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Top 25 MRI Technologist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
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Question 2 of 25
How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
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The fear of tight spaces that patients have during an MRI procedure is common. Share an example of how you helped a patient who was suffering from procedure-related anxiety.

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"I have found that having a light-hearted conversation with the patient before their treatment is a great way to calm them and establish a sense of comfort. I love to ask if they have been to any delicious restaurants lately or if they have a vacation booked. Sometimes the patients will tell me about their family traditions or how much they love to cook. Before you know it, they are at ease during this uncomfortable time."
Entry Level Example
"I think that the best way to calm a patient suffering from claustrophobia is the acknowledge their fears and talk about them openly. I will share my own fear of needles, for example, and let them know that I breathe through it, close my eyes, and think about a great memory or vacationing on a sandy beach."
Experienced Example
"If a patient is feeling uncomfortable or anxious it can affect the result of the MRI. For that reason, I will talk my patients through their feelings and assure them that they are in good hands. I will ask them what the source of the fear is and if they share that with me, I can talk them off the ledge."
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Question 3 of 25
What type of equipment are you most familiar with?
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In preparation for this interview, list out all of the equipment and MRI software on which you have been trained. You may also want to highlight your ability to learn new technology and your commitment to continuous learning quickly. Find out which equipment is used in this particular facility and then let the interviewer know if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced user in these types of equipment.

Answer Example
"In school and on the job, I have been trained on various MRI software and equipment in my career and am comfortable with closed MRI, open MRI, and wide-bore MRI equipment. In my current role, I primarily use an open MRI machine, which means that the machine is open on all four sides. I am a quick learner and always open to learning new equipment, as needed."
Entry Level Example
"Here is a list of equipment you may be exposed to in this role: -High-Field MRI Scanners -Low-Field MRI Scanners -Stand-Up MRI Scanners -Extremity MRI Scanners"
Experienced Example
"I have been an MRI Technologist for thirteen years. In those years I believe that I have used every type of MRI machine available. Could you give me a rundown of the equipment types you use at this facility? I would be happy to go into further detail on my experience with those."
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Question 4 of 25
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

The interviewer is looking for relevant information about your capabilities as an MRI Technologist. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a position at this time.

Answer Example
"With pleasure! I have over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry and am interested in growing my career to the next level. On a more personal note, I love to read, go hiking and spend a lot of my extra time volunteering with the humane society."
Entry Level Example
"I wanted to become an MRI Technician after I spent some time in South Africa and worked as a volunteer in a health clinic. It was an unbelievable experience, and I came home with a renewed desire to help others. I applied for Tech school and started my courses just a few months later. I think that my time abroad gave me a broader perspective and further purpose."
Experienced Example
"“I have a Diploma in Radiological Technology from the University of Michigan and am currently working on completing my Bachelor's degree, by taking online courses evenings and weekends."
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Question 5 of 25
What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
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Question 6 of 25
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
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Question 7 of 25
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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Question 8 of 25
How do you fill your downtime during a shift?
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Question 9 of 25
What is your most important career goal as an MRI Technologist?
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Question 10 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being an MRI Technologist?
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Creators of MRI Technologist Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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.
First written on: 03/18/2014
Last modified on: 08/20/2018

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Question 11 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
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Question 14 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 15 of 25
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 16 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 17 of 25
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
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Question 18 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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Question 20 of 25
What other hospitals have you applied to?
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Question 21 of 25
Have you been trained on any specific imaging equipment? If so, which ones?
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Question 22 of 25
Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
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Question 23 of 25
Are you comfortable speaking directly with patients?
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Question 24 of 25
Are you comfortable with administering an IV?
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Question 25 of 25
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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About MRI Technologist

August 17th, 2018

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.

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