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Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Therapeutic Recreation Specialist interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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How well do you handle stress?

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This common interview question allows the interviewer to gauge how you might handle stressful situations at work. How you handle stress gives insight into your soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, communication, and leadership. Describe how you handle stress, and focus on the positive actions you take when dealing with a stressful situation.

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List of 35 Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

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    How well do you handle stress?

      How to Answer

      This common interview question allows the interviewer to gauge how you might handle stressful situations at work. How you handle stress gives insight into your soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, adaptability, communication, and leadership. Describe how you handle stress, and focus on the positive actions you take when dealing with a stressful situation.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I handle stress extremely well. I don't focus on the cause of the stress or how it might negatively affect me. Instead, I focus on how to diminish the stress and solve the problem. For example, when I was going to school for my bachelor's degree, I felt stressed by all the assignments I had to complete. Instead of becoming overwhelmed, I bought a day planner and wrote a checklist and timeline of when projects and papers were due. Once I became more organized, I did not feel as stressed about the assignments."

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    What excites you the most about a career as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear what motivates you to work as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and what aspect you like the most. It may be that you love seeing patients improve with therapy, you enjoy creating treatment plans with various activities, or you get excited when you see patients become more socially active. Describe what makes you excited about going to work every day.

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      "What excites me the most about working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is teaching patients the social skills needed to gain employment and become and remain independent. It brings me great joy when I see my patient's happiness when learning these skills and becoming socially active."

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  • Behavioral

    3.

    What do you like most about a teaching career?

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      When working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, you will teach patients how to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. You will also teach them how to integrate into society and adapt to certain activities after becoming disabled. Explain to the interviewer what part of your career you like most so they can see what motivates you as a teacher and if your values align with the company culture.

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      "What I like most about a career in teaching is seeing my patients improve their mental health by following the methods I teach them. When I have a patient who is depressed, anxious, and has suicidal thoughts and I see them recover and enjoy life, that is by far the best part of my job."

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  • Behavioral

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    What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?

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      This question is commonly asked during interviews because the interviewer wants to see that you have the skills and qualities they are looking for in their ideal candidate. If you review the job description, you will see the qualities the organization is looking for. These might include leadership, listening, and communication skills. Identify one of those qualities that you believe is your greatest strength, and emphasize why it helps you as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

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    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

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      This is another commonly asked interview question, and it is best to have an answer prepared. The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and can identify an area that can be improved and take action to do that. Describe a weakness relevant to the position but not one that would be a deal-breaker to the employer. When answering, identify the weakness, explain what you are doing to improve it, and end on a positive note by describing how you are turning the weakness into a strength.

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  • Direct

    6.

    What are you passionate about?

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      The interviewer wants to hear why you are passionate about working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and what motivates you the most. It may be that you love seeing patients improve with therapy, you enjoy creating treatment plans with various activities, or you get excited when you see patients become more socially active. Describe an activity, skill, hobby, or idea that you are passionate about, explain why you are passionate about it and how you have pursued this passion, and relate it to the job of Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

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  • Direct

    7.

    Why did you leave your last position?

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      The interviewer is interested in hearing the reason why you left your last position. It might be that you were let go due to budget cuts, terminated for a discrepancy, left to pursue a more fulfilling type of work, or are changing careers. If you were fired, describe what happened and what you have learned from that experience. Be sure not to talk poorly about coworkers or supervisors, as it will make you look bad in the interviewer's eyes. Explain your reason for leaving your last position.

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  • Direct

    8.

    How did you hear about this position?

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      There are many ways you could have heard about the position, such as an online job board, a recruiter, a friend or family member, or through the company's website. Organizations pay a lot of money to advertise their job openings, and they want to see which methods are most effective. If you were referred by one of their employees, be sure to mention the person's name, because some companies pay their employees a referral fee for referring qualified applicants.

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  • Direct

    9.

    Tell me what you know about our organization.

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      Before any job interview, it is best to research the organization and learn as much as possible. You will inevitably be asked a question about the company - who the CEO is, what areas and clientele they serve - or you may be asked a question about the job description. Review the organization's website, read patient or customer testimonials, reread the job description, and visit the company and talk to the staff. Show the interviewer that you have done your homework when asked this question.

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  • Direct

    10.

    Who is your mentor?

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      A mentor is someone you look up to and who guides you personally and professionally. A mentor shares information about their career path. They are a positive role model, and they provide motivation, guidance, and emotional or spiritual support. Use a real person, such as a guidance counselor or professor, who has guided you, and give an example of how their mentorship helped you succeed in your role as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

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    11.

