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					ATHLETIC TRAINING
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How would you approach an injured athlete? How would you introduce yourself? What type of questions would you ask the athlete? We've had to treat "non-athletes" such as piano and flute players. How would you handle an introduction to them, would you do anything different? How would you deal with a patient that was not motivated to participate in treatment? How would you deal with an angry or upset athlete or patient? A soccer player kicks the ball and falls to the ground... what do you do? What do you have a low tolerance for? If a patient or athlete began bleeding profusely, what would you do? If any emergency occurred and you were the first person on site what would you do?

EXERCISE SCIENCE
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Do you love to win or hate to lose? What type of exercise program might you develop for a wheelchair-bound senior and how would you implement the program with the client? How do you plan to assess a new client? What methods have you used for assessing a client’s ability? Let's say that I am going to come to your worksite today and observe you working with a client. What will I see? How might you go about developing an exercise program for a client that is severely obese? What must you take into consideration before beginning? Name three potential injuries, which could result from a strength-training program for seniors. How would you treat or respond to these injuries? What type of exercise program might you develop for a client who is pregnant? Describe a time when you motivated an unmotivated person to do something you wanted them to do. Tell me about a time when you experienced a lack of motivation. What caused this? What did you do about it? What was the most valuable classroom experience you had at Slippery Rock University with regard to your major in Exercise Science? What made it so valuable? Recall a time when you participated on a team. Tell me about an important lesson you learned that is useful to you today. Tell me about one of the most difficult and demanding tasks you have had to complete, whether during school or at work. Were you satisfied or dissatisfied with the outcome? Why? What was the most valuable aspect of your internship experience? How do you deal with difficult people? Why do you think you would be good in this profession? What were the three most important aspects for you when you chose this as a career? What were you major accomplishments during your internship? Can you tell me about the toughest client you have had to work with? What made working with that person so difficult? How did you overcome the difficulty?

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Walk me through a situation in which you had to get information by asking a lot of questions of a number of people. What were their reactions to the questions? When did you have to go back and rephrase your questions? Describe a recent time that you were unexpectedly in a position of orally promoting or defending something. How convincing were you? What arguments did you spontaneously think of during the discussion? How did it turn out? Getting through college requires a lot of writing. Tell me about some of the writing you’ve done: topics, length, format, etc. What difficulties did you have with any of the written assignments or projects? What are some of the most difficult writing assignments you have been given or have taken on yourself? Please explain. Tell me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across. Describe for me a time when you effectively utilized your editing skills in a written project. Can you describe a situation in which your written work was criticized? What classroom experiences do you feel have best prepared you for a career in writing/editing/research? What do you know about (name the recruiters company)? Aside from classroom texts, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development? In the areas where your experience falls short for this job, what steps will you take to make up for this? What book are you currently reading for pleasure?

GEOGRAPHY
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Tell us what you know about the work we do. How would you gather background information on land-use applications? Have you prepared maps, and if so, what techniques did you use to prepare them? What are your experiences in working with GPA systems? Give examples of the databases you have used. Describe your understanding of local government land-use planning practices. What other types of assignments would you expect to receive in this office? Why did you choose to study geography? What do you like about it? Give an example of how you have worked without close supervision. Do you like routine work? Tell us what you know about the work we do. How would you gather background information on land-use applications? Have you prepared maps, and if so, what techniques did you use to prepare them? What are your experiences in working with GPA systems? Give examples of the databases you have used.

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Describe your understanding of local government land-use planning practices. What other types of assignments would you expect to receive in this office? Why did you choose to study geography? What do you like about it? Give an example of how you have worked without close supervision. Do you like routine work? Give an example of how you have handled being busy, rushed. What would you do if it were a slow day in the office?

JOURNALISM
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Why do you want to work for [news organization name]? Tell me about a story you covered that went very well. Have you ever failed? What did you learn from the experience? How well do you handle deadline pressure? What publications do you read? What news shows do you watch? Why? What is your philosophy of journalism? What do you think of our paper/magazine/show/station? How would you make it better? How do you feel about the state of journalism today? Please give me a short critique of our paper/broadcast/magazine. What stories would you like to cover? (You should have at least 5 ideas). Why will you make a successful journalist? What is your news philosophy? What is the most recent book you’ve read? You have five minutes to describe the most relevant and specific items in your background that show that you are uniquely qualified for this job. Are you tough? Are you aggressive? Provide examples. Do you think your extracurricular activities were worth the time you devoted to them? Give me an example of a story you think you handled very well. Give me an example of a story you wish you had covered differently. How would you cover it now? Tell me about your work habits. Would you describe yourself as a hard worker? Do you work well under pressure? Do you mind working overtime? In light of recent world events, do you feel that the media has placed themselves in positive light with regard to public support? Why or why not? How do you feel about the state of journalism today? Please give me a short critique of our paper, broadcast, etc. What stories would you like to cover? (You should always have at least five story ideas.) Which story over the last 12 months would you most like to have covered and why? Why will you make a successful journalist? What publications do you read? What news programs do you watch? Why? What are they doing right? Wrong? What is your news philosophy?

