It may seem odd that an occupational therapist needs help in finding and securing employment. After all, occupational therapy is currently one of the allied health careers experiencing tremendous growth. However, the diversity of the field may create difficulty in communicating your skillset, training and passion in the best manner possible.
Although it may be tempting to rely upon your education and skills to carry you through the interview process, preparing for these interview questions will give you an edge.
- How do you deal with a difficult patient? This question is possibly the most frequently asked in all healthcare interviews. The key here is to answer the question in a manner that lets a hiring manager know you are capable of allowing distressed patients to express their feelings while you provide neutral feedback. Remind them you are on their side and will do whatever it takes to improve their quality of life.
- Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it? The purpose of this question is to gauge how you approach and manage conflict. Consider giving an example of how you would deal with getting two sets of orders and then figuring out which protocols to follow. Be sure to convey that you handle things with a cool head.
- Talk about situations when you do not agree with management, and how do you handle it? Here, your interviewer is looking to see if you can stand up for what you know to be right, but also manage it positively. Think of an example of a management choice that was not in the best interest of the facility and how you urged them to reconsider.
- What do you enjoy doing in your free time? This question surprisingly comes up frequently. The interviewer wants to know further about your personality and what you are like outside of the profession. Think about your answer ahead of time, and you should have no problem with this one.
- Why did you become an occupational therapist? This question seeks to gauge your level of enthusiasm for your chosen profession. Please try to answer this question enthusiastically with a compelling answer.
- Why should we hire you? Sell yourself by letting them know you are flexible to the culture and can perform the job.
Questions About the Job
- What is it about this job that interests you? Think deep on this one to avoid being put on the spot. Whatever you do, do not cite high pay or flexible hours as your reason. The interviewer wants to see a passion for the work, not the benefits.
- What do you know about our company? This question is a way for hiring managers to get rid of candidates who do not take the time to learn about the company to which they are applying. Please take the time to research any facility you are considering.
If your career as an occupational therapist is at a juncture, consider contacting GHR. Their allied health division can make it simple for you to find your next position.