As a medical professional, one of your best qualities is staying calm under pressure as well as keeping your patients calm. Share a story with the interviewer about a time that you were able to calm the nerves of a patient. Be sure not to use names and too many details.
"Procedures in our hospital can be very stressful for patients. Last week one of my patients was visibly shaken by a procedure she was told she needed. I took a few extra minutes to console her, explain all the details and answer all her questions. By taking a few extra minutes with this patient I was able to put her mind at ease."
"I've found that the most important thing to do when dealing with anxious patients is to listen. Most people just want to know that you are listening to their concerns."
The easiest way to answer this question is to ask yourself: What do you look for in a good co-worker? Does a good co-worker support your decisions and empower you? A good co-worker is a team player, honest and hard working. If you've been told you have any of these traits then you know your answer.
"My co-workers would say that I'm dependable and helpful. I always make a point to welcome and help new staff the way that I would want to be greeted."
"I get along with just about everyone that I work with. I respect other people's knowledge, experience, and opinion, even if I don't agree. I think that is why I am able to work with most anyone."
Feel free to name drop during this question. Did you boss recognize you for a job well done? Where you punctual, never called out sick and were dependable? Think of the traits that make an ideal employee in the eyes of a boss. Added bonus if your boss will write a letter of recommendation for you.
"My boss would say that I'm organized, knowledgeable and love my job. Patient interaction is one of the many things I love about my job."
"My boss would describe me as one that was good at leading a team and inspiring people to get their work done."
Don't consider the interview a bust if you can't tell the interviewer that you are ready to start on the night shift. The position you are interviewing for may be for the day shift but the interviewer wants to see if covering for other people that are out would be a possibility. If you can flip flop you schedule let the interviewer know. If you are unable to work night shift, be honest, and explain why. Could you pick up a night shift every once in a while?
"At this point I wouldn't be able to work night shift but if you would be able to give me a one weeks notice to re-arrange a few things I could be able to work the night shift."
"My work schedule is quite flexible. A weeks notice would be helpful so that I can coordinate childcare for my daughter."
This answer needs to be memorized. Hiring managers will ask this question every time. Be confident in your strength and relay how it will be an added bonus to the team.
"My greatest strength is that I am a true team player. The saying 'It's not my job' does not exist for me. Sometimes this means that I help with administrative tasks and sometimes this means that I help order supplies. Whatever the team needs, I am committed to getting it done."
"My greatest strength is my ability to help resolve conflict within the workplace. There have been times that I've been asked to help resolve conflict and help others come to an agreement."
Introvert, Extrovert- however you describe yourself, the interviewer wants to know that you can work on a team. As a Cardiovascular Technologists you won't be working alone but with a team of medical professionals. Give the interviewer a few sample scenarios of how you successfully worked as a team member. How did you contribute, how did you lead and how did you follow.
"Currently I work alongside Cardiologists and Nurses and value their feedback, mentorship and instruction. I have a great working relationship with the medical professionals in my office."
If you are unclear of the pay range, this is a great time to clarify the annual salary. You may present this as an hourly amount or an annual salary.
"In my current role, I am earning $40 per hour. I would like to be in the $40 to $45 per hour range, if possible. I am really looking for a role that is the best fit for me and my experience, so I'll take everything into consideration when I make a decision. Also, I do not have any potential for overtime right now but I would be open to overtime hours if they are offered."
"After researching the area, the salary range looks to be between $50k and $60k per year. As a new Cardiovascular Technologist, I'm hoping to start around $50k."
This is a short variation of the typical interview question, 'Where do you see yourself in five years?' Instead, the interviewer may ask more directly, 'Where do you see yourself in the next year?'. Interviewing, hiring, and onboarding is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor for any company. The interviewer wants to be assured that, if hired, you will see this as a longer-term fit. Discuss your career plans, goals, and how those fit with what this company is offering. Describe your passion for this opportunity, and what you like about the company you are applying for.
"I am thrilled to be interviewing here for your Cardiovascular Technologist opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some very challenging problems. This is an opportunity I have been seeking for some time now so I plan to stay for the long term should I be lucky enough to be hired."
"A year from now I'm hoping to be growing and becoming a stronger and more knowledgeable tech in your clinic."
Hopefully, this question is being asked of you during your second or third interview. Salary negotiation is a real and sometimes an intimidating topic for people. Are you interviewing for a position that you know pays less? Maybe the selling factor is that there will be less drive time, more time with you family and less stress. Sometimes these reasons mean more to you than money.
"Currently I'm making approximately $20K more a year than you are offering at this time. I would be open to negotiating a lower starting salary but would hope that we can revisit the subject in a few months."
"I would be taking a salary cut with this position but I'd also be saving on my commute time. Time given back to me is more important than a few dollars an hour."
Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please. Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was to you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.
