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Top 25 Respiratory Therapists Interview Questions
1. Tell me about your education.
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Respiratory Therapists
December 17th, 2014

Respiratory therapists?also known as respiratory care practitioners?evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. They consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to help develop and modify patient care plans. Therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals.
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Respiratory Therapists Interview Questions
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Why should we hire you?
 
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I was a full time care taker for my mother who had Alzheimer's, I know how exhausting it can be & I have patience. I am a cheerful person & will be dependable.
 
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I am a great fit for this hospital. I am hard working and am excited for the fast pace environment that I will experience here.
 
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What do you know about our healthcare facility?
 
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Care about patients, and workers.
 
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You are a acute care hospital and code stroke certified.
 
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Tell me about a character trait that makes you a good candidate for this job?
 
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I am a good team maker hard working , organizer, easy going , punctual dependable, play well with each other , good sense of humor.
 
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I am great under stress. I thrive to learn and grow within the company.
 
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What was the best thing you learned during your clinical training with patients?
 
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The best thing I learned from patients is to listen to what they are telling you.
 
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The best thing I learned is that to properly care for people begins with listening to them and what thier story is.
 
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If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
 
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Cardiac anomalies and their effect on the respiratory system and oxygenation.
 
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With my clinical experience thus far I have a lot more exposure to adults versus the neonatal population. For me I would spend more time on how to mechanically ventilate cyanotic and acyanotic heat defects, since I was unable to receive exposure to this during my clinical rotations, thus far.
 
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What do you like least about being a respiratory therapist?
 
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None. Been a respiratory therapy you can able to save lifes.
 
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As a respiratory therapist you have to be able to work night shifts and there may be long exhausting days in the OR.
 
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Does providing emergency care to a patient suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock make you nervous?
 
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I have practiced simulations for cpr. These simulations should , make it easier to treat people with these conditions. That being said I don't want to make a mistake under pressure.
 
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Yes, I think it is normal to be nervous.
 
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Walk me through how you interview a patient.
 
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Introduce myself while washing my hands, check their name & dob, ask them what happened why they are here. While they explain I will watch how they physically look & then I will check vitals.
 
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How was your day , how do you feel what kind the job you used to do ,
 
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What was the most difficult part of schooling?
 
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Accommodating family and class.
 
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The most difficult part was being afraid to ask questions, fearing that the question was stupid, self explanatory and fearing that you will be looked at as unprepared.
 
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Are you comfortable conducting a patient interview?
 
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I have practiced conducting interviews with a few patients. So with more practice I will become more comfortable in obtaining patient history.
 
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Yes, I feel most comfortable sitting down with a patient and trying to make it as informal as appropriate. I feel that patient respond best when in this atmosphere.
 
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What is your greatest strength?
 
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I love to learn and I love to be involved in a team environment.
 
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Get my job done well, , be a good team work , get to work on time ,
 
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If you could not be a respiratory therapist, what career would you choose?
 
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Perfusionist. I am interested in learning more about this profession. However I prefer the diversity of Respiratory therapy and the fast atmosphere.
 
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I wld choose radiation therapy in order to help people diagnosed with cancer.
 
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What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
 
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ARDS patients, especially with COPD as well. I find these patients are the most difficult to mechanically ventilate.
 
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It gives us an accurate indicator of the seriousness of condition and how to act upon it.
 
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Can you work overtime, weekends, and holidays?
 
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With a career in health care, I understand that with that comes shift work and a variety of hours. In a profession like this I believe that you have to do whatever you need to do, and by doing so, that involves a lot of extra time. That is something we sign on for as health professionals.
 
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O course, it comes with the territory.
 
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
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Working for same company feeling confident in majority of my choices.
 
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I see myself in a hospital helping people with respiratory issues, and explain to them that they can still have a normal life as long as they follow all directions and take of many issues with the patient to allow them to have a successful life.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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I assess situation & prioritize to get things done.
 
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Be communicating with others.
 
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What motivates you to want to help people?
 
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It has always been a part of my life, growing up my family has always instilled in me the importance of helping people. Not just physically, but emotionally as well, Whenever something was wrong I was always taught to talk about your feelings or anything that was bothering you. In relation to the physical aspect, my parents own a personal care home, so the fact that I always seen that helping people is a positive thing for both you and the patient, I wanted to be able to do that as well. It is very rewarding.
 
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I have always wanted to help people. When I was 22, I watched my friends older brother who is a paramedic successfully resuscitate a drowning kid and from then on I wanted the ability to save a life.
 
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Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
 
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Acid base status of blood.
 
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Have a ph level that is not in sync can have multiple heart issues as well as respiratory issues.
 
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What do you like most about being a respiratory therapist?
 
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I like the fact of saving peoples lives, respiratory issues can cause many other issues, I like the fact of saving someones life.
 
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Helping the patients feel better, un Der stand how to use their equipment and they feel reassured once they leave my office.
 
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What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
 
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I'm very flexibable so any enviorment.
 
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All types. I like to consider myself very adaptable. I can perform under pressure and work well when there are no time challenges.
 
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What are you looking for in an employer?
 
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Good communication, expectation, policies & procedues to be upheld.
 
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An opportunity where I can use my skill and growth in my career.
 
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How has your education prepared you for this career?
 
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It over prepared us, felt so confident when we graduated.
 
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My science classes have really helped increase my knowledge and prepare me for this career.
 
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Are you a people person?
 
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I love being around people. I enjoy interacting, listening, consoling and just being able to be there for people.
 
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I like being around people. I am trying to work on being more engaged with people.
 
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Do you work well under pressure?
 
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Most of the time, yes I do, however no one is perfect and there are times where I dont know how to fix a situation and get a little stressed.
 
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Yes, I think my previous work in the ED shows that I work well under pressure. I think I actually do some of my best work in a high intensity environment.
 
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