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34 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Updated August 22nd, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 34
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?
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1.
What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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?

Ryan's Answer #1
"My greatest strength is my ability to build professional patient/therapist relationships. Patients confide in me, respect me as a provider as well as a person."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"My biggest strength is my ability to understand my patient's needs and customize my plan of care for each patient. I firmly believe that every patient is different and needs a customized approach to achieve their goals."
Rachelle's Answer
Wonderful! Customized care is a very good answer that will make you stand out from other candidates.
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Anonymous Answer
"I feel that my greatest strength is my ability to give information to my patients in simple words and explain everything about their condition and the steps that we have to take to deal with it. That helps us build a trusted patient/therapist relationship, which I think it's the cornerstone of successful and effective treatment."
Rachelle's Answer
This is an excellent answer! It's unique, and you build well upon it.
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2.
How would your co-workers describe you?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"I believe that my coworkers would describe me as a hard-working person that is willing to go the extra mile for his job to help his department to meet its goals. Also, I would like to believe that they would describe me as a team-player who’s always ready to help anyone when in need. 
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Rachelle's Answer
Good! The interviewer will get a great idea of your teamwork abilities and collaboration skills.
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What excites you the most about being a Physical Therapist?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I love coming to work each day, seeing patients, hearing their story and being a part of their recovery."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"By being a physical therapist, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life, and personally I believe that that’s the most satisfying, rewarding, and important thing to keep you going."
Rachelle's Answer
Try personalizing this by replacing 'you' with 'I.' An example is provided below.
"As a physical therapist, I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone's life. I believe that's the most satisfying, rewarding, and important aspect of my job."
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4.
Tell me about a situation where you showed a great deal of patience?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"In our profession, it is very common to be working on patients that are upset, frustrated, or even aggressive. To be more specific, I had to work with an elderly patient who was very prejudiced against physical therapy due to his previous experience and made him negative and hard to work with. But I managed to display patience and politely tried to explain to him in detail the process that we had to follow to change the situation he was dealing with. And it worked out pretty well because after that he showed a willingness to cooperate and that led to a positive treatment outcome, where he was able to carry out with his daily life activities.
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Rachelle's Answer
Your example is well laid out, and shows your ability to maintain patience and fortitude. Nice answer!
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5.
Are you comfortable delegating work?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I am comfortable delegating work. When I delegate work, I explain why I'm delegating, provide training, don't over-task and most importantly say thank you."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, I'm comfortable in delegating the work to my colleagues. It is very important as a Physical Therapist that you work as a team with your colleagues. For example, recently, I had a pregnant woman who was diagnosed with Sciatica. On evaluation, I came to know that she is also having urinary incontinence. I treated her for back pain and had my colleague, who is a pelvic floor therapist, treat her for urinary incontinence so that my patient gets the best care from our team."
Rachelle's Answer
This answer is perfect! You gave a great example as well, which is the cherry on top :)
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Anonymous Answer
"Delegating work is necessary between members of a team in order to assist each other out when needed, and I would be 100% comfortable doing that so we could provide high-quality patient care services at all times."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! I have cleaned up the wording just a touch to make the answer easier to follow.
"Delegating work is necessary between members of a team to assist each other out and provide quality patient care at all times. I am 100% comfortable delegating work."
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