"I once worked at a small clinic where the supervisor was very demanding. The owner had great intentions; however, his people skills were a little rough. I could see that he meant well, and I recognized that he wanted to do a lot of good things. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with the understanding that he didn't mean things as harshly as he might say them."
"I had a rocky start with a manager earlier in my career, because we had different expectations for the flow of the workday. Once we talked about it, we realized that our goals were very compatible, and we were able to work very successfully together for several years."
The interviewer wants to know whether you’ve formed strong professional relationships in your past work and educational environments. Did they inspire passion, inspiration and a collaborative spirit? Tell the interviewer that you've appreciated learning from others, that you seek continual growth and that you work well in a team.
"My mentor and fellow coworker have been helpful in my career growth. He has always encouraged me to work harder and strive to be the best t"
You may not have considered yourself a mentor but you tick this box if you've talked to someone about your career field with enthusiasm and given them direction on how to be successful and happy like yourself. How have you pointed someone in the right direction? Have you encouraged someone to take particular classes in school to help the determine if the medical career field path was right for them?
"My advice to others would be to volunteer within the career field that they are interested in."
"My advice would be to start in a small clinic so there would be more opporunity to learn on "
Don't be the tough guy for this interview question. No need to flex the guns to assure the interviewer that you could move a patient on your own. Tell the interviewer that even though you may be physically able to move a patient on your own, that you would be comfortable asking a fellow co-worker to assist you. Your patient's safety is your number one concern.
"If I'm unable to assist a patient on my own I know that I can count on my co-workers to help me move a patient."
A great way to answer this question is with a short story. Keep it brief and don't add any patient identifying information. Tell the interviewer if your supervisor would call on you specifically to handle difficult situations. Would you co-workers ask you to help them with their difficult situations and decisions?
"I am able to make decisions when under high levels of stress. I make a point not to allow stress to build up and get to a point where it would affect my work performance."
"Being a Cardiovascular Technologist can be stressful. I work with a supportive and knowlegeable team that is always there to lend me a hand in especially difficult situations."
Instructing, critical thinking, time management....you can do it all. When answering this question, highlight your skills and support them with examples. The interviewer won't prompt you to expand, so you'll have to wow them with examples.
"One of my key skills that I use on a daily basis is my time management skills. I'm responsible for making and maintaining our patient schedule based on the procedure and time needed to complete it. A number of things come into play when creating this schedule to include provider and technician workload. Our office runs smoothly and I'm confident it is because of my ability to keep the office on schedule."
"One of my key skills is my ability to work under pressure. I've had the opportunity over these past 6 years to work with different types of management, difficult patients, and extreme situations."
As a Cardiovascular Technologist, you know that effective communication is key. Describe a time that you were able to bring the team together. Were you able to effectively communicate instructions to a patient to avoid communication?
"A co-worker and I had been showing a sort of strain in our working relationship. I invited her to lunch away from the office for a chance to talk and just get away for a bit. After a great lunch and open talk we were able to be more productive at work together and create an even stronger team."
"My co-worker and I were working together to take care of a patient. When it was time to insert the catheter I could tell that my co-worker was fumbling and uncomfortable with the procedure. I offered my assistance and talked to her afterward. Come to find out, the patient was a schoolmate of hers and she had a difficult time concentrating. She thanked me for my assistance in the situation."
Answer this question with a specific situation or story. Leave out patient names and too many details. Show the interviewer that you can work under pressure.
" While monitoring a patients blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during a diagnostic procedure, the EKG suggested a possible problem with the patient. I was able to notify the physician right away. Because of my prompt notification, we were able to help diagnose a serious issue in the patient."
"Last week we had a patient in for a simple and routine procedure. Afterwards, the patient mentioned that they didn't feel well and I encouraged them to stay in the lobby for a few extra minutes. 30 minutes after they were in our lobby they had to be rushed back for a possible heart attack."
You'll need to answer this question short and sweet. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is a U.S. based legislation related to data privacy and security of medical information. Let the interviewer know that you follow HIPAA guidelines every day, with each and every one of your patients. You'll also highlight throughout your interview that you are aware of HIPAA guidelines by not using patient's personal information in your interview answers.
"HIPAA is a legislation that protects patients' personal health information. I always take all necessary precautions to protect patient information, as well as details surrounding their treatment."
"In short, HIPAA safeguards the medical information of my patients. Utilizing HIPAA ensures the protection of my patients' information when it is transferred, received, or handled by other involved therapists."
Since this is the most frequently asked interview question, you have your elevator speech memorized. Your response to this question will set the tone for the rest of the interview. The interviewer doesn't want to know that your 2 year old just mastered potty training or that your husband was just laid off from his job. This is your chance to tell the interviewer why they should choose you for the position. Answering this question with 5 strengths as a Cardiovascular Technologist and staying focused will help you answer this question.
