Interview Questions: Personality and Qualities: Answers

 Personality and Qualities: Question Answers

 How would you handle daily stresses of working?

I feel that the main cause of my stress comes from feeling out of control or disorgansied. I would try to set aside allocated time in the morning to organize my list, liaise with the MDT and set a list of goals that I need to achieve throughout the day. By identifying causes of stress I would hope that this would allow me to think of strategies to cope with these. One stress factor at a previous job was that I felt frustrated that I couldn’t see the patients due to them being seen by nursing staff in the morning. I dealt with this by liaising with the nursing staff and asking when would it be a good time to see Mr.Jones. “Perhaps I could see him after he has had his wash, which would mean his pain killers would have a chance to work. Would this suit you?”

How would your friends describe you and why?

I would hope my friends describe me as outgoing, loyal and fun. They often say they are surprised at my adventures at the weekends which have involved volunteer physio for local sports teams and walking holidays in Wales. I enjoy being outside and being involved it outdoor activities. I do feel that I am loyal if a friend needs me and will often drop other activities to check they are ok.

  What 3 words best describe you?

Energetic, hardworking and flexible.  I love being on the go and people often comment on my high energy levels. This can be my biggest weakness as I want to be involved with everything going on (such as Boardmasters/Special Olympics). At university this often left me tired because I wasn’t getting enough rest however I have learn’t to slow down and now have at least one free day a week to recover. I am extremely flexible and have no family ties or commentments which means I can fit around the team and I’m always happy to work childrens holidays to help out.

 Name a time when you worked in a good team? Name an experience when and how you contributed to a team?

I attended PSITCC a year ago which opened my eyes to a whole new level of team working. We were allocated into teams of 4 and took turns in leading moulages (clinical scenarios). I felt my strength was as a leader and I worked hard to give clear instructions to administered CPR and a defibrillator. This also involved a lot of scenarios where I was require to work under direction which I received positive feedback for.

 What are two of your weaknesses? What are you doing about them?

As mentioned before I feel one of my weaknesses is that I try to do too much which I have already addressed by setting aside one day a week as a complete break from physio (extra curricular).  I also feel my lack of experience may be a weakness and for this reason try to expose myself to as many learning environments as possible and regularly attend CPD evenings, practice clinical scenarios with friends and volunteer at local sports clubs.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I like to think of myself as hardworking and caring. I have often been the physio who has popped up to see a patient as I was leaving the building to check they have remembered to do their exercises and that their pain relief had arrived. Outside of work I am active and enjoy surfing and wakeboarding as this helps to take my mind of work for relaxation.

 Give us an example when you have had to think on your feet? E.g. stressful situation?

When mobilizing a gentleman for the first time post ACL surgery he began to feel unwell. As I began to bring the chair in he fainted and hit his head on the wall. At this point I called for help to the nurses station (unresponsive- 7pm at night). I administered the crash call (as protocol)

And attended the patient who was conscious and responding spontaneous. I applied O2 by which point the crash team had arrived. A senior nurse was the first to arrived and I explained what had happened and she took over lead. This was a stressful situation because there had been little warning. All observations had been fine, the patient had eaten and had minimal pain. I felt I reacted quickly and calming. I often feel I am ok in emergency situations as they are happening and tend to feel more stressed after the situation when I reflect on other scenarios or things that could have gone wrong.

 What are your strengths?

I feel I am a good communicator. I enjoy building a rapport with patients and gaining their trust and confidence. I also feel I am calm in emergency environments and can work well under stress.

Team working? Why is communication important?

Team working is important to provide holistic care and to enable effective treatment. If you have asked a patients back ground you are more likely to take adequate precautions (For example post menisectomy : Asking the nurse When did they last have pain relief? Have they been up to the loo? Have they eaten? Were there any complications in surgery? As a physio obviously you need to read the notes but the nursing staff often know up to date information on the patient which are all vital in how you will carry out your treatment.)

 What do you think makes a good physio?

I think a physio needs to have good assessment skills. If you can highlight a patient’s problems and pain pathway of their symptoms you can target these specifically I feel you will be more likely to succeed in treatment. I also feel you need to be empathetic yet firm with treatment. My most successful treatments/increased compliance with exercises have been when I have explained the condition and the relevance of why you are asking the patient to do those exercises(so I guess also good communication skills).

 How would your colleagues/ housemates describe you?

I would hope my friends describe me as outgoing, loyal and fun. They often say they are surprised at my adventures at the weekends which have involved volunteer physio for local sports teams and walking holidays in Wales. I enjoy being outside and being involved it outdoor activities. I do feel that I am loyal if a friend needs me and will often drop other activities to check they are ok.

We are a very sociable department, it’s your turn to organise the social activity this month, what would you choose and why?

I would choose a trip to the beach (If we lived locally). BBQ for the less adventurous, surfing for the more so, plenty of beach activities, good food and fun.

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