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Question 1 of 30
What was your schedule at your last position? Are you okay adjusting to a new shift?
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List of Paramedic Interview Questions
  1. What was your schedule at your last position? Are you okay adjusting to a new shift?
  2. What are a few traits you think a paramedic needs to have?
  3. How would you handle working with a teammate with less experience that caused you to carry the workload?
  4. What can you bring to the job that exceeds what other candidates can bring?
  5. What motivates you?
  6. Tell me how you remain calm, in detail, during a crisis?
  7. How do you handle death?
  8. How do you build relationships when you join a new team?
  9. How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?
  10. Have you ever suggested a improvement that was put into practice in the paramedic field?
  11. How do you resolve conflict with co-workers?
  12. 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 seamless transitions on shift changes?
  13. What gives you the greatest joy as a Paramedic?
  14. What drew you to emergency medicine?
  15. Tell me about a mistake you made at work. How did you handle it?
  16. Tell me about yourself.
  17. What is your greatest achievement so far?
  18. What part of your duties as a Paramedic do you dislike the most?
  19. Tell me about your experience working in teams.
  20. If you are the first on scene and notice 3 almost fatal injuries, how do you react to each patient before help arrives?
  21. Why do you want to work for our organization?
  22. What are your career goals?
  23. How do you fill downtime?
  24. How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
  25. Have you ever lost a patient en route to the hospital? What happened?
  26. What would your previous co-workers say about your work performance?
  27. How would you rate your skills at creating a patient care report?
  28. How would you handle a situation where a patient has expired, and you have to cover their body and wheel them into the vehicle while a crowd of people watch.
  29. How would you handle a shift when four emergency calls are made all within a two hour time.
  30. Tell me about your previous boss.
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August 22nd, 2017

Paramedics are healthcare workers who provide emergency medical aid to patients who are injured in an accident or who suffer some type of medical emergency. They are usually the first to arrive on the scene in case of an accident, emergency or any other crisis that requires immediate specialist medical treatment and care. At the scene of the emergency, paramedics administer the appropriate emergency medical treatment after quickly evaluating the patient's condition.
You can become a paramedic after completing the appropriate paramedic student course or completing an internship as a student paramedic. This is a highly demanding job and on-the-job experience is a must. No employer will hire a paramedic who does not have any hands-on experience in this field. The ability to stay calm and make quick decisions under pressure, emotional resilience and physical stamina are all crucial skills in this role. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also important. Paramedics are required to have a heavy driving license as they are often required to drive the ambulance in emergencies.
Why did you choose to become a paramedic is likely to be the first question you are asked at your job interview. Other questions you are sure to be asked are whether you know exactly what this role involves and whether you have what it takes to do what is required. How you answer these questions will make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful interview. Be better prepared for your upcoming paramedic interview by preparing answers to list of questions you will find at Mock Questions.
Paramedic User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
What was your schedule at your last position? Are you okay adjusting to a new shift?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am used to working 9:15 until 3:25 where due to sixth form and I also work around 7 hours a week at my part time job but these shifts can change so yes I used to adjusting to new shifts.
2.
I worked shifts in my last position so would have no problem adusting.
3.
My Schedule was typically 10 hour days, 6 days a week. I am excited with undertaking shift work again, I enjoy working nights and with the lifestyle friendly roster.
4.
Night shifts late and earlys.
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My last position required me to days, evenings and weekends. Yes, I adapt well to change.
Question 2 of 30
What are a few traits you think a paramedic needs to have?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Courage. Ability to think on their feet. Calm mindset. Ability to be a team player.
2.
Caring, compassionate, skill full, emphatic.
3.
Patienice, active listening.
4.
The ability to work well with others, in particular a partner which you spend a lot of time with on shift. Patients but also the ability to think fast in situations that can change at anytime, good ability to adapt on demand and think though problems, finding solutions.
5.
Calm, caring good at comforting people. Strong minded.
Question 3 of 30
How would you handle working with a teammate with less experience that caused you to carry the workload?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would do what had to be done at the time whilst ensuring im showing the teammate exactly what im doing in case it is down to lack of knowledge. The more the person knows, the more weight they can pull.
2.
Talk in private and explain how you feel, however take the lead and do not let the quality of patient care decrease.
3.
Theres always a dynamic in a team. The team wont possess equal skills. It's about uncovering what each individual has and utilising them to their potential. A good team will interact and share their skills so everyone can evolve.
4.
I don't believe that anyone no matter of the skills someone may or not have will be a burden. I would help teach them the skills that I may have and hope they can teach me something I'm not to strong at. Everyone was at the same stage before they had someone teach them something.
