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Top 30 Medical Coder Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Did you take an anatomy and physiology course in school?
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Question 2 of 30
How many hours a week do you usually work?
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Don't try to impress the interviewer by proclaiming you work over 40 hours a week, never take lunch and stay late every day. Showing you are a work-a-holic will only show the interviewer that you have poor time management skills.

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Question 3 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Calm, Cool and Collected....this is how you will answer this question. Depending on the size of the facility or office you are supporting you may work within a team or on your own. Now is your chance to tell the interviewer about your time management skills. Are you a list maker? Prioritizer? Walk the interviewer through a busy day as a Medical Coder and how you manage that workload.

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"Each day at 8am my co-worker and I set aside 15 minutes to discuss what each other has on their plates. We are able to hear each other's work load and offer help when needed. Working together we are able to divide and conquer and avoid an unmanageable workload."
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Question 4 of 30
How has your job change over the years you worked there?
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Adapt and overcome...this is your new motto! You could use this moment to discuss the changes between the ICD-9 and ICD-10. How has your staff turnover been? Were you given more responsibility? Did you take opportunities to train others once you had the experience and knowledge about your role? This question gives you an opportunity to go more in depth about how your role has evolved. If nothing has changed much over the past couple of years in your position, focus on what you have learned. Talk about how the changes in your job have taught you new skills and helped you develop the ones you already have.
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Question 5 of 30
Do you consider yourself to be a leader?
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Question 6 of 30
Would you be willing to take a salary cut?
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Question 7 of 30
Where do you see your career one year from now?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about a time when you worked with a person who did things very differently than you. How did you get the job done?
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Question 9 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to major change in the workplace.
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Question 10 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
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Author of Medical Coder Answers and Questions

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: 02/02/2017
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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Question 11 of 30
How would your supervisor describe you?
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Question 12 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 13 of 30
What decisions did you routinely make at your last job?
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Question 14 of 30
Tell me about a time you handled multiple tasks at once.
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Question 15 of 30
As a Medical Coder, what do you think is your best asset.
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Question 16 of 30
Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous jobs?
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Question 17 of 30
What qualities to you feel a manager should have?
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Question 18 of 30
Why would you feel that it is important to know the how/why a procedure is performed?
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Question 19 of 30
What do you feel is the most important skill a Medical Coder and brings to his or her workplace?
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Question 20 of 30
Explain how your role reduces liability due to charges of healthcare fraud or abuse
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Question 21 of 30
Have you ever worked as a Tumor registrar?
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Question 22 of 30
How would you consult medical specialists for further clarification and understanding of items on patient charts to avoid misinterpretations?
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Question 23 of 30
If a claim is denied due to incorrect coding what would you do?
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Question 24 of 30
What do you use as your guidance to accurately code?
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Question 25 of 30
What is the ICD-10 code for generalized anxiety disorder?
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Question 26 of 30
What does S/S stand for in regards to coding burns correctly?
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Question 27 of 30
How did you bring value to your last position?
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Question 28 of 30
Tell me about a recent achievement.
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Question 29 of 30
How do you protect the rights and confidentiality of patients?
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Question 30 of 30
Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co-worker. How did you handle it?
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About Medical Coder

August 18th, 2017

Medical Coders work on the financial and technical side of the medical industry, coding claims for reimbursements and dealing with insurance billing. As a Medical Coder you must carefully read the doctor’s and nurse’s notes to precisely determine the services received by the patient. Medical Coders must also understand private payer policies and government regulations for accurate coding and billing.

Medical Coding certificates can be obtained online within 18-24 months. A bachelor’s degree is not necessarily required. Medical Coding jobs can be performed within a medical setting or at home remotely. A candidate must possess technical, analytical and interpersonal skills. As a Medical Coder you will be expected to adapt to new software, be able to read medical records and decide the best way to record those records so that they are logical all while being personable and easy to work with.

Medical Coders are working from home these days so don't be surprised if you have a SKYPE interview. Accuracy and attention to detail will be your buzz words during this interview. Because of the highly technical nature of the work and the sensitivity of private health information you'll need to assure the interviewer that health information is secure at all times.

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