Are you a new graduate that’s looking to land your first job as a Respiratory Therapist? Or maybe you’re a veteran that’s about to take a new position?

Either way, in this article, you’re going to learn some of the best job interview tips that can help any Respiratory Therapist ace the interview and land their dream job.

So if you’re ready, let’s dive right in.

Job Interview Tips for Respiratory Therapists and Healthcare Workers:

Before we get into how to be successful in a job interview, first of all I just want to say congratulations! If you’re reading this article, it most likely means that you’ve completed the Respiratory Therapy program and passed the board exams.

What an amazing accomplishment!

You should be very proud of yourself for making it this far. And it’s important to let that pride carry over into your job interview.

Confidence is the key to a successful job interview.

You’re an extremely smart and talented person. I know this because, otherwise, you wouldn’t have made it this far. 

Now you just need to let that confidence show during the job interview. You have to believe in yourself if you want the interviewing manager to believe in you.

Practive and Prepare Like a Pro

You may be thinking, “But I’m just not a confident person. How do I gain more confidence?”

The answer to this is simple:  You practice!

Preparation truly is the key to building confidence! If you practice and prepare adequately before your interview, it will definitely show. 

That means that you need to be going over some of the most typical job interview questions that are commonly asked. Think of the best answers you can give that will specifically highlight what you are good at. Then, days and weeks leading up to your interview, practice going over what your response would be to those questions.

Are you a good communicator? Do you work well with others as a part of a team?

Make sure your answers highlight what you are good at.

Also, try to tell relevant stories when you answer the questions. This gives you the opportunity to really connect with the interviewer.
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Ask Questions

Not only will you need to prepare for answering interview questions, you will also need to prepare a few questions to ask the employer as well.

This could include things like:

  • What are the top challenges of this position?
  • What is expected of me as a new employee?
Asking engaging questions will show the interviewer that you came prepared. This will help you stand out from the crowd and boost your chances of landing the gig.

Do Your Research

You will need to do your homework about the hospital or employer that you are interviewing with. That is because, they will likely ask you your thoughts on their facility.

When they do, if you’re able to give a good response, this can drastically improve your chances of getting the job.

The more you know about the employer, the more you’ll be able to understand what type of employee they are looking for. That means you will be able to answer the interview questions in a positive way. 

Apply for as Many Jobs as Possible

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That’s why you need to apply to as many jobs as possible.

Not only does it increase your chances of getting a job by sheer volume, the more interviews you do, the more polished you become as a prospect.  You’ll start to feel more comfortable and confident in these types of situations.

Stay Organized

You always want to stay organized while interviewing for jobs as a Respiratory Therapist. 

One way to do so is to have multiple copies of your resume printed out days before the interview. Be sure to bring a few extra copies with you just in case.

You should also have your interview attire picked out and ready to go ahead of time as well. Plan out a wardrobe that matches the organization you are applying to.

For Respiratory Therapists, typical business casual attire will be just fine. Make sure that your hair is neat and clean. Avoid wearing strong fragrances or any flashy jewelry. Make sure your clothing is clean and pressed.

Job interviews can come on short notice, so you need to be prepared when they do. Staying organized throughout the entire process can help keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Be Early, but Not Too Early

It’s should go without saying but never show up late to a job interview! This will almost guarantee that you will not get the job.

The key is to show up early, but not too early.

Interviewing managers are busy people. So if you arrive an hour early, you could interfere with other meetings and events that they have going on that day.

Try to show up 5–10 minutes early for the interview.

It can be difficult to time it just right. I recommend arriving to the facility up to an hour early. Just sit in your car and relax until it’s 5–10 minutes from the time of your interview.

If possible, drive to the facility ahead of time and know exactly where it is and where you will need to park. This will give you an idea of how long it takes you to get there. But of course, you will need to anticipate slow traffic or other hiccups that may occur.

That’s why it’s important to give yourself a few extra minutes in case you need to visit the restroom to freshen up.

First Impressions are Very Important

It is very important that you are polite to everyone you come in contact with the moment you step foot outside of your vehicle.

This includes the receptionist, the janitor — everyone!

Express positivity towards everyone you meet. You never know who is an acquaintance or friend of your hiring manager.

Your handshake is also very important in regards to the first impression. Make sure to give a firm, confident handshake to the interview as you introduce yourself upon entering the room. Smile and make eye contact as your shake their hand.

With that said, don’t squeeze their hand like your the hulk. Keep it firm, but not too hard. 

Breathe and Stay Calm

You’re a Respiratory Therapist which means that you know how to breathe, right?

I know this is easier said than done, but try to relax as much as possible. It’s normal to be nervous but try your best to remain cool, calm, and collected.

You are literally one human talking to another human. There’s no reason to be scared!

Your body language is extremely important. During the interview, avoid fidgeting with your pen or chair. Be sure to sit up straight in your chair with good posture, like the confident person you are.

Sell Yourself

I don’t know if you knew this, but you are a salesman!

You’re probably confused. You may be thinking, “No I’m not, I’m a Respiratory Therapist!”

Well yeah, true. Of course you’re a Respiratory Therapist, but you’re a salesman too! You really have to sell yourself in the interview.

When the interview starts, it’s officially your time to shine. You always want to be honest and authentic but you must also remember that you’re there for YOU.

So with that said, your answers to the interview questions should showcase your skills, accomplishments, and express why you would be a good fit for this position.

Be sure to backup your answers with stories that show your capabilities. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself!

Turn Your Biggest Weakness into a Strength

As a newly graduate Respiratory Therapist, your biggest weakness is this:

No experience!

Other than clinical rotations in school, you do not have any real-life experience working as a Respiratory Therapist.

Unfortunately, this is a big deal for most hiring managers because they are often looking to hire experienced and tenured Respiratory Therapists. Obviously, this is a huge disadvantage for new graduates.

With that said, there is a way for you to use your lack of experience to your advantage. You can spin it to work out in your favor, believe it or not.

I want you to think of it like this:

You are a like a piece of clay, ready to be molded and sculpted into exactly what they want and need as a Respiratory Therapist.

One of the biggest complaints I hear about experienced RT’s is that they tend to be ‘stuck in their ways.’ Times have changed and evolved but people haven’t. They like to do things how they’ve always done them.

This is good news for you because, unlike the more tenured Respiratory Therapists, you aren’t like this. The organization will have the opportunity to teach and train you to work exactly how they want in order to fit their needs.

It’s up to you to paint this picture for the hiring manager during the interview. And if you do, you’ll have just turned your biggest weakness into a strength.

The Fortune is in the Follow-up

Once you’ve completed the interview, it’s always a good idea to follow up with the interviewer.

You should consider sending a thank-you note or email to the person you were interviewed by. This is a great way for you to express gratitude for the opportunity. Not to mention, you can use this note to reiterate your interest in the position.

You may also use the note to include details that you forgot to mention during the interview. Please keep in mind, you should try to send this note within a day of the interview while you are still fresh on their minds.

This is yet another way to increase your chances of landing the job.

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Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Now that you know our best job interview tips, I have no doubt that you will be well on your way towards landing a job as a Respiratory Therapist.

I know that this process may seem overwhelming but just take it one step at a time and you will be fine. Besides, you’ve made it this far, which means that I know you can make it to the finish line — and you’re almost there.

Please remember this:

The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more comfortable you will look and feel when that big day comes.

And if you follow the tips that we laid out for you here, I know you’ll boost your chances of landing the job of your dreams. Thank you so much for reading, and as always, breathe easy my friend.


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