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Top 30 Autopsy Assistant Interview Questions

Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
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Question 2 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
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"Why did you choose to work here?"
"What is the first thing you would like accomplished in the first 60 days of employment?"
Before you have your interview make sure you conduct research on the company and thoroughly review the job description for any clarification you may need on the position. Asking intelligent questions demonstrates to the interviewer your level of interest in their company and with the position. The best way to show you are prepared for this question is to bring a list of 3 prepared interview questions and jot down their answers after you ask them.
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Question 3 of 30
How flexible is your work schedule?
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"In my current position, I carry a work phone that notifies me when I need to come in during odd hours. Death doesn't wait so I'm always ready."
"My schedule is fairly flexible. What type of hours does this position entail?"
Some days you wish your schedule would be a set 9-5 schedule, but then again, that would be boring and you probably wouldn't be an Autopsy Assistant. Because death isn't planned you are used to working crazy hours. Let the interviewer know that you are used to being on call and coming at all hours of the night. Despite the hour, you come to work ready to get the job done.
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Question 4 of 30
You will need to lift up to 300 pounds. Will this be a problem?
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"I have had to move large adults at off-site locations with out the help of electric tables and gurneys. I'm not one to struggle on my own so I'm happy to ask for help. I would rather ask for help and move the body correctly than struggle and end up damaging the evidence."
"Moving 300 pounds won't​ be an issue because I've been trained how to safely do so. Between electronic assistance and aid from colleagues, I'm confident that lifting 300 pounds won't be an issue."
As an Autopsy assistant, you receive bodies or remains from the scene of death for a full-body assessment and examination. Not all your patients are under 50 pounds so having some upper body strength will come in handy. No worries if you haven't hit the gym lately, tell the interviewer that you don't mind asking your coworker to assist you in moving the body.
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Question 5 of 30
Explain how you prep your autopsy room.
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Question 6 of 30
How do you pform a full body examination?
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Question 7 of 30
Explain how you removal foreign bodies and material for evidentiary purposes.
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Question 8 of 30
What is your experience with taking and developing x-rays.
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Question 9 of 30
How would your last supervisor describe you?
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Question 10 of 30
Does work affect your personal life?
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Question 11 of 30
How would you describe yourself?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your attendance and punctuality.
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Question 13 of 30
What do you know about our department?
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Question 14 of 30
When can you start working?
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Question 15 of 30
What do you see yourself doing in five years?
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Question 16 of 30
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
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Question 17 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 18 of 30
What do you like about your present job?
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Question 19 of 30
What makes you uncomfortable?
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Question 20 of 30
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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Question 21 of 30
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
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Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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Question 23 of 30
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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Question 25 of 30
Why are you the best autopsy assistant for us?
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Question 26 of 30
As an Autopsy Assistant, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 27 of 30
What is the hardest thing about being an Autopsy Assistant?
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Question 28 of 30
What is your greatest accomplishment as an Autopsy Assistant?
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Question 29 of 30
What is your greatest weakness as an Autopsy Assistant?
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Question 30 of 30
How would you solve any personal conflicts with co-workers?
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Question 1 of 30
Why do you want a career as an autopsy assistant?
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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.
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Because I love science. I am great with smells and unusual sights . I really thibk I could go far.
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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.
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I am a nursing student and think it would be a great way to learn more about human anatomy.
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It matches everything I've been interested in since my first autopsy.
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I have the educational background, passion and I am willing to enrill in EMT course to further my training.
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I am intrigued at the idea of learning about the anatomy of the human body.
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The position would enable me to be part of a profession team that have the knowledge and skills to determine how someone has died and to also bring comfort to relatives at such a distressing time.
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 pform 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?
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I am loyal, hardworking, honest and take great pride in all I do.
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I strongly believe that my skills and experience will benefit my employer.
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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.
Question 18 of 30
What do you like about your present job?
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I love helping people with mental illness achieve something they never thought they could.
Question 19 of 30
What makes you uncomfortable?
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Unknown frustrations by others.
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People who hate others for no reason and let that feeling interfere with work for others.
Question 20 of 30
