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Medical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

28 Medical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
What is the largest facility you've worked in?
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For this question, be very open and honest with your interviewer as they can see the places that you've worked based on your resume. The key to this question is the research that you've done on the organization you are interviewing for. If they are a large facility, use your experiences to your advantage to discuss how experiences will transfer over to this opportunity. If you don't have experience in a facility like the one you are interviewing for, talk about your skills and experiences and how they'll transla

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Entry Level Example
"During my internship, I worked in a small critical access hospital with 32 inpatient beds and some clinic space as well. Due to the staffing levels in the lab, we were continuously busy with work on a daily basis so I think the work processes I learned there will transfer well to my first full-time position out of school."
Experienced Example
"During my career as a lab tech, I've had the opportunity to work in a small private lab and a large 250 bed hospital. In the large hospital, we had a large staff in the lab that specialized in different areas to divide up the work that came into the lab. In my first two years hear, I was a float between the different sub-teams within our department and learned how to become a versatile lab technician very quickly."
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Question 2 of 28
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Teamwork is important in any working environment and the lab is no exception. For this question, the interviewer is looking for personality traits that you have that translate well to working in a team environment. Think about what makes you a great co-worker and use any potential feedback that you've gotten from teammates or your leaders during past performance reviews.

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"My co-workers would describe me as being kind, helpful, hardworking and a quick learner."
Entry Level Example
"Through my years of working as a phlebotomist while working my way through school, my co-workers would describe me first and foremost as being reliable. Working on such a large team, we were continuously dealing with employees that called in sick or missed their shifts. I pride myself on being reliable for my teammates and not putting them in a bad position because there is always give and take when working as part of a large team."
Experience Example
"All of my current and past co-workers would say that I am very knowledgeable and able to use my knowledge to help better the team. I have readily volunteered during my career to lead team meetings and to present information during trainings to our team. I have a strong passion for educating people and don't hesitate to in the workplace."
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Question 3 of 28
What types of automated equipment and analyzers do you have experience working on?
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For this question, be open and honest on what types of equipment you have familiarity in working on. Talk about specific tasks you have performed on equipment, any formal training that you've had and successes you have working on particular machines. It is important to talk about your ability to learn new things as well because the technology in the business in continually changing and the organization you are interviewing with may have all new equipment to you.

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"Currently, I am our resident expert on our hematology analyzer to work with our Oncologists. When we received our new analyzer a few years ago, I was sent for training to the manufacturer's facility to learn the entire system. I also have familiarity with centrifuges and other pieces of lab equipment as well. I am open to learning anything new and am able to pick-up on new technology quickly."
Entry Level Example
"Through my schooling, I was fortunate to get hands on experience with most equipment found in modern laboratories. Our lab in the school had auto-samplers, centrifuges and a chromotography machine. I was able to take this hands on experience to my internship where I was able to quickly learn all machines in the lab there. I am confident in my ability to be trained on any new technologies in a lab setting."
Experienced Example
"Being a Medical Laboratory Technician that has worked many years in the field, I have seen many advancements in technology over the years. While still being able perform tests the old-fashioned way, I have grown to appreciate modern technology in my job and I am a fast learner on these new machines. Currently, I use a high tech centrifuge that I was trained on when my current organization first purchased the machine. I am also familiar working on all of the other machines in our lab as well."
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Question 4 of 28
Talk about a time where you had to multitask multiple things while working in the laboratory. How did you handle that? situation?
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Working in a laboratory setting requires the ability to prioritize tasks when many things can be requested at one time. The interviewer is ideally looking for your ability to triage tasks based on order of importance and your ability to manage your way through multiple tasks. Using a specific example of an overwhelming time you had with great results will look great to the interviewer.

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"My current position as a lab tech is in a large, multidisciplinary hospital setting. Whether I am working day or PM shifts, the workload can be overwhelming at times. Here, we have specific protocols for prioritizing the work that comes into the lab and we have to work our way through each request to hit them by their required timeline. I have the mindset to work through things one at a time and I have the ability to stay focused on each task individually before moving on to the next job."
Entry Level Example
"As a new graduate, I haven't had to multitask in a lab setting yet but I know that my experience through my schooling has prepared me for what is to come on my first job. During my final year of my program, I was taking 18 credits along with holding a job in the evenings. With a large credit load, I had to come up with a system to keep myself organized with due dates of assignments, papers and projects all while not missing any shifts at my job. Without my system to keep me organized, I could have become a mess during my final year of school."
Experienced Example
"When I was working in a private urinalysis laboratory, we were receiving samples from all over the country and we worked on a timeline based on when the sample was collected. Often, some samples took a day or two to ship to our location so we had to put those in line ahead of other samples that were sent to us days prior based on the collection date. I had to be very meticulous with each sample that entered our lab and double check each sample based on collection date rather than the date it was received to ensure that we were meeting the deadlines for each sample."
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Question 5 of 28
Have you ever been a part of a laboratory inspection or audit? What role did you play during the audit?
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Medical laboratories are subject to many state and federal laws and regulations, making them highly prone to inspections/audits. In asking this question, the interviewer will be looking for you to stress the importance of following procedures for cleanliness, documentation and record-keeping within the department. As well, if you've ever been a part of a lab audit, talk about your experience and what role you played during the audit.

Answer Example
"Two years ago in my current position, I participated in a Joint Commission inspection of the hospital I was working in. Once the inspection was announced, a lab examiner came in to our area to sit down with my director to begin the fact finding process within our lab. As files were requested, I sat down with the auditor to cover all of the patient records he had requested that I worked on. Upon review, the auditor commended my record keeping skills."
Entry Level Example
"I have not been a part of an inspection or audit during my internship time, but I do understand the importance of following all policies and procedures of the laboratory to ensure that any state or federal audit shows up clean. During my coursework, we learned about the importance of the regulations in place in a lab setting and that not following simple procedures can lead to dire consequences for the organization."
Experienced Example
"During my career as a lab tech, I have been through a number of CAP inspections. With each inspection, having a set date for the inspection was appreciated as our staff had the time to double check our work for proper documentation and signatures. During our last inspection, my boss asked me to meet with the inspector to talk about the changes we had implemented since our last CAP inspection since I was one of a few technicians that were on the team through both. Through this process of meeting with the inspector, I quickly learned that staying calm and talking to them openly and honestly pays off big time."
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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.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
First written on: 01/25/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Medical Laboratory Technician

August 19th, 2018

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians are found in hospitals, clinics, private laboratories, public health organizations, research and development departments of pharmaceutical companies.

Toxicology, chemistry, hematology...OH MY! As a Medical Laboratory Technician you'll need to be fluent in all types of laboratory tests. Not only will you need be able to run various tests but you'll need to be able to perform the administrative duties that come along with the job. Your documentation skills, ability to analyze information, chemistry techniques and your ability to maintain an effective and safe environment are a few of the characteristics you need as a Medical Laboratory Technician. In addition to your two year degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician most states require you to be licensed and certified.

To prepare for this interview you'll need to do a little detective work to see what types of testing they do in the lab you are applying to. Don't worry if the interviewer asks about your experience with a particular piece of equipment you are unfamiliar with. Let the interviewer know that because of your attention to detail and patience you can learn anything.