Respiratory Therapist Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on June 12, 2019

It is incredible how much confidence we gain when we have performed well in a Respiratory Therapist interview.

Acing an interview because we want the job is one thing; equally important is what you learn from an interview. Interviews are very informative.


So even if you do not end up being successful at gaining a position; you will have learned quite a lot.

This is one of the main reasons that you should do well in an interview no matter what the outcome is.

But interviews are not always easy to ace as there is always a considerable chance of being overwhelmed by the questions posed to you.

You must have heard this a thousand times, but preparation is undoubtedly the key to success here.



People who prepare are more than likely to succeed.

So if you are a respiratory therapist, and preparing for an upcoming interview, you may be interested in the following interview questions and answers.

See also: Respiratory Therapist Resume


Respiratory Therapist Interview Questions and Answers

What are the duties of a respiratory therapist?

Duties of a respiratory therapist generally include administration of inhalants, the operation of ventilators, administration of therapeutic gas apparatus, and aerosol generators in order to facilitate and ease the process of respiration among assigned patients.

Moreover, diagnosing respiratory diseases and discomforts and creating treatment plans to address these problems is the major work of respiratory therapists.

They also administer various medications and hook up patients to life-saving equipment to help them deal with their respiratory issues. Additionally, respiratory therapists educate patients and families about different respiratory problems and how to deal with them.

How do you meet the patient’s respiratory needs?

I begin by assessing the patient’s pulmonary needs through pulmonary assessment tests. I then come up with a comprehensive respiratory therapy plan/schedule based on interpretation of test results and in consultation with the physician.

Do you think documentation is essential in respiratory therapy?

Definitely! Each patient has a complete file with charts, which is updated after each treatment session. It not only consists of details of the treatment given but also how the patient’s system responded to the same.

Why did you choose this field?

My grandfather took respiratory treatment for an extended period and observing him and the way respiratory therapy eased inhaling inspired me to join this field initially.

What are your major strengths as a respiratory therapist?

I am an expert in broncho-pulmonary drainage, conducting breathing exercises, and monitoring patient response to therapy by closely watching vital signs, arterial blood gases, and monitoring blood chemistry changes.

What infection control protocols you practice?

I practice in compliance with the USA’s Healthcare infection control advisory committee (HISAD) by sterilizing all apparatus and equipment after every use and by following personal sanitization protocols before any interaction with patients.

Share an instance where you introduced some new technique at the hospital you worked for? How did it work?

I initiated the installation and usage of oscillation and jet ventilators at the unit, which was not only cost-effective but also generated better results as compared to the traditional ventilators. They still have them.

What have you done to improve your respiratory therapy knowledge?

Being an active member of the American Association of Respiratory care, I have been participating in various conferences held by the association to keep my knowledge in the field updated.

I am also a keen reader on the quarterly respiratory research journal issued by the AHRQ which documents a lot of continuous research in the field, familiarizing its readers with the latest technology and trends applicable to respiratory therapy.

How do you collaborate with the attending physician/ consultant?

I usually hold a meeting with the concerned doctor before finalizing my treatment plan. If it is not possible and I’m asked to depend on the written prescription or records, even then, I talk to the physician on the phone at least before determining the final treatment plan.

How well can you respond to emergencies? What is the most important thing when dealing with situations that require immediate respiratory attention?

I believe that I am quite capable of handling emergencies effectively, and I have my work to show for it. The most important thing in situations that demand immediate attention is to figure out where the problem is.

If one has the capability of figuring out the nature of the disease, it is easy to pinpoint what treatment needs to be administered by looking at only a few symptoms.

What respiratory equipment are you most proficient in using?

I am specially trained to use nasal cannulas, air cushion resuscitation masks, non-rebreathing masks, nebulizers, aspirators, compact compressors, ultrasonic nebulizers, and ventilators.


Additional Resources

  1. Respiratory Therapist Cover Letter
  2. Sample Respiratory Therapist Skills
  3. Respiratory Therapist Resume Objectives

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