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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.