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MRI Technologist Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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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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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."
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"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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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."
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."
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."
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."
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