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You have five minutes to describe the most relevant and specific items in your background that show that you are uniquely qualified for this job. (Prepare several important points you want the interviewer to remember after you have left; be able to stress them in a short, concise statement.) Are you tough? Are you aggressive? (Be prepared to back up your answers) Was the time you spent traveling worth the time you devoted to it? Do you think your extracurricular activities were worth the time you devoted to them? Are you willing to relocate? What do you have, that others may not, that is right for this organization? Give me an example of a story you think you handled very well. Give me an example of a story you wished you had covered differently? How would you cover it now? Walk me through a situation in which you had to get information by asking a lot of questions of a number of people. What were their reactions to the questions? When did you have to go back and rephrase your questions? Describe a recent time that you were unexpectedly in a position of orally promoting or defending something. How convincing were you? What arguments did you spontaneously think of during the discussion? How did it turn out? Getting through college requires a lot of writing. Tell me about some of the writing you?ve done: topics, length, format, etc. What difficulties did you have with any of the written assignments or projects? What are some of the most difficult writing assignments you have been given or have taken on yourself? Please explain. Tell me about a time in which you had to use your written communication skills in order to get an important point across. Describe for me a time when you effectively utilized your editing skills in a written project. Can you describe a situation in which your written work was criticized? What classroom experiences do you feel have best prepared you for a career in writing/editing/research? In the areas where your experience falls short for this job, what steps will you take to make up for this shortfall? What have you done in the last year to improve your writing/editing/researching skills? Tell me about your work habits. Would you describe yourself as a hard worker? Do you work well under pressure?/Do you mind working overtime? In light of recent world events, do you feel that the media has placed themselves in positive light with regard to public support? Why or why not?

NURSING
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Describe a challenging problem you faced on one of your clinical rotations. How did you solve the problem? Give a specific example of a time when you knew you did a good job as a nurse. How would you respond if a doctor in a rude and haughty tone questioned your work, which you knew to be top-notch and absolutely accurate? Why did you decide to become a nurse rather than a doctor?

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Describe a situation where you found yourself working with someone who was very sensitive or thinskinned. If you were told that the nursing field was closed and you could not be a nurse, what would you do? What types of nursing tasks are most objectionable to you? Describe a situation you experienced in the past year, connected with nursing that made you angry. Why did you choose (ER, OR, ICU, LTC, FNP or other specialty area) of nursing? What do you know about our hospital? About our community? Tell me about a time when you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker or patient. How did you handle the situation and what was the result?

PARK MANAGEMENT
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What is your management philosophy? Tell me about a time when you found it necessary to tactfully but forcefully say things that others did not want to hear. Describe for me a situation that would demonstrate the level of confidence that you have in yourself. Provide me with an example of how you?ve asserted yourself in an emergency or high-pressure situation. What management style would you use today, and why? Thinking back on your previous experience (internship/co-op), pick your finest hour. Describe the assignment or project that you feel best demonstrated your management skills. Obviously as a manager, you must interact successfully with people, clients, upper management, subordinates, etc. in order to make a positive impact. Can you sketch out two or three key strengths you feel you have in dealing with people? Describe the process and procedures you would put into place to improve the quality and timeliness of customer service. Describe a time when you took action to provide quick and thorough service in response to a patron?s request or problem. What type of ideas do you have for providing patron satisfaction and bringing patrons back on a repeat basis? If you have done this, give me an example. How can a supervisor establish effective communication with staff? Tell me how you have attempted to build trust with your employees, peers and customers. Would you want your subordinates to like you or respect you as a manager? What can a supervisor do to enhance an employee?s job and the employee?s motivation? Tell me about a time when you were able to build team spirit in a time of low morale. As a manager, you will need to explain policies and procedures to trainees. Think of the most recent time you had to tell other people about an upcoming change. It is sometimes desirable to lead other people by setting a positive example. Describe a work situation when your example served as a model for others. Individuals vary in their abilities to influence others. Give me a specific example of a time you were successful in guiding another person to a worthwhile objective. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, subordinates remain confused about their objectives on a project or assignment we have given. How would you help to clarify these items for one of your workers?

