Ultrasound Technician
Interview

Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patientís body (in a procedure commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram) to assess and diagnose various medical conditions.

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Last Updated: February 27, 2014, 10:12 pm
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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Health
90%
Average
Provided
Three Weeks
45 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associateís degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.

Work Environment

Most diagnostic imaging workers were employed in hospitals in 2012, while others worked in healthcare settings such as physicianís offices and medical and diagnostic laboratories. Diagnostic imaging workers complete most of their work at diagnostic imaging machines in dimly lit rooms, but they also may perform procedures at patients' bedsides. They may be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled.

Pros in Ultrasound Technician

To be able to help people. In OB we are scanning to see if the unborn fetus is developing as they should, and in other areas of the body we are looking for any type of pathology that might be present.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:42 am

In my opinion to get the right image and make the right the right report.

Submitted On: September 7, 2012, 2:59 am

It is always challenging. Different every day. The human body and all its details are fascinating.

Submitted On: September 7, 2012, 3:05 am

I enjoy helping people and working with a team to help in the diagnosis of the patients problem to ensure they can recieve the proper care.

Submitted On: September 21, 2012, 2:49 am

As an ultrasound technician we are able to help in the diagnosis of individuals through the use of grayscale images. Its basically a photographer of the body. Contact with blood is usually minimal and we still are making a big difference in peoples lives.

Submitted On: September 21, 2012, 2:49 am

Set hours, teaching environment, and hospital setting.