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career as a Cardiovascular Technologist, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Don't be confused by this question and answer it with something not work related. The interviewer isn't interested in hearing about your weakness for chocolate cake or weakness for cuddling cute puppies. The interviewer wants to know about a weakness you have when it comes to being a Cardiovascular Technologist. Is your weakness public speaking? Allowing others to take on a lead role? Being too hard on yourself? Whatever your weakness is, own it and end your answer with how you are working on making it one of your strengths.
"My greatest weakness is that I am an introverted person by nature. The result is that I have a difficult time speaking up in large groups. I'm most comfortable working one on one, or in smaller groups, with my patients."
This question is to hear about your underlying motivations for selecting this career as well as the planning and education you went through. What factors influenced your decision? Who mentored to you to decide to be a Cardiovascular Technologist?
"There were many influences that went into my decision to become a Cardiovascular Technologist. One of my college mentors was a friend already in the career field. He encouraged me to explore opportunities in this field. He pointed me in the right direction to explore the possibilities. It was the combination of my career research along with my professors in my major who helped to solidify my decision. I've been lucky enough to work alongside my mentor now over the past 5 years."
"After spending my first 3 years as an Ultrasound technician I knew I wanted to take it a step further. I've been working alongside and learning so much from my leadership and nurses in our facility."
This is a common question for new graduates. You'll ace this question because you've done your homework on what skills are listed in the job description you are interviewing for. Are you a self-starter, dynamic presenter or an organizational whiz? What classes in college influenced you to be a take charge leader? What there a college presentation that showed your participation as a team player?
"My experience in college not only prepared me for my career, but it also prepared me for life outside of my career. I gained skills that cannot be taught. Through interactions with fellow students, professors, internship supervisors, and coworkers, as well as other college staff, I earned a "degree" in people and social skills."
This is another way for the interviewer to see if you are a team player. Multi-disciplinary = team, a team that you will be a member of as a Cardiovascular Technologist. Have you been a contributing member of a team before? What was your role? When answering this question be sure to end it on a positive note. Feel free to share a story where a multi-diciplinary team you were a member of had a positive outcome for patient care.
"In my current role, I work alongside nurses in the Cardiovascular unit. We regularly collaborate and address our patients needs together. We have a great working relationship."
When answering this question, it's important to remember that you may or may not be interviewing with your soon to be supervisor. Answer this question professionally and honestly. Do you appreciate a supervisor that treats employees at all levels with courtesy and respect? Values the input and ideas of others and gives them the credit? Have you had a past supervisor that did their best to remove roadblocks that could have prevented you from doing your job? Maybe simply being available when you needed them?
"One quality that I appreciate in a new supervisor is their ability to clearly communicate responsibilities, boundaries, and expectations."
"I appreciate a work environment where supervisors try to make personal connections with their employees."
When answering this question, it will be important not to let your emotions get the best of you. Sometimes challenges for some mean things that have gone wrong, difficult work situations, personality conflicts and all around negativity. Instead, chose a challenge and explain how you've been able to work around it.
"One of my challenges has been working with children that need to come in for a procedure. I do my best to put their minds at ease but sometimes it can be challenging to help calm them."
Make sure you do your homework before your interview. Knowing about the hospital, and staff will show the interviewer that you are interested in their particular position and not just floating your resume. First, mention their goals and mission and how you relate and appreciate their support within the community. Talk about the awards and accreditations the hospital has. Reviewing the sites annual reports is a great way to brush up on how the hospital is making a difference in the community.
"Your facility has one of the top-rated cardiovascular units in the country, and I am interested in utilizing my experience with cardiac patients in a hospital engaging in the latest research and techniques."
As a Cardiovascular Technician you use a variety of procedures and instruments to diagnose and treat heart disease and vascular problems in your patients. You perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress tests and Holter monitoring. You may also perform more diagnostic tasks, using sonography and other types of non-invasive procedures as well as advanced life support techniques. Most Cardiovascular Technician positions are found in hospitals and require a 40+ hour work week that could include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
As a Cardiovascular Technologist you'll spend long hours walking or standing, and may be required to move heavy equipment or assist in moving patients. A few skills needed to be a successful Cardiovascular Technologist is great communication and empathy. You must have the ability to communicate technical information clearly to patients of all ages. Cardiovascular Technologists also must be patient and understanding to be able to calm patients who will be undergoing potentially uncomfortable and intimidating procedures.
When preparing for your interview, be sure to do your homework on the facility you'll be interviewing with. Get familiar with the equipment, population and providers you may have the opportunity to work with. Relay to the interviewer that you are a problem solver who is equally good with machines and people. Tell the interviewer that you are a critical thinker and your able to follow detailed instructions. Have a few situations in your back pocket to share with the interviewer that displayed your knowledge, patience and expertise in the field.