Having a five-year plan reveals your ambition and ability to plan for the future. Be specific! Before your interview take some time to think through your goals and how you intend to reach them.
"I would like to complete more training that will help me grow as a Clinical Laboratory Technician. In five years, I would like to be in a leadership position within this lab."
The interviewer can see that you have previous positions which qualify you for this job. The interviewer wants you to go into further detail on the roles which you feel are the most relevant to the position at hand. This question also helps the interviewer to see that you understand the job description and requirements of the role. If you do not understand the position requirements fully, a question like this will make that transparent to the interviewer. Be sure you know your stuff! Use the keywords provided in the job posting/job description to keep the attention of the interviewer.
No one likes confrontation but sometimes it is necessary. When working in the lab, having tension between co-workers can make an uncomfortable environment. Tell the interviewer if you have ever faced such challenge. When telling your story to be sure not to name names or give too many details.
"There have been times that my coworkers and I have had miscommunication. We've been able to sort out our issues by talking it out and coming to an agreement together."
As a Clinical Laboratory Technician, you may be used to working alone in the lab. There will be occasions where you will have to work within a team and the interviewer wants to be sure that you are capable of being a productive team member.
"I've worked alone and with a team and, in my experience, they each offer advantages. I think I work best in situations in which I can collaborate on some tasks and work alone for others."
This question is also known as the "tell me about yourself" question. Answer this question with passion. Tell the interviewer the story about when you knew you wanted to work in a lab. Have you always liked chemistry? Have you always been good with your hands? Were you trained by the military? Whatever the reason is why you chose this career field, your confidence will make the interviewer want you to be a part of their team.
"tell me about yourself"
This question is being asked to see what your availability is and if it will fit the needs of their organization. Being on-call as a Clinical Laboratory Technician is necessary if a request comes in after hours. Does your family understand the potential late nights and random hours you could be called in? Does your schedule not permit you to be on call due to personal reason? This question could be an opportunity to ask how often you would be expected to pull call. Be careful not to rule out the position entirely before finding out all of the details, there may be an opportunity to not have to pull call after the first month.
The fact that the snack machine stocks Payday bars are pretty awesome....but in this case, the interviewer wants to know what makes you get up each morning ready to better yourself professionally. Tell the interviewer if you work with a great group of medical professionals, the fact that you are pushed to make decisions or that you feel you are respected and well liked by your co-workers.
"The one thing I love about my job is that every day is different. Each day brings new challenges and learning experiences."
You may despise your last supervisor but now is not the time to spill the beans. Word travels fast, especially negativity, so keep this answer upbeat. Tell the interviewer if you didn't see eye to eye with your last supervisor but that you respected and learned from them.
"In my career, I have had many different supervisors with different leadership styles. I did have one supervisor in the past that was new to being a supervisor. We may not have seen see eye to eye on everything but because of those differences we challenged each other and worked really well together."
Some days you wish your schedule would be a set 9-5 schedule, but then again, that would be boring and you probably wouldn't be a Clinical Laboratory Technician. Let the interviewer know that you are used to being on call and coming at all hours of the night. Despite the hour, you come to work ready to get the job done.
"In my current position, I carry a work phone that notifies me when I need to come in during odd hours. Emergencies don't wait so I'm always ready."
The interviewer is asking this question to hear positive impacts you've made at your last job. Tell the interviewer that you were 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 describe me as a hard worker, motivated and consistent. I always strive to exceed expectations when I can, and I feel like I've done a good job following through by meeting deadlines and completing projects as they were assigned."
This is a common interview question for jobs involving multitasking, customer service or decision making. This question is being asked to see how you perform under pressure. As a Clinical Laboratory Technician, you know that stress comes along with the job but tell the interviewer how you calmly handle this work stress.
"Uncertainty on completing a task sometimes causes me stress, but I typically focus on research and information-gathering to resolve this challenge."
Try to relate this to your day-to-day tasks while also providing a specific strategy for self-improvement. By clearly knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you can highlight your self-awareness and your commitment to improvement.
"Early in my career, I realized that I sometimes take on too many projects because I'm afraid to say "
Be specific about something that makes you awesome to work with. This is an opportunity to share your ability to get stuff done while also being a productive (and meaningful) member of the laboratory 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."
Of course, you are a good problem solver! As a Clinical Laboratory Technician, you use a combination of intuition and logic to come up with your solution. As a good problem solver, you use both of these forces to get as much information as you can to come up with the best possible solution.
"When solving a problem I like to take my time, gather all the facts, request input from my colleagues and review once complete."
When answering this question, remember that interviewers are looking for enthusiasm, dedication, and energy that you can bring to their organization as they are at your skills. When the interviewer sees that you refuse to “bad-mouth” your previous employer, they will trust that you will offer the same respect and loyalty to them as their new employee.
"I felt the leadership team was great. They knew all of their employees on a first name basis and tried to make those personal connections. I also enjoyed that as an office we would meet up after hours to get our families together."
