Speech Pathologist Interview Questions

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When preparing for an interview for a speech pathologist position, it is helpful to consider the questions you might be asked that specifically relate to speech pathology, as well as the more general interview questions about yourself that you will likely be asked.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions for speech pathologists in general, and specific questions for different types of speech pathologist jobs.

Speech Pathologist Interview Questions (General)

Your interviewer will probably have some questions that apply to speech pathologists in general, to get an overall impression of your history, experience, motivation, and style.

  • Why did you choose speech pathology as a career path?
  • What areas of speech-language pathology interest you most?
  • What is your familiarity with assistive technology?
  • What training and experience do you have with autism?
  • What communication disorders do you have experience in working with?
  • What is one recent trend in speech pathology that you think is important?
  • How do you plan to stay current on your knowledge and skills?
  • What is the difference between an articulation disorder and a phonological disorder?
  • What are some of the formal assessment tools that you have used to evaluate cognitive patients?
  • Describe the steps you'd take to conduct an evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative).
  • What type of collaboration/teamwork have you been involved with?
  • Tell us about some of your most challenging cases/patients and how you dealt with them?
  • In what areas do you feel you need the most supervision? How do you handle criticism?
  • How do you assess success with a patient?
  • Describe one of your greatest accomplishments with a patient.

Speech Pathologist Interview Questions (School)

When interviewing for a position in a school, your interviewer will be looking for information about how you work with a variety of different people. They will ask questions relating to your interaction with parents and teachers, as well as with students.

  • What clinical experience have you had in a school setting?
  • What kind of strategies would you use with a child who stutters, and why?
  • Imagine a parent comes to you and tells you that she is taking her child out of speech because the child doesn't like it. How will you respond?
  • You are in a group setting with a child who stutters, a child with a receptive delay, and a child with artic only problems. How will you develop a therapy plan that will meet each child’s goals?
  • How would you deal with a situation in which you suspected a case of child abuse?
  • Explain how you would assess a child who is a non-native English speaker.

Speech Pathologist Interview Questions (Hospital/Private Clinic)

For a position at a hospital or a private clinic, your interviewer will be interested in determining if your skills, interests and experiences will be a good fit for their patient population. They will also likely ask questions about how you would integrate your work with other therapists who may be treating the patients.

  • What kind of experience do you have with voice disorders?
  • What oral-motor programs are you familiar with?
  • What experience do you have in working with people of other disciplines (OT, PT, etc.)?
  • How proficient are you at MBSs?
  • Tell me how you would assess a right CVA.
  • What types of patients are you most interested in working with, in terms of age and type of disability?