Interview Tips - Therapist Career & Resources
Therapist Interview Questions & Resources
When interviewing for a therapist career, you want to put your best foot forward and make a good impression. To help you do that, we have put together tips for interviewing.
- Dress Professionally
As you know, your appearance will count. Make sure you are dressed well and your outfit is appropriate for an interview. Make sure your shoes are shined, your clothes are pressed and your hair is neat. It is also best to be conservative with fragrance and jewelry.
- Practice your communication skills
In a therapist career, a good part of the day is spent working with patients. Because of this, an interviewer will be evaluating your communication skills and demeanor. Make eye contact with your interviewer, shake hands solidly, listen carefully and speak clearly.
- Do your homework
Do your homework on the facility and the therapist career in which you are applying. Show the interviewer that you have taken the time to familiarize yourself with their company and its needs, and you will be one step ahead of the game.
- Know how to sell yourself
The interviewer has probably reviewed many applications before yours - don't assume they remember you or your achievements. Find a way to tell him or her about your therapist career successes in a clear, concise manner. Use examples of how your experience and skills would fit the job. This will help leave a positive impression.
- Ask your own questions
You are applying for a position where you will spend the majority of your time each day. Take the opportunity to ask questions and make sure the position is a good match for you as well. Asking questions will express your interest in the therapist career and will also provide you with key information about the company and its culture. You might want to consider asking about the work environment, challenges or difficulties faced in a typical day and what kind of employees tend to excel at the company.
Lastly, remember that an interview is only the first impression for a potential employer. Your resume and post interview follow up will also leave an impression. Don't feel like this is the only interview you will ever get - work hard to make a good impression and ask questions that help you determine a fit. From there, relax and enjoy the experience knowing there will be others opportunities for therapist employment.