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10 Tips For Nailing A Physical Therapy Job Interview

10 Tips For Nailing A Physical Therapy Job Interview

Samuel Awosolu | ArticleBase

8. Show Enthusiasm, Friendliness and PMA

PMA means Positive Mental Attitude, and you want to bring plenty of it to the interview. You send subliminal signals to the interviewer with your body language, tone of voice and attitude. Make sure that all of those signals are positive by acting bright, energetic and cheerful. Pay attention to your body language. Sit up straight, don’t tap your feet or drum your fingers. Make sincere eye contact with the interviewer. If it comes down to a tie between you and another candidate with equal experience and skills, your enthusiasm could swing the job your way.

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Min. Education: Master's
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9. Don’t be shocked by a confrontational interview

Some interviews use a measured confrontational approach to weed out candidates who do not react well to pressure or confrontation. Don’t be drawn in. Maintain your professional demeanor and act as if your interviewer is doing nothing unusual. Remember, you’re not always going to be treating clients who are happy to see you, and some that are in intense pain may not be the friendliest people you’ll ever encounter. Your interviewer knows this, and he or she is just trying to find out how you will be treating the clients when those situations arise.

10. Make sure that you ask for the job twice

Don’t assume that the interviewer knows that you want the PT job just because you showed up for the interview. Ask for it at the end of the interview by saying something like "I enjoyed meeting with you today, and I would enjoy working here very much. Can we take this to the next step? It might sound a bit assertive, but at least you’re letting the interviewer know that he or she has a hot prospect on their hands. If you don’t get a PT job offer on the spot, follow up with a short Thank-You note and ask for the job again. Don’t use e-mail. Handwrite a note on a generic Thank-You card and drop it into the mail. Trust me, hardly anyone does that anymore. You will stand out from the crowd.

Summary

There’s a lot of competition in the Physical Therapy job market today. It’s important that you handle yourself professionally and that you give the interviewer the ability to judge how you are going to perform once the clinic extends you a job offer.

It’s expensive and disruptive to have a lot of staff turnover, so your interviewer is going to make sure that the right person is hired the first time. You’re that person and it’s up to you to let the interviewer know it. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll look like the shining star that you really are!


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