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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Not with a supervisor, but with surgeons.
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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.
Question 21 of 30
By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
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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.
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When I worked in mental health I met a wide variety of patients with unpredictable behaviors that required different motives to reach avail.
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I handle conversations and personal confrontation dily.
Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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A patient was hurting himself in his room and I intervened immediately to avoid further infliction.
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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.
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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.
Question 23 of 30
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
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Evaulate the informaytion presented and come up with a new plan to the best of my ability. Look at who is involved and vailabel to help what there skill set is and the timetable. Priotise tasks according to urgency and delegate staff to the task in which they are the most profficient. Contact ther necessary parties if there work will be delayed.
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Adjust and move on. In my line of work, and as a surgical technologist unforeseen events happen daily.
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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.
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Do what needs to be done.
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Find a way to rearrange to accommodate.
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I prioritize and complete that task that can not wait first.
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I would re valuate my priorities . I would not be afraid to ask for additional help to put my schedule back on track.
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I would re valuate my priorities . I would not be afraid to ask for additional help to put my schedule back on track.
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I decide what the priorities are and work to achieve each goal accordingly.
Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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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.
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I am trusted everyday in my current career with confidentiality I understand HIPPA
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I worked in the medical field and confidentiality was a must.
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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.
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With my patients I care for.
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My internship at NOPD crime lab I was trusted with confidential reports to review and help prepare.
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My currant job is working with patients in a hospital and this requires me to be trusted with confidential information on a daily basis .I am also required to up date my information governance learning yearly.
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People are always entrusting me with their secrets.
Question 25 of 30
Why are you the best autopsy assistant for us?
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I am interested and invested I will give everything my all and will take it to the next level is its klearning a new skill or studying more in order to learn, I have excellent interpersonal skills and have experience working with a wide variety of people some oh which are in the feild such as patholgoists. The biggest assest is a fresh clean slate im willing to leaarn and be trained in excatly the way you like things done. There are no underlying bad habbits or pre conceived ideas about how things should be done,
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I have four years experience in a hospital dealing with trauma surgeries. I have leadership qualities, and work best under stress.
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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.
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I can do the work and deliver exceptional results I will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team I possess a combination of skills and experience that make me stand out from the crowd.
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I take my job seriously. I am thorough, focused, and diligent.
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I believe with my history of a CNA/PCT I have the knowledge needed to work side by side with the Medical Examiner and assisting them with autopsies and helping conclude the cause of death.
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I'm not just doing it as a job.
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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.
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I'm hard working with a contentious approach to all aspects of the day to day running of the mortuary .I am also a good time keeper with a sympathetic manner who would like to bring my skills to this department.
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I believe I would be a good assistant because I want to be good at my job.
Question 26 of 30
As an Autopsy Assistant, what do you believe is your best asset?
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I have a strong interest in the field and am very invested. I think enthusiasm for the job makes the best employees and I am externally enthusiastic. I like to learn and will never say no to acquiring more information or learning a new task. I have a strong pathology and anatomy background which I think is essential. I have worked around fresh and formalin fixed tissues while in the histology laboratory and am not easily shocked or revolted.
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I believe my best asset is my education, mydedication, and my honesty.
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My best asset would be my skills and experience in the medical field. I have worked in the medical field 7+ years.
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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.
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Being able to devote attention to detail.
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Ability to devote attention to detail.
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My best asset is being able to work enthusiastically as part of a team or independently if required.
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I have the will, the drive, and the understanding of the importance of the science performed during an autopsy.
Question 27 of 30
What is the hardest thing about being an Autopsy Assistant?
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I have an iphone and do all my bill paying with it. Something I never would have thought I could or would do.
2.
Keep up with current events.
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?

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.

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