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Clinical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Clinical Laboratory Technician interview, here are 31 interview questions and answer examples.

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Have you ever considered going back to school and obtaining a higher/different degree?

How to Answer

There are people who choose a career and later return to school. Some have the objective to get a higher degree in the same field or to change careers altogether. This question gives the interviewer an opportunity to know you and what your future plans may be. In turn, your answer allows the interviewer the chance to see where you may fit within your organization now and in the future. If you have thoughts of continuing your education, don't be afraid to share that with the interviewer. Just remember to point out why you feel you would be an asset to your organization now.



Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

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31 Clinical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Have you ever considered going back to school and obtaining a higher/different degree?

      How to Answer

      There are people who choose a career and later return to school. Some have the objective to get a higher degree in the same field or to change careers altogether. This question gives the interviewer an opportunity to know you and what your future plans may be. In turn, your answer allows the interviewer the chance to see where you may fit within your organization now and in the future. If you have thoughts of continuing your education, don't be afraid to share that with the interviewer. Just remember to point out why you feel you would be an asset to your organization now.



      Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "I have considered going back to college a few times, but at this point in my life, research is my passion. I feel I am already in an industry that is important and growing. I feel like, if I were to take any additional classes, I would want them to be something that would add value to the education and experience I have now."

      Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

      Experienced

      "I love lab technology and am comfortable where I am, at this point in my career. I have considered in years to come, when I am older, I may transition slightly into the realm of education within hematology. For now, though, I am very happy with what I am doing."

      Written by Darby Faubion

  • 2. Why did you want to become a blood bank lab technician

    • 3. Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.

        How to Answer

        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.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "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."

        Written by Darby Faubion

        1st Answer Example

        "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."

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Experienced

        "Every day I work is an example of me being trusted with confidential information. HIPAA regulations were set in place with good reason and I appreciate the idea behind them. I strive to stay well within the bounds of legality with regard to patient privacy."

        Written by Darby Faubion

    • 4. How would your last supervisor describe you?

        How to Answer

        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.



        Written by Heather Douglass

        Entry Level

        "My last supervisor would describe me as dependable and hardworking. I feel confident that I would receive a very good reference from him."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 5. How do you respond to an emergency situation at work?

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        Depending on the situation, you will want to respond quickly and make yourself available to assist the doctor in any way you can. Be aware of the surroundings and also observe the patient. Your best response will be one where you are sensitive to the situation by listening closely to the doctor and nurses involved. There may not be anything you can do to help, but if you get in the way, you could definitely create more problems. Ask what you can do and pay attention. If you need to step aside, be respectful and understanding.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "That really depends on the situation. I always try to remember to remain as calm as possible and report to my designated area as quickly as possible and follow emergency protocol."

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    • 6. What are some things that you would like people you meet to notice about your personality?

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        Personality and character are closely related. For instance, someone with an honest character or good work ethic will tend to be more open about his or her beliefs as well as personal and professional expectations. The interviewer is looking for ques as to what character you may bring to the table, so to speak. It is important to remember, body language speaks volume and eye contact is a big indicator of your self-esteem, and your self-esteem is reflected outwardly in your personality. Be confident when you answer and make eye contact with the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I would like for people to feel that I am genuine and easy to get along with. Life can be stressful, but we don't have to dwell on difficult things. I want to people to see that, no matter what may be going on whether at home or work, I have a positive attitude and a good work ethic."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 7. Have you ever heard of the 'kick and kill' approach with regard to cell depletion?

        How to Answer

        Interviewers do not expect you have a perfect understanding of every trial or every bit of information that is available. If you are asking about something that you are not familiar with, say so, but show an interest in learning. This tells the interviewer that you are not intimidated by those who may know a little more than you and that you are willing to learn, which is what research is about.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

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    • 8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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        Employers realize that there is life outside of work. Getting to know employees/potential employees and what interests them gives employers an opportunity to develop a relationship with them. Share what you like. Have you been to a destination you'd like to return to? Is there somewhere you've always dreamed of going? This is also an opportunity for you to get to know the employer. Ask questions to show your interest in building a relationship.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "You know, I've been so caught up in school and work that I haven't really taken the time to create a bucket list of things I'd like to do. When I was younger, I always wanted to visit Australia. I think that will be one of the first place I would go."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 9. What sets you apart from other neurologists, and why are you the best candidate for us?

