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MRI Technologist Interview Questions

25 MRI Technologist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"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 2 of 25
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"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."
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Question 3 of 25
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"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."
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Question 4 of 25
What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"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."
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Question 5 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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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.
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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: 08/21/2018

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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.