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Question 1 of 30
Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
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List of Autopsy Assistant Interview Questions
  1. Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
  2. Do you have any questions for us?
  3. How flexible is your work schedule?
  4. You will need to lift up to 300 pounds. Will this be a problem?
  5. Explain how you prep your autopsy room.
  6. How do you preform a full body examination?
  7. Explain how you removal foreign bodies and material for evidentiary purposes.
  8. What is your experience with taking and developing x-rays.
  9. How would your last supervisor describe you?
  10. Does work affect your personal life?
  11. How would you describe yourself?
  12. Tell me about your attendance and punctuality.
  13. What do you know about our department?
  14. When can you start working?
  15. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
  16. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  17. Why should we hire you?
  18. What do you like about your present job?
  19. What makes you uncomfortable?
  20. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
  21. By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
  22. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
  23. What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
  24. Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
  25. Why are you the best autopsy assistant for us?
  26. As an Autopsy Assistant, what do you believe is your best asset?
  27. What is the hardest thing about being an Autopsy Assistant?
  28. What is your greatest accomplishment as an Autopsy Assistant?
  29. What is your greatest weakness as an Autopsy Assistant?
  30. How would you solve any personal conflicts with co-workers?
Author:
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Autopsy Assistant Information
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.
Autopsy Assistant User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Having several years of autopsy and Histology experience, I can hit the ground running and conform quickly to local practices and procedures. I am skilled at performing autopsies to the point that pathologists have had me performing all of the dissection and specimen collection without direct supervision. I am knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology and understand how to collect and properly preserve specimens.
2.
I am a nursing student and think it would be a great way to learn more about human anatomy.
3.
I am looking for a career in forensics before going to medical school, and being an autopsy assistant would not only allow me to learn about pathology and human anatomy, but I believe that this job will be great preparation for learning how to deal with crisis scenarios and grieving family members.
4.
It matches everything I've been interested in since my first autopsy.
5.
I have the educational background, passion and I am willing to enrill in EMT course to further my training.
Question 2 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
Question 3 of 30
How flexible is your work schedule?
Question 4 of 30
You will need to lift up to 300 pounds. Will this be a problem?
Question 5 of 30
Explain how you prep your autopsy room.
Question 6 of 30
How do you preform a full body examination?
Question 7 of 30
Explain how you removal foreign bodies and material for evidentiary purposes.
Question 8 of 30
What is your experience with taking and developing x-rays.
Question 9 of 30
How would your last supervisor describe you?
Question 10 of 30
Does work affect your personal life?
Question 11 of 30
How would you describe yourself?
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your attendance and punctuality.
Question 13 of 30
What do you know about our department?
Question 14 of 30
When can you start working?
Question 15 of 30
What do you see yourself doing in five years?
Question 16 of 30
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
Question 17 of 30
Why should we hire you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have a strong desire to do more in my life and I feel as though this would be a good career change for me.
2.
I strongly believe that my skills and experience will benefit my employer.
3.
I am loyal, hardworking, honest and take great pride in all I do.
Question 18 of 30
What do you like about your present job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I love helping people with mental illness achieve something they never thought they could.
Question 19 of 30
What makes you uncomfortable?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
People who hate others for no reason and let that feeling interfere with work for others.
2.
Unknown frustrations by others.
Question 20 of 30
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have in the past disagreed with a supervisor but do as I am instructed and if I feel it unsafe or unjust I would ask to speak about the situation at a later time.
2.
Not with a supervisor, but with surgeons.
Question 21 of 30
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I handle conversations and personal confrontation dily.
2.
When I worked in mental health I met a wide variety of patients with unpredictable behaviors that required different motives to reach avail.
3.
I have worked in the mental health field for 21 years, I have met schizophrenics, bi polar individuals and drug/alcohol abusers, I get to know them and their personalities and I adapt to better help them.
Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Quick decisions happen in my field all of the time, such as when a pet comes in having a toxic reaction or has been hit by a car.
2.
A patient was hurting himself in his room and I intervened immediately to avoid further infliction.
3.
When a patient went absent with out leave I was part of the team that brought the patient back safely and without distress to them.
Question 23 of 30
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Re-prioritize. This was a constant during my time with DCI. We worked with many different agencies throughout the state, and as you can imagine, it was difficult to coordingate schedules that would work for everyone. Many times our deadlines were moved.
2.
I decide what the priorities are and work to achieve each goal accordingly.
3.
Find a way to rearrange to accommodate.
4.
Do what needs to be done.
5.
I prioritize and complete that task that can not wait first.
Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
People are always entrusting me with their secrets.
2.
With my patients I care for.
3.
My internship at NOPD crime lab I was trusted with confidential reports to review and help prepare.
4.
I worked in hospitals for the last three years so I have always known the code of HIPAA and how it shall not be violated. You are trusted in the work place when you sign the HIPAA waiver saying that you will keep any and all patient information confidential unless with the patient's direct team of care.
5.
Every day. Histopatholgy has different levels of confidentiality internal and external confidentiality. Every patientsd identifiers such as name, birthdate, adress abd nedicare is confidential so disposing of this in the correct mabnner is essential. The patients tissue and results is cionfidential and can only be realsed tio specified partites for e. G the initial refering doctor, copy number and the patient. We cannot give out any reuslts without them being authorised first and without shceking who is asking for the results. Making sure the right doctor recived the right reults for the correct patient.= is important for e. G breaches of confientiality ocur when a patient with the same name results are given to a soctor who isnt there there treating doctor.
Question 25 of 30
Why are you the best autopsy assistant for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I feel I would be the best autopsy assistant for you as I have experience in the field. Having worked for DCI and being involved in crime scene investigation, forensics was my specialty. I have taken many courses related to death investigation and pathology. I have also taken standard precautions on two different occasions, so I am familiar with the potential hazards of the job.
2.
I believe I would be a good assistant because I want to be good at my job.
3.
I'm not just doing it as a job.
4.
I take my job seriously. I am thorough, focused, and diligent.
5.
My educational background coupled with my interest in the field and my willingness to enroll in EMT courses to further my training and experience makes my the ideal candidate.
Question 26 of 30
As an Autopsy Assistant, what do you believe is your best asset?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Being able to devote attention to detail.
2.
Ability to devote attention to detail.
3.
My best asset is being able to work enthusiastically as part of a team or independently if required.
4.
I am majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime scene investigation. I am planning on obtaining a biology degree as well to further my education and be able to use that when entering a forensic lab career.
5.
My best asset would be my skills and experience in the medical field. I have worked in the medical field 7+ years.
Question 27 of 30
What is the hardest thing about being an Autopsy Assistant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Keep up with current events.
2.
I have an iphone and do all my bill paying with it. Something I never would have thought I could or would do.
Question 28 of 30
What is your greatest accomplishment as an Autopsy Assistant?
Question 29 of 30
What is your greatest weakness as an Autopsy Assistant?
Question 30 of 30
How would you solve any personal conflicts with co-workers?