Every manager has a different approach to giving feedback. Some prefer to save it for the performance review while others dish it out on the regular. Your response to feedback is much more important than the feedback itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.
"My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the unimportant details in my patient notes. I realized that I can be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and am often hyper-focus on things that just aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize particular patient details over others."
"My most recent supervisor commended how hard I worked and gave me additional responsibilities beyond what I was hired to do as a junior tech. The added responsibilities was a huge compliment, and I feel speaks highly of my work ethic and talent."
"I frequently received, and gave, feedback in my last job. I proactively scheduled a weekly touch base with my manager to seek out feedback and connect on pressing issues. The feedback was often positive, and I would take the lead navigating situations I was unclear on by enlisting the expertise of fellow medical professionals."
Short-term goals should be anything you are hoping to achieve in the next year or so. Discuss something that you would like to achieve in the now. This is not the time to discuss your long-term plan.
"My immediate goal is to find a full-time position with a top-ranked hospital here in Atlanta. I've heard that your hospital has a great training program and I'm excited to complete that training."
"My immediate goal is to gain employment in a facility where mentorship and continued training is offered. I want to begin my career as an MRI Technologist on the right foot."
"In the short term, my focus is on gaining leadership experience. I have enrolled in another leadership course that will hone my expertise in group training."
The interviewer would like to be assured that you have an interest in advancing your career. As an MRI Technologist, how have you stepped outside the box to improve yourself? Interviewers don't want to hear that you are content with going to work, going home and doing it all over the next day. Interviewers want to know how you are challenging yourself to learn new things.
"In the past year I have spent time training a junior MRI Technologist who just completed her Associate's degree. The mentor role has worked well for both of us because I can refresh on some of my knowledge while learning a bit more about how they are teaching new technologists these days."
"I completed my practicum this year under some very seasoned MRI Technologists. I asked one of them to be my mentor as I rise in this career and they agreed. We get together once per month to discuss things like new techniques and trends in the industry."
"I have been an MRI Technologist for many years, so I choose to take my extra time to give back to the community. I volunteer at the local homeless shelter every weekend. To grow as a person is just as important to me as professional growth. To keep up to date with new trends and technologies, I read health care related journals on a regular basis."
The interviewer wants to be assured that you can work well with patients and maintain a positive attitude, even when the patient may be trying. Assure the interviewer that you have a genuine passion for patient care.
"Being an MRI Technologist is rewarding because I get to be a part of the entire treatment process for each patient. I am the one who prepares them for their exam; I provide instructions and an explanation of the procedure. I do my best to ease the patient's anxiety before he or she is called into the exam room. I try to bring a sense of calm to the patient and stay in the room until the procedure is complete."
"The aspect I enjoy most about working with patients is the fact that I can be a part of their diagnosis. Nobody enjoys being sick and knowing that my expertise can help them receive some answers, is so satisfying."
"During my time as an MRI Technologist, I have met some of the most incredible people. The part I enjoy most about working with patients is that they share with me their positivity despite being ill. People can be so strong through the worst. It's admirable."
The interviewer wants to know how you stay busy at work if you have downtime. You need to show that you can remain productive, with little guidance. This is an opportunity to highlight your strong work ethic and your commitment to team performance.
"Typically, my work day is pretty packed with patient treatments but if I have downtime I try to complete the clerical duties that need to get done by the team. We always have information that needs to be documented in patient charts, and so I sit down at the computer and get this handled during a quiet period. I may also ask my supervisor if she has anything that I can help with."
"I cannot imagine having downtime in a hospital environment; however, if I were faced with downtime I would take that as an opportunity to learn a deeper skill or ask to shadow a more experienced technologist."
"If ever there is downtime, I will take that as an opportunity to train a junior technologist. Every moment is a chance to learn something new, and I am committed to making myself and my team better at every opportunity."
The interviewer wants to hear about your short and long-term goals as an MRI Technologist. Answer this question with an achievable goal that suits you. Would you like to go back to school to enhance your education in the medical field? Would you like to specialize in a particular type of equipment? Let the interviewer know that you would want to work towards this goal while working for them. You never know, the interviewer may bring up compensation or a tuition reimbursement program.
"I'm currently taking credits to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Radiologic Technology. I'd like to use my education and experience and apply it to a senior position in the near future."
"The most important goal for me, at this point in my career, is to make a mark as a knowledgeable technologist who can be relied on."
"As an MRI Technologist, my most important goal is to assure my patients are cared for to the utmost of my ability."
