you a vegetarian? Tell the interviewer how you stay healthy and how you encourage your patients to do the same.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Part of my motivation to become a Physical Therapist was my lifelong desire to stay physically fit myself. Outside of work, I am a dedicated long distance runner that participates in a couple of marathons each year. I also actively play volleyball as well."

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  • 5. Which population are you excited to work with?

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      Are you interviewing for a position that works with a population you haven't worked with before? No worries, this could be your chance to provide input with a new set of eyes. Conversely, if you have a preferred population that you prefer to work with or have expertise with, let the interviewer know.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "My journey to become a Physical Therapist began when I was rehabbing a sports injury in high school. I'm most looking forward to working with athletes and other patients on orthopedic related rehabilitation issues."

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  • 6. Describe your typical work week.

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      Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be in answering the questions. Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you're organized and efficient.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, a typical work week involved 4-6 hours of direct patient contact every day. At the end of every workday, I utilized my Outlook calendar to make a plan for the next day and worked in time for my documentation duties as well. By staying organized each day, it ensured that the following day ran as smoothly as possible."

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  • 7. Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with.

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      A tough patient might be someone who was angry or had a bad attitude. It could also be someone who had an impairment that made it difficult for you to communicate with them. In your example, focus on how you handled the situation, rather than the issue that made it difficult.



      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, I was working with a patient that clearly wasn't invested in his rehabilitation process. I became frustrated when I realized that the patient wasn't following the physicians orders to keep full weight off of his injured leg and I could see that he wasn't obeying by his lack of progress each week. I was pretty direct with the patient and talked to him about the need to be non weight bearing on his leg while outside of our time together and talked about how the healing process could be seriously impeded. By explaining the effects of his actions, the patient was able to understand the harm he was doing to himself."

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  • 8. How do you stay organized?

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      When you are required to complete routine tasks and procedures, you will need to be able to organize yourself. Tell the interviewer what tools you use to keep yourself organized. Do you use a calendar to keep yourself on track? Do you keep a to-do list? Do you spend time each morning planning out your day? Do you take notes during meetings? Share your favorite tools and tricks for staying organized!

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "I am a meticulous planner by nature so I keep close tabs on all of my patients that are scheduled by 15 minute blocks of time. By doing this, I am able to build in administrative time and also time for me to unwind in the midst of a busy day."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 9. How would you handle a situation where a patient you had been working with requested another therapist or a move to another therapy clinic?

      How to Answer

      During the career of any even great therapist, they may have experienced a time where a patient requested another therapist to work with them. The reasons for why the patient did so are important to find out. The interviewer is looking to see how you would handle this situation and how you would go about finding out why the change was requested. Learning from a situation like this is of critical importance. If it has happened to you in your career, don't hesitate to talk about a specific situation rather than a hypothetical situation.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Having never been in this situation, I would want to know why the patient had requested another therapist and use that as a learning situation. If the reason was due to any interactions that I had with the patient, I would want to know. If it was for personal reasons from the patient, I have pretty thick skin and would be able to handle the news with ease."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 10. Have you ever been interested in treating sports injuries?

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      As a Physical Therapist, you have a handful of options of where you can work. Sports Physical Therapy may be a career field that interests you because you've dreamt of the opportunity to work with your favorite sports team. Be honest when answering this question. If you've had no desire to work within sports just relay that you enjoy working in a clinic.



      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "My initial drive to become a Physical Therapist started in the sports world when I was a high school athlete rehabbing an ACL injury. As I've progressed through my schooling, I've gained a larger appreciation of the field as a whole in being able to work with a larger population of patients."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 11. In what capacity have you worked with PT Assistants? What role do you feel they play in the rehabilitation of a patient?

