8 Common Physical Therapist Interview Questions

By Kyle Sandsmark | March 18, 2019

As a physical therapist, you are always on the move. You use exercises and movement training to help patients regain strength after illness or injury. During the interview process, hiring mangers are searching for candidates who are knowledgeable about he human body and eager to improve the current conditions of their clients. To help you prepare for the importance of the interview, this article outlines the 8 common physical therapist interview questions.

8 Common Physical Therapist Interview Questions

1) Tell me about the patients or services you’ve previously worked with? This is a very common question and one when asked you should be able to answer easily. Be prepared to answer a brief history of your experience. If you don’t have much experience that is okay. Just be honest. The good news is that many physical therapy jobs, especially those looking for travel therapy, take new grads or those with not a lot of experience. So no need to worry if you don’t have years of experience. Again, just be honest.

2) How do you motivate patients? This is a great question to showcase your interpersonally skills and how you connect with your patients. When asked this question, it is a good time to tell a story of a time you motivated a patient and the results they received.

3) When was a time you had to deal with a disagreement with a co-worker? Conflict with co-workers is a common occurrence. So when asked, be sure you have a story to tell that proves you have conflict resolution skills.

Communication Skills Are Important

4) How do you set expectations and provide status updates to patients and their family members? This is a question where you can really highlight your organizational and communicational skills. Talk about how you communicate when working in a fast environment and with many patients.

5) What has been the most challenging case you’ve dealt with? This question might not be as common as the ones listed above. However, when asked to describe a challenge many physical therapists get hung up. You are prepared to talk about the good times that sometimes you don’t prepare to answer the questions that relate to challenges. Even if you don’t get asked this direct question during the interview, it’s a good one to have your answer ready.

6) What are ways you’ve found to be successful tracking a patient’s progress? Attention to detail is a very critical skills as a physical therapist. It’s very important especially when it comes with monitoring a patient’s progress. Do you track progress online allowing for patients to monitor their progress as well? Do you have a chart that you write down and review with your patient at the beginning and end of every session? Be prepared to speak to this during the interview.

Questions That Highlight You

7) What makes you happy about being a physical therapist? This question should be one that gets you out of your chair ready to answer. What makes you happy about being a PT? You should be able to nail this question. But be prepared. You don’t want this answer to drag on too much. This is a great question for your hiring manger to get to know you on a personal level.

8) Why would you be a good fit to work here? When this question gets asked, this is your chance to have a great closing remark. The hiring manager is looking for confirmation that you would be a good fit with their team and patients. Explain how you’d fit with the team and highlight your team first attitude.

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Hopefully you enjoyed reading the 8 common physical therapist interview questions. If you are interested in being a travel therapist, you are in the right spot. Host Healthcare offers an extensive list of travel therapy jobs. In addition, call specific recruiter directly or if you don’t have a recruiter, call (844) 812-8094 and one of our friendly recruiters will be happy to help.

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