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Blood Bank Laboratory Technician

30 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?
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There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

1.
If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?
There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

Darby's Answer #1
"I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."
Darby's Answer #2
"If I were hiring someone, I would look for someone who is passionate about the job and about patient care. I also feel that being approachable and willing to learn is very important."
2.
Do you feel you have strong relationship building skills?
Building strong relationships is essential for success of any business. The healthcare industry is no exception. In fact, the healthcare industry requires strong communication and relationship building skills. Share why you think you have good relationship building skills.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have often been complimented on my relationship building skills. I like to get to know people and ask them questions about themselves; I find it's a great and simple way to start building rapport with others. I consider myself to be a strong relationship builder and take pride in my 'people skills'."
Darby's Answer #2
"I do feel like I have good relationship building skills. I like people and enjoy getting to know them. People who are made to feel like their thoughts and opinions matter are easier to build relationships with; so I always try to listen to what others say and find the positive in every situation."
3.
What are some transmission-associated adverse reactions you can think of?
Although adverse reactions are not common following blood transfusions, they are tracked so that the CDC can better understand them and develop interventions to prevent them. While blood bank lab technicians do not administer transfusions, it is still important to understand the process and what a patient may expect.

Darby's Answer #1
"One possibility of an adverse response is an allergic reaction resulting from an interaction of an allergen in the transfused blood with antibodies in the person receiving the blood transfusion."
Darby's Answer #2
"The first reaction that comes to mind is a hypotensive transfusion reaction which is a drop in systolic blood pressure occurring soon after a transfusion begins. It usually responds quickly to cessation of the transfusion and supportive treatment. "
4.
Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.
Working within the medical career field you are trusted with sensitive information each day. Don't fall into this trap and answer this question with a story containing confidential information, people will view your answer negatively and view you as not being trustworthy. If you choose to tell about a situation be sure to be vague and not use names or too many details.

Darby's Answer #1
"I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the office. By not discussing confidential information about the patients I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."
Darby's Answer #2
"I am expected to keep all information confidential every day, so there is not just one instance that I can refer to. I believe in practicing within legal and ethical bounds and keeping patient's confidence is one way I do that."
5.
Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?
In an industry as large as healthcare, diversity among peers is inevitable. To be successful, it is crucial to learn how to work with a diverse group of people. Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is crucial to provide effective care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.

Darby's Answer #1
"The diversity of specialty areas is something I love about the healthcare field. I like the idea of being in a career that challenges me to learn and grow. I believe we all have something that we can contribute to others and I like to embrace the diversity among those that I work with."
Darby's Answer #2
"The largest diverse group I worked with was probably when I did my clinical rotation at University Medical Center. I was afforded the opportunity to meet people from different cultures, religions, and professional backgrounds. It gave me an eye-opening experience of how many wonderful people there are!"
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