Even though we look forward to interviews because our professional future depends on them, when we are called in for one, the feeling of distress is quite strong. Why? Simply because we do not know how badly we will be grilled by the interviewer! Preparing for an interview is quite similar to preparing for an exam – you know all that there is to know but the uncertainty of it all can be a killer.
Relax! Failing an interview is not the end of the world. It may be a temporary setback to fail an interview but you must look at it this way – what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. If you do not end up acing the interview, you will know what to do (or not do) in the next one. Think of the interview session as a learning experience – doing so will get rid of any pre-interview jitters.
For a rehabilitation assistant interview, you may look at some of the following questions and answers:
What has been the crux of your work as a rehabilitation assistant in a previous position?
As a rehabilitation assistant, I have been providing support to teams of therapists, including physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists – all in a bid to assist patients’ rehabilitation programs become successful.
What skills do you possess that make you a great contender to work as a rehabilitation assistant?
As a rehabilitation assistant, I have developed deep insight into assisting assigned patients with established rehabilitative activities, such as mobility and strengthening exercises. In addition to this, I am well-versed in planning training activities and implementing them in groups, and on a one on one basis. Furthermore, I am proficient in observing patients and determining if they are under duress, so that they can be comforted and encouraged accordingly.
As far as clerical work is concerned, what have been your specific duties as a rehabilitation clerk?
Working as a rehabilitation assistance is actually an amalgamation of rehab assistance duties and clerical / administrative functions. As far as the latter is concerned, I am well-versed in dealing with patients over the telephone, scheduling appointments, performing patient intake duties, and completing necessary paperwork.
Recount a time when you came out shining in this role.
I was once working with a patient who had lost use of his right leg because of an accident. During a therapy session, I noticed that something was off, and it turned out that he was about to go into cardiac arrest (due to some underlying medical problem). I immediately intervened and gave him CPR, saving him from fatality.
As far as training is concerned, where do you stand?
I was initially trained on the job when I was hired as a rehabilitation intern 5 years ago. Since then, I have worked hard and obtained a Rehabilitation Certification (for the State of Utah). In addition to this, I am in a constant training mode, and take up all training and development opportunities that come my way.
If you were given a choice to work as a rehabilitation assistant in a residential capacity, would you take it up? Why or why not?
If provided with such a chance, I would definitely take it up. I have worked in a similar capacity before and believe that I can do justice to it. Working in a residential capacity means that you are more focused on the assigned client, leaving little room for improvement, as opposed to being assigned 2 or 3 clients in a day.