The interviewer wants to know your biggest challenge as an MRI Technologist. There may be many difficult parts of this job but choose one focus so that you don't go off on a tangent about all the things you dislike. If possible, have one strong example and also show how you have overcome the difficulty of this task.
"When I began as an MRI Tech, the most difficult part of my job was juggling all of the daily tasks and expectations of my supervisor. I learned to seek my supervisor's feedback so that I could prioritize the daily tasks and focus on what was most important. Now in my career, I think I am one of the most productive techs on staff, and I'm proud of the quality of my work."
"I am new to my career as an MRI Technologist and believe that the most challenging aspect will be learning all of the new software when entering a new position. Although it will be difficult, I am tech savvy and up for a challenge."
"Over my eight-year career as an MRI Technologist, I have found that the most difficult aspect is keeping up with the changes in the industry. Any aspect of healthcare offers constant change, so it requires a great amount of diligence to keep up. With that said, I am definitely up for the challenge!"
The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?
"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."
"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload: - List your tasks and prioritize them - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!) - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team "
"I am an experienced MRI Technologist and fully understand that having a large workload is part of this type of work. I prioritize the work and enlist additional resources where necessary."
We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want to be known for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?
"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is to be given words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."
"I am very simple. I do not require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard."
"I love accolades given, in sincerity, by those whom I respect. I love a shout-out in a meeting, but honestly, it's even better when others know that my hard work is not only noticed but appreciated by my patients."
From your work history, picture a co-worker who didn't carry their weight or had a difficult personality. Maybe they were unmotivated or preoccupied with their personal life. Think about what bothered you about this person and how you were affected by their behavior. Most importantly, the interviewer wants to know how you let this person's behavior affect you and your work performance. Avoid taking this as an opportunity to complain about someone; instead, view it as an opportunity to showcase your ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining your productivity.
"In my previous position, I did have a coworker who didn't pull their weight. This situation created more work for the rest of the team. It didn't take much time before our manager noticed this particular individual was slacking. I feel like, in most instances, the underachievers will weed themselves out over time, and it's rarely worth making a fuss over."
"In my first position out of college, I worked with a person who enjoyed gossip in the workplace. I found that I could redirect her to work by giving a quick reply and then asking her a pointed work question, which would get her back on task. There were a few key takeaways from this experience. I learned how to concentrate among chatter or disruption better than before, and I perfected my skills at refocusing someone else to the task at hand."
"Difficult people simply make me work harder! I enjoy trying to understand where they are coming from and then what techniques I can apply to help them improve their behavior or resolve a situation. Most difficult people want to be heard, so I listen, empathize and reassure them in the direction we need to go."
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!
"I would like to know more about your timeline for this hiring decision. Also, could you share with me why this position is open?"
"Here are some sample questions: - When would you like to have this position filled? - How long has this role been vacant? - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role? - What is your favorite part about working here? - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months? - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you? - What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years? - Is there any reason why you would not hire me? "
"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"
Pick a weakness that is 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 skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, 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!
"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/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
"I'd say something I struggle with is my need to please everyone. While this can be an asset in some instances, I feel it may have inhibited some of my career growth."
"This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in my work, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also inhibit the pace of the workday."
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer, or a patient, in any way."
"No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect a healthcare organization- public or private. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my employer."
Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.
"I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."
"I will win my new coworkers over by going above and beyond the expectations given to me. I want to be a helpful team member that they can always come to."
"Trust is something you earn over time with people. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. Trust happens when people deliver on doing what they say they will do. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together."
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
"I cannot recall the exact number but I think it was around 3 days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
"I think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. Of those, five were for my vacation. For three days, I was excused under a doctor's note. The other two absences were pre-approved family days."
Double checking and proofreading are essential parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.
"I will triple check my work if there is time! I feel that it is essential to submit error-free work, especially when working with patient files."
"I try to, but in today's quick response age, I know that I send emails with mistypes at times. I concentrate very well on reports and presentations, and I do ask other people to review important correspondence before sending."
"As an MRI Technologist, I put full commitment into submitting error-free work. My patients depend on it."
The interviewer wants to know how active you are in your search for new employment. If you are applying to other hospitals be sure to say so. Word travels fast in the healthcare industry. Be sure to tell the interviewer why you chose to apply for their position and why you would like this job over the others that you have applied to. Don't discuss who pays more but, rather, who can offer an opportunity that would be the best fit for you.
"I have applied to two other hospitals in the area. The reason I applied to this position was that you are closest to my home and I am already familiar with many people on your team. It would feel like a comfortable place to be, right away."
