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Abdominal Sonographer Interview

20 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How many days were you absent from work last year?
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A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.
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How many days were you absent from work last year?
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2 and those were accompanied by a note from my doctor. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number but I think it was around 3 days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
When have you had to lead by example?
The interviewer wants to know that you are aware of the need to always lead by example.

"All the time!" As a leader, your actions, decisions, and demeanor are always under some form of scrutiny. The most stressful workplace situations often surround change so it's a great idea to talk about a time when your organization went through a major change. Change can be very challenging for some people. Discuss how you accept change with a positive attitude.

Perhaps a new software system was being implemented. Maybe your company was being acquired. Perhaps a change occurred in your senior leadership. Talk about how easily your team could have leaned towards negativity by becoming unmotivated, or acting fearful of the change. Highlight that you have genuine excitement surrounding the possibilities that come with change and that this excitement rubs off on your team.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"All the time!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Last year our facility merged with another private medical office and there was talk of pending lay-offs. Rather than show my stress, I encouraged my team to try harder than ever. I suggested that we show our corporate office exactly what we could do! We ended up being the number one team in our region which resulted in zero layoffs."
How can we motivate you on the job?
Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a leader board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you. Which ones resonate most with you?

- Incentive programs where points are earned
- Showing complete trust in your work and performance
- Setting smaller, more achievable goals
- Helping you to find your greater career purpose
- Being a positive example to you
- Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
- Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
- Getting to know you on a personal level
- Positive feedback based rewards system
- Offering a strong work/life balance by encouraging time off
- Letting you know your voice matters
- Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
- Handing out big picture projects so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
- Public recognition"
We are quite short staffed. When would you be available to start?
Before your interview, make sure you have a start date in mind for the new employer. Whether you need to give two weeks to your previous position, or are unemployed and can start right away, be prepared with an affirmative answer.

If you are currently working, you should always show professionalism by offering 2 weeks' notice to your current employer. No hiring manager is ever impressed when they hear "I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!" Show that you are professional and reliable in all situations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am looking to start my new career immediately. I could start as soon as you need me."
There are many specialties in medical sonography. If you could not be in abdominal sonography, which area of expertise would you choose?
Because medical sonography has a few specialty choices, the interviewer would like to know why you specifically chose to work in the abdominal field. Briefly discuss how you came to this specialty, and what you would choose if you had to take your sonography career in a different direction.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I love abdominal sonography because I find it to be one of the most complicated areas of sonography out there. If I had to choose another area of expertise, I would choose vascular sonography due to the level of challenge involved."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That is a tough question, considering I just began my career as an abdominal sonographer! If I had to choose another specialty, I would choose breast sonography. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it made me realize just how important this line of work really is."
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