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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I think I would be a great addition to this company. I work well with others and I am a fast learner.
 
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I am a people person. I love helping and working with people.
 
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Although I dont know any of the other applicants, I can tell you that I'am an extremely caring hard working person i'am someone that is responsible and punctual and always striving to do my best.
 
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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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You have been around since 1930 and have a service area 16 counties wide. I like the fact that this hospital has been recognized by the AHA for your rapid service and successful outcomes to heart attack patients. I was also excited to learn that this is the only hospital in texas that is offering bronchial thermoplasty.
 
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I have been a patient here before and was very impressed with the facility, staff and treatments. I love that the respiratory dept has many avenues.
 
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I know the CEO is Kelly Adams, it has been providing care since 2006. It is a full service hospital with 25 inpatient suites. The facility has a 24 hr lab that can provide quick results. Radiology services such as MRIs, CT scans, Xrays, and mammograms. Provides cardiopulmonary tests such as PFTs, EKGs, cardiac stress tests and more. It as recently gained 2 new physicians and the Respiratory director has been known to be rural RT of the year.
 
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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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Punctuality and patience. Dedication to work knowledgable.
 
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I am a dedicated and reliable individual who is highly self-motivated and goal orientated. My approach to health care is very focus on patient centered care. I believe that the patient should play a large roll in the health care they receive and that communication should be open. My character is very honest and welcoming, I feel my patients portray me in this way also. I feel they feel comfortable talking to me and being in my care.
 
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I love working and helping people.
 
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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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I learned to never stop giving the best customer service that I possibly can. Even when the patient is not in a great mood. They may not show it but you could always touch their lives by giving them that special attention.
 
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I loved patient contact. I have learned to be sympathetic to patients even when they are being hateful or less than nice. I have seen a lot from the clinical side and no one knows what someone has ebeen through. Take your time and do not be in a rush.
 
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Yes. Life is vital so I need to give the proper medication for the patient.
 
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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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Copd, the key to smoking cessation.
 
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Asthma, so much is still unknown and I would like to be part of the team that gets more answers.
 
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Acute respiratory distress syndrome.
 
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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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Not being able to treat non compliant patients.
 
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My least favorite aspect of respiratory therapy is when I loose a patient, seeing the upset families bothers me, however I deal with it and move on to my next patient.
 
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Seening a patient who is having a hard time breathing.
 
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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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In a way on some level it makes me nervous, it makes my adrenalin kick in, however I feel that it is exciting to be hands on involved in situations like these. I would say I feel an adrenalin rush of excitement, more so then nervousness.
 
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It has in my schooling but I have learned the only way to get through the nerves is to jump in and participate by learning through hands on experience.
 
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Honestly, yes the thought of this scenario makes me nervous, however, I tend to work best under pressure.
 
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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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Introduce yourself. State patient name. Ask chief complaints. Ask symptoms open ended questions repeat evrything.
 
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First you look at their chart before you enter the room. You introduce yourself with name, occupation, and duty, check the wrist band. Ask questions about family and social history. Occupational history. I would then ask about allergies and prior hospitalizations. Ask if they are feeling any pain. The position of which they are feeling short of breath. Ask about their smoking habits. Ask if they have travelled anywhere.
 
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Tell me about how it all started.
 
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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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Clinical I would have to say. I say this because of the long hours and shift work on top of the school work that we also have. I prefer shift work versus monday-friday 8-5 jobs, however having exams, essays, test and presentations on top of shift work can be challenging. My time management skills definitely developed during this time.
 
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The most difficult part of schooling was trying to keep up and prepare for multiple exams in one week.
 
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I guess the drive. I really loved going to school and learning. This was very interesting to me and I am glad this is the profession I became a part of.
 
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