Rehabilitation Unit Liverpool Hospital
Rehabilitation Directorate (BIRD) NSW Agency for
The interview process
ii) Hypothetical 1
iii) Hypothetical 2
iv) Hypothetical 3
v) Key points
you have the applicants for a job, how are you going to know that
they have what you are looking for? Using the right questions in
interview will help assist in recruitment of appropriate staff and
provide some insight into the skills of the worker.
involving hypothetical situations can be a useful tool during interviews
with job applicants because the answers they give provide insight
How client is
principles – from least restrictive, knowledge of process
The following are
three kinds of hypothetical questions you may want to include in
the interview process.
Hypothetical Question 1
Imagine that you are an interviewer, and you ask the job applicant the
you deal with a client who is verbally
and refusing to pursue their rehabilitation goals?"
Imagine they gave
the following response:
calm the client explain the benefits of the rehab, if this is no good
leave, then go back 10mins later and try again – advise manager."
Imagine that you are a job applicant, and the interviewee asked you
the following question:
"If a client
appears anxious every time they have to experience something
new in their therapy, what do you see as your responsibility and
how would you introduce change?"
Imagine that you are an interviewer
What are the important
things about yourself that will assist you to work with a person
It is important to remember that these hypothetical questions are only part of the
recruitment process. It is important to also check referees. This ensures
that the applicant can both answer the questions at the interview and
has evidence of being able to do work. This information is obtained
by structured questions in referee checks.
The interviewer is looking for answers that reflect the values, attitude
and experience of the applicant and that these can be utilised for
the clients and within the framework of the service.
open, honest, good communication, good presentation (ok to be nervous),
makes eye contact, positive in how
relates to committee member who may have a disability, has made an
effort to find out about the work and what is expected if successful.
skills and experience to manage hypothetical’s,
demonstrates a sequence/structure to answering hypothetical from
least intrusive to higher level of involvement.
Skills, experience, interest can be applied to people with disabilities
and extend to manage changes arising from brain injury.
Understands working as part of a team, demonstrates an ability to
manage conflict and problem solving hierarchy, when to ask for assistance
Willingness to engage with the service, increase knowledge and skills