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Radiation Therapists Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
How would your coworkers describe you?
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How to Answer
When you think about descriptive words for yourself, consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Think about your personality traits and how they correspond with some of the responsibilities of the job description. Reflect on some of the positive comments you have received from coworkers in the past. Pick 2-3 traits that show off some of the strengths that will make you a fantastic asset to this clinic or hospital. Don't be afraid to brag a little, but avoid sounding pompous or over-confident.

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Question 2 of 30
How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
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How to Answer
Show the interviewer 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. Display 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.

Question 3 of 30
If a patient could not sit still during treatment, what would you do?
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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 adjust them physically. You also may need to know how to talk them down if they are feeling excessively anxious or nervous. Discuss with the interviewer how you work hard to ensure patients are comfortable and still enough to proceed with their treatment.

Question 4 of 30
How does radiation therapy affect cancer patients, from your experience?
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How to Answer
As you know, the effects of radiation may vary from patient to patient. Share examples from patients you have seen throughout your career as a radiation therapist. If you want to elevate your answer, you can talk about what is happening inside the patient's body. If the cancer cells shrink or resist treatment, explain your perspective.

The advantages of radiation therapy include:

- Controls or stops the growth and division of cancer cells
- Treatments are fast and usually does not require a hospital stay
- Many patients feel well enough to continue their everyday life during treatment

The disadvantages of radiation therapy include:

- If cancer is advanced, you may need multiple treatments per week
- Side effects can include fatigue and nausea
- Skin reactions can occur, such as burning and itching

Question 5 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
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Due to the nature of your job, you will need to exercise sensitive communication with your patients. Even if they seem calm and confident, understand that they may be dealing with severe forms of cancer. It might not take much to upset or worry them as they struggle to cope with a potentially life-threatening illness. Discuss how you would communicate with a patient who was about to receive disappointing news or test results.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 09/15/2010
Last modified on: 12/30/2018

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