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Top 30 Respiratory Therapists Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
Tell me about your education.
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Question 2 of 33
Why should we hire you?
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What qualities do you have that make you stand out? You know you're qualified. You know you're capable and well equipped to perform the duties listed in the job description. How can you express that to your interviewer? Think of some ways you can sum up your qualities in a few statements. For example, you could say, "I graduated at the top of my class. I studied hard and learned to manage the stress in my life. Coworkers enjoy working with me because I am positive and dedicated to giving my patients the highest standard of care I could provide." Explain how your traits have produced results. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
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"I graduated at the top of my class. I studied hard and learned to manage the stress in my life. Coworkers enjoy working with me because I am positive and dedicated to giving my patients the highest standard of care I could provide."
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Question 3 of 33
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
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Before your job interview, make sure you are familiar with the company mission and values. We recommend visiting the company website, reading employee reviews or talking to anyone you know that works there to learn as much as you can. You want to be able to talk about what you like about the company so that you can convince them you're the best fit for the role. Your interest in volunteer events and their commitment to patient care shows them how well you would integrate into this position and the culture of the company. Watch the videos on their website, and take note of the information on their careers page if one is available. Be prepared to talk about how much you appreciate their values and reputation. Whatever their mission is, you need to know it. And if you're not clear on something you read or heard, ask about it!
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Question 4 of 33
Tell me about a character trait that makes you a good candidate for this job?
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Integrity, humbleness and empathy are all character traits that would make you a great candidate for the job. Think about a day in the life of a respiratory therapist. What challenges do you anticipate? How will you handle them? Your ability to remain calm during stressful times is an example of a character trait that would lend itself to the role. Your ability to listen to patients is another example. Review the job description and ask yourself, "What traits would help me to accomplish these tasks on a daily basis?"
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"What traits would help me to accomplish these tasks on a daily basis?"
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Question 5 of 33
What was the best thing you learned during your clinical training with patients?
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"I learned that by thoroughly assessing symptoms, therapists can be much more effective in treating patients. I shadowed a therapist who was extremely detailed in his approach. He encouraged me to take time to get to know patients in order to identify factors that could affect therapy and to know what exercises will work best."

Give an example of something you learned that you think will benefit you in your career. It could have been something as simple as listening to patients, learning what to observe and how to treat an obscure illness.
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"I learned that by thoroughly assessing symptoms, therapists can be much more effective in treating patients. I shadowed a therapist who was extremely detailed in his approach. He encouraged me to take time to get to know patients in order to identify factors that could affect therapy and to know what exercises will work best."
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Question 6 of 33
If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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Question 7 of 33
What do you like least about being a respiratory therapist?
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Question 8 of 33
Does providing emergency care to a patient suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock make you nervous?
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Question 9 of 33
Walk me through how you interview a patient.
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Question 10 of 33
What was the most difficult part of schooling?
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Question 11 of 33
Are you comfortable conducting a patient interview?
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Question 12 of 33
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 13 of 33
If you could not be a respiratory therapist, what career would you choose?
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Question 14 of 33
What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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Question 15 of 33
Can you work overtime, weekends, and holidays?
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Question 16 of 33
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 17 of 33
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 18 of 33
What motivates you to want to help people?
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Question 19 of 33
Why is measuring a patient's PH levels important?
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Question 20 of 33
What do you like most about being a respiratory therapist?
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Question 21 of 33
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 22 of 33
What are you looking for in an employer?
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Question 23 of 33
How has your education prepared you for this career?
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Question 24 of 33
Are you a people person?
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Question 25 of 33
Do you work well under pressure?
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Question 26 of 33
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
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Question 27 of 33
Have you worked with a patient with a condition that was beyond your scope of practice? How did you handle it?
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Question 28 of 33
Why did you decide to work in this field?
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Question 29 of 33
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 30 of 33
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 31 of 33
How do gain the respect of your teammates when start a new job?
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Question 32 of 33
Tell me about the conditions you are most familiar with treating.
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Question 33 of 33
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to miss work?
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About Respiratory Therapists

September 21st, 2017

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.

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