Submitted On: April 2, 2014, 3:47 am
Ultrasound Technician Interview Questions and Answers
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1. Do you like to keep detailed records?
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It is imperative to keep timely recorded and detailed records, especially in ultrasound when you are responsible for the outcome of the patient from the details you record.
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I am very detailed which I think is vital in tracking and maintaining patient care. One small detail can me the difference between making the correct diagnosis.
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Yes I do like to keep detailed records so I can insure my work will not be lost and it is on hand at any time.
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I like to be accurate and precise, when possible. I will use as much detail as in needed.
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2. Do you have plans on taking sonography specialization in the near future or to receive more training?
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Yes, I plan on taking the OB/gyn registry in mid July and taking the vascular exam within the next 2 months.
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I have considered vascular training but want to gain more experience in echo first.
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Yes I have always loved working with kids and I think that pediatrics ultrasound would be really cool.
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I definitely plan to keep myself up to date in new advancing ultrasound technology as well as new study protocols and techniques. The medical field is always growing, doing new research and I plan to do do my best to keep on top of this new information as it published.
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Yes I plan to study and take my CCI exam. I also plan to specialize in Obstetric and Gynecology through ARDMS.
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Yes I am taking my OB boards in a few weeks and look to also take breast and vascular in the future.
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3. Are you comfortable standing on your feet a majority of the day?
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Yes. I have worked in a restaurant for many years so I am accustomed to being on my feet for more than 8 hours at a time.
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Yes very comfortable I have been a lifegaurd and waitress for years so im very used to never sitting.
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Absolutely. I know this is one of the demands of being a sonographer which is why I will take advantage of sitting for some of my studies to help prevent MSK injuries which a lot of sonographers tend to suffer from at some point in their career.
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Yes I am very comfortable standing for long periods of time without sitting.
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Yes I am comfortable standing on my feet the majority of the day.
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4. Why did you choose a career with ultrasound?
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I chose a career with ultrasound because I wanted to learn more about the anatomy and physiology of the human body...I enjoy helping people and having a career in ultrasound will allow me to contribute my patience, sincerity and generosity to others.
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I am a problem solving, so being able to help the physician in diagnosing a problem so that it can be cured and help ones well-being is very rewarding to me.
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I did a lot of research on echo and it held my interest.
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I find it very interesting. There is so much to learn and it provides a multitude of career options.
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I have always loved learning about the anatomy of the human body especially the heart I just find it so interesting. I also love working with people and I think ultrasound gives it a cool different way of working with the patients.
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I chose a career with ultrasound because it always me to interact with patients and care for them in a unique way.
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I enjoy and have always been interested in the medical field. I enjoy helping people.
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5. When recording a patients record, do you find it to be a nuisance?
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Not at all, I enjoy interacting with people one on one.
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Absolutely not! Keeping accurate and detailed patient charts are very important in tracking patients health conditions. This is the only record we have to look back upon to integrate and gather important health info to aid in the correct treatment and diagnosis of the patient.
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No I enjoy all aspects that come with being an Ultrasound technician.
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Not at all. I probably am more inclined to put more information than a doctor would like.
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6. Are you comfortable working with patients?
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Absolutely, I am a people's person and have compassion for those in need of care.
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Yes, the interaction with patients was one of the reasons I picked ultrasound for a career.
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Yes I really enjoy working with other people it is really rewarding to me to help others.
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Yes. I feel that I can handle myself appropriately in almost any situation and I have empathy for people.
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I have worked with the general public whether it be life gaurding or during my intership or even different classes and I find it very easy to make small talk and just work with all types of people.
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I am very comfortable working with patients and making them feel comfortable while obtaining the images needed.
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I am very comfortable working with patients and making them feel comfortable while obtaining the images needed.
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7. Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
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Yes. I enjoy talking with them and being afforded the opportunity to help them.
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I love to socialize with patients hearing different stories and information about other peoples lives is fun.
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Yes! It is my priority to make the patients feel as comfortable as possible and ease their fears of the study and making that lasting impression can mean the world to a patient.
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I do enjoy socializing with patients because it allows me to get to know a little bit about that person and it allows the patient to feel more comfortable during their exam.
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I do enjoy socializing to a point. I learned quickly in my internship how to be friendly and not too chatty.
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8. Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
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I would. I have been a trainer at many of the positions I have held. I am detail oriented and enjoy teaching people and helping them to understand what will be happening. I want them to be at ease.
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Yes I know I am someone who likes to be explained every step of something and working as a head guard for a few years I have been able to give directions clearly and concise.
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Yes. I am a very detailed person so I make sure that I am speaking clearly and concisely so that the patient is able to follow the directions that are required of them prior to and during a procedure.
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I am very good at explaining procedures and directions to patients because I want them to feel comfortable and understand why they are having an ultrasound performed.
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Yes I like to make sure patients have a good understanding of what is needed.
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9. Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
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Yes I do, that will not be a problem for me at all.
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Yes when I first started in cardiac rehab I was nervous about moving patients and then after the first patient I was fine.
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Yes! I understand that patients may have limitations that hold them back when it comes to moving into a certain position. It is my job to aid them as needed.
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I am comfortable moving a patient into another position if needed.
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For the most part, yes. I do want to be careful not to hurt them or myself in any given situation.
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10. What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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I make sure that all equipment is sanitized properly according to the specific equipment guidelines. For example all endovaginal probes are to be disinfected properly usually using Cidex and rinsed appropriately before the next use.
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I always clean the transducer before and after every patient is scanned. I make sure there is always film in the printer and gel in the bottles. I always make sure to handle the ultrasound machine plugs carefully while moving the machine.
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11. How would you describe your communication skills with patients?
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I believe my communication skills are above average. I describe the exam to them and ask if they have any questions.
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I enjoy talking with people and I feel that I can understand different types of people and accomidate that to make them feel comfortable.
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I am very friendly and welcoming to patients. I speak calmly to every patient to ensure they feel comfortable during their exam.
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My communication skills with patients is very good. When I interned the patients remembered me and liked to know how I was progressing in my education.
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12. Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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I still see myself scanning in a hospital department. I enjoy the challenge of each new patient and really am happy that I found something I love to do. I'm excited to find a job and continue scanning in the future.
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I see myself working for an awesome company and loving life to the fullest. You can do ANYTHING if you put your mind to it.
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Ten years from now I really see myself still within the medical field. I really enjoy working and helping patients and staying in a field that is always growing.
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I see myself acquiring more credentials under ARDMS such as breast, NT, and fetal echo. Right now I am very interested in fetal ultrasound but I like all known areas of ultrasound at this point and I am eager to further my knowledge in all aspects.
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In ten years I see myself in a clinical setting, ARDMS certified, and scanning Obstetric patients in a caring manner.