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What do you know about our park? Aside from classroom texts, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development? What are your expectations regarding your workload as a first year employee with this organization? What have you done in the last year to improve your management skills? If your career demands it, would you be willing to relocate in order to advance? What are some of the hot topics that park managers are talking about?

PHYSICAL THERAPY
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How did you become interested in Physical Therapy as a career? How would you deal with a patient who id not doing their exercises? How would you handle a situation if you disliked the patient? Do you think patients receive quality care regardless of the physical therapist's feelings? What do you think is the biggest issue in Physical Therapy? Rank your self-confidence on a scale of 1-10. Rank your self-esteem. Describe a challenging problem you faced on one of your clinical rotations. How did you solve the problem? What do you know about our hospital/organization? About our community? Tell me about a time when you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker or patient. How did you handle the situation and what was the result? What is your most memorable experience working with a patient? Describe your work or volunteer experience in physical therapy. Where do you see yourself in five years? Do you plan on specializing? In what area? What would you do if a patient came in 3 days in a row, saw three different therapists, and then came to you complaining how nothing they did was working? In your opinion, what kind of a profession is Physical Therapy? How did the changes in health care in recent years (HMO's, managed care) affect the field of PT? What made you choose physical therapy over other health professions?

PSYCHOLOGY
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How did you decide on a career in psychology? Describe your own strengths, particularly those that will help you to excel in counseling, therapy, or advocacy. In communicating, people's gestures or verbal cues can give us information. Give me an example of how your interpretation of verbal or non-verbal behavior has helped you. Tell me about a time when you were able to make someone feel comfortable when dealing with a difficult situation. What are you looking for in a psychology internship? What are your goals for the internship year?

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What are your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician? As a tester? As a supervisor? As a diagnostician? What do you plan to do once you have finished your training? What do you look for in supervision? What is your theoretical orientation? What are your specific clinical interests?

Reading Specialist
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What is your philosophy on reading? How would you integrate your philosophy on reading into your remediation practices? What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers? How do you see yourself partnering with teachers? With administrators? What models of co-teaching will you follow and adopt? How would you assess the reading levels of students? What strategies would you use when working with an older student with poor reading ability? What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students? Discuss your student teaching/practicum experiences. What you liked/disliked? Changes you would have made? Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.

SCHOOL COUNSELING
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What is your philosophy of school counseling? Tell us about your experience in school counseling. Describe your ideal school counseling program. Name and describe three different roles of the school counselor. What does the phrase developmental guidance program mean to you? Is it really possible to have a developmental guidance program? Describe the program or activity you developed for which you are most proud. Why did you select this particular program? Describe your view of an excellent working relationship between the school counselor and teachers. How would you go about achieving this relationship? What are the limits of confidentiality? What do you know about our school district? What would you do if a teacher referred a student to you and then stops you to ask for information? In your first days in a new school counseling position, what things/activities would you do to establish a positive working relationship with teachers?

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A student comes to you and says her friend Jennifer is talking about killing herself. What do you do? In a small support group 12-year-old John tells everyone he is tired of being picked on and is planning to shoot a boy who is bullying him. What do you do? A student comes to you and begins to cry, telling you she is being picked on by two girls who used to be her friends. She shares with you that the problem has been going on for over two months and now it is getting worse. What do you do? In a counseling session thirteen-year-old Sara tells you that her father has touched her inappropriately. What do you do? When we get emotionally involved in a problem situation, it is often very difficult to be objective. Tell me about a time when you were proud of your ability to be objective even though you were emotional about a situation. You hear a rumor from a student that two boys took some kind of pills in the cafeteria. What do you do?

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Describe your own strengths, particularly those strengths that will help you to excel in research/chemistry/biology/geography/anthropology/medical technology. What classroom experiences do you feel have best prepared you for a career in Biology/Chemistry/Anthropology/Geography/Geology/Medical Technology/Mathematics? You mention a number of career related skills on your resume. Tell me what you know about: What experiences have you had related to research? What qualities do you have that make you an effective researcher? What do you know about (name the recruiters company)? Aside from classroom texts and experimentation, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development? You have prepared a report for the organization’s advisory board. All the facts included in the report have been documented, checked, and double-checked. However, one of the supervisors states that the report is incorrect and demands that you make the correction. What is your response? Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.