5.
I would explain that although it wasnt the persons fault I would need to speak to somebody in management to resolve the issue.
Question 4 of 30
What can you bring to the job that exceeds what other candidates can bring?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Excellent communication skills after experience working with a variety of people. Experience of staying calm in a tense situation.
2.
I am a blank canvas, and a sponge for information and learning. I am keen to learn and develop new skills that I am compassionate about.
3.
Since I am a senior in college, I would say I have more time to contribute, and I may be more mature than others. I am not lost, I know exactly what I want and how to achieve it.
4.
Being able to work in stressful situations.
5.
Firstly I am bilingual which is very convenient when patients are more comfortable speaking in their mother tongue. I also have a very unique work experience coming from an isolated community. I am used to having little to no resources, no allied services, working with language barriers. Since I was a part time paramedic I am also used to switching partners and adjusting to different team chemistry.
Question 5 of 30
What motivates you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When I was life flighted for a tracheal infection.
2.
Well, growing up with a brother who has golden har syndrome, I have developed a habit of helping those in need, it makes me content.
3.
A paramedic inspried me when he helped my nan when she broke her hip.
4.
I, ve always had a desire to help people. Its always given me a sense of achievement when I have made a difference to someone.
5.
My need to help people has always been there. I think though my need is growing day by day, from when my brother was born I felt the need to support him and help him, then when my friend broke his collar bone I was there to help him through the pain, but the main need was when my class mate had a seizure in class and I was there to provide vital first aid, that was when my need exploded.
Question 6 of 30
Tell me how you remain calm, in detail, during a crisis?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
First of all I assess the situation. Danger is always first to be assessed, if danger is not present then we go in remembering that we have trained for these types of scenarios calming the patient and bystanders down. Once the patient is assessed we treat the patient accordingly and decide on an exit strategy either by ambulance or by family members.
2.
I would imagine myself in the patients shoes, and know that I must keep calm to help them efficiently.
3.
Think about the situation, assess the problem, plan a resolution, action the plan and reflect on what you have done and if you could improve anything.
4.
You need to put aside anything thoughts and feelings you may have about the situation and deal with the job that you are there to do. You need to try and think about everything that is best for the individual you are dealing with and then you can reflect on it after. It is important to reflect to improve your personal development.
5.
I switch off any emotions that may cloud my decision making. I then assess the situation as see who is most vulnerable. If there are people around who are related to the crisis but isnt a victim, I would take them to a place of safety or comfort away from the situation to avoid further upset. Then focus on what needs to be done in a calm and collected manner.
Question 7 of 30
How do you handle death?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have had loss in my life and personally I believe that death needs to be treated with a huge amount of respect and dignity. However I understand that in this profession death can play a big part and understand that there cannot be anything that gets in the way of doing the job and so I have and would face death with a brave and professional face but also make sure that my empathy for relatives is felt.
2.
I see death as a place of peace and it is unavoidable. What can make it hard are the circumstances in which the person passes away. I am good at detaching myself from emotions whilst still being able to comfort those effected.
3.
With respect and dignity that the person deserves. I understand that there is a cycle of life, and death is normal and there is nothing you can do about it.
4.
I must be honest and say that I haven't yet had to deal with death in a real life scenario. You have to take yourself out of the situation I believe. Whilst it will never be a nice experience by taking a step back and thinking about the fact that it happens to everyone it can help to process what you see.
5.
I am able to respond well in situations where people are deceased, I understand it is important to be respectful and have compassion for the people who are with the person.
Question 8 of 30
How do you build relationships when you join a new team?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By respecting others experience and working as part of a team.
2.
Contact your senior men and take advice.
3.
I would be open and friendly, always willing to learn, and respectful of the existing team dynamics but willing to offer my input if appropriate.
4.
By working with them through teamwork and contributing to the varoius situations.
5.
I would prove my worth and let them know when I need help and not pretend to know everything and admit my faults. I would let them know I am will to help with whatever they need without being abused, for lack of a lighter term.
Question 9 of 30
How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would pull them aside and calm down the relative, letting them know that the calmer they stay the better the outcome will be. Inform them that being calm will calm the child down and will help the situation.
2.
Calm them down and have dignity and respect for the child. Have an empathetic approach.
3.
I would comfort them and reassure them the child get hurt and they generally recover better then adults. I would calm the relative as they aren't helping the the child as a child will react to our reaction more then they would if we didn't react. Having the person staying close by and watching the assessment of the child (if possible) to show them that we are confident and competent.
4.
