We have lots of PT/OTs interviewing for roles in NZ currently, some of them have kindly sent through some example questions they were asked - we love creating a platform to help each other :)
When you are at the interview stage with one of our partners, we will always try to send through some more information of what to expect and any previous/example interview questions.
Can you name a time you worked in a team and it went well?
Can you name a time you worked in a team and it didn’t go well?
Can you explain what you understand about the bio-psycho-social model?
Can you name a time you managed conflict?
Can you name a time you made a mistake and how you managed this?
Can you name a time you use initiative?
Would you rather work autonomously or in a team?
What’s your experience with working with patients with chronic pain?
Can you tell us what your motivations are for coming to New Zealand?
What would/could frustrate you in a work environment?
Can you tell us your experience with a difficult patient and how you handled the situation
Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses
Have you made any mistakes in your clinical work before? And if yes, how did you resolve it and what did you learn?
I was also given 2 clinical case scenarios and asked about suggested assessment and treatment, frequency i would see the patient, contraindications as well as differential diagnoses
Why do I want to live in NZ? Why am I choosing NZ over Austria / Dubai etc
Why do I want to work for them?
What do I know about their service?
My employment history to date
Scenario / behavioural questions
For hospital they asked me priority questions / case studies (all pretty straight forward!)
The scenario questions where a little bit more tricky - they were quite specific to neuro - they gave me a case study about a man with a spinal injury. I think they really just want you to focus on putting the patient first and making goals, linking up with other services etc
Questions about time management and examples
Both asked for an example of when there was a clinical issue or conflict which I tried to resolve
Example of working with a challenging / anxious family member
Example of collaborative working with another profession
A couple of star type questions, interests, how an ideal day would look, what I am looking for in an employer.
The interview is a lot about personality and what you would bring to the team, a big part of what they are looking for is that you are willing to learn and open to improve.
I think the interview was a bit more informal than I was expecting, there wasn’t really any clinical questions, more about generally why I got into physio and my previous roles
It was more of a conversational style interview - get to know you/interests
PT/OT's are in demand NZ - if you have registration, please get in touch to arrange interviews or otherwise we would love to help you start the process :)