It's easy to talk about what you liked about your job in an interview, but you need to be careful when responding to questions about the downsides of your last position. When answering this question be sure to be positive. You don't want the interviewer to think that you'll speak negatively about this job or the company should you eventually decide to move on after they have hired you.
"One of the reasons I am leaving is that I felt I was not challenged enough at the job. As a new employee, the company offered me a great opportunity for a good entry level position – one that I’ll always be grateful for. However, after being there for so many years, I felt I was not able to reach my full potential because of a real lack of challenge. There really was no room for advancement in the company. While I did enjoy working there and appreciate the skills I developed while with the company, I feel my skill set can be better utilized elsewhere, where my capabilities are more recognized and there is the opportunity for growth."
Absolutely! Clinical Laboratory Technicians must be detail oriented, and the interviewer wants to hear that you are confident in your detailed nature. Begin by sharing 2-3 things you do to ensure the details are managed well. Tell the interviewer that you keep checklists to ensure steps in a process are not missed. Color code files to ensure you are processing things correctly. Sharing your examples will enforce that you are in fact detail oriented.
This is a great question for new grads. Tell the interviewer about your final year, group project or on the job training you've received. The interviewer can see what degree or certifications you have by reading your resume. This is your chance to tell them something that they can read on your resume.
"My training has included all of the in-class work required as well as my apprenticeship hours. I would like to continue my training to include advancing to a leadership position."
The interviewer is asking you this question because they want to make sure you are reliable and dependable. Can they count on you to show up to work on time? If you are proud of your attendance record, go ahead and name drop your last supervisor so they can vouch for your perfect or near perfect attendance.
The interviewer is asking you this question to find out what you want to accomplish as a Clinical Laboratory Technician in the next few months and the next few years. Start with an achievable goal that you can tick off your list in the next few months. Complete a class you are right in the middle of, learn your job or learn how to use a piece of lab equipment better. Your long term goals could be completing your Master's Degree or securing a leadership position within the company.
The interviewer is asking this question to see how much you've contributed to your past positions. The interviewer isn't necessarily looking for a huge change that impacted the entire hospital but something that you personally did to make your job easier that may have impacted those around you. Briefly, give an overview how you identified the problem and the reason for implementing your solution. Be sure to highlight the success that has been achieved because of your innovation!
"My colleagues and I identified a problem with our shipping and receiving. With a little detective work, we were able to determine that our samples weren't getting out fast enough due to an unreliable courier service. We contacted the company, brought the situation to their attention and came up with a plan together. Since our effective communication, we haven't had any shipping errors."
To prepare for this question, simply review the job description, and look for the skills that the employer is asking for. All you need to do is repeat them during the interview! Odds are, the first three that are listed in the description are the most important to the job. As a bonus, you can highlight why the skills are important. Be prepared to mention 3 or 4 skills during the interview and provide a quick reason for each skill in your response.
"Organization and multi-tasking are two important skills needed to be a successful Clinical Laboratory Technician. Because workload can get heavy and days can get busy you have to stay organized to avoid making mistakes. Multi-tasking is crucial with staff cuts and waiting for tests to finish."
Difficult situations come up at work and the way you handle it will say a lot about your personality and leadership style. When answering this question, be calm and factual.
"I have overwhelmed at work where I have had a lot of projects to do in a short amount of time. I learned to pace myself and get the jobs done correctly."
When answering this question make sure that you are brief. Keep this answer to 30-45 seconds or you will lose the interviewers attention very quickly. Remember, ‘tell me about yourself’ doesn’t mean they want your life story. Summarize your skills and experience in a way that make you stand out and show why you are the best person for the job.
"My name is Heather Smith. I am a Clinical Laboratory Technician with a microbiology degree. My qualifications include four years of experience working for the State Health and Welfare Department."
Interviewers want to hear that you are working wisely and not wasting time during the day. They are paying you to do a job after all! Think about the ways that you control your time during the day. Tell the interviewer if you plan out your day in advance. Keep an ongoing to do list that you prioritize throughout the day. Share 2-3 ways that you manage your time ensuring you are productive each and every day.
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.
"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."
Clinical Laboratory Technicians work in a wide range of healthcare settings where they assist qualified physicians by collecting and studying samples and performing various tests to analyze tissue, bodily fluids and other substances. You analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings. As a Clinical Laboratory Technician you study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types. You operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters. You are efficient with automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time.
To become a clinical laboratory technician you must complete a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences. Certification is required in most states. Clinical laboratory technicians must be detail-oriented and passionate about laboratory work. They must understand how to operate complex medical equipment and have superior manual dexterity. Clinical laboratory technicians often spend hours on their feet examining and analyzing samples non-stop during their shift. This requires above average physical stamina.
At your interview for a clinical laboratory technician post, the interviewer will want to know more about your laboratory experience particularly with analyzing blood and tissue samples. Before going for the interview give some thought to how you will answer questions pertaining to your strengths as they relate to this job. Also, be prepared to emphasize that you are genuinely interested in lab work. Read more clinical laboratory technician mock interview questions to get a better idea of what types of questions to expect at your interview.