      How to Answer

      Working closely with your PT Assistants is an important part of your job. Your interviewer will be looking to assess how you effectively communicate and work as a team with your assistants. They also will try and assess how you manage your assistants and the work that they perform. Talk about great working relationships you've had with your assistants and possibly talk about a coaching situation you had to do with one of your assistants.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new graduate, I was fortunate enough to experience hands on PT experience during my internship. Here, I was able to work with a number of PT assistants that spanned a wide range of experience levels. I was able to see the wide range of duties that PT assistants perform and was amazed at how much work they do to assist rehabilitating patients. I know that moving into my first job that I will be able to work well with my assistants to foster a great team atmosphere."

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  • 12. Are you available to do outreach to other clinics or make in-home visits?

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      Many rehabilitation clinics/organizations have spread their wings over a large territory or provide in-home care to patients. For this question, it is important for you to have reviewed the expectations of the position prior to the interview. If travel was an expectation for the position, there should have been details in the job posting. Researching the organizations website will also tell you if they have multiple sites or make in-home visits. Be open and honest with your interviewer on your availability.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Coming into my first position, I am willing to do whatever it takes to see patients that need my services. I don't have direct experience providing in-home care to patients, but with some job shadowing with an experienced therapist, I would be more than willing to make these types of visits if ever required."

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  • 13. Talk about a time there was miscommunication in the treatment of a patient. How did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      As a Physical Therapist, the patients that are referred to you can come from many different physicians. Miscommunications on patients can happen and the interview is looking to see how you handled a particular miscommunication between yourself and a physician. In your answer, make sure to point out the importance communication plays in the overall well-being of the patient and that you are not hesitant to follow-up on communication.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "While I haven't experienced this directly in patient care while interning as a Physical Therapist, I know that we work in a world where communication is extremely important. If I every learned that there was a miscommunication on a patient, I would do my best to get to the root of miscommunication to ensure that it doesn't happen again. If needed, I would talk with my manager as well to hopefully prevent it from happening again."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 14. What brings stress to your world as a Physical Therapist? How do you handle stressful situations in the workplace?

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      A career as a Physical Therapist can bring stress to your life in many different ways. For this question, it is okay to be open and honest about the parts of the job that cause you stress. The interviewer will be looking to gain insight on what causes you stress and how you handle those situations. If you've found a particular part of the job to be stressful but you've made personal strides to overcome the stress, make sure to let the interviewer know.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new Physical Therapist, I may feel stressed at times when the patient schedule is full. Throughout college, I learned great techniques to help manage my time when my schedule if full and I see myself being able to utilize these same techniques with my patient load."

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  • 15. How do you motivate your patients in their rehabilitation process?

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      As a physical therapist, your success with a patient relies on their motivation throughout the rehabilitation process. Outside of your sessions with them, what the patient does can greatly effect their progress in the rehab process. For this question, talk about the importance of having a motivated patients and talk about some strategies you utilize to help motivate them.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new Physical Therapist, the number one tool that I will utilize with my patients to help motivate them is to build a trusting relationship with them. By listening to what is important to the patient and getting to know them better, the bond that we build will enable them to take my therapy with them to heart."

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  • 16. 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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      Working with patients that are rehabilitating sever injuries, it is very important to include any family members or caregivers in the rehabilitation process. The interview will be looking for specific examples where you involved the family of a patient and how you effectively communicated with them throughout the process.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "In knowing that the rehabilitation process for any patient involves their life outside of our clinic, I wouldn't hesitate to involve any caretakers or family members in a patient members rehab process. Educating the family members on the importance of the rehabilitation process is vital to any patient."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 17. How do you keep yourself up to date in the field of Physical Therapy?

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      In the continuously changing medical field, staying educated and up to date in the field of Physical Therapy is important. Talk to the interviewer about any groups or organizations that you are a part of in the field. If you've attended any seminars or training in the field, be sure to point that out as well.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new Physical Therapist, I know that remaining educated in the field is extremely important. With changes in processes and new technologies, the field of Physical Therapy is continuously changing and I want to stay on the forefront of changes to be the best therapist that I can be."

