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Sample Physical Therapy Interview Questions 

  • How did you become interested in Physical Therapy as a career?
  • How would you deal with a patient who id not doing their exercises?
  • How would you handle a situation if you disliked the patient? Do you think patients receive quality care regardless of the physical therapist's feelings?
  • What do you think is the biggest issue in Physical Therapy?
  • Rank your self-confidence on a scale of 1-10. Rank your self-esteem.
  • Describe a challenging problem you faced on one of your clinical rotations. How did you solve the problem?
  • What do you know about our hospital/organization? About our community?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker or patient. How did you handle the situation and what was the result?
  • What is your most memorable experience working with a patient?
  • Describe your work or volunteer experience in physical therapy.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Do you plan on specializing? In what area?
  • What would you do if a patient came in 3 days in a row, saw three different therapists, and then came to you complaining how nothing they did was working?
  • In your opinion, what kind of a profession is Physical Therapy?
  • How did the changes in health care in recent years (HMO's, managed care) affect the field of PT?
  • What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?
  • Tell me about a time you dealt with an ethical problem.
  • In a work team, how would you describe your role?
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • How have your experiences shaped your idea of what it means to be a physical therapist?
  • Are you involved in any local, state, or national health professional organizations?
  • How do you remain current on topics in PT.
  • Tell me about a time you gave excellent patient care.
  • Tell me about a time a treatment plan did not work as anticipated.
  • What are you weaknesses?
  • How do you measure the success of your work?
  • Discuss a patient plan that you designed and implemented.
  • As this will be a first time PT job for you, what are your expectations/needs from our more experienced therapists? Can you give us examples?
  • Please discuss what you feel you will be bringing to this setting as a therapist and why you want to work here.
  • How would you rehabilitate or strengthen the tibialis anterior muscle?
  • What is the difference between a 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree sprain?
  • Describe the 3 degrees of ankle sprain.
  • How have the changes in healthcare in recent years affected the PT profession?



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