"As I just recently completed my degree, I have not been active in my applications. One of my professors recommended that I apply here because of your strong reputation for training and guiding new technologists. This appears to be a friendly place for those newer to their career who show a willingness to work hard and learn."
"I have applied to three hospitals total. At this point, I am in second interview stages with one hospital, and a phone interview with the other. I am not looking to make just any change as I wish for this to be the last career move that I make. I am looking for a long-term fit at a facility where I can grow into a more prominent leadership role."
The interviewer would like to know more about the specific imaging equipment you are experienced with. Be specific and include your years of experience along with your skill level. Using words like beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert can help the interviewer to understand your skill level further.
"I have specific experience working with Toshiba Aquilion 64 and Philips Brilliance scanners. I have used Carestream PACS software programs but am only a beginner level in those. I am a quick learner and am comfortable learning new technologies, as needed. Which equipment do you primarily use here?"
"While attending school, we trained specifically on Philips Brilliance scanners. I am an intermediate user of this equipment. Are there particular pieces of imaging equipment that you would like to see me trained in?"
"I have been trained on a wide variety of equipment, and through my fifteen years of being an MRI Technologist, I have also trained junior technologists. Could you share with me the particular pieces of equipment that you use? I am happy to go into further details on my level of experience on each."
If you are certified through ARRT, have a copy of your certification ready to present to the interviewer. You can highlight how long it took you to complete and your score if you did exceptionally well. If you are not currently certified through ARRT, tell the interviewer that it is a goal that you are hoping to achieve, and set a timeline. Not having this certification may not be a deal breaker but it won't give you any points if you relay that you have no intentions of achieving it.
"I am currently in the process of certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. I am pursuing the primary pathway route for initial certification as an MRI tech."
"Yes, I am certified by ARRT and plan to keep valid certification for years to come. I have brought my certification with me for you to copy for your records."
The interviewer wants to know about your customer service skills. As an MRI Technician, you are rarely behind the scenes. You interact with patients on a daily basis to prepare and position them for imaging. Your communication skills will need to be top notch to relay your instructions to patients. Because of the fear that many patients have with claustrophobia, you'll need to tap into your inner therapist as well.
"I feel very comfortable talking to my patients regardless of the situation. I always conduct myself professionally and calmly to relay my instructions as well as keep the patient calm if they are anxious about the procedure."
"Although I do not have a lot of face time experience with patients, I am interested in gaining further experience with this. I like being with the public and am great with patients."
"Absolutely! Being face-to-face with my patients is the best part of the job! I am very experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to MRI technology so I can put my patients at ease by walking them through the procedure and what to expect."
The interviewer wants to know more about your skills. As an MRI Technologist, you may be responsible for administering IV's for special dye testings. Don't oversell yourself when answering this question. If you genuinely are not comfortable delivering IV's then say so but do include that you are working to overcome this challenge. Let the interviewer know that you use every opportunity to get the practice as well as shadow other MRI Technologists.
"I'm getting better at administering IV's. I take every opportunity to administer and watch others so that one day soon I'm not intimidated by the task."
"I have not yet administered IV's; however, I am excited to learn more and perfect the task."
"Yes, I am very comfortable administering IV's. I have done this task many times in my career and have also trained junior MRI Techs on the proper way to administer IV's properly."
Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability?
"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."
"I am comfortable either way, but I would probably grow bored if nothing ever changed. Having a few days of status quo now and then is good for my sanity though."
"I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!"
As an MRI technician you operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create 3D images of a patient's body tissues, which physicians then use as an aid to diagnosis. As a skilled MRI technician you may choose to specialize in pediatrics, cardiac, neurological or intraoperative imaging. Due largely to the aging population’s increased need for health care services your job is secure as an MRI Technologist.
As an MRI technician your job involves substantial physical activity and requires good health and stamina. You may need to lift or assist patients who are moving from gurneys and wheelchairs onto the scanner table or position body parts or pieces of equipment. Attention to detail is one of your greatest assets. MRI technicians need to follow physician instructions meticulously in order to obtain clear, useful images. Your empathy and communication skills help you gain the cooperation of patients who are in pain or experiencing claustrophobia. An Associates degree and certification is needed to be an MRI Technologist.
To prepare for your interview you'll want to have your Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) handy or your MRI technicians license administered by the state or ARRT. Consider a mock interview with a friend or family member showing you've prepared for the interview. Have your elevator speech planned for explaining your strengths and weaknesses and how you work with others.