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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Interview Questions

30 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
What is your experience preparing radiopharmaceuticals?
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As a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, you know that radiopharmaceuticals are drugs that contain radionuclides that emit radiation. The distribution of the radiopharmaceutical within the body is determined by the physiochemical properties of the drug, the stability of the radiolabel, the purity of the radiopharmaceutical preparation, the pathophysiologic state of the patient, and the presence or absence of interfering drugs. If you are new to the field explain that you are looking forward from learning from your Sr. Technologists. If preparing radiopharmaceuticals has become second nature, tell the interviewer about your experience preparing and administering them to your patients.

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"This will be my first job since graduating. I would verify that when ordered by the physician the procedure desired is annotated, the drugs to be used, the amounts to be administered, the route of administration, and, if applicable, the rate of infusion."
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"I've been preparing radiopharmaceuticals for the last two years. I'm sure to prepare them according to the instructions of the manufacturer as well as the correct aseptic procedures."
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Question 2 of 30
What type of clinical settings have you worked in?
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Clinical settings you may have experience with are in-patient, out-patient, ICU, ER, family practice, community clinics, other settings within hospitals. Tell the interviewer which setting you've worked in and how you've been successful in them. If this will be your first job out of school, tell the interviewer where you did your clinicals or what type of setting you've volunteered in.

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"My last year has been supporting an Intensive Care Unit. I've learned how to prioritize and work under pressure."
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"Over my 10 year career, I've worked for a small clinic. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work in a busier location and learn from other medical professionals that I will be supporting in the ER."
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Question 3 of 30
Are you willing to relocate?
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It's common for Medical Professionals to travel and cover between medical centers. Be clear during your interview if you are able to relocate or travel within a 30-mile radius. Answering this question stating you are not willing to relocate isn't necessarily a deal breaker. Be honest and see if you can negotiate with the interviewer.

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"I am not able to relocate at this time. My son is graduating high school in a few months so it may be an option at that time."
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"I'm not able to relocate but I am happy to work at various locations within a 30-mile radius."
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Question 4 of 30
How do you perform a Radioactive iodine uptake test?
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As a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, you knwo that a Radioactive Iodine Update Test measures thyroid function and how much radioactive iodine is taken up by your thyroid gland in a certain time period. Explain to the interviewer how this test is performed.

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"I give the patient a small tablet that contains a tiny amount of radioactive iodine. I perform the first scan 4 to 6 hours after giving the iodine pill and another scan is usually done 24 hours later. My computer displays images of the thyroid gland."
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"After giving the patient a radioactive iodine tablet I perform two scans over the next few days. Each scan takes approximately 30 minutes."
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Question 5 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 6 of 30
Have you used a scintillation counter before?
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Question 7 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Question 8 of 30
Describe your work ethic.
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Question 9 of 30
Are you familiar with nuclear medicine procedures and guidelines? Where do you go to find/review these guidelines?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you measure radioactivity of your patient and colleagues?
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Creators of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 10/30/2014
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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Question 11 of 30
Have you organized work schedules?
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Question 12 of 30
Describe your experience performing IV placement and/or venipuncture.
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Question 13 of 30
As a Nuclear Medicine Technologist many safety protocols need to be followed. How do you ensure compliance?
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Question 14 of 30
When are you available to start?
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Question 15 of 30
What makes you a great problem solver?
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Question 16 of 30
Are you actively interviewing with other companies?
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Question 17 of 30
Tell me something about yourself that I won't read on your resume.
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Question 18 of 30
Why are you looking for a new position?
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Question 19 of 30
How do you handle a stressful situation?
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Question 20 of 30
How do you extend compassion to a patient who is experiencing high levels of emotional stress?
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Question 21 of 30
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Question 22 of 30
Describe your working relationships with your colleagues.
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Question 23 of 30
In your opinion, what are the 3 most important characteristics that a successful nuclear medicine technologist should have?
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Question 24 of 30
How do you earn the trust of your co-workers?
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Question 25 of 30
What is the difference between PET and SPECT scans?
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Question 26 of 30
What do you know about our health care facility?
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Question 27 of 30
What types of communication situations cause you difficulty? Give an example.
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Question 28 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 29 of 30
Do you prefer to work independently or part of a team?
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Question 30 of 30
Being a nuclear medicine technologist requires great attention to detail. Would you consider yourself a detail-oriented person?
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About Nuclear Medicine Technologist

August 22nd, 2018

Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

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