Occupational Therapy University Interview Questions

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Sample university interview questions for an occupational therapy degree

Usually interviews are one on one, but if you’re applying to study Occupational Therapy then you’ll need to be prepared that you might find yourself in a group interview.

The reason universities choose to interview their Occupational Therapy candidates as a group is because once you’re qualified you’ll often, if not always, need to be able to work as part of a team. Being able to communicate effectively and being a team player is essential to being a good Occupational Therapist.

As well as a group interview you may also need to complete a short essay, fill out a questionnaire, and/or take a numeracy test. You don’t need to worry about this as the problems you’ll be asked to solve won’t be too difficult and you’ll be given plenty of time to work through them.

Although you may be interviewed as a group there may still be a one on one session and you’ll still need to answer some Occupational Therapy related questions. These questions could include:

Why do you want to be an Occupational Therapist?

This question is an obvious one and there’s no excuse for not being able to give a clear answer. Everyone will have a different reason for wanting to become an Occupational Therapist so now is your time to shine.

Why do you want to study Occupational Therapy at this university?

Again, there must have been a reason for your choice. You can talk about the university’s specialisms, reputation in the field, location, and any other reason you have for choosing it.

Are there any particular aspects of the course/subject that interest you especially?

If something caught your eye during the application process or in the prospectus then talk about. Universities love hearing about what makes them stand out to prospective students.

What skills should a good Occupational Therapist have?

This is your chance to show you’ve done your research about the profession. The interviewer may go on to ask you for examples of you demonstrating that you have these skills so make sure you have some clear examples ready.