    If hired, would you be available to work an occasional weekend, if needed?

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      The interviewer wants to see if you can fulfill the requirements of the job if hired. If there is a need for an occasional weekend, it most likely would have been posted in the job description. The interviewer wants to see if you have outside obligations that keep you from fulfilling their needs and if your schedule is flexible. To be an eligible candidate, it is recommended that you offer to work the occasional weekend if necessary.

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    12.

    What do you like to do in your free time?

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      The interviewer may feel like they know about you professionally after reviewing your application and resume, but they also want to know about your interests outside of work. The activities and hobbies you enjoy doing in your free time give the interviewer a glimpse into your personality and will help them determine if you will be a good fit for the team. Describe healthy activities or hobbies you enjoy that will also be relevant to the position, such as staying in shape, reducing stress, or being creative.

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  • Direct

    13.

    If hired, would you be available to travel if needed?

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      Usually, the company will put in their job description if travel is required as part of the job. If they did advertise travel is needed, you should realize that going into the interview. If they did not, you will have to decide if travel conflicts with any outside obligations you have, such as childcare or higher education. Be honest with the interviewer, and explain that you are available to travel if hired, but if you have to make arrangements for something, let them know you would need a bit of notice. The more flexible and agreeable you are, the better it will look to the interviewer.

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    14.

    Tell me about yourself.

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      Interviewers often ask this as the first question to break the ice and see what direction the interview will take. How you respond can lead the interviewer down a specific path of questions, or they may eliminate some questions if you answer them in your introduction. Give a brief synopsis of yourself related to your profession, starting with why you decided to pursue this career, where you are currently working or where you recently graduated from, and where you see yourself in the future.

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    15.

    How do you like to stay in shape?

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      Working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, you must stay physically fit. You will lift and assist patients, teach dance and movement, and participate in other physical activities. The interviewer wants to hear what activities you enjoy doing to stay in shape, which gives them a glimpse of your personality and shows them that you will be a good fit for their organization.

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    Why do you want to work for our organization?

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      Before any job interview, it is best to research the organization and learn as much as possible. You will inevitably be asked a question about their company, why you want to work for them, or how long the company has been in business. Review the organization's website, read patient or customer testimonials, analyze the job description, and visit the company and talk to the staff. Decide what drew you to their company and explain why you want to work for them.

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    17.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

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      When an interviewer asks where you see yourself in five years, they want to hear what professional goals you have set for yourself and if your plans include working for their organization. Explaining your professional goals gives the interviewer insight into your motivation and professional growth. Describe the goals you have set for yourself and how you plan to achieve those goals.

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    18.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

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      There are likely many qualified candidates for the position, and the interviewer wants to see why you believe you are the best candidate. They want to hear what makes you the perfect person to hire for their organization. Review the job description and use words that are in the qualifications for their ideal candidate. For example, if the job description says they are looking for an energetic, creative, and compassionate Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with at least three years of experience and specific qualifications, use those keywords to emphasize why you are the best candidate for their organization.

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    19.

    Do you have reliable transportation?

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      Interviewers are not supposed to ask if you have a vehicle, but they can ask if you have reliable transportation if it is a job requirement. They want to ensure that you will be on time for work and that transportation will not be an issue. Describe what type of reliable transportation will get you to work, such as walking, a bus, taxi, private vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle.

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    What three words would your former employer use to describe you?

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      When asked this question in an interview, you should use three words that are skills or qualities needed for the position. As a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, desirable attributes include patience, compassion, creativity, honesty, excellent communication, listening skills, leadership, and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You can use past performance reviews or a letter of recommendation to find three words your former employer used to describe you. Give examples for each.

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    Do you have any questions for me?

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      Interviewers will often ask if you have any questions for them at the end of the interview. It is always recommended to ask a question or two. This shows your eagerness and enthusiasm for the position. Be sure not to ask questions that could be answered by reviewing their website or job description. It is recommended to avoid asking about salary or benefits, which are usually outlined in the job description or covered by Human Resources when offered the job.

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    22.

    Why did you choose a career as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?

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      There are many reasons one might choose to enter the field of recreation therapy, otherwise known as therapeutic recreation. The interviewer will ask this question to gain better insight into your personality and what motivates you. Some examples of why you have chosen this career might include a mentor or guidance counselor encouraging you to enter this field, having a family member or friend in the field, having a loved one who has benefitted from a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, or a desire to give back to others. Briefly share your reason for choosing this career.

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  • Education

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    Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?

