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Biomedical Technician Interview Questions

25 Biomedical Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
How do you feel about being on call?
How to Answer
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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"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?"
Entry Level Example
"I understand that being on-call is a requirement for this role and I am willing to participate in your on-call schedule, as required."
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Question 2 of 25
Working on million dollar equipment can be stressful. Are you prepared to handle this?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I understand there is a new level of pressure that comes from working on multi-million dollar equipment. I focus on each small task at hand until the job is done. This method has never failed me in the five years I have worked as a biomedical technician."
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Question 3 of 25
How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I find the best way to explain a complicated topic is through a multifaceted approach. I'll use the example of a time when the hospital receives a new piece of equipment. If possible, I like to send a quick email memo summarizing what we'll be talking about, so the team comes in with the right mindset. Then, a detailed overview in person. Last, I check for understanding or questions."
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Question 4 of 25
What piece of equipment do you find most challenging to repair?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Earlier in my career, I found oxygen systems the most intimidating. At this point in my career, I am comfortable tackling any form of equipment. In addition to my years of experience, there are so many options available for quick answers such as online manuals."
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Question 5 of 25
With advancements in technology, are you worried that remote diagnostics will replace your job?
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Question 6 of 25
Are you certified to work on any specific types of equipment?
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Question 7 of 25
Performing work in a timely manner is very important for our facility and its patients. How are your time management skills?
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Question 8 of 25
What equipment do you have the most experience on?
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Question 9 of 25
How would you handle a situation that required you to fix two pieces of equipment at the same time?
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Question 10 of 25
What equipment did you specialize in during your training?
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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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: 09/19/2016
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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Question 11 of 25
What are your long term career goals as a Biomedical Technician?
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Question 12 of 25
Would you be capable of writing a technician manual for all newcomers to the field?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about your attendance and punctuality.
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Question 14 of 25
Why did you choose a career as a biomedical technician?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you determine when a piece of equipment is no longer repairable and must be replaced?
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Question 16 of 25
If a double shift was required of you how would you handle that?
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Question 17 of 25
Do you have experience working around patients? Are you comfortable communicating directly with them?
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Question 18 of 25
What does the term preventative maintenance mean to you, and why is it important?
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Question 19 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 20 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 21 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 22 of 25
In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?
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Question 23 of 25
Equipment maintenance requires great patience. How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
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Question 24 of 25
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 25 of 25
What motivates you?
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About Biomedical Technician

February 11th, 2017

A Bio-Medical Equipment Technician is also referred to as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist (BMET) or Biomedical Equipment Specialist (BES). A Biomedical Technician is a highly skilled technologist that ensures medical equipment is safe, functional and properly configured. Duties include installing, inspecting, maintaining, repairing, calibrating, modifying and designing biomedical equipment and support systems to adhere to medical standard guidelines. Biomedical Technicians work in hospitals, clinics, private sector and for military.

As a Biomedical Technician, you are the behind the scenes professional in the medical setting. You must have a passion for machines and technology as well as a knack for troubleshooting and repairs. You know the int's and outs of laboratory equipment to surgical robots. Biomedical Technicians ensure the safety and proper functioning of medical equipment to keep patients safe. Healthcare professionals rely on Biomedical Technicians to maintain equipment to achieve safe, accurate diagnosis and successful treatments to their patients. As a Biomedical Technician you must be able to must work well in fast-paced, high-pressure situations. Stamina is important, as the job requires standing, crouching and moving for long periods of time. You'll need to have great communication skills in order to work effectively with medical professionals, hospital staff, administrators and patients.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to research the facility. By researching their departments and specialty clinics you'll be able to speak to the equipment that you've worked on and that they will have there. Be confident in your answers as you have the education and hands on experience to prove it. Whether you have a 2-year degree in biomedical equipment technology, bachelor’s degree or military training relay to the interviewer how your education has prepared you for your job.

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