Physical Therapist

Ready to find your next highly-qualified physical therapist? These sample interview questions will help you find the best person for the job.

Physical Therapist qualifications to look for 

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients with medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Your top hire will have a graduate degree, an accredited PT certification, proof that they’ve passed their National Physical Therapy Examination, and a license for the state where they intend to practice.

Look for candidates who interact well with patients, and who think critically about their patient care plans. You also want a PT who keeps up to date with current medical findings and is constantly striving to better themselves in their practice. 

📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location and job description. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Critical thinkers  
  • Strong communicators
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate
  • Observant
  • Empathetic

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Physical Therapist interview questions

  • What led you to pursue physical therapy as a career? What do you find most rewarding about this work? 
  • What are your special interests in physical therapy, if any? Do you enjoy working with a specific population? 
  • Talk about your experience with long-term care and the type of patients you provided it for. 
  • Describe a typical day at your current/previous job. How many patients did you see and how hands-on were you? 
  • What are some of the challenges of working with geriatric patients? What is also rewarding about it? 
  • How do you handle movement disorders? What are some key considerations you make? 
  • What would you do if one of your patients suddenly became agitated and aggressive? How do you calm them? 
  • What would you do if one of your patients started refusing to work with you? How do you approach the situation? 
  • How do you comfort patients who are fearful of the treatment plan? 
  • What would you do if a colleague wasn’t upholding treatment standards? 
  • What would you consider an inappropriate interaction with a patient? How do you handle it if you see it happening?  
  • Recall a time you worked with a difficult case. How would you handle it?
  • What’s stressful about being a physical therapist? What are some measures you take to handle stress?
  • How would you handle a patient post-surgery? 
  • How would you handle a patient with a diagnosis you haven’t worked with previously?
  • Describe a situation where you felt you delivered excellent patient care. What was the outcome?

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