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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 22nd, 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 do you feel about being on call?
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The interviewer would like to see what your availability is and if it will fit the needs of their organization. Being on-call as a biomedical technician may be necessary, depending on the size of your team. If a piece of equipment fails in the middle of the night, a doctor does not care what time it is. The patients' health is at stake.

Assure the interviewer that you, and your family, will be okay with you leaving to work in the middle of the night from time to time. Also, take this question as an opportunity to ask how often you would be expected to be on call. Be careful not to rule out the position entirely before finding out all of the details.
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How do you feel about being on call?
The interviewer would like to see what your availability is and if it will fit the needs of their organization. Being on-call as a biomedical technician may be necessary, depending on the size of your team. If a piece of equipment fails in the middle of the night, a doctor does not care what time it is. The patients' health is at stake.

Assure the interviewer that you, and your family, will be okay with you leaving to work in the middle of the night from time to time. Also, take this question as an opportunity to ask how often you would be expected to be on call. Be careful not to rule out the position entirely before finding out all of the details.

Rachelle's Answer #1
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Rachelle's Answer #2
"My family understands the potentially late or random hours required of a biomedical technician, and we are all prepared for that. In my current position, I work on call one weekend per month. Could you share your on-call schedule with me?"
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Working on million dollar equipment can be stressful. Are you prepared to handle this?
As a biomedical technician, you work on expensive equipment every day. When asked this question don't show defeat but show that you are confident in your skills! Talk about how it motivates you to troubleshoot and fix the item correctly. Perhaps the satisfaction that you achieve from knowing you saved millions of dollars is what keeps you going on the most stressful of days. Let the interviewer know that the price of the item doesn't detour you from performing your job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I give 100% of my attention to every piece of equipment that I service, regardless of the dollar value. I don't see a cost associated with the equipment. I see it as my job to fix an item to keep a patient safe."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can imagine that working on equipment worth millions would be intimidating, especially as I just start my career. I think that focusing on the good that will come from the repair will help me to refocus on the task at hand."
3.
How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?
The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of explaining complex ideas without being condescending to your co-workers or talking over their heads. Give the interviewer an example of how you break down information to make it more easily digestible for the average person.

Think of a presentation about a complex topic, as a proposal to solve a challenging problem. The solution may seem obvious to you, but everyone else in the room is scratching their heads trying to figure out what you're talking about. When you can define key terms and phrases to make them more relevant to your audience, you have skill! Not everyone can do this.

Prepare an example that demonstrates your communication skills and your ability to convey complex information in easy to understand terms.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I abide by the KISS rule - Keep It Simple Silly! If you cannot explain a concept simply, then you do not understand it well enough. I recently rolled out a complex manual with many anomalies. I took the approach to share a broad overview and provide detail for reference. I often try to make analogies or share complex information in the form of a story."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I try to use written and verbal examples when addressing complicated concepts. If possible, I like to have hands-on examples, but that is not always feasible. I learned through a great university professor that communicating in more than one way helps those with different learning styles."
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What piece of equipment do you find most challenging to repair?
Turn this challenge into a positive! Sometimes we view challenging tasks as things we are not good at or an area where we lack training. If you think of a particular piece of equipment that you find challenging to repair because you haven't had a lot of experience with it, go ahead and let the interviewer know. Perhaps it was a challenging repair because it took you longer than expected to fix. Maybe you had to rely on a manual to aid you in a fix. Admitting that something was a challenge because you are unfamiliar with it is not a bad thing. The interviewer would rather hear that you face a challenge head-on versus seeing you come across as a know-it-all.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The most challenging equipment I have worked on recently was a new model mammogram machine. It was challenging because the software system was one of which I was not familiar. I love a good challenge, though! I went to the manufacturer's website to find a downloadable manual, dove in, and got the job done in under 3 hours."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"While attending university, I found most of the coursework challenging; yet comfortable. I did have to work more diligently, and even hire a tutor when it came to the module on radiographic and fluoroscopic x-ray equipment. I ended up completing this module with a grade of 86%, so my diligence paid off. I do look forward to further exposure to this type of equipment."
5.
With advancements in technology, are you worried that remote diagnostics will replace your job?
The interviewer would like to know your thoughts regarding the advancements or remote and robotic diagnostics. As a biomedical technician, you need to show your value and that you aren't afraid that remote diagnostic will replace your job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"That's a great question! Robotics is advancing very quickly so if that should happen; I plan to get in on the action and learn more about the actual programming of the robotic diagnostics. Manuals still need to be written, and code provided, for this to happen. My knowledge will always be valuable."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"There is always that chance that remote diagnostics will replace me. This outcome could be said for nearly any job. I prefer to focus on how I can be the best in my field, build professional relationships and show my supervisors that they have a great technician working for them. That personal effect is something remote diagnostics will never be able to replace."
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