Updated on December 15th, 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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Has anyone in particular been helpful to you in your growth as a cardiovascular professional?
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The interviewer wants to know whether you've formed strong professional relationships in your past work and educational environments. Discuss anyone who has inspired passion in you and mention how you appreciate learning from others. If you seek continual growth in the form of a mentor, or continued education opportunities, this is a great time to mention those initiatives.
"I have remained in close contact with my general sciences professor. She is the person who recommended I check out a career in cardiovascular, specifically. After my father suffered a heart attack, she knew the appreciation that grew in me, for the cardiovascular field. She sends me new resources and articles frequently, which are always helpful tools."
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"My father has been helpful in my career growth, as he is a cardiologist. His passion for the patients he helps is what sparked my interest in the medical field. He has always encouraged me to work harder, to continue educating myself, and strive to be the best that I can be in my career."
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 appreciate their involvement within the community. Talk about the awards and accreditations the hospital has received. Reviewing the annual reports on their website is a great way to brush up on how the hospital is making a difference in the community.
"I know that your hospital has won recognition for being the top in cardiology, in the state. Your physicians are world-renowned, and you receive a great deal of support from local philanthropists, allowing you to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. I look forward to joining such an esteemed medical facility."
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"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."
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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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."
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"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."
When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
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The interviewer would like to know how you plan to start relationships with your new co-workers. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?
Here are some ideas for getting started on the right foot:
- Be willing to accept feedback and help
- Offer to join a committee or volunteer assistance in some way
- Do not have an air of entitlement or act as though you know the ins and outs immediately
- Avoid all clinic gossip, at all cost
- Be thankful for the equipment that you have. Don't complain about your used computer or your slow dial out line!
- Be early on your first day (and every day after that!)
- Come dressed appropriately
"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."
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"I show up on time and dressed appropriately. I spend as much time as I can getting to know my new coworkers and telling them about myself and my family, and asking them about theirs. It is important to understand people on a bit of a personal level to know how to approach them."
This question is a short variation of the typical interview query, '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 assurance 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 for which you are applying.
"I am thrilled to be interviewing for your cardiovascular technologist opportunity. I believe with the talents and skill set I bring to your team, we will solve some very challenging health problems for your important patients. This opportunity is one 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."
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"A year from now I'm hoping to be growing and becoming a stronger and more knowledgeable tech in your clinic. I look forward to learning and growing in a friendly organization that cares about its patients and medical staff. I have been progressing in the cardiovascular field for the last three years, and I know there is more to learn when it comes to terminology and reporting."
6. What are your salary expectations? In many states, it is now illegal for hiring authorities to ask about your current earnings. A question like this will give the interviewer a solid idea of what you are hoping to earn. When you change positions, you want to see an increase in wage. Most interviewees will typically aim for a 7-15% increase for each time they change jobs. This range offers room for negotiations with the new company. This percentage increase reflects economic inflation, unique skills you bring to the table from the last time you joined an organization, and an increase in responsibilities.
The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example if you are comfortable doing so. If this makes you uncomfortable, do give as many indicators as you can. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.
