Interview Questions

Band Five Questions

Before an interview try and be as prepared as possible. Research the position and practice answering questions they are  likely to ask.

Activity: Pick five questions. Write down your answer (try to use research or examples to back up any claims that you may be making). Practice reading the question aloud. Now give the question or answer to a friend and role play an interview scenario. This will help you build the skills needed to think on your feet in a less stressful environment (ie the interview room!). Ask your friend to highlight any points you had forgotten from your initial answer.

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Personality and Qualities


  1. How would you handle daily stresses of working?
  2. How would your friends describe you and why?
  3. What 3 words best describe you?
  4. Name a time when you worked in a good team? Name an experience when and how you contributed to a team?
  5. What are two of your weaknesses? What are you doing about them?
  6. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
  7. Give us an example when you have had to think on your feet? E.g. stressful situation?
  8. What are your strengths?
  9. Team working? Why is communication important?
  10. What do you think makes a good physio?
  11. How would your colleagues/ housemates describe you?
  12. We are a very sociable department, it’s your turn to organise the social activity this month, what would you choose and why?

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Personality and qualities continued….

  1. Tell me about your experience to date?
  2. What do you understand about compassionate care?
  3. What do you know about the hospital and why do you want the job?
  4. How do you ensure you deliver high quality care?

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NHS specific


  1. When and how to plan patient discharge?
  2. What do you understand of the term EBP and what do you think of it?
  3. Role as a BAND 5? How will this differ from being as student?
  4. Give 5 ways clinicians can change their practice?
  5. What would you do if you saw a staff member do something unsafe?
  6. What do you do when a doctor tries to D/C a patient you believe is not safe?
  7. What is the KSF?
  8. Consent procedures?
  9. Legal policy of notes?
  10. What do you see as your biggest challenges? Rotations?
  11. Following treatment some one returns next day and wants to complain about you, what do you do?
  12. When do you feel it is appropriate to delegate to a physio assistant?
  13. What do you understand by the CSP? What is their role?
  14. Why this department? What can you bring to us?
  15. What does “autonomous” mean to you? How will this be different from when you were a student?
  16. Impact of current government initiatives on physiotherapy? Where will the profession be in the future?
  1. Strengths and weaknesses of MDT working?
  2. What can you tell us about patient confidentiality?
  3. What is your understanding of clinical reasoning?
  4. -Give an example from your clinical practice.
  5. What does cpd mean to you? Why is it important?
  6. Why is note writing important?
  7. Why is patient centred care important?
  8. We work very closely with generic care assistants – what is the benefit of this to patients?
  9. Delegation to others? Give a clinical example?
  10. What does clinical governance mean to you and why is it important? How will it affect you as a junior?
  11. How do you know that you are clinically effective?
  12. Why is infection control important?
  1. Why this trust? What made you apply to this position? What made you think that you were suitable for this position?
  2. Your team consists of you, a Band 7 and an assistant. your band 7 calls in sick. What would you do?
  3. Are you happy to participate in on call rota?
  4. What is your understanding of team work, and how have you contributed to a team in the past
  5. What are red flags? Name 5
  6. Name a recent journal you have read and how it has influenced your practice?
  7. What do you perceive the benefits of obtaining rotational experience to be?
  1. Describe the roles of a Band five physiotherapist and what would be expected of you? What is the difference between practicing as an undergraduate and practicing post graduating?
  2. A patient has just had a hip hemiarthroplasty, what would 5 main problems be and how would you treat them?
  3. Analysis of a physio entry into medical notes – asked to comment on positive and negative points
  4. Patient’s about to be d/c by medical staff from ward but you don’t think they’re ready to go, what do you do and why?
  5. How would you know that you’re being clinically effective?
  6. What makes a good team?
  7. Give a reflection example from your practice and explain how it will affect your future practice.
  8. How do you use evidence to keep your CPD up-to-date?
  9. What is your understanding of a foundation trust?
  1. How does the Francis report affect Physio?
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  1. You are working with a PTA and do not agree with their approach to the patient. What would you do?
  2. Your patient continues to decline treatment, what do you do?

