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30 Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion
Updated November 17th, 2018 | 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.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

2.

How would you respond to an emergency situation at work?

Depending on the situation, you will want to respond quickly and make yourself available to assist the doctor in any way you can. Be aware of the surroundings and also observe the patient. Your best response will be one where you are sensitive to the situation by listening closely to the doctor and nurses involved. There may not be anything you can do to help, but if you get in the way, you could definitely create more problems. Ask what you can do and pay attention. If you need to step aside, be respectful and understanding.

Darby's Answer #1

"If an emergency were to arise, I would wait patiently for the doctors orders and assist her or him in whatever she or he needs."

Darby's Answer #2

"That really depends on the situation. I always try to remember to remain as calm as possible and report to my designated area as quickly as possible and follow emergency protocol."

3.

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

While relocation may not be a determining factor for employment, larger companies almost always ask this question. The important thing to remember is, if you are 100% confident that you are willing to relocate, answer yes. However, if there is any hesitation, there are ways to answer this question without an emphatic NO.

Darby's Answer #1

"I have never really thought about relocating. However, I think it would be something I would consider within reason. I would be interested in hearing what positions you have available and where they are located."

Darby's Answer #2

"I have done a bit of traveling and I am open to the idea of relocation. I would like to find a place where I can put down roots and grow with a company."

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

5.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

6.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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!"

7.

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

When an interviewer asks a question like this, he is usually trying to see what characteristics or traits you may be 'bringing to the game,' so to speak. When you answer this question, try to think about what you would like to see in a person who is providing care for you or a loved one.

Darby's Answer #1

" I think a radiographer should be kind and sympathetic. Having to have an xray or ultrasound done can be frightening for some people and if I can make my patient feel at ease, I think that is an important characteristic."

Darby's Answer #2

"A radiographer should definitely be kind and show genuine concern for patients. Being sick can be very stressful situation and showing concern often causes the patients to feel more comfortable."

Anonymous Answer

"Excellent communication skills, polite and friendly, patient, and, most importantly, must have a good knowledge of his/her job."

Rachelle's Answer

These are important characteristics, for sure! Be sure to mention that you have these qualities, and how you exude them in your work.

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8.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

9.

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

There are several reasons a physician may order an xray. Because all tests need an appropriate diagnosis code, the physician will to have documentation of subjective and/or objective symptoms. Share what you symptoms you would expect to be common when a bone injury is suspected.

Darby's Answer

"Pain is on of the most common indicators that something is wrong anywhere in the body. Complaints of bone or joint pain, swelling or tenderness and bruising are also common reasons ."

10.

What structures are visible when a pelvic ultrasound is done?

This is another question that will show the interviewer you have a clear understanding of anatomy, which is crucial for a radiographer. Being able to identify normal structures within the body helps a radiographer notice abnormalities, if they are present. Give some examples of what body structures may be visible.

Darby's Answer #1

"There are several structures that can be seen on a pelvic ultrasound. There are more organs present in the female body than the male, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. In both men and women, the bladder is visible."

Darby's Answer #2

"The uterus, fallopian tubes and bladder are a few structures that are visible with a pelvic ultrasound. In men, the prostate gland and seminal vesicles are also visible."

11.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

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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12.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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."

13.

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

Any time you work with someone else, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your co-workers. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

Darby's Answer #1

"I believe if we think about it, each of us could remember at least one disagreement with a friend or co-worker. Although I consider myself to be pretty easy-going, I am also very passionate about my patients and the care that they receive. I have been aware of disagreements between other co-workers, but really like to think of myself as more of a peacekeeper. I feel like professional people should be able to discuss things logically and come to an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone involved."

Darby's Answer #2

"I am a pretty easy-going person and do my best to avoid conflict. Like anyone else, I am sure there have been times that a co-worker and I have had a difference of opinion, but there has never been an instance that the disagreement was something that would have interfere with my work."

14.

What is the purpose of a carotid doppler ultrasound?

Being able to view vessels and the flow of blood, such as with a carotid ultrasound, is a great way for doctors to find narrowed vessels or other abnormalities in blood flow. TTell the interviewer, not only the part of the body this ultrasound examines, but what it is designed to detect.

Darby's Answer #1

"A carotid doppler ultrasound is used to check blood flow in the carotid artery."

Darby's Answer #2

"Carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck which carry blood from the heart to the brain. It evaluates blood flow through the vessel."

15.

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 #1

"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 #2

"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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Interview Questions

  1. How do you handle stressful situations?
  2. How would you respond to an emergency situation at work?
  3. Would you ever consider relocation? If so, what areas are you open to?
  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?
  5. What would you describe as your biggest weakness?
  6. Have you ever worked in an environment in which your co-workers were from diverse backgrounds?
  7. What do you think are some good characteristics of a radiographer?
  8. Tell me about a type of fracture that you may see on an xray.
  9. What are symptoms that may be reported that may cause a physician to order an xray of a bone?
  10. What structures are visible when a pelvic ultrasound is done?
  11. Do you have experience performing sonograms for obstetric patients?
  12. What are some different types of ultrasound images?
  13. Can you think of a time that you had a disagreement with a boss or co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?
  14. What is the purpose of a carotid doppler ultrasound?
  15. What can an ultrasound detect?
  16. 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?
  17. What disorders may be diagnosed using a transvaginal ultrasound?
  18. What disorders may be diagnosed using ultrasound technology?
  19. Radiographers in our facility often work on rotation. Are you prepared to work evenings, weekends, overtime and holidays as required?
  20. What made you choose the field of radiology as a career?
  21. Tell me about a time you were trusted with confidential information.
  22. What can you tell me about a bone density test?
  23. Can an ultrasound determine if a growth is cancerous?
  24. Do you feel you are capable of being a good team player?
  25. What makes you think you will be successful at our organization?
  26. 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?
  27. What are possible side effects of using a contrast medium?
  28. What is barium?
  29. What abnormality can be seen on an xray?
  30. What colors do you expect to see on an xray and what do those colors represent?
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