Jobs : Physiotherapist
Whether you’re a new graduate, returning from having a family or just fancy a change, finding a new job can appear daunting. This section is designed to give you information on interview questions, current topics of interest and common interview mistakes to help you through the process and get the job you want.
”Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Henry David Thoreau
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Hints and tips:
1. Prepare well for interviews. Practice assessments or role playing with colleagues so that you feel comfortable with basic joint assessments. In my first interview I was asked to demonstrate how I would approach a patient and get them out of bed first day post op THR. Remember to highlight things you would check for example always reading notes, checking BP and O2 saturations and what precautions you would explain to the patient to ensure their safety (ie in THR not bending the hip past 90 degrees or crossing the leg into adduction due to the risk of dislocation).
2. Learn memorable items about the trust/company. Companies want to know why you have chosen THEM.
3.”Thought shower” possible questions that may be asked the more prepared you are at interview the less stress you will feel.
4. Remember employers are often interested in your character and how you will fit within the team. For private positions being young and flexible (ie no children/willing to work unsociable hours) may work in your favour if lacking experience.
5. “Thought shower” examples of when you have been reliable/flexible/competent in the past.
6. Gain as much work experience in the area you wish to work in as possible.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
CSP advice on Job seeking
- An outline of best practice for setting up internships for physiotherapy graduates
- Physiotherapy graduates undertaking unpaid internships: What are the issues?
Do you have a disability? Jane Owen Hutchinson and Karen Atkinson have been hard at work developing “Into Physio: Welcoming and supporting disabled students. Find out more information on how to overcome these barriers and if you are suitable to become a physiotherapist?
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