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  • 18. How would you work differently with an older patient?

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      As a Physical Therapist, you have to adjust your style of therapy quite often. Working with older patients require a softer approach than a man in his 30's in good health. Tell the interviewer about a time you successfully rehabilitated an older patient. What steps did you take and how did you adjust your regular style of treatment?

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Through my training and internship as a Physical Therapist, I had the chance to work with a few older patients that were rehabbing from injuries. As a young therapist, I found it very helpful to talk to the patients to get to know them better to help build a trusting bond between us. Once the patients felt comfortable with me, they were able to see that the care I provided to them was worth while in their rehab process."

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  • 19. 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.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "In a busy setting, it is extremely important for members of the team to communicate and help each other out. In my internship, I learned quickly that communication was important to help everything run smoothly. I know that I am effective at delegating work when needed as long as the colleague I am working with understands why I am delegating and what I am delegating."

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  • 20. 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.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 21. Being a Physical Therapist allows you to see progress in your patients, does this motivate you? Why?

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      Your goal as a Physical Therapist is to promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. When you both meet these milestones together it is progress for your patient and motivation for you to keep doing what you do. Tell the interviewer about a success story with one of your patients. How did their determination and positivity motivate you to stay in the career field?

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a young man, watching my father's life get turned upside down from a fall at work was devastating to me. As his rehabilitation process enabled him to slowly regain movement in his legs and slowly start to walk again, we can enjoy a game of pickup basketball at any time when I go back home to visit. His story drove me to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and I can't wait to help patients along their own personal journeys."

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  • 22. 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.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 23. Being with a single patient for an hour can be tiring, how can you overcome that?

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      Stamina is important while seeing your patients for treatment. Do you break up an appointment with small talk? Humor? Tell the interviewer about a particularly lengthy appointment you had and how you overcame the physical and emotional exhaustion.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, I learned from my supervising therapist that getting to know each individual patient and talking with them was vital to both the patient and to me as their therapist. For the patient, they can get to know me and trust me throughout the process. For me as the therapist, I can learn about what motivates the patient in their treatment and use that to better work with them."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 24. Describe the steps you take when reviewing a patients medication.

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      Although you don't prescribe medication, you do have the opportunity to review your patient's medication with them. Tell the interviewer how you review medication to assure the patient understands why they are taking it and how to take it.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Through my schooling and training to become a Physical Therapist, I learned the importance of understanding both the prescribed and over-the-counter medications that my patients are taking and the relation that they play in their rehabilitation. I will talk to my patients about the medications that they take and the effect that they could potentially have on their rehab process."

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  • 25. Talk about a recent problem that you faced as a Physical Therapist. How did you go about solving the problem?

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      For this question, the interviewer is looking to assess your problem solving skills and your people skills. Be sure to think of a situation where you took on a challenge, used critical thinking and got a great result out of the situation. The interviewer will be looking for you to learn something from the situation moving forward as well.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, I was given a lot of freedom to work with patients without my supervising therapist present. I had a patient that was rehabbing a sports injury to their knee who had recently been in a car accident. During the accident, the patient had felt some neck pain but had not had it treated. Once the patient had consulted me regarding the neck pain, I was unsure how to handle the situation moving forward. I explained to the patient that I wanted to get the expertise of my superior and they were very understanding. After speaking with my supervising therapist, we made the recommendation for the patient to see their primary care doctor for the neck pain. In situation like this as a new Physical Therapist, I won't hesitate to seek the advice from my colleagues."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 26. What work setting do you prefer?

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      Interviewers ask this question to establish how well you will fit in at the company and with the company culture. It also helps them identify your most productive environment. Most often, the company's size, the work-life balance, the leadership style, and the office structure will make up the work environment.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new Physical Therapist, my perfect setting will be a team based environment where I will be able to learn and grow as a professional with the help of others. Being new to a team, I would hope to bring new life and new ideas to my colleagues while being able to soak up all of the knowledge I can from them in return."