Reassure them tha you are doing all you can to help their child and keep them informed every step. Attempt to calm them down and encourage them to stay strong and calm for their child.
5.
There are many possible ways you can interact with someone under these circumstances. Often times people feel helpless, if you are able to direct them to a task that helps with in the current circumstances it can often help them focus and feel as if they are contributing to the situation. Other times you have to take a second to explain to them what is going on, so that they do not feel as helpless.
Question 10 of 30
Have you ever suggested a improvement that was put into practice in the paramedic field?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Conduct, attire, uniform, cleanliness.
2.
This is difficult to give a straight answer. There are a lot of improvements that could and should be made in the EMS profession. I have known volunteer corps that have the utmost professional volunteers where big city for-profit ambulances that have some of the most unprofessional acting EMT's I have ever met. I think its a by-state issue where each state needs to enforce their standards of EMS and that often companies should be more proactive in selecting better-suited EMT's as well as training them to be more professional outside of knowing their protocols. They could also offer incentives to attract more of the better qualified candidates rather than just accepting all the basics straight out of class newbies. But then again this profession has a high turnover rate so this isn't a fix it solution. It really depends on the area. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.
3.
By leaning and having more courses.
4.
Through personal development and training.
5.
They could have eac paramedic specialze in a certain area of incidents. This means the victims will be distributed the staff that are most experienced within the type of situation.
Question 11 of 30
How do you resolve conflict with co-workers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Fine, I have good coping mechanisms.
2.
Take your time or be careful of what you are doing to prevent accident.
3.
I would analyse what was happening to make an assessment of what was happening . This would enable me to be focused on the task and reduce my stress. In the past I have had to deal with major accidents on the water. The worst being when a chentleman fell over board with a rope around his leg. This was dragging him face down. If I had panic he would of drowned instead I stopped the boat and got his head above water. Then checking his legs dealt with the major bleeding that had happened.
4.
Break down the problem then act accordingly.
5.
Keep calm, work methodically and avoid letting it bother me. If I remain stressed afterwards, then talk to someone or excersize.
Question 12 of 30
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 seamless transitions on shift changes?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I make sure that a following truck is prepped and ready for a call. I would make sure all base duties are done with time to spare before shift change. I make small talk with on coming crew, discuss how the day was, relay any information work related if necessary. Prior to leaving I double check with oncoming crew if there is anything they need before we leave shift.
2.
Have a systematic transition. Always thorough, have clear communication.
3.
Pass on any necessary information and not leave until the other person fully understands.
4.
Being a Paramedic is not like working a 9-5 job, it is not always possible to leave exactly at the time you should, alothough, I would ensure I was at my job at least 15-20 minutes early so if a call came in, I would take it rather than a crew member having to stay late.
5.
Ensure you do not clock out until the other person is ready to action.
Question 13 of 30
What gives you the greatest joy as a Paramedic?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Being able to treat someone straight away if needed rather than waiting for back up.
2.
At the end of the day, regardless if its a good day or a bad day, I can always say I am proud of what I do. It brings me much joy knowing I am making a difference in the world, and that gives me great meaning to my life.
3.
Helping people every day you are on shift.
4.
I always look smart and advanced in the job.
5.
Helping people, saving their lives, seeing them smiling.
Question 14 of 30
What drew you to emergency medicine?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
As a young adult there is something thrilling about emergency medicine, not knowing what will happen next. Now that I am older, I realize emergency medicine is very important, sometimes making the difference between life and death. Not many people can handle a job that is so demanding and that requires so much devotion. After playing high level sports my whole like, I truly understand the meaning of commitment, and I am committed to making emergency medicine better.
2.
Natural progression, this has naturally happened through my working life.
3.
Insiration from a paramedic.
4.
Because I have a lot of respect for the staff and the work they do and I know that someone has to do the job and I feel that I am one of those people.
5.
Variety, and the ability to practice pretty much autonomously within certain guidelines, and the fact that I enjoy meeting a people from all different backgrounds.
Question 15 of 30
Tell me about a mistake you made at work. How did you handle it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When learning to operating heavy machinery I was required to perform a task I was unfamiliar with, I calmed myself, took a deep breath and ran through the steps in my head before proceeding . I kept myself very aware of my surroundings to ensure I had not missed anything and proceeded with the task. Once completed I checked in with the other operator to ensure I had done it properly.
2.
I attended an emergency at an airfield and due to the nature of the emergency I needed to see all of those people aboard the aircraft. They were all more superior than myself and did not consent straight away. I was under a lot of pressure first of all to attend the emergency quickly with all the kit I required. Secondly, I had a duty of care to those who refused my treatment so I managed to convince them to be seen.
