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Clinical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

31 Clinical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 31
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.

Answer Example
"I am not married and have no children at this time. So, I am pretty flexible with my schedule. If I had a choice, I would prefer the late shift, as I am a bit of a night owl. However, I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of this team and am willing to work where I'm needed."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Yes, I am prepared to work that type of schedule. My family and I always plan special events around my work schedule. Also, part of us giving back has always been that I like to offer to work some extra time for those who have small children or other responsibilities."
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Question 2 of 31
What is the purpose of a platelet aggregation test and what color tube would you use to collect the specimen?
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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.

Answer Example
"Aggregation is a term used to describe the clumping together of platelets which is essential for proper clotting when a person experiences some kind of cut or other wound that causes bleeding. A light blue top tube is used."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"A physician may order an aggregation test if the patient is exhibiting symptoms of a bleeding disorder, abnormal platelet function, or low platelet count. Symptoms may include may include excessive bleeding, excessive bruising, bleeding from the nose or gums, or excessive menstrual bleeding. The test will show whether or not platelets are properly clumping together to form clots. The blood sample is collected in a light blue topped tube containing buffered 3.2% sodium citrate, which is then mixed gently immediately upon filling."
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Question 3 of 31
What sets you apart from other neurologists, and why are you the best candidate for us?
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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.

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"I believe my dedication to my studies and the compassion that I have for my patients is something that will make me an asset if I am given the opportunity to work here."
Answer Example
"I am passionate about learning more about laboratory technology and want to work in a place where I can stay for the long-term and become a strong part of a team."
Experienced Example
"I am sure every candidate for this position will feel that he is the better choice for the job. I have (x) years of experience in this field. I believe my experience will speak for itself if I am offered this position."
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Question 4 of 31
Have you ever considered going back to school and obtaining a higher/different degree?
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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 :company: 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 :company: now.

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"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."
Experienced Example
"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."
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Question 5 of 31
Why did you want to become a blood bank lab technician
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Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 10/30/2014
Last modified on: 11/16/2018

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About Clinical Laboratory Technician

November 16th, 2018

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.