If you are newer to your career, or the area, and are unsure of what a fair ask may be, there are many reliable salary calculators available online. Here is an answer example: "In my current role, I am earning $40 per hour. I am seeking $43 to $45 per hour in my next opportunity. I am looking for a role that is the best fit for me and my experience, so I'll consider a few factors when I make a decision." Here is an answer example: "After researching the area, the salary range looks to be between $55k and $60k per year. As a new cardiovascular technologist, I am looking for a blend of fair compensation, good health benefits, and a steady workplace."7. Are you comfortable working close to cardiologists, distributing reports and interpreting diagnostic procedures? As a cardiovascular technologist you won't be working alone but with a team of medical professionals. The interviewer would like to know that you have spent time working with specialized physicians in the past and that you are comfortable collaborating with them when it comes to reporting and procedures. Give the interviewer a sample scenario of how you successfully worked as a team member, alongside cardiologists. Discuss how you contributed, and collaborated. Here is an answer example: "I have worked alongside Cardiologists in both a clinic and hospital setting for the past four years. I am well versed in the medical terminology required to hold my own when it comes to conversations with medical professionals. I have experience collecting and finalizing reports as well as interpreting physician instructions and diagnosis." Here is an answer example: "Currently, I work alongside Cardiologists and nurses. I greatly value their feedback, mentorship, and instruction as I pave my career as a technologist. I have a great working relationship with the medical professionals in my office."8. Do you have any plans for continued education? There are many continued education opportunities for cardiovascular technologists, including higher degrees or specialization in other areas such as invasive, noninvasive and vascular cardiology. If you are planning to further your education, it is essential that you express your desire to work in tandem with your classes. The concern of the interviewer is that you will be hired, trained, and then want to leave your job to go back to school full time.
Some organizations will offer tuition support or a reimbursement program for their employees who wish to continue their education. If they do provide this type of perk, you can indeed show interest but make sure that your continued education aspirations are related to the medical industry. If you are a cardiovascular technologist, you want to avoid saying that you would like to take courses in zoology. Here is an answer example: "I believe that continued education is always a good idea. I like to expand my medical knowledge whenever possible. With that said, my job would always come first. I understand that you have a tuition reimbursement program for your employees seeking additional cardiovascular coursework. I would be interested in learning more about this down the road." Here is an answer example: "Continued education is important to remain knowledgeable and relevant in your industry. I would be interested in earning my Advanced Certificate in Clinical Leadership; however, that would have to be in tandem with work."9. Are you available to work the night shift? 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 might be for the day shift, but the interviewer wants to see if covering for other people is a possibility. If you have flexibility in your schedule, let the interviewer know. If you are unable to work the night shift, be honest, and explain why. Could you pick up a night shift every once in a while? Here is an answer example: "At this point, I wouldn't be able to work night shift on a regular basis, but if you would be able to give me a bit of notice, I could cover the night shift for a co-worker from time to time." Here is an answer example: "My work schedule is quite flexible. If this role is for the night shift, I am happy to begin there and work my way into a daytime schedule."10. When have you worked among a diverse group of people? Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic, and now, the interviewer wants to see that you will be able to contribute to the workplace culture they have so carefully crafted. Discuss how you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals. Perhaps everyone on your multi-disciplinary team comes from a differed educational background. Or, maybe you work with a significant range of patients on a daily basis, from all walks of life. Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Here is an answer example: "The clinic where I currently work has an extensive patient demographic. This diversity keeps me on my toes during rounds. Everyone's needs are different. I have to be sensitive to varying cultures, genders, and religions. It has stretched me as a medical professional, and I wouldn't have it any other way." Here is an answer example: "I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my medical career, including my time in college. I am most comfortable, and happy, in an environment the embraces diversity, because it offers a great learning opportunity."11. What would your co-workers say about you? The interviewer wants to know what positive statements your co-workers would apply to you if asked. Look back at previous conversations or even employee reviews. Perhaps you are often praised for being a good decision maker, someone who empowers their team or is an honest individual who goes out of their way to help. Briefly discuss what you believe your co-workers would say about you. Here is an answer example: "My co-workers would say that I'm dependable and helpful. I always make a point to welcome and help new staff. I believe they would describe me as warm and inclusive with my patients and team, alike." Here is an answer example: "I get along with nearly everyone on my team, and in my ten-year career. If asked, I believe my coworkers would say that I respect other people's knowledge, experience, and opinion, even if I don't agree. I think that is why I can work cohesively with most anyone."12. Which parts of your current position brings you the most stress? Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience, especially for a medical professional. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career as a cardiovascular tech are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. For instance, dealing with patients or doctors should not be the most stressful part of the job. Here is an answer example: "The part of my current position that brings me the most stress is when our patient schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with our schedule to ensure that our patients are not left waiting, and receive timely care." Here is an answer example: "Budget cuts are stressful for any medical professional working in the public sector; however, our district has been hit especially hard this year. I have to be very conscious of the materials used and have had to cut back on a few professional developments and educational opportunities for myself. It's unfortunate for the patients as we always want the best for them."13. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far? The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.
