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Top 25 Radiation Therapists Interview Questions
Question 1 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
"My coworkers are energized by being around me. I try to stay positive, even in the most discouraging situations. Maintaining an upbeat work environment is important when working with patients who are fighting to beat cancer."
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List of Radiation Therapists Interview Questions
  1. How would your coworkers describe you?
  2. How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
  3. If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
  4. How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
  5. Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
  6. What does palliative treatment mean?
  7. Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
  8. Are you a team player?
  9. Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
  10. How do you deal with stress?
  11. Why did you choose a career in radiology?
  12. What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
  13. How would you describe your overall academic performance?
  14. When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
  15. What do you know about our healthcare facility?
  16. What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
  17. How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
  18. If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
  19. How do you stay organized?
  20. What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
  21. What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
  22. Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
  23. Tell me about your experience training others?
  24. Do you work well on your own?
  25. Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
  26. Have you ever dealt with a crisis on your shift? How did you react?
  27. How do you know if a patient is experiencing negative affects of radiation?
  28. Tell me about your relationship with the last physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.
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Radiation Therapists Information
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.
Radiation Therapists User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
"My coworkers are energized by being around me. I try to stay positive, even in the most discouraging situations. Maintaining an upbeat work environment is important when working with patients who are fighting to beat cancer."
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Question 2 of 28
How do you deal with patients who are especially weak or run down due to chemotherapy?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have five children so my tolerance level is pretty high when it comes to being around individuals who are sick and caring for them.
2.
Yes, I feel that a high level of empathy should be shown towards how they may be feeling, and they should be treated with a high level of care and consideration. It is important to know that their radiotherapy reactions may be worsened due to chemotherapy so it is important to always be understanding towards their needs and requirements.
3.
Yes I do, in fact I did 18 months of placement and I have been around patients who had chemo and they dont feel too well. You just got to offer them any support and advise they may need or refer them to one of the nurses if they would like.
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Tolerance is 20 msv only.
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I believe I do. It may be hard at times seeing people in pain but knowing that they are going through the chemo and they need the support is what will get me through.
Question 3 of 28
If a patient cannot sit still during treatment, or prior to treatment, what would you do?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would ask the patient if they were uncomfortable. I would probe to see if the forms were the issue. I would also ask them if they were nervous and try to calm there anxieties by going through the procedure and what they should expect during the treatment.
2.
I would consult with my senior as the whether or not it would be appropriate to give the patient their treatment. If we could not come to a decision we would consult the doctor in charge and ask if he was happy for the patient to be treated. I would not treat the patient if I was not confident that the patient would not be in danger if we decided to treat.
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Use of masks, molds or casts to sit the patient still and straight prior to treatment. Can talk to them before treatment to try and ease them and relax them.
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Calm the patient down, allow them to breath, offer some water and take your time with them.
5.
Try to look at what immobilisation aids could be used to change their position and thus facilitate treatment.
Question 4 of 28
How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Patients have been diagnosed with some form of cancer and radiation therapy is a non invasive procedure that kills specifically targeted tissue.
2.
Radiation therapy is a local treatment that is either prescribed as a palliative approach or a curative.
3.
Patients receive radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and to help relieve pain.
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As part of their treatment regime. Curative intent or palliative intent. Benefit outweighs the risk. Improve survival, reduce rates of recurrence, prophylactically, manage pain or attempt to halt disease progression, debulk tumour prior to surgery.
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They receive radiotherapy to help kill or control the spread of the cancer cells, to reduce chances of remission and hope to cure the patient of the disease.
Question 5 of 28
Tell me about a time when you had to be very careful in communicating delicate information.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Get help from the planning team and also try to find consultant for clarity before treating.
2.
As a senior for calcification or follow up with the RO to determine exactly what they were after and why that is so that I can better understand that treat method/ rational.
3.
If I was unsure of the treatment plan, I would contact the oncologist to get clarification.
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I would approach the planning team would produced the plan and ask them to explain it to me. If they were unsure I would approach the oncologist. I would never treat if I was unsure why or what I was doing.
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I would speak to one of my colleagues, if not see my seniors or superintendent. If am still not satisfied, I would go back to the radiation oncologist to discuss the plan.
Question 6 of 28
What does palliative treatment mean?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Palliative treatment is when a cure is not acheiveable or the pateint is less likely to survive 5 years cancer free. These treatments often include higher doses per fraction, with less fractions.
