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I recently assisted selecting candidates for a BSc 4 year part time Occupational Therapy course and wanted to share my reflections to benefit others who may be going through a similar process. I am a clinician and I do not work in education. I had been asked to assist with this process by the University. · At the start candidates were asked if they had any questions. This was a slow start and it became obvious those who had considered this question. · Many of the candidates did not answer the question ‘why do you want to become an OT?’ Instead they answered ‘what job role do you do at the moment and how does this relate to OT?’ · Many forgot to state what skills and qualities they could bring to the role and how their previous experience was relevant to the role. · What worked well was an answer that stated when a person related a service improvement they had brought/ developed or a practical example of where they had seen OT intervention work. · Many forgot to communicate an enthusiasm for OT and to talk about the aims and objectives of OT (do not assume that everyone knows what is good about OT). · Not being aware of the audience – many spoke without being aware of what others in the room were doing, they did not look at others and tended to focus on only one person in the group. · Many forgot to state what made them apply to that specific University – many answered ‘because it is near my home or I like the countryside’. · A better response was ‘I have explored options at the Open Day’ or ‘I have looked at the website and read lecturers biographies and relevant research papers’ or ‘I am keen to engage with problem based learning as this suits my active practical learning style’. · · What was very interesting was wider interests that were mentioned (being a qualified Doctor, an electrician, a parish councillor, a scout leader, having a varied range of interests including sea kayaking, pottery, arts and crafts, an interest in charity work, Makaton, PEC communication systems or a degree in psychology or psychomotor rehabilitation). · The course delivers skill sessions in photography, video, technology, pottery, horticulture and it was great to hear from candidates who have experienced using these activities therapeutically. · Group interview – there were those who dominated the discussion (speaking with strong and repetitive opinions for long periods of time and ‘steamrolling’), those who listened intently and did not manage to get a word in, or others who contributed interesting unique thoughts in an interactive and charming way. · At the end there was the opportunity for candidates to reflect on the interview with a written piece of prose. The best reflective pieces were those who used personal pronouns and took ownership of what had gone well and not so well. The best answer came up with practical solutions of what they could do in the future to improve their performance and saw this as their own responsibility. The worst answers were passive observations of others, not personal and not reflective. Also some of the writers were unable to write grammatically correct sentences and this presented poorly. I hope these reflections and tips are helpful and good luck!
Relevant for all occupational therapist roles, worldwide. With UK 'Band 5' positions in mind. Top tips Organise and update your CPD file Review HCPC guidelines (or other bodies) for structure Research conditions in the area of OT you are applying for Take a copy of your CV/application form and CPD file Relate each question to occupational therapy Try and use clinical examples Research the Trust or organisation you will be working for; find out what the its values and goals are Research changes in the NHS - or if it is a private organisation, research the company Review the job specification/description and compare it to you; refer to this in the interview - what skills enable you to be a desired candidate? Keep a copy of you DBS documents, such as passport, driving licence and a bill from the last 3 months Dress formally to the interview. No harm in keeping it simple - shirt and formal trousers. If heels are worn, be aware they may want to give you a walk around tour. Possible questions 1. Tell me something about yourself? Discuss personal qualities and skills to have obtained in relation to occupational therapy. The answer will be a mix of qualities and traits which you display that are required to be a good occupational therapist. Example answer: I am a caring individual and I enjoy supporting others to fulfil their potential I have spent X amount of years in a hospital setting… Why? Because you have a caring mentality? What did the role involve and what did you like about it? Are you inspired by other professionals? Do you enjoy seeing others progress with rehab? I communicate well within an MDT and work well individually with my duties I am eager to build my skills and develop myself, so that I can treat my patients to the best of my abilities I am good at time management and prioritise my case load effectively Think about past experiences as an OT or student - was there a time where you were flexible and helped other teams? I am a great listener; I enjoy taking a holistic approach and create goals which are specific to my patients/clients I am hard working and motivated by positive patient feedback Qualities of an occupational therapist: Empathetic Highly motivated Great listener Good work ethic Dependable Flexible Honesty Confident Hard working Passionate Kind Supportive Team player Verbal and written communication Keep answers related to OT if possible. Use examples from placements. 2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Review professional growth Discuss opportunities the role may open up Reflect on your own personal goals Goals connected with the position in relation to OT How will the position enable them to reach these goals? The interviewer may want to know if you will be staying in the location/in the same trust 3. How would you describe the role of OT within this setting to a student nurse? Passionate about occupational therapy during the conversation Discussing the OT role - what interventions can an OT complete? Seeing this as positive and discussing outcomes, e.g. how MDT members refer more appropriately, future practitioners understand the role and encourage patients to maintain independence with their ADLs 4. Describe a difficult situation that you have had with a patient and explain how you handled it Reflecting - maybe refer to a reflection in your CPD folder Keep it as simple as possible; the key details, but describe how you built a rapport Ensure your example demonstrates supporting patient to the best of your abilities and an outcome that worked well for the patient How did you help them achieve their goals? Use of active listening , to calm a situation down? Demonstrate clinical reasoning 5. How would you manage when you have lots of patients handed over, to be seen in the morning handover? Prioritise - ensure you see medically fit patients first Make a list? If this is something that helps you, check you have completed all tasks in relation to each patient. For example, on a busy day you may be between a few patients; a check list enables you to clarify what was completed. Ask for support from your senior if required - working as a team works both ways Use an example Discuss it as a learning curve but remain positive Remain calm and efficient with caseload 6. Condition-related questions / scenario questions If you have applied for a role, you should research relevant conditions If you have not come across the condition, break it down via the occupational therapy process, gather information, research the condition and discuss with a senior prior to an intervention
7. ...And do you have any questions for us? What opportunities for professional development are available? What is your supervision schedule like? What are the working hours? Does uniform have to be worn? Is there an in-service programme or peer support? Best of luck with your interview!
Jessie, Student Engagement Lead