        How to Answer

        This is your chance to tell someone what makes you a better choice. However, remember that being confident and being conceited have a fine line of separation. Highlight your strengths, but remember to be humble.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

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    • 10. Clinical Lab Technicians in our facility may be asked to work on rotation. Are you prepared to work evenings, weekends, overtime and holidays as required?

        How to Answer

        Being flexible with the schedule you are willing to work is always a plus. However, many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being up front with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I am a single mom with two school-aged children. Ideally, the day shift would be a better fit for me. This would allow me to fulfill both my work and home responsibilities without a conflict. However, I am willing to work additional shifts, as needed."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 11. What are some things that you do to help promote balance in your life?

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        No matter what profession a person chooses, everyone needs some time to unwind and relax. Psychologists today say that a healthy balance in life allows a person to recharge and refocus which can result in better productivity at work. The interviewer simply wants to know what you do for you. Maybe you have a favorite pass-time or hobby. This is yet another way for the interviewer to get to know you as a person.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I really enjoy working out at the gym and, I also take a kickboxing class twice weekly. After a good workout or class, I always feel like I can rest better and wake up energized and ready for the next day."

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    • 12. How do you handle stressful situations?

        How to Answer

        Stress management will be essential for you to be able to handle tight deadlines, long hours and demanding patients. Before answering this question, think of some tools that have helped you manage your stress. What will you do when you can't take a break when you need it? How will you stay calm when dealing with those challenging personalities? Share any helpful techniques that you use every day to remain clear-headed in some of the most stressful scenarios.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and do my best not to get distracted."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 13. Has there ever been a time that you had a disagreement with a co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?

        How to Answer

        Any time you work with someone else, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your co-workers. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I am usually a very soft-spoken person and strive to be the 'peacekeeper.' I can't recall any specific incident of a disagreement."

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    • 14. Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?

        How to Answer

        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.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "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!"

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 15. What are some ways that technicians can prevent making mistakes when performing venipunctures?

        How to Answer

        It is imperative to avoid mistakes when drawing blood. The interview wants to know that you understand safety measures to take to prevent mistakes. Share your knowledge.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "Identifying a patient by having him, or a parent, tell me his name and date of birth is the first way I can think of to avoid a mistake."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 16. What is a CMP?

        How to Answer

        The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a blood test that gives doctors information about the body's fluid balance, levels of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and how well the kidneys and liver are working. Describe your understanding of a CMP and what it includes to the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "A CMP is a test that helps monitor the fluid and electrolytes within a patient's body. It is important to help determine if there is some type of imbalance, such as with blood sugar or calcium levels."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 17. What is an A1C test used for and what do the different results indicate?

        How to Answer

        The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well a patient is managing diabetes. Taking the time to know what a test is for, rather than simply drawing blood and sending it over to the lab, shows the interviewer that you have a true interest in your job as a clinical lab tech.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "An A1C level helps determine if a patient has diabetes. It can show whether a person is pre-diabetic or actually has developed diabetes, depending on the level."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 18. Do you feel you have strong relationship building skills?

        How to Answer

        Building strong relationships is essential for success of any business. The healthcare industry is no exception. Share why you think you have good relationship building skills.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I do feel like I have good relationship building skills. I like people and enjoy getting to know them."

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    • 19. How would you deal with an angry patient, and why?

