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Top 30 Physical Therapist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What is your greatest strength as a Physical Therapist?
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Question 2 of 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. Tell the interviewer that your co-workers would say you are a dependable, giving and hardworking co-workers.

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Question 3 of 30
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.

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Question 4 of 30
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.

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Question 5 of 30
Are you comfortable delegating work?
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"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.

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Question 6 of 30
Have you ever been interested in treating sports injuries?
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Question 7 of 30
What is your style of leadership?
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Question 8 of 30
What classes or professors had the most impact on you?
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Question 9 of 30
Being with a single patient for an hour can be tiring, how can you overcome that?
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Question 10 of 30
What work setting do you prefer?
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Question 11 of 30
Being a Physical Therapist allows you to see progress in your patients, does this motivate you? Why?
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Question 12 of 30
How would you solve the situation of miscommunication?
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Question 13 of 30
What was the most difficult problem you have faced and how did you go about solving it?
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Question 14 of 30
How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you educate your patients?
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Question 16 of 30
How would your boss describe you?
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Question 17 of 30
Describe the steps you take when reviewing a patients medication.
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Question 18 of 30
What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?
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Question 19 of 30
What experiences have you had that made you a better person?"
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Question 20 of 30
How do you stay organized?
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Question 21 of 30
Give me an example of a tough patient you had to deal with.
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Question 22 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 23 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 24 of 30
Describe your typical work week.
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Question 25 of 30
Which population are you exited to work with?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you physically fit and do you exercise?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.
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Question 28 of 30
How would you work differently with an older patient?
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Question 29 of 30
Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.
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Question 30 of 30
What do you feel is your best asset as a Physical Therapist?
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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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