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Autopsy Assistant Interview Questions

30 Autopsy Assistant Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
How to Answer
It's obvious your not an Autopsy Assistant for the long hours, odd smells and heavy lifting. Tell the interviewer that you love all things scientific and medical and have an aptitude for research.

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"I've been an Autopsy Assistant for three years and have learned so much. It offers a mix of short-term projects and long-term goals. My organizational skills allow me to successfully multi-task and complete both kinds of projects and be successful."
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"I'm currently working on my degree in forensic psychology and feel that this is a great stepping stone and experience to gain for my long-term goals of becoming a forensic psychologist​."
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Question 2 of 30
What do you see yourself doing in five years?
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Interviewers are always looking for the candidate with the best potential to mold and grow within their company. The interviewer wants to know if you think or plan for the future. This role as an Autopsy Assistant requires strategy and goal-setting. Tell the interviewer what long term goals you have set for your career.

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"I look forward to learning new skills and experiences from the attending physician. I'm eager to further my career by studying alongside my coworkers and becoming an all round expert and progress to a management position."
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"I'd like to be here in a leadership position."
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How would you solve any personal conflicts with co-workers?
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No one likes confrontation but sometimes it is necessary. When working in the lab, having tension between co-workers can make an uncomfortable environment. Tell the interviewer if you have ever faced such challenge. When telling your story to be sure not to name names or give too many details.

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"There have been times that my coworkers and I have had miscommunication. We've been able to sort out our issues by talking it out and coming to an agreement together."
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"I would solve a personal conflict with a co-worker by inviting them to lunch or coffee to discuss the situation face to face away from the office. I've found that being away from the environment that the conflict happened makes it easier to come to a solution."
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Question 4 of 30
When can you start working?
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If you are still employed, show that you are respectful of your employer. This shows you care about your work and that you're not the type of person who would quit as soon as something better comes your way.

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"I'd love to start immediately, but I need to give my two weeks notice. How does this work for you?"
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"As you can see by my resume, I've been out of the job market volunteering for the past 3 months. I can start as early as tomorrow if you'd like!"
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What do you know about our department?
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Do some research on the hospital or clinic that you are interviewing with. Check out their website, talk with the local community and professionals working at the location. You do not need to be an expert but showing some knowledge lets the recruiter or interviewer know that you are committed to finding a great position.

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"A friend of mine that works for your hospital suggested that I apply for this position. She told me about your company culture and how much you value your employees. I researched and read that your department won a Annual Award last year. I'd like to work in a world-class hospital such as yours."
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"I know that your department is one of the busiest in the state of Georgia. I look forward to the fast pace, challenge, ​and learning that a large facility can provide."
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Author of Autopsy Assistant Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 06/05/2013
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Autopsy Assistant

August 17th, 2017

As an Autopsy Assistant you work along side the pathologist before, during, and after an autopsy. Your duties include: Accepting bodies into the morgue, contacting relatives of the deceased, preparing toe tags, assists with evidence collection at crime scenes and transfers bodies to funeral homes. As an Autopsy Assistant you may also handle clerical duties involved in the autopsy process. You label folders, fill out autopsy forms, create diagrams if necessary, prepare and label specimen containers and maintain files on the bodies you and your colleagues examine.

As an Autopsy Assistant you'll find that laboratory science and writing can help you learn how to organize and write scientific reports that come along with the job. Good speaking skills are important in this field as you'll be interacting with medical professionals and family members. Knowing how to use surgical instruments will help you succeed as will knowing what and where organs are in the body will come in handy when working within the job.

As an Autopsy Assistant you may come into contact with water, liquid, blood and other body fluids. You'll need to be confident during your interview to assure the interviewer that the duties of the job aren't challenging. Let the interviewer know that you can stand for long periods of time, be able to lift and carry upwards of 200 pounds and be able to stay calm during an emergency or crisis. Let the interviewer know if you can work a flexible schedule.