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Top 25 Radiation Therapists Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 2 of 28
How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
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"I take time to check in with my patients to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. I show them I care by following up with them when they tell me about their job, their family or anything else going on in their life."
Show how you go above and beyond to be sensitive to the needs of your patients. Even though your role is more focused on the technical side of treatment, each patient interaction is an opportunity to make a positive difference in their life. Individuals dealing with cancer may find themselves spending most of the days going in and out of doctor's offices and hospitals. Show the interviewer that you understand the weight of carrying such a life-threatening burden. Even if you haven't experienced it personally, you can still show empathy and be willing to listen to your patient's concerns. Tell the interviewer, "I take time to check in with my patients to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. I show them I care by following up with them when they tell me about their job, their family or anything else going on in their life."
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Question 3 of 28
If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
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"It depends. I ask a lot of questions of my patients when I find out they are undergoing additional treatments or medications, because I know how it can affect them. Helping them to remain calm by setting a tone of being relaxed myself typically makes a difference. I speak in a soothing voice when my patients are nervous and I remind them that I'm there to help and happy to answer questions."
Patients may have trouble remaining still for various reasons. Shakiness, irritability or anxiety may be a symptom of their condition or medications they may be taking. You may need to physically adjust them. You also may need to know how to talk them down if they are feeling excessively anxious or nervous. You may consider answering this question with, "It depends. I ask a lot of questions of my patients when I find out they are undergoing additional treatments or medications, because I know how it can affect them. Helping them to remain calm by setting a tone of being relaxed myself typically makes a difference. I speak in a soothing voice when my patients are nervous and I remind them that I'm there to help and happy to answer questions."
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Question 4 of 28
How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
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Share an example of one of your patients who went through treatment. How did they respond to the radiation? As you know, the affects may vary from patient to patient. Take it to the next level and see if you can talk about what is actually happening inside the patient's body. If the cancer cells shrink or resist treatment, explain your perspective. What are the side effects, positive or negative?
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Question 5 of 28
Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
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"I performed a radiation treatment on a woman with breast cancer. We noticed that as she continued with her treatment over a period of time, she was not showing signs of improvement. She asked me, 'How does everything look?' and I didn't want to scare her with my response. So, I told her, 'Things look stable, but you may want to talk more with the oncologist to get the details. Right now we think it's a good idea to continue radiation.'"
Due to the nature of your job, you will need to be highly sensitive with your patients. Even if they seem calm and confident, understand that they may be dealing with serious forms of cancer. It might not take much to upset them or send them over the edge as they struggle to cope with such a serious health issue. Give an example, like this:

"I performed a radiation treatment on a woman with breast cancer. We noticed that as she continued with her treatment over a period of time, she was not showing signs of improvement. She asked me, 'How does everything look?' and I didn't want to scare her with my response. So, I told her, 'Things look stable, but you may want to talk more with the oncologist to get the details. Right now we think it's a good idea to continue radiation.'"
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Question 6 of 28
What does palliative treatment mean?
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Question 7 of 28
Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
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Question 8 of 28
Are you a team player?
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Question 9 of 28
Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
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Question 10 of 28
How do you deal with stress?
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Question 11 of 28
Why did you choose a career in radiology?
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Question 12 of 28
What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
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Question 13 of 28
How would you describe your overall academic performance?
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Question 14 of 28
When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
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Question 15 of 28
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
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Question 16 of 28
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 17 of 28
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
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Question 18 of 28
If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
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Question 19 of 28
How do you stay organized?
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Question 20 of 28
What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
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Question 21 of 28
What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
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Question 22 of 28
Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
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Question 23 of 28
Tell me about your experience training others?
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Question 24 of 28
Do you work well on your own?
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Question 25 of 28
Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
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Question 26 of 28
Have you ever dealt with a crisis on your shift? How did you react?
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Question 27 of 28
How do you know if a patient is experiencing negative affects of radiation?
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Question 28 of 28
Tell me about your relationship with the last physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.
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About Radiation Therapists

August 26th, 2017

Radiation therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in operating various types of radiation equipment that is used to treat cancer and other diseases. They are employed by hospitals, outpatient centers, and physician clinics. As part of their tasks, radiation therapists explain the procedure to patients, inspect, operate and maintain the equipment, monitor the patient for any adverse reaction and maintain detailed records of every procedure.
While a 12-month certificate program may qualify you to work as a radiation therapist, your job opportunities will be limited. Most employers will give preference to candidates who have completed a bachelor's or associate's degree in radiation therapy and who also have some work experience in the field. You can get the necessary experience by completing an internship under the supervision of an experienced radiation therapist. Most states also require radiation therapists to certified or licensed. Meticulous attention to detail, physical stamina, and strong interpersonal and technical skills are important qualities for this role.
Your interview questions will largely focus on your knowledge of the procedures as well as the safety measures involved in using radiation equipment. You must have thorough knowledge of these two areas for any employer to even consider hiring you. You must also convince them of your interest in working in this particular role and your passion for helping people who are ill. Practising how to answer some of the more commonly asked questions will help you be more prepared and more confident at your interview. You can find these questions listed at Mock Questions.

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