If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'
If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so." Here is an answer example: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so." Here is an answer example: "I would rate my performance to 90% of my ability. When you asked about my EKG experience, I feel that missed expressing some of my technical knowledge. If you have time, I would like to cover that question further."14. What would you do if your patient went into cardiac arrest? The interviewer would like to know that, as a medical professional, you know how to react in an emergency. Since you are interviewing for the role of cardiovascular technologist, a typical emergency may be a patient going into cardiac arrest patient. The interviewer is looking to see if you can briefly name the steps you would take if a patient were to show signs of cardiac arrest.
These steps may include:
- Calling for help from a doctor or nurse
- Locate a defibrillator
- Call 911 if you are not in a hospital setting already
- Check the patient's breathing and administer CPR if necessary Here is an answer example: "If a patient went into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting, I would first check their pulse, check for breathing, and begin CPR if required. I would ask someone to call 911 and ask someone to locate an AED. I would administer the AED and continue CPR until medics arrived." Here is an answer example: "Since I work in a hospital setting, the first thing I would do if a patient went into cardiac arrest would be to locate an AED and begin CPR until a physician came, or until we could get the patient into emerg. Time is of the essence in a cardiac arrest situation so it would be important that I act fast but smart."15. How do you keep morale high when work gets stressful and you experience low moments? We all experience stress, so it's important not to answer this question stating you don't experience work stress at all. The interviewer wants to see that you can thrive and continue to motivate yourself through challenging days or situations. Discuss where you draw your strength and energy. If possible, mention a time when you came out on top of a profoundly difficult situation. Talk about what you learned through the situation. Here is an answer example: "To keep morale high, even during the toughest moments, I never forget to laugh. A person can find the lightheartedness in any situation so, that is where I tend to go. I take my job seriously; however, I do not take myself too seriously. I remain open to learning opportunities and am unafraid to ask for help when I feel that I am drowning in work and responsibilities." Here is an answer example: "One of my favorite past supervisors taught me to celebrate the small wins along the way. Doing this is like offering the team mini pick-me-ups throughout the day. They act as distractions from the tough or heavy stuff, giving us the energy we need to persevere."16. How would you calm a patient who is overcome by extreme stress? As a medical professional, one of your best qualities is staying calm under pressure as well as keeping your patients calm. The interviewer would like to see how you handle challenging situations involving patients. 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 or details that would breach any confidentiality agreements. Here is an answer example: "Procedures in our hospital can be very stressful for patients. Last week one of my patients was visibly shaken before her EKG. 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, and help her to understand better what to expect." Here is an answer example: "Often, patient stress comes from fear of the unknown. I've found that the most important thing to do when dealing with an anxious patient is to listen, answer their questions patiently, and be a professional yet caring support tool. Most people feel better knowing that you are listening to their concerns and that, as a medical professional, you have the answers."17. What advice would you give to aspiring cardiovascular technologists? 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 in their medical career. The interviewer would like to know how you would encourage someone on the same medical career path. Here is an answer example: "My advice to others would be to volunteer within the career field that they are interested. When you volunteer, you make excellent connections. I recently read on LinkedIn that over 70% of job opportunities come through networking so, being visible in your field is very important to a successful start." Here is an answer example: "My advice would be to start in a small clinic so there would be more opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment. When I began my career as a cardiovascular technologist, I worked with an excellent team of people who were willing to teach me the ins and outs of their jobs too. This mentoring made all the difference for me."18. What are some career challenges you face, as a cardiovascular technologist? Career challenges could include learning complicated equipment, regulations changes, difficult working conditions, challenging patients, a complicated work schedule, and more. When answering this question, it will be important not to let your emotions get the best of you. Rather than focusing on a negative, chose a challenge of which you took control. Explain how you overcame that challenge and came out on top. Here is an answer example: "The biggest career challenge that I faced, as a cardiovascular technician, was getting accustomed to the physical requirements of the role as well as the scheduling needs. I love my job; however, in the first couple of years, it was very taxing on me physically. I decided to take up yoga so that I could better keep up with the physical demands of the job. Regular yoga practice has also helped me to sleep better, allowing me to handle shift changes like a champ!" Here is an answer example: "One of the greater challenges in my career as a cardiovascular tech 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 without becoming emotionally involved. I have read a lot of articles on how physicians handle situations like these and I have become much more skilled in developing emotional boundaries."19. What qualities do you look for in a supervisor? When answering this question, it's important to remember that you may or may not be interviewing with your soon to be workplace supervisor. Answer this question professionally and positively.