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  1. It’s 4 o’clock you finish at 4:30 and you have just been paged, what would you do?
  2. Newly admitted COPD patient with chest infection 
b) Patient needing stair assessment pre discharge
) Hoist assessment.
  3. You’re working on a ward with a mixture of every possible type of physio patient, how would you prioritise and why?
  4. You are on a respiratory ward and have a patient with an exacerbation of their COPD and another with pneumonia. How would you prioritise them?


Private specific

  1. How does private practice differ from the NHS?
  2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?




  1. An elderly lady has fallen in the corridor and you are the first person to find her. What do you do?
  2. You are on Orthopaedics and 1st time seeing a post op hemiarthroplasty of hip following a # nof. What do you need to consider? What other types of replacement could they do and how do these differ?
  3. On ortho, what would you do prior to seeing a patient for the first time?
  4. On a ward, nurse calls you into one of the rooms to help her get a patient up from the floor. What do you do and why?
  5. You are treating a patient with Knee osteoarthritis, what would your management plan be?


  1. 1st day THR post op, how would you manage this patient? Risk assessment?
  2. What to do with a patient first day post op?
  3. Effects of surgery and anaesthetic?
  4. Give an example from practice on how you have worked with a PTA.
  5. How would you prioritise your patients on an elderly rehab ward?
  6. You have been given a ward to run on your own. How would you do this? What would you do if you were running out of time and had not seen all the patients?
  7. How would you mobilise a 17 stone patient?
  8. You come onto the ward and see a patient sitting on the floor beside their bed. what would you do and why?
  9. You are asked to see a patient for a mobility assessment before they get discharged. You find they have no footwear. What would you do?
  10. you are on orthopaedics and are asked to see a patient with left tibial plateau # and left colles # which were both internally fixed. how would you assess them?




  1. What are the differences in presentations between adhesive capsultis and impingement in the shoulder?
  2. You have a patient with pain at the front of his knee, what would your thought processes be when assessing/treating him?
  3. You have a patient with whiplash. On their 2nd session they report it be worse. What would you do?
  4. What advice would you give a patient 24hrs after spraining their ankle?
  5. Patient came in LBP, shooting pain into R foot, Numbness in upper thighs occurred following lifting of a heavy object at work, How would you manage them?
  6. How would you progress the treatment of a lateral ankle sprain.
  7. A 60 year old Asian lady is referred to you from her GP with ten year history of LBP and increasing difficulty with ADL’s. What would your subj and obj Ax be?
  8. Patient c shoulder pain presents to you and after examination you find they are unable to raise their arm above 10°. What do you think has occurred and what is your management?
  1. Patient presents with lower limb numbness down one side. A patient reports that they have been tripping over their leg of the last few days and is now in urinary retention. What is your management? Now tell us what these symptoms relate to?
  2. Your patient presents with low back pain. a) Talk us through your session, from start to finish b) Now tell us what you would do with a patient whom is    i.  Improving slowly  ii. Not improving

  3. Can you tell us any other non-msk causes of LBP?
  4. What is your experience with group classes and what do you think the pros and cons are?
  5. Tell us what you understand about information governance
  6. What do you understand about equality and diversity and how that relates to your role as a Physiotherapist?
  7. In OPD – patient presents having come directly from # clinic having had their POP removed following a conservatively managed ankle #. What’s your immediate management and why? 2 weeks down the line, they’re progressing well, what would you progress to, and why?
  8. Common conditions e.g. OA knee, Frozen shoulder, HIP OA, Tennis Elbow, NSLBP, Differential diagnosis Lx or Cx, Ankle Sprain, ACL/MCL injury, shoulder impingement.
  9. Knee special Qs, Special tests: may be asked to demonstrate too, surgery: shoulder decompression, THR, TKR, Lig repair, treatment post fracture after removal of POT, use of crutches, issuing aids

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Msk continued….

