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30 Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion
| Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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How do you handle stressful situations?

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  1. 1.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

      Stress is inevitable and the interviewer knows that. He does not expect you to say that you are never stressed, but rather wants to see how you respond to stressful situations. If there is an experience you can refer to when describing your approach to stress resolution, share it.

      Darby's Answer

      "We all can probably think of a time that we experienced a stressful situation. I like to prepare myself in advance, as much as possible, for situations that may arise. For example, if I have several duties scheduled for a particular day, I make a list and prioritize the order that the duties need to be accomplished so that I can be goal focused. This has really helped me to not become overwhelmed and stressed."

      Darby's Answer

      "When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and do my best not to get distracted. I also like to make lists and cross off tasks as they are completed. That keeps me focused and aware of what I need to do next so that I don't become stressed."

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  2. 2.

    Do you have experience performing sonograms for obstetric patients?

      Sharing what procedures you are most familiar with will allow the interviewer to see where your strengths are and could help determine what area you are assigned to if offered a position. It is always important to remember, that if you do not have a lot of experience with a certain procedure or in a certain area, be honest. It's better to say that you don't have experience and show a willingness to learn rather than giving the impression that you are accomplished at a skill when you are not.

      Darby's Answer

      "I have done sonograms before. I enjoy them, but would really like the opportunity to do more and learn more about them and the different things that can be detected using a sonogram."

      Darby's Answer

      "I have only done a few sonograms so far. I just finished school and did have an opportunity to assist with several and do a few independently. I look forward to learning more."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes. First, you introduce yourself and explain the procedure to the patient. Then the patient is asked to lie supine and expose the abdominal region down to the pelvic area. Then apply a small amount of gel and scan."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a well-detailed answer, showcasing your knowledge and expertise. Good work!

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  3. 3.

    Can an ultrasound determine if a growth is cancerous?

      The interviewer wants to know that you have an understanding of what a specific diagnostic test can tell you. Many people will answer this question quickly without realizing what the interviewer is asking. Notice the question is not if the ultrasound will show a growth, but 'is it cancerous.' Share your knowledge.

      Darby's Answer

      "An ultrasound can show a growth, but it cannot determine what the growth is caused by and whether it is cancerous or not."

      Darby's Answer

      "While an ultrasound can give a more in depth view of an area of a suspected growth, it is not the only thing used to diagnose. It can show a growth that is specific to a cancer, but biopsies will then be ordered to give a final diagnosis."

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  4. 4.

    Salary is often commensurate with experience. How do you feel about someone with more experience than you having a higher salary but doing the same job?

      Most employers do offer higher salary incentives to get more seasoned employees. This is not meant to devalue a person's knowledge or experience, but rather paying for more experience. It is important to note that the interviewer is not saying you will definitely make less than someone with more experience. Many times this question is to see how you respond and how badly you want a position. If an employee is willing to put in the work and earn the pay increase, employers often see them as someone worth investing in. This is a good time to ask what the beginning salary is and discuss options that are negotiable such as benefits and paid time off.

      Darby's Answer

      "I realize that salaries are often determined by the amount of experience an applicant has. I appreciate the fact that employers recognize experience as a factor in determining pay and am willing to show that I am worthy."

      Darby's Answer

      "I don't have a problem with someone who has more experience than me making a higher salary. I respect the experience that others have and know that I will have to prove myself."

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  5. 5.

    Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?

      In an industry as large as healthcare, diversity among peers is inevitable. To be successful, it is crucial to learn how to work with a diverse group of people. Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is crucial to provide effective care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.

      Darby's Answer

      "The diversity of specialty areas is something I love about the healthcare field. I like the idea of being in a career that challenges me to learn and grow. I believe we all have something that we can contribute to others and I like to embrace the diversity among those that I work with."

      Darby's Answer

      "The largest diverse group I worked with was probably when I did my clinical rotation at University Medical Center. I was afforded the opportunity to meet people from different cultures, religions, and professional backgrounds. It gave me an eye-opening experience of how many wonderful people there are!"

