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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?
"My previous supervisor believed in getting in the weeds and being part of the action. If we were short handed he would answer phones, greet patients or help us file paperwork. It was nice to have the extra set of hands and have your supervisor want to help."
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List of Medical Transcriptionist Interview Questions
  1. How would you describe your previous supervisor? Qualities you liked and disliked about them?
  2. Do you double check your work?
  3. If you can't understand a recording, what do you typically do?
  4. Are you self motivated? Give an example.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  7. Do you work better independently or on a team?
  8. What was your greatest accomplishment as a medical transcriptionist?
  9. Tell me about your training and when you realized you wanted to be a medical transcriptionist.
  10. Was your accuracy level tracked in your last position? Tell me about your ability to submit accurate work.
  11. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
  12. What is your secret to a successful career as a medical transcriptionist?
  13. How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
  14. How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
  15. Why do you want a career as a medical transcriptionist?
  16. How strong is your medical terminology?
  17. Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
  18. What was your biggest disappointment as a medical transcriptionist?
  19. What are your salary expecations?
  20. How do you build relationships when you are new to an office?
  21. What do you know about our hospital?
  22. How would your patients describe you?
  23. How many doctors and health care professionals have you supported in the past?
  24. Are you stronger with recorded dictation or live dictation?
  25. How strong are your follow up skills?
  26. Are you familiar with patient confidentiality guidelines?
  27. Are you familiar with electronic health care records?
  28. Would you be willing to attend training to advance your career?
  29. 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.
  30. How do you handle a patient yelling at you?
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Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Medical Transcriptionist Information
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.
Medical Transcriptionist User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
How would you describe your previous supervisor? Qualities you liked and disliked about them?
"My previous supervisor believed in getting in the weeds and being part of the action. If we were short handed he would answer phones, greet patients or help us file paperwork. It was nice to have the extra set of hands and have your supervisor want to help."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
She was very understanding when it came to life and family, yet was firm in what worked best for the department as a whole.
2.
I would describe my supervisor very positive person. Some of the qualities I liked about them was they always tried to help if it was very busy. And some that I disliked was that in some ways they could bring you down.
3.
His assiginig of tasks were too bad and his way of explaining is good.
4.
My previous supervisor was very knowledged personeould guide at appropriate timesbut was keen on dead libes.
5.
My supervisor is very keen about the grammar part of each an every documentation . He encourage and help us for improvements . After making the exact draft again adding .
Question 2 of 30
Do you double check your work?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I always double check my work before I submit / turn in my work.
2.
Not so if the work is new i'll double check that the work.
3.
Yes I do mostly because you cannot afford a mistake in medical transcription work.
4.
Not if I feel confident in the work produced.
5.
Yes, I do double check my work.
Question 3 of 30
If you can't understand a recording, what do you typically do?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Normally, I would repeat or rewind the recording a few times to see if I can familiarize myself with the dictation and try to decipher it but if it doesn't work, I would try slowing it down instead since there would then be an emphasis on the enunciation of the words possibly making it easier for me to understand.
2.
I would follow department policy. First, try to figure it out. If I still cannot, I would ask someone to listen, tag it for QA.
3.
Politely asked to repeat the recording or see if I can replay the recording.
4.
The first thing I would do is try to adjust the recording device. Failing that I would ask for help from a peer.
5.
I will listen once agian of I dont I will inform my superior to listen.
Question 4 of 30
Are you self motivated? Give an example.
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes. I am self motivated. I am confident that I can do it.
2.
Yes I am. Whenever feel low myself I think of my hard times. And self motivate myself.
3.
Yes, every time that I am feeling low or having difficulty on this particular account, I am telling myself that I have done multiple difficult accounts before, so I can do it again this time.
4.
Y, because of I am communicate well,I will understand other person problems.
5.
Yes, I'm the first in, last out type and start work pretty much as soon as I come in the door.
Question 5 of 30
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No. Supervisors are meant for smooth going of the work. So I never had a difficulty with them.
2.
In my last job my supervisor was taking on more responsibility and I felt as if she was not paying enough attention to her new recruits.
3.
Yes, I've have had difficulties with a supervisor.
4.
Yes I had but I will make that into positive.
5.
Yes, depending on his kind of implementation of rules.
Question 6 of 30
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I can become a Direct uploader at that time.
2.
I would like to be working in a management position in the same field.
3.
Leading a comfortable life as a medical transcriptionist.
4.
Ten years seems like a very long time for me but I want to be well established in my dream job.
5.
I see myself in ten years working as a pediatrician in a hospital.
Question 7 of 30
Do you work better independently or on a team?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I enjoy working alone.
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I do. I like to make personal self challenges and be left to complete them.
3.
Yes, I enjoy working by myself.
4.
Yes, I do enjoy working by myself but I also enjoy working with other people.
5.
Yes I do. As I mentioned that I am a self-starter and self-motivated.
Question 8 of 30
What was your greatest accomplishment as a medical transcriptionist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To be shine in medical transcription.
2.
I scored 93% for an online test of another company in the first attempt itself without any prior experience.
3.
Consistently producing higher than expected production with excellent accuracy.
4.