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Why have you selected a career in social work? What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker? Have you had the experience of working with people of a race or sexual orientation different from yours? Do you feel you can be objective in counseling a teen about abortion? What do you think of the welfare system?

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What is your philosophy of social work? What techniques do you use in crisis intervention work? What kinds of things go into a psychological assessment? How do you describe your personal boundaries? What do you think of the recent welfare changes? What do you think is going to happen in the field in the next five years? What are your thoughts on managed care? Are you a member of any professional organizations? How would you handle a psychotic outburst in the clinic waiting room? In terms of family therapy, what is your theoretical orientation? How do you handle termination? Do you believe in short term or long-term treatment? Think of a client you have liked/disliked and tell me how you dealt with the counter transference issues. Are you sensitive? Are you intuitive? Are you an active listener? Are you able to engage clients? This position requires a lot of independent thinking and initiative. There is minimal supervision. Could you handle that? What kinds of problems do you like to handle? Can you give me an example? What kinds of problems are you good at solving? Give me one example. How would your weaknesses interfere with your ability to do this job? Would you rather draw up plans and design a program or be responsible for implementing a program? Why? Knowing what you know now, is there something you would do differently in the management of one of your fieldwork cases? What do you judge to be your major successes or accomplishments in your fieldwork? How did you achieve these? What major disappointments/failures have you had in fieldwork? Are you prepared to make home visits? How is your previous experience applicable to the work we do here? Why have you selected a career in social work? What do you hope to accomplish as a social worker? Have you had the experience of working with people of a race or sexual orientation different from yours? Do you feel you can be objective in counseling a teen about abortion? What do you think of the welfare system? What is your philosophy of social work? What techniques do you use in crisis intervention work? What kinds of things go into a psychological assessment? How do you describe your personal boundaries? What do you think of the recent welfare changes? What do you think is going to happen in the field in the next five years? What are your thoughts on managed care? Are you a member of any professional organizations? How would you handle a psychotic outburst in the clinic waiting room? In terms of family therapy, what is your theoretical orientation?

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How do you handle termination? Do you believe in short term or long-term treatment? Think of a client you have liked/disliked and tell me how you dealt with the counter transference issues. Are you sensitive? Are you intuitive? Are you an active listener? Are you able to engage clients? This position requires a lot of independent thinking and initiative. There is minimal supervision. Could you handle that? What kinds of problems do you like to handle? Can you give me an example? What kinds of problems are you good at solving? Give me one example. How would your weaknesses interfere with your ability to do this job? Would you rather draw up plans and design a program or be responsible for implementing a program? Why? Knowing what you know now, is there something you would do differently in the management of one of your fieldwork cases? What do you judge to be your major successes or accomplishments in your fieldwork? How did you achieve these? What major disappointments/failures have you had in fieldwork? Are you prepared to make home visits? How is your previous experience applicable to the work we do here?

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION
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Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation? What types of experiences do you have working with special populations? What types of interventions would you use with this particular population? Why did you pick therapeutic recreation as your field of interest and why do you feel you are qualified to work in TR? What characteristics do you possess that would make you a good candidate for this position? Tell me about your experiences in therapeutic recreation. What aspects of therapeutic recreation do you like and dislike? Tell me about your assessment skills. What assessment tools are you familiar with? Define clinical reasoning and how will it impact you as a professional. What are the elements involved in establishing a therapeutic relationship? Tell me about your understanding of a holistic approach to treating patients or clients. How would you use health care/human service models and therapeutic recreation service delivery to provide effective, humane, professional, safe, and contemporary therapeutic recreation programs? How would you involve clients, families, and significant others in the assessment process? How would you analyze and interpret data to determine a patient's/client's strengths and weaknesses? How would you balance cost and quality to provide appropriate, cost effective and high value services? What group/individual treatment have you implemented?

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Have you had experience managing aggressive clients? Explain. How would you motivate clients that never participate? a. How would you assess the client, what tools if any would you use? b. What treatment would you prescribe for the client? c. How would you evaluate the client's progress? Do you have any experience with behavior modification? Explain. What do you have to be aware of when working with people with Prader Willy syndrome? What condition should you be aware of in children with Downs Syndrome when doing physical activities? You have a new admission that had a stroke and has right side hemiperisis. What symptoms would you expect to see? What treatment would you prescribe?


				
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