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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 25
Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
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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.
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1.
Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
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.
Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
2.
Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
3.
How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"As the patient fears of entering into an enclosed surface and scanning such patients would be difficult due to their movement, which may cause motion artifacts so I would approach myself to the patient to go through their feeling to calm them or I can play music according to their choice. I can talk them off the ledge."
Rachelle's Answer
These are great suggestions for keeping a patient calm. If you have ever experienced this situation with a patient, it would be a nice added touch to give a specific example of a time when you helped a claustrophobic patient.
"I recently encountered a patient who was afraid of enclosed spaces. This fear was going to make it difficult to get a clear MRI due to unwanted motion. I offered to play music of their choice during the procedure. My approach worked, and the patient remained calm."
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4.
What questions do you have for me?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would like to know more about your timeline for this hiring decision. Also, could you share with me why this position is open?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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?"
5.
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
6.
How do you fill your downtime during a shift?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
7.
What type of equipment are you most familiar with?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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"
8.
What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
9.
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
10.
What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
11.
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
12.
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
13.
What is your most important career goal as an MRI Technologist?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
14.
What is the most difficult part of being an MRI Technologist?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
15.
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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"
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Interview Questions
  1. Are you currently certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)?
  2. Do you always double check or proofread your work?
  3. How do you calm patient who suffers from claustrophobia?
  4. What questions do you have for me?
  5. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  6. How do you fill your downtime during a shift?
  7. What type of equipment are you most familiar with?
  8. What are your short term goals as an MRI Technologist?
  9. What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a MRI Technologist?
  10. What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
  11. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  12. What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
  13. What is your most important career goal as an MRI Technologist?
  14. What is the most difficult part of being an MRI Technologist?
  15. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  16. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  17. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person. How did you handle it?
  18. What is your greatest weakness?
  19. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  20. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
  21. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  22. What other hospitals have you applied to?
  23. Have you been trained on any specific imaging equipment? If so, which ones?
  24. Are you comfortable speaking directly with patients?
  25. Are you comfortable with administering an IV?
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