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Patients whose disease is incurable.I order to relieve the pain a treatment is given.
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Treatment to help alleviate and control symptoms as opposed to treatment to cure.
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Palliative treatment is treatment given to a patient to either reduce pain or relieve symptoms. It is used to improve the overall quality of life of a patient not cure them.
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Palliative treatment means providing symptom control without curative intent.
Question 7 of 28
Why is it important that the patient remain in the same position during each treatment?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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To ensure correct amount of dose is getting to the tumours and dose to normal tissue is minimised.
2.
Because radiation therapy involves targeting specific cells and in order to maintain accuracy, the exact position needs to be reproduced in every therapy session.
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It is important as radiotherapy is targeted and precise to particular target volume to the milimetere. And if patient moves then normal tissue may also be exposed and goes againt ALARP optimisation as set by the IRMERE
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A patients plan has been produced with them in an exact position that they were in when they were CT scanned. If we do to reproduce this position i. E. Because the patient is moving, the accuracy is reduced and the chance of missing the target volume and irradiating healthy tissue is increased.
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To ensure that the beams are targeting the tumour everday and not the healthy tissues.
Question 8 of 28
Are you a team player?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have always been able to fit easily in teams at both placement and casual work. It is great to work in a team with a shared goal. I have seen many relationships with Radiation Oncologists and I think the key is continual communication and respect for each others roles and what each person brings to the team.
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I consider my team work skills my best quality, throughout my life have always been a team member, specifically through team sports, choirs and music, and within other workplaces. My guidance from the RO is appreciated and by using the ideas of several people to attain a goal is deeply satisfying.
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I really enjoy working as part of a team and consider myself a team player. i have had really good relationships with oncologists during my time as a student.
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Teamwork is essential to radiation therapy. I enjoy the team environment and the contribution all MDT members have to providing patients with the best possible care. Enjoyable and social work environment built on trust and respect. Good communication. RO provides great opportunity to increase my knowledge and skills as an RT and good relationship with RO improves patient care.
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I very much enjoy working with a team. Teams provide support and provides a platform for problem solving involving other perspectives.
Question 9 of 28
Can you explain to me how radiation therapy kills cancer cells?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The radiation kills the cancer cells by damaging the dna of the cell and making it unreproducable.
2.
It uses high energy X rays to interact with body tissue to produce ions which kill the tumor cell. Both electrons and photons can be used depending on the depth of the tumor.
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Attack the DNA molecules in the cancer cells and destroy the cell.
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High does radiation breaks the bond the the cancerous cell, this can be a single bond break or a double bond break dependent on the event of interaction. As treatment is given to the patient at a fixed interval, i. E every day, the cancerous cell will not be able to recover as quick as the damage.
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By disrupting the DNA structure and prevengting growth in the cell cycle stage of division.
Question 10 of 28
How do you deal with stress?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am genreally very strong mineded and do not get very stressed but I play football regularly and keep active in the gym. Also I like to just relax and home and get away from work.
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Stress can actually produce a rush of adrenaline that keeps me on my toes. I am very good at multitasking and when stressful moments occur, I asses the situation and prioritize what needs to be accomplished first.
3.
I deal with stress by keeping calm and removing myself from a situation where I feel I may not be able to handle.
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I like to exercise and go to the gym. I also have a close network of friends and family who are there for me when I am finding things tough. I also like to read.
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I try to solve the issue which is causing me stress by reflecting upon the situation and creating an action plan for future references.
Question 11 of 28
Why did you choose a career in radiology?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I really care about helping patients and building trusting rapport with them. I have lost my best friend, surrogate mother and two family members to cancer. I could not be there for those people, but I can be there for my patients.
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I have experienced first hand how difficult it can be and so I have real care for patients and there families.
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I suppose the financial benefits are a minor incentive, the real aspect of the job or any is helping [atients and being genuine in doing so.
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The financial benefits where a bonus. The main reason I am going for this job is for the people, there are many people with cancer who require treatment and being able to deliver the treatment and at least help one person is the reason I opted fro radiation therapy.
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Definitely about caring for patients. I believe by working as a radiation therapist is rewardable. You make a difference in the lives of people and it is such a noble deed being able to give someone a chance to get their life back.
Question 12 of 28
What is the difference between a CT and an MRI?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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MRI is non-ionizing and gives a great view of soft tissue. MRI scans take a long time to acquire. CT using ionizing radiation, is great for imaging bone and can be acquired very quickly.