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I could forsee being more experienced, possibly moving into a lead tech position or advancing my career in one manner or another.
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13. What do you feel is the most important skill an ultrasound technician should possess?
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Accuracy to help get the drs the answers they are looking for.
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What are your weakness.
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Be compassionate and try to make their patient feel comfortable.
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For me I just don't feel there is one skill. Minimally there are two that are different but just as important for patient care. The first, of course, is scanning ability. The images need to be good in order for correct diagnosis, but compassion is just as important. This might mean just talking to the patient to put them at ease, it might mean holding their hand during a procedure. You need to be able to read the patient and find out what they need.
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Communication and being able to work with patients and others.
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While general medical knowledge and exceptional skill are both very important qualities an ultrasound tech must possess, I also feel one of the greatest assets as tech can possess is the willingness to continue the study of ultrasound and the desire to always seek new knowledge and new techniques.
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I think it would be presision. After seeing the different echo techs I can tell how important each picture is.
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I think there are a lot of important skills that a sonographer must possess. But, the most important is to be detail oriented with great bedside manner.
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I believe the most important skill an ultrasound technician should possess is compassion. An ultrasound technician must be compassionate towards the needs of the patients.
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Great customer service while providing excellent images.
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14. Are you certified by ARDMS?
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I am taking my ob/gyn boards next Wed, 4/16 and abdomen on 5/15.
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I am not currently certified by ARDMS, but I plan to become certified.
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15. How would your friends describe you?
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Friendly, reliable.
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Friendly, calm, considerate.
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Organized, hardworking, friendly, determined, loyal and responsible.
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My friends would describe me as hardworking, caring, compassionate, friendly, dedicated, a people person, and enthusiastic.
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16. If you see something alarming, how would you react in front of the patient who most likely has not noticed?
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I would not react. I would stay calm and bring it to the attention of the doctor. I would never want a patient to feel scared.
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I would be calm and call of the doctor calmy to not a alarm or make the patients worried.
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I would maintain my professionalism and keep calm and let them know that I am going to consult with the physician about the findings and that I will be right back. Trying my best to calm the patients worries.
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I would continue scanning until the exam was finished. Once finished I would leave and get the doctor to explain the alarming situation to the patient.
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17. Are you happy with your career as an ultrasound technician?
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Yes, I like the diagnostic end of the medical field and enjoy the interaction with patients.
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I am but I do strive for more. I want to work in a hospital and advanced my skills and knowledge.
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I love my job. It makes me fill helpful and satisfied.
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I believe if I were to get hired and become an ultrasound technician I would be extremely happy.
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18. Tell me about your training and how you believe it has prepared you for an ultrasound tech position.
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I feel that my training in exercise science has really got me comfortable with a lot of different things. It has given me a more diverse background. I am strongest when it comes to exercise and the body but it has also given me skills in sorts of fields like nutrition, pt, rehab, etc.
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I am finishing my 2 yr training as a student and have had amazing and valueable experiences in my 2 yrs of clinical externship. I have seen a variety of ultrasound studies and findings in the hospital setting, outpatient, and perinatal setting so I feel that I have a lot of experience under my belt to help build technique and great skills to be an amazing working sonographer.
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I had a accredited school education and great clinical experience. Although I am still getting my feet under me as a sonographer, I feel ready to scan and get more confident.
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19. Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
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Yes. I always have been. I thrive under pressure and can handle whatever comes my way.
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Yes. I have experience working as a medical front desk supervisor dealing with many stressful situations and I can say that I am pretty darn good at keeping my cool, prioritizing, and working through the stressful situations as they arise.
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I do pretty good under stressful situations but look to others for input in any given situation.
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20. Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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Yes, I think everyone has, but I enjoy a busy work environment and can constantly reprioritize what task is next until they are complete.
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Yes I mean every college student could contest to that.
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21. What did you like and dislike about your previous job?
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I liked that I did my job well and that I made great connections with many of my customers. I disliked that I wasn't able to work there as often as I would've liked.
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I liked that I did my job well and made connections with my customers.
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I like my patients and my company car. I dislike that its a very small company and no room for growth.
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I believe if I were to get hired and become an ultrasound technician I would be extremely happy.
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I liked the customers and the service pieces of my previous job.
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22. Why do you want a career as an ultrasound technician?
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I have been interested in entering the medical field for a long time. I chose ultrasound because it offered a challenge that other areas didn't have. I wanted to be on the diagnostic side, rather than the treatment side and ultrasound provided me with more patient contact than other areas.
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I feel that it is a very interesting field that is growing rapidly. I want to be a part of a medical team and help patients.
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I think cardiac ultrasound is a cool way of getting involved in the diagnostic part of medical field. I have always been interested in the heart and the tehnology used in ultrasound is very hands on and you are working one on one with the patient which gives me more of the medical side of diagnostics but then the personal part to!
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I want a career as an ultrasound technician so I can give patients receive quality exams while showing compassion to their needs.
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I enjoy helping others to address their medical concerns and questions by offering them my skills.
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23. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
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I feel I would be an asset to this company because I work well under stressful situations, I feel I have a connection with other patients and that helps them feel more comfortable and I LOVE ultrasound.
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I am dedicated and hardworking. I love working with people.
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I believe that I can be a great, flexible asset to this organization because I have many yrs of experience working in a medical setting. I obtain great qualities that any practice would want that include the ability to multi-task, I can be cross-trained to do front desk medical, clinical, as well as my sonographer position if the need should arise.
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I would be an asset to this organization because I am very hardworking, dedicated, caring, and I am a great people person. My best interest is always for the well being and needs of the patient.
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I am a hard worker, self-motivated, friendly, and eager to get along. I would be an asset to strengthen the team and provide quality ultrasound images for this company.
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24. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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I have had difficulty with a supervisor but I confronted the situation in a calm and respectful manner and we were able to resolve the issue.
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I have had difficulty with a supervisor and I tried my best to keep them happy.
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25. What makes you passionate about being an Ultrasound Technician?
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Being compassionate to the patients and trying to make the feel comfortable while they are in my care.
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I really like helping people and I love learning new things. That's what's so great about ultrasound everyday is a new challenge and it's constantly changing so you're always learning new things.
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I knew I wanted to be in the medical field and I didn't want to be a nurse. I love helping people, I'm the oldest of six so its just second nature.
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I really enjoy working and helping people. I like the excitement of the medical field and the professionalism of it. I really wanted to find something that is challenging but allows me to work with and see the patients im helping.
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Being a sonographer has been a dream of mine for over 10 yrs. The passion to help patients who are going through a difficult or frustrating time health wise, and knowing that I may be that missing piece of the puzzle that may aid in finding a diagnosis and hopefully treatment that may help them.
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I love the human body and all of its fascinating attributes. I love helping people. Put the two together and I am passionate as a Ultrasound Technician!
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