If you appreciate a supervisor that treats all employees with courtesy and respect, you can say so. Discuss how you value supervisors who ask for the input of the team and give appropriate credit to involved team members. Perhaps you had a past supervisor who did their best to remove roadblocks that could have prevented you from doing your job.
Whatever qualities you look for in a supervisor, keep your response positive by avoiding discussions surrounding bad supervisors you may have had in the past. If you would like to know, it's okay to ask the interviewer about the traits of your future supervisor in this role. Here is an answer example: "One quality that I have always appreciated in a supervisor is the ability to communicate responsibilities, boundaries, and expectations clearly. Once I know what my supervisor would like to see from me, I can deliver those expectations, and more. Could you share with me the characteristics of the person supervising this position?" Here is an answer example: "I appreciate a work environment where supervisors try to make personal connections with their employees. Co-workers spend much time with each other each day, so a genuine connection is important to me. I also appreciate supervisors from whom I can learn. Someone who can guide, teach, and mentor me when opportunities arise, is ideal."20. We work in a multi-disciplinary environment. What is your experience in such an environment? A multi-disciplinary team defines a group of medical professionals who work together, but all offer a variety of specialties. If you have exposure to working in a multi-disciplinary team environment, the interviewer will feel confident that you would not take a lot of time to adjust to the workplace. How you respond to working in a multi-disciplinary team will also aid the interviewer in determining if you are a team player. Here is an answer example: "Currently, I work alongside a general physician, two registered nurses, a cardiologist, and a general internist. We all work together for the good of each patient. I appreciate multi-disciplinary environments because our clinic can offer so much more to every patient. I learn a great deal every day since we all come from different specialties or approaches." Here is an answer example: "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, which is very important to the success of our clinic."21. How did your college experience prepare you for a career in the cardiovascular field? This question is a common one for new graduates. One way to ace this question is to take note of the unique skills and characteristics requested in the job posting. If the employer is looking for a self-starter and organizational whiz, you can touch on how your formal education taught you a great deal about management and motivation of self. Another approach is to discuss the college classes that influenced you or interested you the most. Here is an answer example: "My college experience prepared me for a lucrative career by offering many positive interactions with fellow students, professors, and internship supervisors. Not only did I learn the necessary skills to work in cardiovascular, but also the nuances of clear communication, organization, and self-motivation." Here is an answer example: "I have always been a strong student when it comes to chemistry and physics, but biology was not always my strongest suit. My biology professor was incredible and how she taught resonated with me. I gained an incredible amount of knowledge and insight that has helped me succeed in my role as a cardiovascular tech."22. Why did you choose a career in the cardiovascular field? The interviewer intends to hear about your motivation when it comes to a career as a cardiovascular technologist. The interviewer wants to know which factors influenced your decision to join the cardiovascular field. Perhaps a guidance counselor helped you to discover this career path or, maybe you have a family member in a similar role. You can keep your response to the point but do ensure that your passion for this career path shines through! Here is an answer example: "Many influences went into my decision to become a cardiovascular technologist. One of my college mentors had a friend already in the career field. He encouraged me to explore opportunities and 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." Here is an answer example: "After spending my first three years as an ultrasound technician, I knew I wanted to take my career and education a step further. After consulting a few professionals in a variety of specialties, I landed on cardiovascular. I've been learning so much from the leadership and nurses in my current clinic and couldn't be happier with my decision."23. What is your greatest weakness? The interviewer wants to know about a weakness you have when it comes to being a cardiovascular technologist. Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.
Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain leadership skills, reading the latest-and-greatest book on patient relationships in the medical realm, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours! Here is an answer example: "I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after I complete that course. My goal is to become a better resource and support to any clinic's medical administration staff." Here is an answer example: "My greatest weakness is that I am a shy person by nature. The result is that I have a difficult time speaking up in large groups. This trait has been fine for me, as a cardiovascular technologist, considering most of my work is one-on-one with patients; however, I have been looking into joining Toastmasters to learn more about public speaking and engaging groups of people."24. Tell me about yourself. Since this is the most frequently asked interview question, it's best you have your elevator speech memorized. When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may have accidentally gone a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This question offers an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring. Here is an answer example: "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 related to heart health." Here is an answer example: "I would say that I am an analytical and creative thinker, extroverted at times. When not at work, I love attending musicals, museums, and traveling. I like to take on additional coursework related to vascular cardiology, and I often read books on leadership. My career and my patients are important to me."25. Explain to me what HIPAA is, and how it affects your job as a cardiovascular technologist. HIPAA is short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This US-based act began in 1996 and directly relates to data privacy and security of medical information. Every medical professional in the United States needs to be aware of HIPAA and the more common breaches of the act. Assure the interviewer that you follow HIPAA guidelines every day, with every patient. Be sure to show the hiring authority, throughout your interview, that you are aware of HIPAA guidelines by not using patient's personal information in your responses. Here is an answer example: "HIPAA is US-based legislation that protects patients' personal health information. The coverage includes factors such as health insurance coverage being denied or limited due to access to confidential information. Rest assured, I always take all necessary precautions to protect patient information, as well as details surrounding their treatment." Here is an answer example: "In short, HIPAA safeguards the medical information of my patients. Abiding by HIPAA regulations ensures the protection of my patients' information when transferred, received, or handled by other involved therapists."26. Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgement and logic in solving a problem. Stable judgment calls are an integral part of being a successful medical professional. The interviewer would like to know that you can use logic and solve problems based on your sound judgment. If possible, answer this question with a specific situation or story. Show the interviewer that you have a great head on your shoulders. Here is an answer example: "While monitoring a patients blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram 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 acknowledgment of the notification, we were able to help diagnose a serious issue in the patient." Here is an answer example: "Last week we had a patient in for a routine and straightforward procedure. Afterward, the patient mentioned that they didn't feel well. I encouraged them to stay for a few extra minutes. I monitored the patient as best I could, between other patients, mentioning my concern to the physician. Fast-forward 30 minutes, we ended up rushing the patient to the ER for signs of possible blockage. My logic and judgment helped this patient to avoid a potentially fatal incident. "27. Describe a situation when you were able to strengthen a relationship through effective communication. As a cardiovascular technologist, you know that effective communication is the key to successful patient examinations, diagnosis, and overall hospital and clinic efficiency. Describe a time that you were able to bring your team together through effective communication. Perhaps you clarified physician instructions to avoid a mishap, or maybe you got off on the wrong foot with a coworker and carefully worked to repair the relationship. Here is an answer example: "A former co-worker and I had a strain in our working relationship, and I wasn't sure from what it had stemmed. I invited her to lunch away from the office for a chance to talk and just get away for a bit. I asked her if I had done anything to offend her, which thankfully I had not. It turns out she was feeling overwhelmed in our office environment. I took the time to clarify a few procedures and the 'isms' of the physicians we worked alongside. After a great lunch and open talk we were able to be more productive together, working as a united front." Here is an answer example: "Clear communication is an incredibly important factor to workplace success, and I try to improve my communication skills at every opportunity. Last year, a co-worker and I were collaborating 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 