Physical Therapy School Interview Questions

December 22nd, 2010


I recently went to my first physical therapy school interview and I really didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t heard the results yet, but here are my observations.

What to wear to a physical therapy school interview?
As a female, I wore a gray sweater, black dress pants, and black flats. All of the other interviewees (there were 14 other applicants) wore a black business suit with a conservative dress shirt underneath. The men wore ties. The women wore skirts and heels. If you want to look like everyone else at your physical therapy school interview, wear a suit. Wear comfortable shoes – we spent a half an hour standing in a cadaver lab and at least an hour on a walking tour of the facility.

What questions might be asked at a physical therapy school interview?
Our interviews were only 30 minutes of the full-day event. The interview included one faculty member, one second-year student, and one interviewee. The interview consisted of five behavioral interview questions. Each of us had five note cards and each note card had two questions from one of five categories. The categories were based on five professional skills that the school considers important for future physical therapists to have: Communication, Customer Service, Teamwork, Analytical Thinking, and Interpersonal Relationships. The interview consisted of one question from each category. My interview questions were:

Tell us about a time when listening was important.

Customer Service
Tell us about a time when you had to work with a difficult client.

Tell us about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to a group.

Analytical Thinking
Tell us about a time when a common-sense approach helped you solve a problem.

Interpersonal Relationships
Tell us about a time when you had to work with a person/people from a different background than yours.

I’d love to hear about your physical therapy school interview experiences. Good luck!

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  2. Jake on December 26, 2014 2:34 am


    Sorry for gravedigging. I have two interviews lined up in January, so I’m starting to prepare now. Any advice on what you feel you could have done better in interviews?


  3. rencsi on January 12, 2015 11:31 pm

    Jake, If it’s not too late, first of all, I think you’re lucky to have been selected by programs that still interview and not base their decisions solely on GPA and GRE. We all know there are plenty of people who have great numbers on paper, but would make terrible physical therapists in person. If there is anything I feel I could’ve done better it’s that I wish I could’ve remained more present during my interviews. I remember my first interview process starting out with a tour, with a significant amount of time being spent in the cadaver lab. I remember being quiet nervous and spending 30 minutes in the cadaver did not help. When I walked out of my interview, I could hardly remember what questions I was asked or how I answered them. If I could do it over again, I would’ve slowed down and been more mindful and thoughtful about the situation, the questions, and my answers. Whatever happens, feel confident that if you’re not selected by a program after your interview that it wasn’t the right program for you and it probably wouldn’t have a been a good fit for you and your personality and goals as well. Good luck!!!

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