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Registered Behavior Technician Interview Questions & Answers

Find the most common RBT interview questions + answers to them in this guide.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
September 11th, 2022

15 Most Common RBT Interview Questions

1. What specifically is it that you admire regarding the culture? Are there any changes that you would like carried out?

Being aware of a company's culture is very useful in finding out if the workplace is one that you'll like.

Every workplace has its own culture, set of written and unwritten rules, and customary lingo. These are needed for you to form a bond with other workers employed with a company.

But to learn the benefits and specifics of a company's culture will help you to gain a better understanding of if the company is favorable to you. It'll also notify you of things that should be of concern.

This question can also be interpreted to mean the culture of general RBT work. In some jobs, RBT being one of them, the workplace culture can change not from clinic to clinic, but region to region.

If this is where the interviewer is taking the question, then the same advice regarding one specific clinic can be generalized into a broader scope relating to RBT training or the culture of a different facility.

2. Do the RBT and BCBA have a high turnover rate? Is anything being done to stop workers from getting exhausted from their responsibilities?

In the field of RBT, burnout does occur, though can change from place to place. This can be said about ABA as a whole, though not always for the same reasons.

The BACB recently reported that the demand for the services that behavioral analysts offer to clients was raised by over five percent from 2010 to 2021. Some therapists and their supervisors are sometimes told to cover responsibilities that limit their abilities, which can lead to stress.

The high demand for therapists isn't predicted to fall anytime soon, so new employees will have to be hired if the turnover rate of therapists could grow.

Any company being interviewed by a potential worker should know exactly about their rate of turnovers, though it can sometimes be a touchy subject for some businesses to discuss.

Having this data can help them work to lower employer burnout and keep up morale in the workplace entirely. A company that acknowledges when their workers perform well through a simple recognition, such as the employer of the month, can help with this.

3. Are there a lot of clients given to RBTs? What about hours should I anticipate working per week?

Clients take off much of the interactions that RBTs make with other people during a work week. But did you know that the number of them can correlate to the number of hours that you'll work?

Scheduling is something that changes more than periodically, which might be set per the number of hours you're first told that you'll be working for a clinic. Notify the person you talk to in an interview about the last hours you wish to work, including the most.

For RBTs with children and large families, balancing life with work might be trickier than for single employees or those with no offspring.

4. What is the average number of clients found in the caseload of every BCBA?

Knowing what the BCBAs caseloads amount to can give you a hint at the sort of maintenance and support that you'll receive there. A BCBA with a huge caseload can have a difficult time providing support to different RBTs, let alone one.

As you might expect, stress can quickly become a customary issue when trying to work under conditions where there's a lack of support from the people you call your supervisors.

Based on the clinic or facility, the demand could be so great there many cases might take longer for clients to finish up their courses. The turnover rate of RBTs is tied to heavy caseloads as well.

5. In the first stages of training, what should be expected? Is there training that takes place afterward?

Your prospective employer should give you thorough training in the initial stages of your employment. People that are new to the field and haven't worked at a clinic or relevant place for RBT duties before typically need more training than others coming straight from a different facility.

If you aren't certified to work as an RBT, the organization you currently work for shouldn't have an issue giving you the training course that's needed to go into the RBT exam.

40 hours is the most you'll spend on this. Simultaneously, companies will need to give you and the rest of the employees more training, something usually done through certification as it becomes necessary.

6. When do the ABA sessions begin and end?

While this can change with every business and the preferences of clients they see, session times are usually about this, say as an average business day. If you're an early riser, there won't be any problems with you getting up to make for work.

Eight in the morning is when the work ordinarily starts. Some RBTs work twelve-hour shifts, so the end time of a normal or slightly busy day would be eight in the evening.

Working a daily twelve-hour shift might not sit well with everyone, something that most good clinics should understand. Your working hours are best told during the interview so that scheduling conflicts or other problems won't arise sometimes later if you're taken in.

7. Is there an area where sessions usually happen?

One thing that therapists love about ABA is that it can take place almost anywhere that's safe for the therapist and the client. But you'll want to ask about this during the interview to know where most of your days will be spent.

With an idea of your working location, you can better learn the kinds of resources that you'll have at your disposal. If you're in a single room, for example, it might be hard to get some of the things you need to conduct therapy with some clients.

But if several rooms are available, you could quickly pick up items as you need them. Some RBTs could be tasked with working at the homes of clients, yet this shouldn't be expected from new employees. But if you will be seeing patients somewhere that requires a commute, it's something to mention as the interview commences.

8. Do RBT commutes have a limit on distances?

Since fuel prices are in constant fluctuation, ask whether there's a limit to the distance you're expected to drive to work, home, or another destination to see a client.

Some clinics have a maximum commuting distance. You may even get an allowance or additional pay for the time that you spend behind the wheel on the job.

9. Will the cancellation policy of the company also cancel out my pay?

Most RBTs receive hourly pay. If a client misses, cancels, or doesn't show up for a session, then it's possible that the company might not compensate you. Cancellation pay is provided at times, such as when it happens within 24 hours at the start of a session.

This is a policy that often changes with every business. Let the interviewee know your concerns about their payout stipulations when clients make a cancellation.

10. Is data digitally or manually gathered?

Every ABA facility relies on data collection to learn about its clients and how well the business is performing. The most basic form of gathering data is by using the old-fashioned method with a pen or pencil.

While data collection in this regard is decreasing, it's still needed in situations that would be hard for therapists to make reports while away from a computer. If done digitally, the company might provide you with a tablet or other electronic device. Phones, PCs, and laptops are sometimes given to employees.

11. Are RBTs heavily managed by BCBAs?

Personal interaction with a BCBA must be done for at least five percent of the hours that an RBT works. This time is considered to be supervision, though many BCBAs spend significantly more time with RBTs than the percentage specified.

12. Is crisis management part of the initial training?

Since autistic clients sometimes develop symptoms that result in poor behavior, crisis management is recommended for all staff on hand to learn. Does the company not provide this training to their employees? You might be eligible for reimbursement by getting CM training at a different location.

13. Are performance reviews done often?

Away from the management of BCBAs, performance reviews can help RBTs pick up areas they may need work on. It can take the form of constructive criticism or general feedback on the work being done.

14. Can everything featured in the benefits be listed?

RBT is mostly part-time, so benefits might not be the same for other therapists at the same company. Ask if a benefits package exists and what it consists of. If there's a certain amount of hours that you must work every week to qualify for certain benefits, you'll want to ask about that, too.

15. Will a non-compete need to be signed?

A non-compete form is given by some businesses to stop employees from taking away clients for themselves or another business. It might not be mentioned to you in the interview unless you bring it up as it takes place.

FAQs

How do I prepare for a behavior technician interview?

The best preparation method is to have on hand a set of questions that you wish to ask. If you would rather memorize them, do so the day after the interview.

The fewer questions you ask about the company, the higher your chances of working with a business that you're not fully aware of. You don't have to study the question like a test but don't forget to bring up what you consider the most important questions to you as early in the interview as you can.

What should I expect at my RBT interview?

The interview should be relaxed, cordial, and fun for the employer. Job interviews are more casual in some ways than they were in the past, though you should remain as professional as possible.

steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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