3.
Snow, working as a team leader, sorting out vehicles, breakdowns.
4.
Meeting tight delivery schedules in the blus light industry.
5.
Helping paramedics with handover whilst blue lighting a family member to hospital.
Question 16 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Check the scene safety for danger, approach patient and check for level of consciousness.
2.
Notify dispatch, decide which bags seem necessary. Attempt to make patient contact as my partner and I eye up the scene for any unsafe/suspicious findings. As we proceed we make patient contact and run our call.
3.
Ensuring my safety, scene, do I need extra rescourses.
4.
Assessment of the area or check for dangers before attending to the victim.
5.
Assess the situation airway, breathing and circulation of the patient . Having all the equipment to hand, staying focused and calm and deal with the situation appropriately.
Question 17 of 30
What is your greatest achievement so far?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Working with heavy machinery and never having an accident or incident.
2.
My greatest achievement is my level of independence that I've acquired. At a younger age than most, I've become a paramedic, moved to isolated aboriginal land, and gained work experience. I am now demonstrating that exact independence by being ready to move on to the next step of my life with NEMS
3.
My children, bringing them up on my own whilst working full time, te three peaks challenge, marathons.
4.
I appeared at accident sciene three people unconcious and I manage to rescue them and there was no lose of life.
5.
My greatest achievement thus far would be getting certified in three states. I persevered through many major set backs and still achieved my intended goal. Nothing else in life gives me as much passion and zeal as working in the medical field.
Question 18 of 30
What part of your duties as a Paramedic do you dislike the most?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
The time wasters, going out to people who abuse the NHS
2.
Being called to time wasting call outs.
3.
Dealing with people who are ungrateful for your assistance.
4.
Seeing people hurt or distraught. I want to fix things, and sometimes not everything can be fixed.
5.
Away from the patients, there has recently been an increase in form filling with procedures a little complicated and ill thought out. Streamlining these would be most welcome.
Question 19 of 30
Tell me about your experience working in teams.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I believe I am a great member of a team. I understand everyone is an individual with strengths and weaknesses and will recognise these areas and ensure the team is as strong as possible. Being a team player is critical in this job to succeed and have the best outcomes for our patients.
2.
I enjoy teamwork, I value other peoples ideas and enjoy making group decisions as much as I enjoy making my own. I feel as though I work well in the group dynamic as I can also bring new ideas to the table and I feel as though my personality helps me to work in harmony with other members of staff.
3.
Understanding and coporative.
4.
I am a team player and prefer to work with others. Much more can be accomplished with several people working together effectively as opposed to one person trying to do everything themself.
5.
All the professional experience I have has incorporated team work. Giving me several years of experience. At Footlocker as part of the customer service team I
Question 20 of 30
If you are the first on scene and notice 3 almost fatal injuries, how do you react to each patient before help arrives?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Triage and assess each patient.
2.
Ensure open airway and catastrophic injuries are addressed.
3.
Triage the patients using triage cards that are clearly marked so that crews arriving can see them. Delegate once help arrives and in the mean time, attend to the most seriously ill patient, using ABC as a guide.
4.
I will assess the rate of the injuries treat them accordingly and call for help.
5.
I would start to triage them as fast as I could and do a very quick look over the injuries. I would have my partner help me after they call for extra backup.
Question 21 of 30
Why do you want to work for our organization?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Teaching hospital since 1700's, teaching midwifes, other health care professinals, you have simulated ambualnces and patients houses, lecturers.
2.
Is life saving organization and is very good.
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Its veyt important to fulfil work load effectively.
4.
Founded in 2001 as Aeromed 365, providing paramedic led bed-to-bed repatriation services on an international scale. Taken over in 2014 by IPRS group and renamed IPRS Aeromed, this allowed an increase in infrastructure and scale, and now includes other specialist paramedic services to be provided.
5.
You are an NHS Trust organisation, you cover a massive geographical area that includes urban and rural areas, as well as busy motorways. Yo respond to half a million calls per year.
Question 22 of 30
What are your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I want to become senior cordinator paramedic.
2.
I hope for this to be a life long career plan.
3.
To work as a paramedic in the NHS and private sectors to greater or lesser degrees.
4.
I have the desire to progress as a paramedic afterwards as I enjoy working in a healthcaring environment, which brings me the opportunity where I can try out new challenges.
5.
To apply to do a BSc in paramedic science in order to gain more knowledge about the job itself.
Question 23 of 30
How do you fill downtime?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I surf, teach boxing, box, play golf, support the GWS giants and hang out with my friends and girlfriend at the beach etc.
