Physical Therapy Interview Questions
And Tips For A Great First Impression

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Physical therapy interview questions vary from one institution to another.

It is difficult to assume which specific questions you can expect during your interview.

However, there are some things you can do to help prepare yourself for the interview process.

Below we have some great tips to guide you through your next interview.

PT Interview Tips

1. Practice Ever heard the phrase "practice makes perfect"?

It definitely rings true in the case of your physical therapy school interviews. Even with previous job interview experience, you may need to put in some preparation effort.

For a great opportunity to practice, make an appointment at your university's career center. Many offer practice interviews with a career counselor and some will even videotape your interview.

The counselor can run through a typical interview with you and later critique your strengths and weaknesses, right down to the handshake.

If the interview was captured on video, you then have an opportunity to watch yourself in action. The video doesn't lie and you may be surprised by your performance.

The skills you gain from a practice interview can also prove useful for future job interviews.

2. Prepare Questions of your Own

Have a question or two of your own prepared for your interview. It shows you are equally as interested in the school as they are in you. Depending on the question it may show that you have done your research on the particular university.

Having your own questions may also help you stand out in a pool of applicants.

3. Provide Specific Examples

Many physical therapy interview questions will require specific examples taken from your life experiences. If you take part in a practice interview the counselor may be able to help brainstorm some valuable examples.

These specific examples help to give the interviewer an insight into some of the personal, academic, or employment experiences you possess.

4. Appearance and Handshake

How you present yourself for an interview is also of high importance. Your overall appearance will contribute to the first impression you leave with your interviewer(s).

Be sure to dress in a manner appropriate for an interview meaning dress pants/slacks, clean shoes, and a nice shirt.

A simple handshake can also tell a lot about you. A nice firm handshake exudes self confidence while a weak one may leave the opposite impression.

5. Articulate Answers Anytime you open your mouth to answer an interview question you want to be as articulate as possible, despite the feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Refrain from the "um's" and other repetitive words that you may have a tendency to interject when speaking. Clear and concise answers are recommended for any interview situation.

Sample Physical Therapy Interview Questions

Here are several sample questions for you to consider which may be asked at your next interview. It may be a good idea to figure out how you might go about answering them.

Keep in mind that each interview situation is different and the questions you are actually asked may require a multi-faceted answer. So not only do you have to answer a particular question, you may have to provide specific examples or scenarios.

  • 1. Why do you want to be a physical therapist?
  • 2. What type of learner are you?
  • 3. What are your plans if you are not accepted into the program?
  • 4. How do you handle conflict, give a specific example and describe the conflict and how it was handled?
  • 5. Give an example in which you took a leadership role

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