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Respiratory Therapists Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Ryan Brunner

Updated on July 31st, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 30
Walk me through how you interview a patient.
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How to Answer
Explain step by step how you approach a patient. What questions do you ask first? What do you do if a patient is unable to answer your questions
Familiarize yourself with the questions and the process of patient assessments. How does this assessment play into the care plan development for each patient?

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Question 2 of 30
What was the most difficult part of schooling?
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Sometimes the most difficult aspect of training for a new career is finding balance and managing stress. You may have also enrolled in a class that provided an extra challenge for you because the professor moved too quickly or didn't present the information in a clear way. Maybe you struggle to memorize medical terminology. Regardless of the difficulty, explain what it was and then elaborate upon how you handled it. The interviewer is more interested in how you overcame the challenge than the challenge itself! What tools did you use? Did you go to tutoring? Did you meet with the professor during office hours?

Question 3 of 30
Does providing emergency care to a patient suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock make you nervous?
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Work as a Respiratory Therapist can involve patients that are in an emergency type of situation. Your interviewer will be looking for your ability to stay focused on the task at hand in any type of situation. If you have direct experience, talk about a particular patient you worked with where the outcome was great because of your work.

Question 4 of 30
What do you like least about being a respiratory therapist?
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If you have read through any posts on job search sites from experienced respiratory therapist, you will see some of the drawbacks. The pay can be low and the opportunities for advancement may be limited. You may have already experienced some other drawbacks already, but clearly you are still interested in the career. If you are searching for interview questions, you must like something about the job! If an interviewer asks you this question, focus on the challenges like dealing with difficult patients or balancing a heavy workload in a fast-paced environment. Then share how you deal with it in a positive manner. An interview is not the place to complain! You want to show off your strengths and how you overcome challenges. Speak with confidence and draw from your experience.

Question 5 of 30
If you could spend more time studying one particular respiratory illness, what would it be?
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Sleep apnea and asthma are two commonly diagnosed respiratory illnesses. Even though there is much research on them, there is still more to be learned. Think of some of the problems you have experienced with patients. Which ones interested you most? Why? Explain to the interviewer that you are interested in understanding how these illnesses affect the oxygen supplied to the brain, which ultimately affects the patient's overall health. Are you interested in finding out if some of these common illnesses can be prevented or treated in a more effective way? This question will show your interest in furthering the field and your interviewer will be looking for you to have an interest in this.

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Author of Respiratory Therapists Answers and Questions

Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
First written on: 09/15/2010
Last modified on: 07/31/2018

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