2.
I spend time with my family, enjoy the beach and camping and I enjoy cooking.
3.
Reading, listening to music, relaxing with friends, gardening.
4.
Switching off from the job and trying to relax. Off load to team mates if needed.
5.
By keeping as fit as possible (by running), playing the piano to relax and by spending as much time with my family as possible.
Question 24 of 30
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would speak to a line manager.
2.
Roll up my sleves and get the job done.
3.
Inform your boss or seek permission.
4.
By limiting their effect as far as possible, including obtaining the appropriate treatment for injuries and by keeping my employer fully informed of any impacts on my work.
5.
Contact supervisor, or people on duty to inform them of tardiness or absence as soon as possible.
Question 25 of 30
Have you ever lost a patient en route to the hospital? What happened?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It's probably unavoidable. In my case, resuscitaiton procedures are well set out and implemented as long as there are no DNAR orders in place.
2.
I have never lost a patient en route to hospital although I have experienced a patient going into cardiac arrest on scene, before transport to hospital. Full ALS protocol and swift transport followed.
3.
No, luckily we arrived at the hospital just in time to save the patient.
4.
I have yet to be en route to the hospital with a patient due to the nature of my last position.
5.
Well we was continuing resuscitation on are journey, and we had to make a time of death scene. It was sad, very sad, but I had to stay cool and calm.
Question 26 of 30
What would your previous co-workers say about your work performance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes. I remember missing many IVs, but especially one on a critical patient that had huge veins. I then heard from my preceptor a tip for putting in the IV and since then I have been able to get the IV nearly every time. It pays off to listen to constructive criticism.
2.
I have, and reflection allows for full understanding of any mistake to be made and reduces the possibility of repetition.
3.
I am not a paramedic currently, however everybody makes mistakes now and then but if you have the knowledge and ability do the job properly mistakes would be a lot easier to resist.
4.
I am not a paramedic. Have I ever made mistakes as a basic? Definitely.
5.
A couple, but that's a typical part of the job. I have accidentally made a wrong route to my journey as my msp screen was broken that day, and slow and I didn't realise, I have tripped a young lady up, (once) but she realised it was an accident as I was I'll that day, I went home. But I completely apologised to her, and she laughed, I was upset, but I had to stay calm obviously as a part of my routine.
Question 27 of 30
How would you rate your skills at creating a patient care report?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I feel very comfortable creating Patient Care Reports, after 6.5 years of experience I have solidified a good method that works for me and have received lots of good feedback with regards to my documentation.
2.
Good but there is always room for improvement.
3.
Not as good as I would like, my background is with the fire service and the pcrs I usually fill out are not as detailed as an ambulance pcr.
4.
I rate my skills as being very good but maybe room for improvement.
5.
I have a great attention to detail.
Question 28 of 30
How would you handle a situation where a patient has expired, and you have to cover their body and wheel them into the vehicle while a crowd of people watch.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
With respect and try not to take any notice of the crowd.
2.
Hi would cover them up giving the dignity and respect.
3.
I would act professionally and make sure there is compassion and dignity shown.
4.
I would first ask the crowd before leaving the address if they wouldnt mind showing some respect to the patient by turning away and giving ourselves and the family some space. Following this I would ensure the patient was covered to preserve dignity and make a quick transition to the ambulance, again asking people if they wouldnt mind turning away for a moment and offering a few words of comfort to anyone who appeared distressed by the situation.
5.
You make a man wall clear the route of travel to the vehicle.
Question 29 of 30
How would you handle a shift when four emergency calls are made all within a two hour time.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Take each one as they come until we completed them all.
2.
I would request to speak to a line manager and speak with my peers.
3.
We divide ourself to the scien of accident.
4.
I would focus mainly on patient treatment and fill out the paperwork later. I would make sure in the quick time between the calls I can get whatever supplies out that I can. In these instances there is really nothing else you can do but focus on the patient.
5.
Deal with everyone with great importance and take some time out as soon as possible.
Question 30 of 30
Tell me about your previous boss.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am not a paramedic yet, I know there is a lot more to being a paramedic than saving lives that is a small part of the role.
2.
Yes and make a difference in the community.
3.
No, I became a Paramedic to help people and to try to make a difference. I realise that this difference is often going to be small - but that it can add up to something that saves lives. Every so often however, you do get to save a life as a Paramedic, and it means a lot to be able to do that too.
4.
Yes and no, that is part of the job but also to make a meaningful difference to people who do not need life saving care.
5.
I would like to think I could save lives but I became a paramedic to assist in any emergency and to use my training as needed.
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