Tips for Occupational Therapy interviews?

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Tips for Occupational Therapy interviews?

Postby EmmieJay » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Hi there,

Wondering if anyone can share any tips or advice for OT interviews? I am looking forward to interviews at Coventry at the end of this month, and UWE mid-Apr. Haven't heard from Cardiff or Oxford Brookes yet. I will prepare, and am not too nervous (yet!), but any tips would be most welcome.

For info Cov interview will consist of group exercise and a written task, where as UWE will be 1-to-1 interview and group discussion task.


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Re: Tips for Occupational Therapy interviews?

Postby Karen Hayday » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:04 pm

Hi Emmie,

Have a look at this


If you are invited for an interview for Occupational Therapy, be prepared for it to be as part of a group.

Many universities lean toward this type of interview for this particular course, in order to assess how you interact with others.

This is because Occupational Therapy is a role that requires you to work as part of a team.

Some universities will ask you to write a short assignment, fill out a questionnaire and/or take a numeracy test.

Try not to worry about this too much - they should not be too difficult, and you will be given sufficient time to complete them.

Here are some example questions to help you prepare for your Occupational Therapy university interview.

1) Why do you want to study Occupational Therapy?

2) Why do you want to study at this university?

3) What qualities do you think you need to become an Occupational Therapist?

4) What is Occupational Therapy?

5) Where do Occupational Therapists work?

6) What do you think are the 3 most important skills required to become an Occupational Therapist?

7) Do you possess all of these skills, and if so, what examples can you give to demonstrate this?

8) What work experience do you have that is relevant to Occupational Therapy?

9) How will you cope with the workload?

This is from where there are interview tips for all sorts of medicine related subjects.

Best wishes and good luck

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Re: Tips for Occupational Therapy interviews?

Postby EmmieJay » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:16 pm

Thanks Karen, that's really helpful.

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Re: Tips for Occupational Therapy interviews?

Postby Mrsjprice » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:40 am

Group exercise tasks are usually put in place to show your team working skills and how well you communicate with others.

So for example you may be given a dilemma such as there are 3 people, all with various backgrounds and life styles. They all have one thing in common which is they all need a liver transplant.

Person one has lived a lifestyle of drink and drunks.
Person two is a stay at home mum of 3 children.
Person three is a business owner and does lots of charity work in the community.

A suitable liver for all 3 people has become available, which person should get the liver?

The task is designed to make you communicate with others in the group and how you work as a team to come to a decision.

That's just an example.

The same goes for group discussions, you need to force your self to participate, don't interrupt others, listen and question others views etc.

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