Even though you might have the experience and qualifications to land any physical therapy job you want, you still have to nail the interview. If your interview skills are less than perfect, you could miss out many opportunities. Fortunately for you, there are steps you can take to have a successful interview and land the job that you want.
Be Prepared to Ask Questions
Inevitably, at some point in the interview, the interviewer will turn to you and ask whether or not you have any questions for him or her. For some interviewers, this is a chance to determine if you are a good fit for the position. Interviewers want to know if you have been paying attention and if you have taken the time to research the company and your potential job responsibilities.
To show that you have a real interest in the position, prepare some questions ahead of time. Check the company's site and read up more on the position. You should have questions, such as:
Will you be required to float?
What documentation system is used?
Will you be responsible for also evaluating the therapeutic needs of patients?
Chances are, most of your questions will be answered throughout the interview, but you should have a few remaining to show interest.
Know Your Long-Term Goals
Unless the company stated in the job posting for the physical therapist position that it is temporary, the interviewer will want to know your long-term goals. Hiring and training therapists to fit in with the company's standards takes time and effort and many companies would prefer to focus their energies on therapists who see themselves having a future with them.
Therefore, knowing your long-term goals can be useful during your interview. You can discuss how the company can help you achieve those goals and what you hope to gain from your time there to help further your career.
For instance, the company might offer help with continuing education if you want to move up within the company to a different position. The company could even offer you the chance to explore other methods of treating patients, such as becoming a traveling physical therapist.
Taking the time to prepare for your physical therapy interview is a smart move. It will help you stand out from other candidates and increase your chances of getting the job. Consider consulting with a job recruitment specialist to learn other ways to stand out in your physical therapy interviews.