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  6. 6.

    Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.

      Working within the medical career field you are trusted with sensitive information each day. Don't fall into this trap and answer this question with a story containing confidential information, people will view your answer negatively and view you as not being trustworthy. If you choose to tell about a situation be sure to be vague and not use names or too many details.

      Darby's Answer

      "I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the office. By not discussing confidential information about the patients I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."

      Darby's Answer

      "I am expected to keep all information confidential every day, so there is not just one instance that I can refer to. I believe in practicing within legal and ethical bounds and keeping patient's confidence is one way I do that."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I once had a young lady who had an abortion and didn't want her parents to know about it. Her parents brought her to the hospital and requested to know what was wrong with her. But since she is an adult and said I shouldn't tell her parents anything, I simply did the scan, wrote her report, sealed it, and sent them to the doctor that referred them."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This story is a very good example of patient confidentiality and building trust. Well done!

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    Do you anticipate any changes in your life within the next 12-24 months that may cause you to have to relocate or leave this job?

      Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will give the interviewer an opportunity to evaluate two things: 1. what positions are available that won't disrupt your plans and, 2. are you interested in having a long-term relationship within the company? Either way, being upfront and honest is always appreciated.

      Darby's Answer

      "I recently became engaged. Although we have not set a date yet, we have agreed to wait twelve months before the marriage. My fiance' just passed the Bar exam here and has been offered an opportunity to join an existing law firm. Presently, our plans are to stay where we are and build a career, not just work a job. Also, we do not plan on having children for at least two years after our marriage. We both feel that being able to become established in our careers and save for our future would be the responsible thing to do before starting a family."

      Darby's Answer

      "I recently completed radiology school and became certified. My hope is to find a position that will allow me to work long term. I do not anticipate any significant changes that would affect that."

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  8. 8.

    What would you describe as your biggest weakness?

      This is probably one of the most dreaded questions in a job interview. Answering this question requires self evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a key characteristic needed to perform your job as a radiographer.

      Darby's Answer

      "I think one of my biggest weaknesses is that I can get sidetracked easily. I recognize that in myself and have made a conscious effort to plan my day as much as possible and to stay on target."

      Darby's Answer

      "One of my weaknesses is that I often get nervous around people I don't know. I know we all do that to a certain degree, but for me, it has become something that I am aware of. I now try to attend social activities where I know there are going to be opportunities to meet new people so that I can overcome social anxiety."

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  9. 9.

    Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?

      Unless you work in a job where you have no human contact or interaction, being able to work well within a team is a crucial skill. Describe what makes you feel like you are a good team player to the interviewer.

      Darby's Answer

      "Yes, I do feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I enjoy working with others and want to always do my part to make the teamwork work."

      Darby's Answer

      "I definitely feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I am easy to get along with and am eager to learn from those with more experience."

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  10. 10.

    What disorders may be diagnosed using a transvaginal ultrasound?

      Ultrasounds are used to examine different areas of the body. The name of a type of ultrasound will tell the radiographer what structures are to be examined. For example, a transvaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to make pictures of the organs inside the pelvis. The interviewer wants to know that you understand possible diagnoses that may occur as a result of this test.

      Darby's Answer

      "Abnormality of the structure of the fallopian tubes or uterus can be seen with a transvaginal ultrasound. Additionally, pelvic inflammatory disease, also known as PID, which is an infection of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes."

      Darby's Answer

      "A transvaginal ultrasound may be used to diagnose fibroid tumors or cysts on the ovaries, to help find a displaced IUD, or to visualize kidney stones. The bladder is also visible on this ultrasound which allows some urinary abnormalities to be detected."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Polycystic ovary, endometrial hyperplasia, pelvic inflammatory disease, early ectopic pregnancy."

      Rachelle's Answer

      A good display of your knowledge.

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  11. 11.

    What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations with their organization. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

      Darby's Answer

      "I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."

      Darby's Answer

      "I feel I have the education and skills necessary to become an asset to your organization and I believe, given the opportunity, I can prove that."

