For newly trained Occupational Therapists for their careers to take off the ground, the need enthusiasm. They also require adaptability, a real willingness to learn and a focus on the patient above all else. In this chapter, we will discuss some most common possible job interview questions to ask the occupational therapist and their possible answers.
Although you can get answers to these questions with your teachers and other professionals for better preparation.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s an expected 28% increase in the growth of Occupational Therapy jobs from 2019 to 2027.
Related: Salary of Occupational Therapist
An average graduate from an Occupational Therapy school in the USA scores a job after passing the board exam and getting his/her licensure. This article sheds light on the job part. To be more precise, we’re about to zoom in on the job interview part and the Yesses and the Nos that come with it.
Important Points to Consider When Going for an Occupational Therapy Job Interview:
The first thing to consider while going for a job interview for an Occupational Therapy job is to play smart. You may have heard “Play smart, not hard” sometime. Well, I would say this is exactly where you test this statement and you won’t be disappointed.
The main job of most job interviews for Occupational Therapy is to assess the applicant and his/her abilities. Sure, checking in with academics of the potential therapist and his/her qualification is also a secondary goal but they have the licensure exam result to test that.
You must note that it is common sense that the interviewing party wants to assess who you are as a person and what do you have to offer for their firm. Becoming occupational therapists isn’t easy.
Therefore, you must be willing to use your wit to ace that job interview because I assure you, the interview isn’t going to get through you, and you are.
The first part of the questions will around personal, and then job specification and some technical and experience level.
Interview Questions About Your Past
- Tell us something about yourself?
- Tell us something you would like to improve before you join our program?
- What do you see as the negative and positive features of Occupational Therapy?
- What are you passionate about as an Occupational Therapist?
- What types of patients or people do you have trouble working with?
Interview Questions That Point to Your Future
- How do you normally handle pressure/conflict?
- Why do you want this job?
- Describe your most difficult experience with a patient at your last program?
- What made you become an Occupational Therapist?
- Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
Open-Ended Job Interview Questions for OT & OTA
- Tell us about a patient you’ve helped the most in your career?
- What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position?
- How do you make a difference in people’s lives?
- What motivates you as an OT?
- What is your one weakness as an OT/OTA?
- How should an OT an OTA function together? In your opinion.
- Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
- How would you deal with a Client who doesn’t want to cooperate during a treatment?
- How would you explain the importance of therapy to someone who is not already aware of it?
Other Behavioral Questions
Some behavioral questions and SWOT questions may ask for more judgment. These questions could also ask from Outpatient, and pediatric occupational therapist.
- Suppose you do not agree with management on some situation, describe the situation and how would you handle it?
- Do you think you’re functionally equipped to supervise Assistants and Aides?
- What do you think is your greatest strength as an Occupational Therapist?
- What is your weakest point as an Occupational Therapist?
- How do you deal with being answerable to superior authorities?
- How well do you cope with change?
- How well do you cope with the workload and working in extra hours?
The above questions fall under a very wide assessment which may possibly lead to saying a lot about the applicants.
It is not possible to suggest and explain the answer of each above-given question here but I’ve gathered a couple of points. These points generically cover all the questions and possibly everything you need to know before you go in for that job interview.
Tips for Answering Interview Questions with Poise
We asked a Director at a General Therapy Institute in Michigan about their signing up process for Occupational Therapists. This is what she had to say:
“We have developed a process inclusive of a written test and interview that ensures 6 C’s of nursing. Care, Compassion, Commitment, Communication, Competence, and Courage.”
In light of the same token, look up the questions asked in Occupational Therapy job interviews and try understanding their background. Undoubtedly, more than 90% of the time you will realize that the question asked is to assess one out of the 6 C’s.
6 C’s of Therapist:
- The interview team wants to know if you’re the right applicant in terms of the “Care” characteristic. If you want the job then it is your duty to judge the firm and know how much of the Care factor they want out of their potential applicants.
- Every firm and every field out there requires compassion. Especially when it comes to dealing with patients, if you’re equipped with the right amount of compassion, you will go a long way.
- Obviously, every relationship requires compassion. Be it a blood relation or a professional relationship.
- Here’s the most important one, communication. Communication reflects confidence, if you can kick ass at communication, you’re able to get through anything. To illustrate, I have met people who lack the functional capability but they’re able to make their ends meet through their excellent communication skills.
On the contrary, I’ve also met people with good functional skills but they are unable to put them to use because of unpolished communication skills.
- Similarly, your ability to nail above C’s and interviews reflect your competence and this may sound like a paradox but I’m sure you can figure it out.
- The last C is for courage which is evidently obvious in your interview. The way you answer your questions and handle the pressure.
Conclusion and Next step
To sum up, above is the list of questions which probably answers your question. In addition, there are generic tips which widely explain the idea of interviews for Occupational Therapy jobs. By now, you must have realized how you should approach the interviews and what you should actually be aiming for. You can also take part in these community relates to occupational therapy job interview questions, if you have some suggestions then comment on us.
Remember, play smart, not hard.
However, it will always be fruitful to pursue a combination of both.