Medical Laboratory Technician Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Medical Laboratory Technician interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell me about a time you experienced a significant change in your workplace and how you adapted to the change?

In any healthcare setting, change is inevitable. Technology, processes, leadership, laws, and organizations change. The interviewer is looking for cues from you that you are willing to embrace change without it being disruptive to your work productivity.

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40 Medical Laboratory Technician Interview Questions & Answers

  • Adaptability

    1. Tell me about a time you experienced a significant change in your workplace and how you adapted to the change?

  • Career Goals

    2. Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • Communication

    3. What would you do if a patient complained to you about one of your coworker's conduct toward him/her?

  • Communication

    4. If a lab specimen were delivered to you without proper labels and identification, what would your response be?

  • Compatibility

    5. What sets you apart from other medical laboratory technicians, and why do you feel you will be a good fit for us?

  • Competency

    6. If you were the person interviewing employee candidates, what qualities would you look for to fill this position?

  • Conflict

    7. How do you handle times when you have a disagreement with a coworker?

  • Critical Thinking

    8. Have you ever had a patient be combative toward you? If so, how did you handle the situation?

  • Critical Thinking

    9. Has there ever been an emergency situation in your department, and how did you or would you react in such a situation?

  • Critical Thinking

    10. Has there ever been a time that you had difficulty drawing blood from a patient, and if so, how did you handle that situation?

  • Critical Thinking

    11. If a test system deficiency was discovered or suspected, how would you handle the situation?

  • Diligence

    12. How do you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and technologies in this field?

  • Diligence

    13. How do you ensure accuracy and precision in your work?

  • Discovery

    14. What advice would you give others who are considering pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician?

  • Discovery

    15. Do you have any plans that may interfere with being able to commit to long-term employment with us?

  • Discovery

    16. Why did you choose to become a medical laboratory technician?

  • Education

    17. After reading the job description, is there any part of the job where you will require training?

  • Experience

    18. Are you registered or eligible for registration through a nationally recognized certification agency?

  • Leadership

    19. What experience do you have with the training and orientation of new associates?

  • Operational

    20. Please describe your experience with laboratory equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Operational

    21. Please explain your knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and protocols.

  • Operational

    22. Some medical laboratory technicians at our facility often work on rotation. Are you willing to work, nights, weekends, holidays, or overtime if needed?

  • Operational

    23. Can you give me some examples of some equipment that you feel proficient operating within a medical lab?

  • Performance Based

    24. Have you ever received negative feedback from a supervisor, and if so, how did you handle it?

  • Problem Solving

    25. If you had a patient come to your lab stating his physician sent him to have his blood drawn, but he didn't bring a lab requisition slip, how would you help remedy the situation without neglecting other patients?

  • Problem Solving

    26. If you discovered that a coworker was violating a patient's privacy by discussing his information with someone outside of the care team, how would you respond?

  • Role-Specific

    27. Can you describe your experience with quality control and assurance in a laboratory setting?

  • Role-Specific

    28. Are you familiar with some errors that may occur when using a pipette? How would you prevent those errors?

  • Role-Specific

    29. What is one of your biggest fears about being a medical lab technician?

  • Role-Specific

    30. What are some things that you do to help prevent contamination within your work space?

  • Role-Specific

    31. Are you comfortable performing venipunctures?

  • Role-Specific

    32. The physical requirements of working as a medical lab tech can often be demanding. Do you feel like you are able to stand for long hours, or lift/transfer equipment, as needed?

  • Scenario Based

    33. Personal protective equipment is provided for all of our employees. If you saw a coworker performing a test that required the use of PPE, but he or she was not wearing it, how would you respond?

  • Situational

    34. How would you handle the situation if you had a team member who constantly seemed to be abandoning his post and leaving unfinished work?

  • Situational

    35. Do you feel that you are capable of working independently, rather than having a supervisor or coworker work with you?

  • Situational

    36. How do you handle confidential and sensitive patient information in the lab?

  • Stress

    37. If you began to feel overwhelmed with your workload or other work related issues, how would you handle the situation?

  • Teamwork

    38. Do you feel like you have strong relationship building skills?

  • Technical

    39. Other than technical work, such as testing specimens, what other duties are you accustomed to performing within a medical laboratory?

  • Tough

    40. What is one of your weaknesses, and what do you do in an effort to overcome that weakness?