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Top 30 Medical Transcriptionist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
How would you describe your previous supervisor? Qualities you liked and disliked about them?
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Question 2 of 30
Do you double check your work?
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You double check and triple check your work if needed! Attention to detail is imperative as a Medical Transcriptionist. Once you've double checked your work you can tell the interviewer that you sometimes have a co-worker lend their second set of eyes.

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"I do double check my work. If I'm working on a new project or something that I'm not 100% comfortable performing, I'll have a co-worker be my second set of eyes."
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Question 3 of 30
If you can't understand a recording, what do you typically do?
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Because you don't give anything less than 100% you wouldn't guess on the recording to get the job done. Tell the interviewer that you would flag the recording and go straight to the source to clear up any miscommunication. You strive to deliver your best work. You wouldn't allow a recording to mess up your record.

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"If I had a hard time understanding a patient recording, I would ask for a second opinion from one of my co-workers."
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Question 4 of 30
Are you self motivated? Give an example.
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Being able to work within a team is important. Being able to work on your own and be productive as a Medical Transcriptionist is imperative. Tell the interviewer that you are a motivated individual that can work on your own without supervision. The interviewer wants to hear how you can keep yourself busy and stay motivated. Share a situation where you were able to be productive without being prompted or supervised.

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"I am self-motivated. Just last week I took it upon myself to identify a time constraint issue we have at the front desk. I collaborated with my co-worker and we came up with a new way of pulling records that saves us an hour of time each day."
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Question 5 of 30
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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Of course, you've had times where you and your boss didn't see eye to eye. Don't answer this question with a quick no, instead be honest and tell the interviewer a short story of a time you and your supervisor didn't agree with something.

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"I have had a few times that my supervisor and I didn't see eye to eye on things but that's ok. They are in the leadership position and my role is to follow their lead. If the opportunity came up or I was asked my opinion I would give it."
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Question 6 of 30
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
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Question 7 of 30
Do you work better independently or on a team?
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Question 8 of 30
What was your greatest accomplishment as a medical transcriptionist?
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Question 9 of 30
Tell me about your training and when you realized you wanted to be a medical transcriptionist.
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Question 10 of 30
Was your accuracy level tracked in your last position? Tell me about your ability to submit accurate work.
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Question 11 of 30
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
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Question 12 of 30
What is your secret to a successful career as a medical transcriptionist?
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Question 13 of 30
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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Question 14 of 30
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
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Question 15 of 30
Why do you want a career as a medical transcriptionist?
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Question 16 of 30
How strong is your medical terminology?
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Question 17 of 30
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
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Question 18 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as a medical transcriptionist?
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Question 19 of 30
What are your salary expecations?
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Question 20 of 30
How do you build relationships when you are new to an office?
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Question 21 of 30
What do you know about our hospital?
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Question 22 of 30
How would your patients describe you?
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Question 23 of 30
How many doctors and health care professionals have you supported in the past?
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Question 24 of 30
Are you stronger with recorded dictation or live dictation?
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Question 25 of 30
How strong are your follow up skills?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you familiar with patient confidentiality guidelines?
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Question 27 of 30
Are you familiar with electronic health care records?
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Question 28 of 30
Would you be willing to attend training to advance your career?
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Question 29 of 30
As a medical transcriptionist you must have excellent computer skills. Tell me your top 3 programs and one area in which you would like to improve.
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Question 30 of 30
How do you handle a patient yelling at you?
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About Medical Transcriptionist

March 8th, 2017

As a Medical Transcriptionist you listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. You review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. As a Medical Transcriptionists, you interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents. If you work in a Dr.'s office you may also have administrative duties, like scheduling appointments, checking in patients, and answering phone calls.

Good listening skills, strong grammar and writing skills, normal hearing ability, advanced typing speed and computer proficiency are skills needed to be a successful Medical Transcriptionist. An important characteristic that Medical Transcriptionists has is the ability to adapt to change. Medicine changes every day. That means new things to learn and different ways to do something. The ability to adapt to change without being stressed about it is very important in this field. You may have attended a vocational school, community college, or an online schools that offers medical transcription training. A one-year certificate program or associate’s degree program in medical transcription is preferred by employers. You must have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar, and word-processing software.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to do your homework on the company that you will be applying to. See how the job description lines up to your skills and abilities. Find out what specialty clinics you'll be supporting. Be able to speak to common questions in regards to managing your workload, working alone without supervision, meeting deadlines and accomplishing administrative tasks. Have your references handy so they can verify your work ethic and say a few nice things on your behalf.

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