Paramedic Interview Questions

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24/7 operations are like relay races where you take the baton, run with it and then pass it on smoothly. How do you make a seamless transition at shift change?

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List of 30 Paramedic Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    24/7 operations are like relay races where you take the baton, run with it and then pass it on smoothly. How do you make a seamless transition at shift change?

  2. 2.

    What are a few characteristics you think a paramedic needs to have?

  3. 3.

    How would you handle a situation where a patient has expired, and you have to cover their body and wheel them into the ambulance while a crowd of people watch?

  4. 4.

    How do you fill downtime in this job?

  5. 5.

    Have you ever suggested an improvement that was put into practice in the prehospital care field?

  6. 6.

    How do you build relationships when you join a new team?

  7. 7.

    Tell me about your experience working in teams.

  8. 8.

    Are you available to work night shifts?

  9. 9.

    Tell me in detail how you remain calm during a crisis?

  10. 10.

    Talk about a time when you had to think on your feet and make a split second decision. What was the situation and what was the outcome?

  11. 11.

    Talk about a time that you had to deal with a difficult person while on the job as a paramedic. What made the situation difficult and how did you handle it?

  12. 12.

    How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?

  13. 13.

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

  14. 14.

    How do you resolve conflict with co-workers?

  15. 15.

    What motivates you personally to be the best that you can be on the job?

  16. 16.

    How do you handle death in this job?

  17. 17.

    How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?

  18. 18.

    What drew you to emergency medicine?

  19. 19.

    Tell me about a mistake you made at work. How did you handle it?

  20. 20.

    What are your career goals?

  21. 21.

    You are the first on scene of a major injury vehicle accident with three critical patients. How do you react to each patient before additional help arrives?

  22. 22.

    Have you ever lost a patient en route to the hospital? What happened?

  23. 23.

    How are your administrative skills as they pertain to being a paramedic?

  24. 24.

    How would you handle a shift when four emergency calls are made within a two hour time?

  25. 25.

    What led you to choose to train as a paramedic?

  26. 26.

    Talk about the importance of improving your skills as a paramedic and how have you done so recently?

  27. 27.

    How would you treat a broken bone at the scene of an accident?

  28. 28.

    How would you rate your driving skills in harsh conditions and do you have experience doing so? As well, do you have any driving incidents on your record?

  29. 29.

    How do you ensure that you stay refreshed and in shape for your next shift, where you will be required to be in peak mental and physical condition?

  30. 30.

    Talk about a time where your emotions were tested in a work situation.