How do you answer questions about salary in a job interview?

career salary Jun 17, 2022

Of all of the questions you have to answer in a job interview, questions about salary seem to be the most difficult. In this video, we discuss some of the fundamentals of answering those questions and demonstrate how to effectively answer salary questions.

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Should I leave my current PT job?

career Jun 10, 2022

Is physical therapy bad everywhere? We are asked this question frequently. In this video, we discuss our thoughts on how to evaluate whether or not a location is a good fit for you.

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How do you know if a job is right for you?

career new graduate salary Jun 03, 2022

When you're searching for a PT job, it's important to ask the right questions to find out if it is a good fit for you. We discuss the things that are important to find out during a job interview.

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What would you tell yourself as a new PT grad?

career new graduate May 27, 2022

If you could go back to 1 month into your first PT job, what would you tell yourself? In this video, we discuss what we would tell ourselves at that critical point in our PT careers.

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Let's Talk About PT Salaries


Do PTs get paid enough? That question is seemingly always up for debate. In the latest video, Jenna and Phil have a frank discussion about PT salaries and how they compare to other professions.

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Negotiating Your Salary

dear pt students salary May 19, 2022

Dear New Grad PTs and PT Students,

I sat across from the owner of the company and he asked what I was expecting for a salary. The interview had gone well up until this point, but now I froze. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t expect to discuss salary, let alone have to give a number I wanted.

I thought about it and gave a number that I thought was way higher than the typical offer. The next day I was offered the job and the salary I requested. We hadn’t negotiated or anything, I had just thrown out a number and they honored it.

I didn’t take the job, but I still wonder how much I left on the table by going first. When you are in an interview or a negotiation, you want to avoid going first. Here are ways to answer the “What kind of salary are you looking for?” question.

  • I know you have a much better idea of the role and the expectations and I trust you will come up with a fair salary.
  • I know that a lot more goes into the overall salary and I...
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What is your biggest win this week?

career goals May 13, 2022

When discussing our careers, we often only focus on big picture things and achieving huge goals. It's important to focus on the small wins we experience daily and weekly, too. After all, big goals are made up of small steps.

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Are you asking the right interview questions?

dear pt students May 12, 2022

Dear New Grad PTs and PT Students,

When you get to the end of your first (and every other) interview, the company is going to ask you if you have any questions. If you’re me, then you’ll scramble to ask a superficial question that you probably could’ve figured out from the company website. Then you’ll go home and think of endless meaningful questions that you could’ve asked instead.

You won’t do that. Instead, you’ll refer back to these three questions:

1.  How do you measure success in this role?

This question does way more than just give you an idea of the expectations for the role. It can help you clue into what the company values. Do they mention the number of patients per day? Do they mention your influence in the community? Do they discuss patient interaction? Do they have a clear answer or not?

2.  What do you do really well? What could you do better?

Ask this question to multiple different people throughout the day. This...

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What's the proudest moment of your career?

career May 06, 2022

It's important to take time to identify proud moments in your career. 

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Do you want a Mac or a PC?

career job May 06, 2022

This was the simple question I was asked before I started working for RPI. I remember thinking to myself, “What a nice perk.”  I didn’t think much of it and chose a PC (the wrong decision, according to most of my co-workers). 

Yet over the last year, I realized that question wasn’t a nice perk at all. It was something so much more significant.

That question represents a core part of RPI’s culture. We are individuals. We have preferences and want different things from life and our careers.

We are unified in our desire to build healthier and happier communities, our quest for clinical excellence, and our support for each other. Yet we are individuals, and how we accomplish that, looks different from person to person.  

Some want a variety of patients, some want to treat all endurance athletes, some want to see the aging population, and others want to treat specific conditions.

Some want to work long days and have a day off, others want...

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