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Recreational Therapists

30 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
How do you establish relationships with your patients?
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Therapeutic recreation is extremely relational. You are always working either one-on-one or in a group, helping your patients maintain or improve their physical, social and emotional well-being. Talk to the interviewer about your style.
1.
How do you establish relationships with your patients?
Therapeutic recreation is extremely relational. You are always working either one-on-one or in a group, helping your patients maintain or improve their physical, social and emotional well-being. Talk to the interviewer about your style.
Elisabeth's Answer
"I am outgoing and sensitive to the needs of my patients."
2.
How would your former employer describe you?
Think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace.

"My old boss says I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. At the adult day care program I had several difficult patients. Even though I worked longer hours, I learned how to address behavioral issues and really got to help my patients by spending more intensive time with them. I maintained in good spirits and I didn't let the challenges overwhelm me."

Explain why your coworkers think you have these traits or an experience that shows off these characteristics. Prepare three examples that you can use when you interview. These examples can also be applied when talking about your strengths, another potential interview question.
Elisabeth's Answer
"My old boss says I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. At the adult day care program I had several difficult patients. Even though I worked longer hours, I learned how to address behavioral issues and really got to help my patients by spending more intensive time with them. I maintained in good spirits and I didn't let the challenges overwhelm me."
3.
What characteristics make you a great fit for this role?
Look over the job description before your interview to notice the qualities the company is looking for. Now think about how you embody some of those traits. Recreational therapists need to have excellent communication skills and people skills. You will also need to be patient and flexible. Make a list of your top five characteristics that would help you meet the criteria for the role. Show off your strengths to prove to the interviewer that you are the best fit for this role!
4.
Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation headed?
The interviewer wants to find out if you think about the future. As a recreational therapist, you are setting up programs and facilitating activities with the goal of assisting your patients in their recovery process. Think about some of your professional goals and how you intend to meet them in the next five years. Try to think of ways that the company and this position will help you to achieve your goals. For example, you may want to work at a substance abuse center as a recreational therapist. Focus your response on ways that the position you're interviewing for will help you to achieve this goal. Think about some of the other steps you'll need to take in order to get there. Identify how this position will equip you with the skills and experience you need to be successful!
5.
What has been your favorite experience working in therapeutic recreation so far?
Think about a positive you had with a patient that impacted you. Let's say you completed an internship with children with autism. While you were there, you worked with a specific child who was completely anti-social and by the end of the semester, they were more willing to talk to you and others, participating in games that they would not have tried before. Talk about the tools you used and the conversations you had that made a difference. Share how this experience impacted you and why.
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