Common Interview Questions for Occupational Therapy Jobs:
When the graduation season is Completed and many occupational therapy students will apply for their first job! This is a very exciting time, but as someone who moved to the interview process, I realize that it can be a stressful moment.
Every question you ask is an opportunity to tell a story about your experience and values. In most cases, the interviewer just wants to meet you (just like you want to know more about your potential employer).
In the world of OT, the interviewer rarely tries to deceive or observe you. However, here are some common interview questions for OT positions. I recommend that you practice your answers (or stories) to each of these questions aloud before meeting you.
Note: There will always be a question or questions for which you are not prepared. Agree While you are prepared for some common questions and have some stories prepared, you should be able to deal with unexpected questions.
Interview questions for occupational therapy jobs:
Why did you decide to become OT?
This is an almost guaranteed question. Prepare to respond briefly. This is not the time to follow a long monologue about why you chose OT as a career and how you think OT is the best race of all time.
Why do you want to work here?
Research before you appears for the interview. Find out why you want to work in this specific school / facility / hospital. You shouldn’t be your answer because you want a job. You must show them that you want this function.
Tell me about your work / field experience. What population have you worked with? What qualifications do you know?
This is a simple question but be prepared to answer it briefly. The interviewee does not want to know all the latest details about his work or his field experience, but he wants to know what makes him eligible for the job.
Highlight your most relevant experience for the job you are interviewing. Be prepared to share ages and diagnose clients with whom you have experience, as well as evaluations and practices of the frames of reference you have used.
What qualities do you contribute to the team? You can also think of this as “What are your strengths?”
The interviewer can ask you directly about your strengths, but I discovered that you tend to ask in general “What are you bringing to the team?” Type of road This is a great opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. You may have had a unique experience like never before, so this is your chance to talk and share!
What do you think your references will tell us are areas that you can improve?
This is a misleading way of knowing what you think your weaknesses are. It is okay, there is no one perfect and everyone has areas to improve.
The hard part is being aware of your weaknesses and explaining what you are doing to improve them. It is also a good idea to have a story about how to overcome one of your ‘weaknesses’.
What will be the ideal department of OT?
This question asks you for your values as OT. Think about your experiences and think about what you liked or didn’t like about each one. This will help you discover the ideal OT section for you.
Tell me about the time you spent defending occupational therapy:
I don’t know if this is a common question, but recently I asked this question and it surprised me a bit, so I wanted to add it to the list, so that it is better prepared than before.
Unfortunately, in the many work environments, OT is not yet fully understood, so think about when you should explain the value of Occupational Therapy in the work setting or field work.
Tell me about a time that you went above and beyond:
This is always uncomfortable for me, because I feel that I always go further and I don’t like to talk about how wonderful I am, which this question basically asks you to do. It is easier for me if I have a story in my head that I am willing to share if a similar question arises.
Tell me about a difficult situation and how you faced it.
I discovered that this is often a three-part question: 1) a difficult situation with a co-worker, 2) a difficult client and 3) a difficult family member. Again, you have some stories ready to share.
Where do you see yourself after five years?
The trick for this is to be clear and mysterious at the same time. You may not stay with this employer for five years, but now is not the time to say it.
Share your professional goals, which may include specialized training, a leadership position or research participation. Don’t say anything like “I hope to be home, mom in five years”, even if that’s your goal. Make the issues feel as if they fit into your five-year plan.
Why should we help you?
This usually comes to an end, so be prepared to sell yourself. I know you may feel uncomfortable, but this is your chance to highlight all your strengths, why it would be appropriate for this particular company, and you can also launch anything else you want to tell the interviewer you didn’t do.
You have questions This is almost always the last question in an interview.
Never answer “No”. You always have questions. I would love to go through an interview with a list of questions I have. Many of my questions are the same from one interview to another, and these general questions are often answered during the interview process.
You always want to show that you did your homework before the interview, so it is a good idea to check your website or social media pages to ask some site-specific questions. I will cover specific questions to ask a potential employer next week.
What is your salary expectation?
I discovered that this question is not asked frequently, but it is better to be prepared for it, rather than having no idea what to say. Do your homework before the interview using sites like salary.com or Advance for OT Survey results.
I could get away with saying something public, such as “competitive salary” or “negotiable,” but I found out that employers who ask this question generally to want a number, or at least a rank.
Salaries vary depending on the location, experience and configuration of the training, therefore, use the websites mentioned above to get an idea of what to expect in your area.