Physical Therapist Interview Preparation Guide
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Physical Therapist related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with job experience as Physical Therapist. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

52 Physical Therapist Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell us when was a time you had to deal with a disagreement with a co-worker?

Conflict with co-workers is a common occurrence. So when asked, be sure you have a story to tell that proves you have conflict resolution skills.
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2 :: Tell me some of your most challenging cases. What therapies did you use?

Reveals more about history.
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3 :: Please tell us what is your approach to developing a treatment plan for patients?

This answer can give you an idea of the techniques the interviewee is comfortable with as well as how the individual views treatment in general. The way they develop a plan can help you understand how they interact with patients at a first session and if their approach will fit with your facility. In addition, they may bring a new approach that can be beneficial for the current staff. What to look for in an answer:

Ideas that blend well with your facilitys approach
Patient-focused mindset
Flexibility based on patients' needs and limitations
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4 :: Explain me something more about your education?

The most important part are the practical subjects. Speak abut your internship or residency–if you went through one of them. Tell them that you enjoyed your education, but can’t wait to start working on the position of a physio.
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5 :: Tell me what are your salary expectations as Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists earn a lot of money. It is one of the best paid jobs in most of the developed countries, and you can be sure you’ll earn more than enough money. For this reason, you should say that the salary is not the deciding factor for you, and that you’ll accept their offer. If they press you and want to hear a number, go for an average salary of physios in your country (this information can be typically found online). For example, in 2018 the average salary for physical therapists in the US was more than $100,000.
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6 :: What is NDT?

Neuro Developmental Technique (Also Known As Bobath Technique)
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7 :: What is fatigued?

drained of energy or effectiveness
The pelvic tilt alleviates tight or fatigued lower back muscles.
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8 :: Explain me what is crunch?

reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
Partial sit-ups or crunches strengthen the abdominal muscles.
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9 :: What is physical therapy?

therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
Exercise and Physical Therapy

The Role of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy with a trained professional may be useful if pain has not improved after 3 - 4 weeks.
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10 :: Explain me about the patients or services you’ve previously worked with?

This is a very common question and one when asked you should be able to answer easily. Be prepared to answer a brief history of your experience. If you don’t have much experience that is okay. Just be honest. The good news is that many physical therapy jobs, especially those looking for travel therapy, take new grads or those with not a lot of experience. So no need to worry if you don’t have years of experience. Again, just be honest.
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