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CT gives good boney delineation while MRI provides better soft tissue definition and can show the difference between normal tissue and cancerous tissues.
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CT uses x-rays to acquire images. MRI uses a strong magnet and pulsed signalling to manipulate the nucleus hydrogen atoms, quantify their resting times and produce images processed via a computer. CT is quicker and quiet. MRI is longer with good soft tissue definition. CT has good bony anatomy information.
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Ct uses radiation to produce an image and is better at showing bony anatomy whereas MRI uses a magnetic field and hydrogen atoms in the patient and is better at showing soft tissue deliniation,
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A CT uses radiation to create a series of CT images. The CT density can be used and allows geometric accuracy. MRI is good for soft tissue differentiation and uses magnets which interact with the tissues in the body.
Question 13 of 28
How would you describe your overall academic performance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Greaduated with distinction Newcastle university 2013 SPP Tamworth 2014 Currently employed as a level 2 radiation therapist in Tamworth Experiences so far have allowed me to develop skills and knowledge required for a job as an RT.
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I have completed two years of education including two years of clinical rotations. I feel that I am ready to be an entry level therapist. However, I have been told by several seasoned therapists that new grads don't really become full team members until they have been working for at least six months to a year. I feel confident in my abilities and open to learning from everyone.
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I have had many placements both interstate and in Adelaide and I have always put in 100%. During my academic courses I have had good time management with constant employment and good grades. I have a good base knowledge which I have been able to advance during placement. I understand that in this profession I will always be learning and this is one of the things that excites me most about being a Radiation Therapist.
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Ofcourse I have a 2:1 degree and feel that I have developed key skills to become a sound radiographer.
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Yes I do I have had training for the past 3 years over which I believe I developed as a professional and will continue to do so.
Question 14 of 28
When did you realize you wanted to be a radiation therapist?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I realized I wanted to be a radiation therapist after my first day of observation. When I saw that its more than just taking a patient back and treating them, that it was more about the environment and making the patients experience as enjoyable as possible, I knew that radiation therapy was going to be my life long career and that I was personally going to change peoples lives throughout it.
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When I started that course and began to see what a difference we make to a patients life.
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During national service, I met people from all walks of life and made me realise how blessed I am. Therefore I wanted to work as someone who helped others.
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During the early stages it was not as clear to me. However after many years of placement and advancing my skills I feel that it is suited to me and I have the correct attributes to be a great radiation therapist. I really realized after about my second placement where I was placed on a machine with mainly palliative patients who were very sick and how even during early stages in my course I was able to show strong empathy and be very in tuned with patients.
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Chose RT during year 12. Spent a year in France as an exchange student after school. Given the opportunity to do work experience in a radiology clinic. Realised that I had definitely made the right decision to do RT. I was more interested in the patient contact and continuity with RT than the technical aspect required for radiography.
Question 15 of 28
What do you know about our healthcare facility?
Question 16 of 28
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
Question 17 of 28
How do you make sure you are using your time effectively?
Question 18 of 28
If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
Question 19 of 28
How do you stay organized?
Question 20 of 28
What do you think are the most important qualities of working as a radiation therapist?
Question 21 of 28
What would you do if the linear accelerator was not working correctly?
Question 22 of 28
Describe your relationship with the last physician you worked for.
Question 23 of 28
Tell me about your experience training others?
Question 24 of 28
Do you work well on your own?
Question 25 of 28
Tell me about your experience working with different machines.
Question 26 of 28
Have you ever dealt with a crisis on your shift? How did you react?
Question 27 of 28
How do you know if a patient is experiencing negative affects of radiation?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Ask patient at every treatment if he is feeling unwell. Observe if there are any unwanted side effects.
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The most important thing I can do is listen to the patient. As we build rapport, I am usually the first person they will tell about unusual symptoms. I will always check for weight loss, especially if they are wearing a mask as an immobilization device because it will fit differently. I will also check for skin changes and if the patient is not verbal, I will make sure to ask if they observe unusual effects at least once or twice a week.
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Checking the skin for any damage caused by the radiation beam, asking the patient if they're having any side effects at home (ie nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).
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I would observe a patient by checking surrounding areas of any redness of their skin, moist or dry desquamation, or any areas that looked unusual from when they first started their treatment.
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I would watch for burns or other signs of illness.
Question 28 of 28
Tell me about your relationship with the last physician you worked for. Describe your relationship.
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