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  • 27. What is your style of leadership?

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      If you're leading well, you won't have just one leadership style. You'll mix and match to engage your team and meet your goals. Let the interviewer know you understand new challenges require new leadership skills, behaviors, and ways of communicating with your team. Do you monitor performance and provide feedback to your team? Do you prefer to stay out of the limelight and let team accept credit for results?

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "As a new Physical Therapist, the thing I'm most looking forward to is leading a team of PT Assistants. I am a leader that believes in leading by example and putting what I preach into practice. I know that communication is key to have a highly functioning team and my assistants will easily find that I'm approachable, understanding and fair."

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  • 28. How do you educate your patients?

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      The interviewer wants to hear how you assist your patients with their physical therapy needs. The first thing you need to tell the interviewer is that you determine the patient's learning style. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, tell the interviewer that you take advantage of technology when appropriate. You keep family members in the loop and occasionally check in with patients to ensure that they understand your information.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Like myself, I think most patients learn best by doing so I openly take a hands on approach to educating my patients on the therapy they receive. If I was teaching a patient how to do standing quadricep stretches, I would first demonstrate to them by doing it as well as demonstrating different balance techniques. Then, I would request that they try it. "

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  • 29. What classes or professors had the most impact on you?

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      Did your anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry or physics inspire you? Did a particular professor mentor you through your journey? The interviewer about a particular person or class that empowered you to be a physical therapist.



      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "Entering college as an undetermined major but knowing that healthcare was a career path I wanted to pursue, my freshman year kinesiology class really piqued my interest into the career path into Physical Therapy. The mechanics of the human body were inspiring to me and helped me choose this path."

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  • 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. 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.

      Written by Heather Douglass

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 31. What experiences have you had that made you a better person?

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      This is a question where your interview will be looking for a personal touch you have received from your career as a Physical Therapist. It will be important to take the emotion out of this answer. Such a personal question may prompt you to give an inappropriate and personal answer. Keep this work-related and you'll be good to go.

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      "During my years pursuing my doctorate, I became close friends with a non-traditional student in my program that was coming off of many years volunteering worldwide with Project HOPE. Seeing a person that dedicated time in their life to help those in need in other parts of the world helped me gain a new perspective on the true importance of things in life."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 32. What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?

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      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?

      Written by Heather Douglass

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      "As a new Physical Therapist entering the field, the program that I graduated from put a heavy emphasis on technology in the field and I'd bring a great knowledge of modern technologies for Physical Therapy to the team here. I have extensive training in utilizing video technology for telehealth purposes and utilizing modern video games to make therapy processes more stimulating for patients."

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  • 33. Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.

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      This question is being asked of you to see how strong your administrative skills are as a Physical Therapist. Tell the interviewer about a patient plan you worked on recently that included a general statement of interventions being used, the duration and frequency of services required to reach each goal and the anticipated discharge date.

      Written by Heather Douglass

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      "Having only worked with my supervising therapist during my internship, I learned the important factors to weigh when creating individualized plans for each patient. Through an initial assessment and a review of the patients medical record, I'll be able to factor in all of the correct pieces to make a detailed plan of care for each patient with timelines. I fully trust in my abilities to do this."

      Written by Ryan Brunner

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  • 34. How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?

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      Anterior muscle strains are common to see in your line of work. Tell the interviewer how often you see these types of injuries and the treatment you give to help the client get stronger and repair their body. Tell the interviewer that you may have an elderly patient sit in a chair while a more capable patient lies on the floor.

      Written by Heather Douglass

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      "During my internship, I worked with a runner that had a major strain to this muscle. We worked with her on two routines to strengthen the muscle back to running strength. The first exercise was toe raises while leaning against a wall. The second exercise was heel walks. After a brief training session on the two exercises, they ended up working perfectly for the patient to help get her back up and running in no time."

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