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      If you made it to the interview, you have the education and qualifications the interviewer is looking for in a candidate. They can see where you went to school on your resume, but they are interested in hearing how your education prepared you for a career as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Describe your training, internship, volunteer work, certifications, and any other education that has prepared you for this career.

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  • Experience

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    What was your biggest disappointment as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist?

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      There may be times in your profession when you are disappointed with the way therapy went with a patient, a therapeutic recreation program being cut due to budget reasons, or not being chosen for a position with another organization. The interviewer wants to hear of a disappointment you have encountered and how you dealt with the situation.

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    What types of experiences do you have working with special populations?

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      As a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, you learn how to work with a variety of populations while obtaining a bachelor's degree and undergoing an internship. You may also have experience volunteering with special populations or working with specific groups, such as geriatrics or those with cognitive difficulties. The interviewer wants to know what experiences you have working with special populations to determine if you have experience with the clientele they serve.

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    Tell me about a time you made a mistake.

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      When an interviewer asks you to tell them when you made a mistake, they want to see if you are humble, honest, and can identify when you made a mistake. They want to hear how you recovered and learned from that mistake. When you answer this question, emphasize the qualities or skills you gained. Avoid mentioning an error that is critical for your success in this position, such as arguing with a patient or family member.

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  • Operational

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    What is your favorite activity to do in recreation therapy?

      How to Answer

      There are many activities you might introduce in recreation therapy, such as music, sports, arts and crafts, aquatics, ropes courses, dance, and drama. The interviewer wants to know your favorite activity because you will most likely use that activity often. They also want to determine if your style and creativity align with their company's values. Describe your favorite activity and why you like using it in therapy.

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    What makes you uncomfortable?

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      If an interviewer asks what makes you uncomfortable, they want to know if there is an aspect of the job that will affect your performance. Describe something that makes you uncomfortable and explain how you have learned to handle the discomfort. The interviewer wants to see how you problem-solve and handle difficult situations.

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    Describe the most creative work-related project you completed.

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      There are many ways that Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are creative in their work. Their treatment plans can use interventions such as dance, arts and crafts, animals, games, music, and sports. They must also be creative when adapting to a patient's specific needs. The interviewer wants to hear of a work-related project you completed that you would define as your most creative to gain insight into your personality and creativity.

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    Tell me how you assess a patient's needs before developing a treatment plan.

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      There are various ways to assess a patient's needs before developing a treatment plan for them. You can discuss the needs with the patient and family members, review medical records, observe and test the patient, and consult with other healthcare professionals. The interviewer wants to see how you work and what methods you use to assess your patients.

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    If you could choose between using animals, aquatics, or drama in your recreation therapy, which would you choose and why?

      How to Answer

      There are many different aspects of recreation therapy, and each has its purpose. The interviewer wants to see your critical thinking and creative side and why you choose animals, aquatics, or drama in your recreational therapies. Describe why you decided between the three and what population(s) that type of therapy would best serve.

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  • Technical

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    What are the elements involved in establishing a therapeutic relationship?

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      There are many elements to establishing a therapeutic relationship that could be mentioned in your response. The qualities of a healthy therapeutic relationship include mutual trust, caring and respect, agreement on the goals of therapy, and collaboration during treatment. Excellent Therapeutic Recreation Specialists can talk with their patients and exchange negative emotional responses, share decision-making, and correct any issues or difficulties that may appear in the relationship. The interviewer wants to hear how you establish therapeutic relationships to see if your values align with the company culture.

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  • Technical

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    Tell me about your assessment skills. What assessment tools are you familiar with?

      How to Answer

      The patient assessment is the foundation of the therapeutic recreation process. The assessment provides information to plan a treatment program, builds trust and rapport, and is the baseline for determining what additional assessment tools you will use. You can utilize many different assessment tools, and the interviewer wants to see which you are familiar with.

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    How would you define excellent patient care?

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      Excellent patient care can be defined in many ways. It can be greeting all patients with a smile, actively listening when they are talking, communicating clearly, having compassion, and adjusting your treatment modalities to fit the patient's needs. The interviewer wants to see how you define excellent patient care to see if you have the characteristics they are looking for in a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and if your values align with their company culture.

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    How are your documentation skills?

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      You must have impeccable documentation skills as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. You will be documenting the patient's treatment plans, progress, and interventions as part of their medical records. These records will be seen by other healthcare professionals and must be thorough and complete. The interviewer wants to hear you describe your perception of your documentation skills and areas that need improvement. Since documentation skills are crucial in this profession, you may not be considered a strong candidate if your documentation skills are less than excellent.

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