The last time I worked as a medical transcriptionist the company closed its door so quickly that I feel like I didn't get the opportunity to really expand myself so this time around I am hoping for the opportunity to expand myself and i'm ready to spend several years doing it.
5.
I haven't had an accomplishment as a medical transcriptionist.
Question 9 of 30
Tell me about your training and when you realized you wanted to be a medical transcriptionist.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I trained myself while working at the hospital in high school, using a terminology book and a medical dictionary. I also typed reports for doctors.
2.
Training was good and when I know that MT is a challenging job.
3.
I got certified to be an MT and was offered a job right away. I remained at that same, stable job, for 18 years.
4.
My training in my pervious job was an amazing journey. And I realized that I wanted to be MT when I was in class one day and they talked about this career which seemed very interesting.
5.
I didn't know anything about MT before I saw an ad in the newspapers for training and guaranteed job placement. I enjoyed learning science at school so I saw this as an opportunity to learn a new skill in a discipline that i'm interested in.
Question 10 of 30
Was your accuracy level tracked in your last position? Tell me about your ability to submit accurate work.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My accuracy level at my last position was in between.
2.
I could submit my work prior or on the dead lines.
3.
Ya I will do my work with good accuracy.
4.
90 percent of accurate and try to fill maximum blanks before going to the next level of quality check.
5.
My accuracy level was in between I would say.
Question 11 of 30
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My attendance is great, I am on time, and work to the best of my ability consistently. My work product reflects on me, and I take pride in that. I will never fall short of expectations of my job.
2.
I would project a positive image and energy in this organization if I you give me this opportunity.
3.
During the intervening years when I was not doing transcription I was completing an associate degree in biology and working in various administrative roles which allowed me to develop skills such as listening and time management which I can draw on now to make me a better MT than I every would be.
4.
I am a hard worker and I learn quickly.
5.
I learned to step up and multitasking duties.
Question 12 of 30
What is your secret to a successful career as a medical transcriptionist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Work hard with thorough review of the work submitted.
2.
Be open to learning. Do your work, keep it consistent, and remain productive.
3.
My secret to a successful career as a medical transcriptionist would be putting a lot of effort in this career.
4.
I think that the secret to a successful career in any field is being challenged and surprised everyday to learn new things.
5.
I love to read and learn new things.
Question 13 of 30
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not easy as peers usually do not work up to my standard.
2.
I can only make reasonable suggestions. I cant make anyone accept anything.
3.
Giving them examples of what my idea is or how it would be like if they accept my idea.
4.
I don't believe in forcing people to accept my ideas in general. But if there is something that I feel strongly about I would employ the use of deliberate reason and logic to get them to accept my point of view.
5.
I explain how it will better the transcription process.
Question 14 of 30
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My program automatically prioritizes work according to JAHCO guidelines- If I see work is getting behind, I type faster and harder to keep it current.
2.
I use my time and resources wisely.
3.
I pace myself with each recording giving myself a specific time frame to complete it. And if I find i'm spending too much time on a difficult recording I pass it along to a supervisor to complete.
4.
I make an excel sheet with all the details and keep a track of it.
5.
Review time of dictation, etc.
Question 15 of 30
Why do you want a career as a medical transcriptionist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I want a career as a medical transcriptionist because I would grow professionally. It would help me learn more.
2.
I enjoy learning medicine more than I think I would enjoy practicing medicine.
3.
I enjoy reading and l like to be able to help people.
4.
Due to my profession and also b/c of flexible hours and the ability to do it from home.
5.
Bcoz he is good line and I am very well know about this.
Question 16 of 30
How strong is your medical terminology?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have no difficulties while taking my medical terminology course work.
2.
Yes in the beginning it was hard to memorize spellings because medical terms are not general English words.
Question 17 of 30
Are you able to cope with stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I am able to cope with stressful situations.
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The coping mechanisms I employ are dependent on the specific source of stress.
3.
Yes, I am able to cope with stressful situations when I'm working.
4.
Yes, I have been through such situation before where I had workload to manage.
Question 18 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as a medical transcriptionist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Watching the career be outsourced and taken over by advanced technology.
2.
I haven't had a disappointment as a medical transcriptionist.
3.
I didn't have any disappointments.
4.
Not being treated as well as others in the medical field.
5.
I currently don't have a disappointment as a medical transcriptionist.
Question 19 of 30
What are your salary expecations?
Question 20 of 30
How do you build relationships when you are new to an office?
Question 21 of 30
What do you know about our hospital?
Question 22 of 30
How would your patients describe you?
Question 23 of 30
How many doctors and health care professionals have you supported in the past?
Question 24 of 30
Are you stronger with recorded dictation or live dictation?
Question 25 of 30
How strong are your follow up skills?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Are very strong and you can check if you want.
2.
With knowledge take all doctor when I trouble.
3.
I will follow the thing upto I finished that particular task at the given time to me.
Question 26 of 30
Are you familiar with patient confidentiality guidelines?
Question 27 of 30
Are you familiar with electronic health care records?
Question 28 of 30
Would you be willing to attend training to advance your career?
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.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Microsoft office Microsoft Windows Microsoft xl.
Question 30 of 30
How do you handle a patient yelling at you?
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