  1. You are referred a patient with LL neurogenic pain. what S&S would you expect in the subjective Ax and how then would you carry out your objective Ax?
  2. GP referral, patient has a painful knee, patient is on crutches is tired and lethargic. How would you assess and treat this patient?





  1. What is ventilation/perfusion?
  2. You have a patient with a right lower lobe pneumonia – how would you treat this?
  3. Normal ABGs? Show a set of ABGs and asked to analyse and say what you think is the problem?
  4. On ward – resp patient – coarse basal crackles L on auscultation. What do you do and why?
  5. Modalities and treatments you can use for pt to bring up sputum? List them?
  6. What do you need to know before answering an on call?
  7. Difference between type 1 and 2 respiratory failure?
  8. COPD? Treatment and management
  9. Contraindications to manual techniques?
  10. Aims of ICU physio treatment?
  11. Suctioning, contraindications? Indications?
  12. 02 therapy? When to use?
  13. NIV, possible uses and aims?
  14.  You are on a respiratory ward and are referred a patient with aspiration pneumonia. What would you expect to hear on auscultation? How would you treat them?

Respiratory Continued….

  1. Patient has fall and has a painful R hip. They have a chest infection. List of obs given by interviewer.  How would you assess this patient and what treatment would you implement?
  2. Talk me through a chest assessment on an acute medical ward.



  1. What deficits would you expect with a L PCA stroke
  2. Give a clinical example of when you have worked in a. Rehabilitation setting?
  3. Differences in clinical presentation of Parkinsons and ms patient?
  4. Recently diagnosed Parkinson’s patient, they have trouble walking: how would you assist/ team them to walk?
  5. With regard to a Stroke patient and who is involved in goal setting?
  6. Common Neuro conditions: Stroke, Parkinson`s and MS, good to know their pathophysiology and disease progression, current research, treatment and assessment process.
  7. Your patient has had a full spinal cord compression and has had it surgically fixed. It is stable, they have no movement restriction. Formulate a problem list and create short and long term goals.

Conditions related

  1.  You are asked to see a diabetic patient. What would you consider?




  1. You are treating a woman in her early 70’s (?) who has a colles fracture resulting from a fall, name 5-6 factors which contribute to falls.
  2. You have a faxed referral from the ambulance services. They were called out to an elderly lady who had fallen. She had no bony injuries. How would you prioritise the referral?
  3. Patient presents as frequent faller – what do you assess and why?
  4. What do we need to be aware of on a community visit when entering a patients home?
  5. What would you do if you were on a community visit and the patient did not answer the door?
  6. What is a lone worker policy and give an example of how it may affect your treatments?
  7. What measures would you implement to ensure you and your patient are safe?
  8. What would you do if a patient was known to social services for violent behaviour?
  9. How does working in the community differ from that of a hospital setting?
  10. You arrive at a house, let yourself in, and your patient is slumped in the chair not responding, what would you do?




  1. You’re on call, referring physician calls you re: a lady in ICU following elective hysterectomy, pmh of asthma, presenting with increasing SOB. What other info would you want over the phone? 
When you arrive, what would your Ax include?
  2. Describe in detail Clinical Governance, How it would personally impact you and the impact it would have on the physiotherapy department. (Given 3 mins to write down ideas and 10 mins to discuss in group).
  3. Blood Gases determine whether it was respiratory acidosis/alkalosis, metabolic acidosis/alkalosis.
  4. You are treating a patient with a Left sided CVA, what would they present with other than weakness?
  5. You have a referral for a man with neck pain. He is wheelchair bound and his wife’s his main carer. Where would u want to treat him? 




You are on an ortho ward, your patient is a day 1 R THR. Show how you would get the patient out of bed for the first time. 
Demonstrate the correct method for using elbow crutches assuming the patient is partial weight bearing.



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