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Medical Transcriptionist Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 22nd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
If you were given a chance to choose between working in an office setting or working as a transcriptionist from home, which would you prefer?
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How to Answer
It is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the position for which you are applying before going to an interview. Some facilities that require a medical transcriptionist offer a work from home option. This helps employers to decrease overhead by not having to provide office space. If you have a preference of one setting more than the other, that is fine. Just remember to state that you are willing to work in whichever setting you are needed.

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Question 2 of 30
Is there a specialty area that you are more familiar with and prefer to transcribe reports for?
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How to Answer
While not every job will allow you to choose the type of reports you prepare, some larger medical facilities/organizations have medical transcriptionists that work within each specialty area. If you are familiar with a certain area of medicine, being able to understand what you are typing often makes for more accurate reports, as a transcriptionist can pick up any errors or the need to modify the structure of a sentence. If you have a preference, share it with the interviewer. Remember, though, to mention that you are willing to work where you are needed.

Question 3 of 30
What makes you feel you will be a good fit for our organization?
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Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations with their organization. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this particular job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

Question 4 of 30
Has there ever been a time when you had to make a decision based on good ethics when others would not?
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Careers in healthcare require ethical conduct at all times. The interviewer wants to know that, even if your peers are not willing to stand up for what is right, you will be. If you can give an example of a time you had to stand up for the right, share it. Just remember to never mention names or specific information that could result in the compromise of patient confidentiality.

Question 5 of 30
Are you able to decipher what a speaker with a heavy accent is saying easily?
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A medical transcriptionist may work with any number of physicians. Having a keen ear and being able to listen to and understand what someone is saying is a must. The interviewer wants to know that you have some experience in deciphering what someone is saying, even if there accent differs from what you are most accustomed to working with.

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Writers for Medical Transcriptionist Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 05/23/2013
Last modified on: 01/22/2019

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