former schoolmate of hers. She thanked me for my assistance in the situation. I asked her to communicate any uncomfortable situations to me right away, promising to take care of the situation to the best of my ability."28. What are your key skills, and how do they make you a successful cardiovascular technologist? Think of critical skills that will stand out from the answers your competing candidates will use. This question is not the time to discuss that you are organized, responsible, and efficient. Try digging a bit deeper. Examples could be how you are excellent with mentoring junior medical staff, you work well alongside medical administrators, or that you can apply critical thinking in severe cases. Maybe an essential skill is your ability to connect with the patients that some techs may not. Here is an answer example: "One of the key skills that I bring to my career as a cardiovascular tech is my ability to relay complicated medical information to our administrators, ensuring accurate documentation in client files. I can explain test procedures and medical terminology in layman's terms very easily. This skill is also helpful when communicating with patients." Here is an answer example: "In my current role, I am responsible for making and maintaining our patient schedule based on the procedures and time needed to complete it. This scheduling takes a tremendous amount of thoughtfulness and medical knowledge regarding procedure timing and pre-procedure prep. Some 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."29. Are you able to make decisions when under high levels of stress? The interviewer would like to know if you can appropriately handle the stress related to this job. Discuss how you can keep the momentum going during the most stressful times while remaining kind and helpful to your patients and coworkers. If you can, provide an example of a time when you implemented a stress-management technique in your current role. Here is an answer example: "I can make good 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. In my current role, my supervisor calls on me specifically to handle difficult situations with nervous or upset patients. When you call my references, they will attest to this fact." Here is an answer example: "Being a cardiovascular technologist can be stressful. The work is intense; sometimes there are long hours, complicated cases, and challenging patients. Luckily, I work with a supportive and knowledgeable team who are always there to lend me a hand in especially difficult situations. In return, I am there to support my co-workers during their most stressful times. To keep myself grounded, I ensure that I come to work well-rested. Also, I bring a book to read during my lunch breaks. Reading is an escape for me, and helps me to reset if needed."30. Would you be able to lift and move a patient if needed? Lifting and moving a patient may be a requirement of your role as a cardiovascular technologist, and the interviewer wants to know that you are physically able to meet all requirements. Patient safety is a top concern, so the hiring authority needs assurance that you will make safe and smart decisions. If you can assist a patient independently, that's great. If not, merely express to the interviewer that you put safety first and, for that reason, are more comfortable moving a patient with the help of a coworker. Here is an answer example: "I have found that my ability to lift or move a patient relies on a few factors including their mobility level, and weight. In my current role, I do move and lift patients using best practices. I always heed my training when it comes to proper lifting techniques." Here is an answer example: "My patients' safety is my number one concern, as well as avoiding injury on my part. If I'm unable to assist a patient on my own, I will readily ask a co-worker to help me move a patient. I have training on proper lifting and patient maneuvering. In my three years as a cardiovascular technologist, I have not had an accident of any kind."
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Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 10/30/2014 Last modified on: 12/15/2018
About Our Interview Questions
Our interview questions are created by writers, almost all of which, have a long history of recruiting and interviewing candidates.
They do not necessarily have experience interviewing or working with companies, careers, or schools, in which they may write for on MockQuestions.com.
We do, however, strive to match their background and expertise with the appropriate question sets found on our website.
Our careers, companies, industries, and schools may have duplicate interview questions and answers found elsewhere on our website.
Specifically, our companies and our graduate school interviews.
For these two, we use the industry in which we believe the company most well-represents and the graduate programs, as the basis for the interview questions and answers that generate for each company or school.
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We believe, most of our visitors can become more likely to succeed in their job interview with hard-work and practice. We believe, the key to success is for our users to rehearse with our interview questions while using our answer examples as an idea generator for their own interview answers.
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That is not the purpose of our website.