JobsInVT.com has been serving the Vermont market for over 10 years, so we are in a unique position to monitor and report on the employment trends within the state.
We recently identified a few key trends based on jobs posted, searches performed by job seekers and other key metrics across a wide range of national and local job sites. Taken together they offer a unique perspective into the key trends for employment in Vermont.
A significant finding was that one of the top job titles in the state of Vemont is a Physical Therapist. To help prepare Vermont's workforce prepare for a job interview, we've collected 8 physical therapist interview questions that are commonly asked.
Here are 8 physical therapist interview questions and answers:
1. Tell me about your previous work experience in physical therapy.
What they're looking for: a candidate who not only has experience in physical therapy, but someone who is passionate about the field and their past experiences.
How to answer: Be prepared to give a brief history of your work experience and how it pertains to physical therapy. Even if your official job title didn't contain the phrase, "Physical Therapist", know how your prior duties would pertain to a physical therapy type of role.
2. Tell me about the patients or services you've previously worked with.
What they're looking for: a candidate who is knowledgeable and can recall information about the patients or services they've helped.
How to answer: Be prepared to give a brief overview about the type of physical therapy you've worked with in the past, or the physical therapy related services you've worked with. Practice your pitch to help the interviewer immediately understand how you work and why you'd be a good fit.
3. Do you have any physical limitations that could interfere with your ability to do this job?
What they're looking for: honesty.
How to answer: If an employer asks this question during an interview, you have to disclose this information. The employer might be able to work around the medical or physical conditions, but you have to answer honestly so that you can set realistic expectations.
4. Tell me about a time when you made a patient feel good.
What they're looking for: a candidate who knows how to help patients.
How to answer: Be prepared to share a solid story of how you helped a patient in the past. Outline your story so that you can hit on the key points quickly while walking the interviewer through the situation.
5. Tell me about what makes you happy in physical therapy.
What they're looking for: a candidate's "why." Why you get out of bed in the morning. Why physical therapy. Why this field.
How to answer: Be prepared to share what truly excites you about physical therapy. Is it patient's improvements? Is it because you went through physical therapy yourself and were moved by the experience? Talk candidly about why you do what you do.
6. What's your communication style?
What they're looking for: a candidate who as the ability to communicate well with patients.
How to answer: A hiring manager wants to know that you can communicate in a friendly, positive way. Since physical therapy is all about communication and patience, talk about how you communicate with patients. How do you communicate with a patient that is difficult to work with compared to one that is easier to work with?
7. What type of schedule are you looking to work?
What they're looking for: a candidate who fits within the organization's current scheduling.
How to answer: Know beforehand what your schedule looks like, and how a job plays into the schedule. Know your flexibilities. By communicating your schedule, the employer knows how they can incorporate you into their shifts.
8. Why would you be a good fit?
What they're looking for: confirmation.
How to answer: The interviewer has done their research on you. Now, they need confirmation that what they're imagining (that you're a good fit!) is actually true. Be sure to highlight how you fit into the organization – not just give a generic "I'm a team player" type of answer. Visualize how you would be a good fit at the organization, and communicate your vision.
Keeping all of the above questions in mind going into a physical therapy interview will help prepare you for any question that comes your way. Good luck!