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  12. 12.

    What can an ultrasound detect?

      Doctors employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body, including the heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid, and testicles. Radiographers are trained to know what where anatomical structures are located and to see abnormalities in those structures. The interviewer wants to know that you know possibilities of what may be detected when you perform an ultrasound.

      Darby's Answer

      "An ultrasound is used to create images of soft tissue structures to see if there is any abnormality. Abnormalities may include cysts, tumors, and abnormal blood flow due to clogged arteries or alterations in vessel integrity."

      Darby's Answer

      "Ultrasounds may be used to capture images of soft tissue organs such as the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and other organs and parts of the body. These images are used to help determine if there is any abnormality, such as a growth or malformation. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Ultrasound can detect abnormalities in different organs of the body, such as the liver, kidney, bowels, uterus, bladder, etc."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good! I like that your answer is straightforward and easy for anyone to understand.

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  13. 13.

    Tell me about a type of fracture that you may see on an xray.

      There are many types of fractures, but the main categories are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed. Because of the unique properties of their bones, there are some defined fracture subtypes that present only in children. As a radiographer, identifying what type of fracture a patient is experienced is one of your responsibilities. The interviewer wants to know that you are able to differentiate between fractures.

      Darby's Answer

      "There are four main categories of fractures. Those categories are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed. Displaced and non-displaced fractures refer to the alignment of the fractured bone. A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin."

      Darby's Answer

      "There are actually several types of fractures. A non-displaced fracture occurs when the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and maintains its proper alignment. When an open fracture occurs, the bone breaks through the skin. In some open fractures, the bone may stay exposed; in others, it may draw back into the wound and no longer be visible."

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    What are some different types of ultrasound images?

      Ultrasounds are used for various reasons. Depending on the reason for a test, different types of images are used. There are four types of ultrasound images. The interviewer wants to know that you have an understanding of these types of images. Share your knowledge.

      Darby's Answer

      "There are a couple of different types of images that can be used, and the test ordered will determine which one isThe most commonly used ultrasound picture is a series of flat, two-dimensional cross section images of the scanned tissue. It is referred to as a 2D ultrasound."

      Darby's Answer

      "A 2D ultrasound consists of a group of flat, two-dimensional cross section images of a scanned structure. 3D ultrasounds project 2D images and project them into three dimensional images. 4D ultasounds are created by updating 3d ultrasound images in rapid succession. Finally, doppler ultrasounds evaluate blood flow as it moves through blood vessels."

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  15. 15.

    If you were the person responsible for hiring new employees, what qualities would you look for in a candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?

      There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are important to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see certain characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

      Darby's Answer

      "I believe that honesty is important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and co-workers."

      Darby's Answer

      "If I were hiring someone, I would look for someone who is passionate about the job and about patient care. I also feel that being approachable and willing to learn is very important."

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  16. 16.

    Would you ever consider relocation? If so, what areas are you open to?

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  17. 17.

    What is the purpose of a carotid doppler ultrasound?

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  18. 18.

    What structures are visible when a pelvic ultrasound is done?

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  19. 19.

    What disorders may be diagnosed using ultrasound technology?

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  20. 20.

    How would you respond to an emergency situation at work?

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  21. 21.

    What made you choose the field of radiology as a career?

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  22. 22.

    Can you think of a time that you had a disagreement with a boss or co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?

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  23. 23.

    What can you tell me about a bone density test?

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  24. 24.

    What colors do you expect to see on an xray and what do those colors represent?

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  25. 25.

    Radiographers in our facility often work on rotation. Are you prepared to work evenings, weekends, overtime and holidays as required?

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  26. 26.

    What are symptoms that may be reported that may cause a physician to order an xray of a bone?

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  27. 27.

    What do you think are some good characteristics of a radiographer?

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  28. 28.

    What are possible side effects of using a contrast medium?

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  29. 29.

    What is barium?

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  30. 30.

    What abnormality can be seen on an xray?

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