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Top 25 Medical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What is the largest facility you've worked in?
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Question 2 of 28
What qualities does a great leader have?
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For this question, the interviewer may be looking to gain two perspectives on you as a potential employee. First, they'll be looking at how you prefer to be effectively managed. Second, they may be looking for any leadership traits that you may bring to the team. Make sure to talk about a great leader that you've had in the past and how they impacted your work. Also mention leadership qualities you have and cite an examples of putting them to use.

Answer Example
"My current director inspires me to be the best I can be by empowering me to make decisions and gives me the opportunity to fail. By leading in this manner, I have been able to learn so much in my career and become a better lab tech because of her style. Her leadership style has motivated me to lead in the same way."
Entry Level Example
"I have always been inspired by leaders that show empathy and build teamwork among a team. By getting to know someone, a great leader knows what motivates each person individually and can tailor their leadership approach with each person as an individual. I think my greatest asset as a leader is promoting open communication to foster a team atmosphere."
Experienced Example
"My favorite leader was my supervisor for over ten years, who just retired a couple of years ago. He was the type of leader that lead by example by working hard, following all policies and procedures and keeping an open door to talk at any time on any day. He inspired me to hopefully someday pursue a leadership role in a lab where I can lead the same way as he once did."
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Question 3 of 28
How do you manage your time?
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Time management skills are key to being a successful Medical Laboratory Technician. Oftentimes in a lab setting, you will be juggling multiple tests and projects and will need some sort of system to keep track of it all. Tell the interviewer about the system you utilize to manage your time to meet all of your deadlines.

Answer Example
"In my career working in a large laboratory, I've developed a tracking system for all work that comes my way and I track the work by deadlines. It is very easy to veer off course if not organized in this job and my system of tracking things by due date keeps me on schedule to never miss an important deadline."
Entry Level Example
"As a new graduate, I learned how to be a great manager of my time during my years in school while holding a full-time job as well. I prefer to utilize technology like my smart phone calendar and an Outlook calendar to prioritize tasks. As soon as I get a new task, I put it in my calendar and use that to work on the things that are of the highest priority first."
Experienced Example
"Throughout my career, I have always been a note taker and a person that keeps a running list of things that I'm working on. This visual aid has always helped me stay on track when life in the lab gets hectic with work. "
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Question 4 of 28
How do you deal with work stress?
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Working in lab setting can be both a physically and mentally demanding job. On this question, the interviewer is looking for your ability to manage your stress both on and off the job. Mentioning that you welcome a little bit of stress to keep you going doesn't hurt on this question either.

Answer Example
"Personally, I thrive on the fast paced nature of the lab setting. My organizational skills greatly reduce my stress on the job, even when things get overwhelming. Outside of work, I take pride in maintaining good mental health by spending time with my family and spending a lot of time outdoors hiking, biking and fishing."
Entry Level Example
"If I ever get too stressed out on the job, I don't hesitate to talk to my co-workers and my supervisor to let them know. If there is too much work to meet deadlines, it is extremely important for me to let someone know. Outside of work, I have been active in karate for over five years and am close to earning my black belt. This is the perfect getaway for me to release stress in a healthy manner."
Experienced Example
"Through my career, I have definitely been at points where work was stressful and overwhelming. During these times, I have found it super helpful to communicate how I am feeling to my leader and talk over any issues that may be occurring. More often than not, any stress can be reduced with a simple conversation to help problem solve the situation. "
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Question 5 of 28
What is your availability for scheduling work shifts? Are you available for swing shift? Night shifts? Being on-call?
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Most clinical laboratories are running 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Because of this, Medical Lab Techs must be flexible on the schedule that they're available. It is important to do some research on the job that you are interviewing for in regard to what schedule the organization is looking to hire for. Most job postings will include the general hours. Organizations differ on how they schedule their lab techs with some working straight day, evening or night shifts and other organizations schedule more of a rotating swing shift. For this question, make sure that you can both demonstrate flexibility in your scheduling while also being honest with your true availability.

Answer Example
"As long as I know how the scheduling works ahead of time, I am open to working any shift and being on-call. My spouse does work full-time day shifts and if I need to arrange childcare, I would just need to know the upcoming schedule a couple of weeks ahead of time."
Entry Level Example
"As a new graduate coming out of school, I am available to work any shifts, weekends and be on-call. During my schooling, I worked a PM shift job and also spent some nights up late studying while attending classes during the daytime hours."
Experienced Example
"Working as a lab tech with my current organization, I have worked straight day, evening and night shifts during my time there. There was also a point in time where we worked a one month swing shift where we transitioned to a new shift each month. In seeing that this position was posted for a straight PM shift, that is my preference to work but I am more than willing to help fill in on day and night shifts as needed. I am also available to work weekend and on-call if needed as well."
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Question 6 of 28
What is your ideal team environment to be a part of in a laboratory setting?
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Question 7 of 28
You are working in our lab and receive a specimen that does not have proper patient identification on it. What would you do in that situation?
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Question 8 of 28
As a Medical Laboratory Technician, who are your customers?
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Question 9 of 28
Talk about your ability to work independently with little supervision. Have you been asked to do this in the past?
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Question 10 of 28
How do you keep yourself up to speed in new advancements in your field? Do you have any plans for pursuing further education in the future?
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Question 11 of 28
Talk about a time where you had to deal with significant changes in your workplace. How did you handle that situation?
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Question 12 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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Question 13 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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Question 14 of 28
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 15 of 28
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 16 of 28
What experience do you have working in a Blood Bank?
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Question 17 of 28
This position requires you to stand for long periods of time. Will this be an issue?
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Question 18 of 28
A test system deficiency is found, what do you do?
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Question 19 of 28
You notice a co-worker is not wearing the correct PPE, what do you do?
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Question 20 of 28
A patient just came from the Dr and comes to the lab for a draw. You've searched your system but you cant seem to find the lab request. You have a line down the hallway. How do you help this patient
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Question 21 of 28
How are your phlebotomy skills?
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Question 22 of 28
Tell me about a time that you were unable to draw labs for a patient.
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Question 23 of 28
You're unsure how to use the hematology analyzers, who do you ask for help?
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Question 24 of 28
Do you have any questions for us?
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Question 25 of 28
How long do you plan on working at our Laboratory?
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Question 26 of 28
Give an example of a professional goal you met.
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Question 27 of 28
Who is your mentor?
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Question 28 of 28
What types of automated equipment and analyzers do you have experience working on?
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About Medical Laboratory Technician

August 18th, 2017

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.

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