Occupational therapist with the clientSo, are you going to be interviewed for a position of occupational therapist?
In this article, you should learn what to be focused on while being interviewed, what abilities and skills to demonstrate, as well as what questions you can expect to get and should prepare for in advance.


Job as a mission

Positions such as a nurse, a physical therapist or occupational therapist, need a special attitude and mindset of employee. You should not consider it only as your occupation, but also as your personal mission. Once you are interviewed, speak about your experience, goals and working duties with passion, enthusiasm and love. Show them that you do not want this job for money, but because it is something where you feel your satisfaction and can find a meaningful purpose of life.

Use many examples

You will get plenty of behavioral interview questions, such as:

Describe a situation when you were under stress.

How did you handle an angry client in the past?

Was there any situation when you struggled to keep confidentiality?

As you can see, interviewers inquire about your past experience, not about your opinions. Therefor, you should use lot of examples, and speak about real situations. Even if it is not related to occupational therapy, is better than to fabricate something and much better than to say: “I haven’t had such experience yet.”
Also, once you talk about your resume, goals and achievements, try to avoid using general formulations. Speak about yourself, speak about your job with love and enthusiasm. Do not be afraid to be open and honest in an interview.


What questions can you expect?

Interview for an occupational therapist is a tricky one. While there are not so many applicants for the job, and at the same time everyone with qualification should be able to perform it quite well, your personality is very important. Interviewers will not audit your practical skills. They will not let you to develop rehabilitation program for certain patient or to perform some exercise directly in the interview… If you are qualified, you will know this, or you will be able to learn it very quickly.
However, they will try to asses your personality. Can you listen to other people? Can you understand their needs? Are you able to work with both young and old people? Would you not mind working with some special group of people? Can you stay focused for a long time?
This is what interests them the most. That’s why they will give you mostly simple questions, but watch how you react, what you say, if you talk to the point, if you are focused, positive, etc.. This is what you should be focused on… Some of the questions you can get:


  • Why did you choose occupational therapy?
  • What do you think is a main goal of an occupational therapist?
  • Who would you consider as a difficult client?
  • Give an example of when you had to deal with a confidentiality issue?
  • What do you wish to accomplish in this job?
  • What would take you down in your job?
  • What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do?
  • If a patient accuses you of bad service, what would you do?
  • Would you mind working overtime?


I hope the information can help you to succeed and get the job. If you would like to see something more prior to your interview, have a look at unique interview tips or study our interview questions in detail section, where you can find answers to most of the questions. Good Luck!