        How to Answer

        Knowing how you will handle a difficult situation will tell the interviewer if you have the the right attitude for this job. Being a clinical lab technician means you have to deal with people from very different backgrounds and with varying personalities. Give the interviewer an example of how you would handle an angry patient.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I think it is important to try and find out what has made the patient mad. If it is something such as not being called as quickly as he had expected, a simple explanation regarding what caused the delay may help calm him."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 20. What is the purpose of a platelet aggregation test and what color tube would you use to collect the specimen?

        How to Answer

        A platelet aggregation test checks how well a patient's platelets clump together to form blood clots. If platelets are not functioning properly, a person could hemorrhage to death if he experiences a traumatic injury. Share your knowledge of why this test is important with the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "This test is done to check the ability of platelets to form clumps and produce a clot. The specimen is collected in a light blue topped tube."

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    • 21. 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?

        How to Answer

        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.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "We all possess different qualities and that is what makes a great team. If I were responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees,I would look for someone who has a genuine interest in the job and a desire to grow and learn. None of us knows every thing there is to know about each disease or treatment. Being willing to learn and share what we've learned with one another makes us a better team and benefits our patients and those who will need care in the future."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 22. What would you describe as your biggest weakness?

        How to Answer

        This is probably one of the most dreaded questions in a job interview. Answering this question requires self evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a key characteristic needed to perform your job as a clinical lab technician.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "One of my weaknesses is that I often get nervous around people I don't know. I know we all do that to a certain degree, but for me, it has become something that I am aware of. I now try to attend social activities where I know there are going to be opportunities to meet new people so that I can overcome social anxiety."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 23. What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?

        How to Answer

        Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations with their organization. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I feel I have the education and skills necessary to become an asset to your organization and I believe, given the opportunity, I can prove that."

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    • 24. Would you ever consider relocation? If so, what areas are you open to?

        How to Answer

        While relocation may not be a determining factor for employment, larger companies almost always ask this question. The important thing to remember is, if you are 100% confident that you are willing to relocate, answer yes. However, if there is any hesitation, there are ways to answer this question without an emphatic NO.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I am definitely open to relocation. I am eager to find a place that I can grow and learn from others with more experience."

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    • 25. If you could choose a specific schedule or shift, what would that be?

        How to Answer

        Many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being up front with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I really don't have a preferred schedule. I know that, as a new employee, I may be asked to work different shifts, and I am ok with that."

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    • 26. Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?

        How to Answer

        Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I recently completed the lab technician course and became certified. My hope is to find a position that will allow me to work long term. I do not anticipate any significant changes that would affect that."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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    • 27. What is an ANA used for?

        How to Answer

        There are several different types of lab tests. Knowing what these tests are and what they could indicate is an important skill for a clinical lab technician. Share your knowledge with the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "An ANA helps to show if a patient has a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus."

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    • 28. Why is a discard tube necessary when drawing a light blue top?

        How to Answer

        Understanding the order of the draw and why a discard tube is necessary is crucial to performing a clinical ljob. Explain your understanding of the necessity of a discard tube to the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

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    • 29. What is PKU and when is it normally diagnosed?

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        PKU is a rare genetic condition that affects metabolism. A person with PKU can't create the enzyme tht is needed to break down phenylalanine, which is found in protein. A PKU test is a routine test performed on all babies in the US. The interviewer wants to know that you understand the importance of this test.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "PKU is a disease that causes a baby's inability to break down phenyalinine which is found in protein. It causes problems with metablism."

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    • 30. What is an HIV test window?

        How to Answer

        Understanding things such as test window and what it means is crucial when working with blood. The interviewer wants to know what knowledge you have of HIV and what may happen during this 'test window' time.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "HIV test window is the time between infection with HIV until the virus actually shows up in a blood test."

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    • 31. Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?

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        Unless you work in a job where you have no human contact or interaction, being able to work well within a team is a crucial skill. Describe what makes you feel like you are a good team player to the interviewer.

        Written by Heather Douglass on November 16th, 2018

        Entry Level

        "I definitely feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I am easy to get along with and am eager to learn from those with more experience."

        Written by Darby Faubion

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