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62 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 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 62
Of the following, which are you most versed in interpreting: X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs?
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As a Radiologist, you will be expected to understand and clearly interpret a variety of scans. Tell the hiring manager about your experience with each.
62 Radiology Interview Questions
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  1. Of the following, which are you most versed in interpreting: X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs?
  2. If you encountered a resident that was characteristically difficult what would you do?
  3. How do you go about securing buy-in from administration, physicians, department heads and your own staff?
  4. How have you demonstrated leadership in your career?
  5. Tell me about your favorite patient. What was the situation?
  6. What personality types do you best work with?
  7. Priorities often change suddenly throughout the day. If you are asked to do another task, how does that affect your mood? What if it's the third time before noon?
  8. What are the 3 biggest assets you would bring to this unit?
  9. Are you experienced working with children as patients?
  10. What is your relationship like with the other physicians you currently work with?
  11. How do you fill downtime?
  12. Tell me about your most rewarding experience as a Radiologist.
  13. What character trait are you most proud of? How does this trait help you to be successful on a daily basis?
  14. How do you feel about working in an environment that may expose you to negative effects in the long term?
  15. How would you handle a situation with tight deadlines, low employee morale, and inadequate resources?
  16. How much radiation can the human body handle?
  17. Tell me about your education. Which courses were you most interested in? Which ones were the most difficult?
  18. Tell me about a workplace conflict. What was the situation and how did you handle it?
  19. How flexible is your schedule? Do you mind being asked to stay late or cover for a colleague?
  20. In your opinion, should radiology services be available 24/7?
  21. What are some of the short term effects of radiation exposure?
  22. How would you respond if a fellow doctor criticized your work?
  23. Describe a time that you have read a piece of research then implemented the findings into your workplace.
  24. What do you think initiative is and how have you applied it to your jobs in the past?
  25. The schedule shows 8 patients are due however only 5 showed up. How does that make you feel? What would you do?
  26. Tell me about your last performance review. What was mentioned about how you could improve? Any re-occurring themes?
  27. What type of work schedule are you looking for?
  28. Which organs are most affected by radiation?
  29. Describe a recent problem you had with one of your manager's decisions. How did you handle it?
  30. How do you respond to patients who are in chronic pain and perhaps in an unsavoury mood?
  31. What are some of the long term physical effects of radiation exposure?
  32. What makes a good leader?
  33. Would those who know you best say that you endure to the end or move on to other things?
  34. What is the biggest change you would make in your current role?
  35. Explain the Gamma Knife treatment.
  36. Why do you want to be a Radiologist? Was there a defining moment when you decided to choose radiology as a career path?
  37. What are your salary expectations?
  38. How do you handle a difficult patient?
  39. How much radiation do you receive from a single chest x-ray?
  40. What medical journals do you read regularly?
  41. What does endurance mean to you?
  42. How does radiation affect cell development?
  43. Tell me your thoughts on ethics in the hospital.
  44. Are you a member of any Radiology Organizations?
  45. Walk me through your volunteer experience. How important is it to you that you give back to the community?
  46. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from your CV/Resume.
  47. Tell me about your residency. What was the most important thing that you learned?
  48. Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?
  49. How do you demonstrate that you value people for who they are rather than for what they accomplish?
  50. Where do you feel you have the most room for improvement in your career? What steps are you taking to improve in that area?
  51. What is your greatest strength as a Radiologist?
  52. What branch of radiology are you interested in?
  53. In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities a radiologist should have?
  54. Where do you think radiology is going in the next 5 years?
  55. How do you prevent personal burnout?
  56. Do you consider yourself a strong decision maker? How do you go about making a difficult decision?
  57. Have you ever made a mistake in the radiology field?
  58. Is there a medication available that helps people with radiation exposure?
  59. Describe what you feel to be an ideal work environment.
  60. Have you ever been described as compassionate? Do you feel that compassion is an important quality to have as a Radiologist?
  61. What is radiosurgery?
  62. What is radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors?
15 Radiology Answer Examples
1.
Of the following, which are you most versed in interpreting: X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs?
As a Radiologist, you will be expected to understand and clearly interpret a variety of scans. Tell the hiring manager about your experience with each.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would say that I am very well versed in all types, however; if I had to choose one I would say that I have the most experience interpreting x-rays. I am very comfortable working with all types of scans though."
2.
If you encountered a resident that was characteristically difficult what would you do?
Having a resident in your department can be a great help, but how would you handle a resident with a poor attitude? Tell the hiring manager how you would handle a situation like this.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I encountered a resident who was difficult I would, without hesitation, give them open and immediate feedback. As a leader and mentor, I feel that it is my responsibility to ensure that a resident is aware of the attitude requirements that come along with the job as well."
3.
How do you go about securing buy-in from administration, physicians, department heads and your own staff?
In a medical setting, it's important to have buy-in from your co-workers and department heads. How do you go about ensuring that everyone is on the same page?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I go about ensuring buy-in from my colleagues through being a clear and honest communicator. My ideas area always well thought out and easy to follow which helps significantly."
Heather's Answer #2
"I have a great working relationship with my entire team. If I ever pitched an idea or needed buy in from the team I know they would respect me enough to hear my thoughts and ideas to help them make an informed decision."
4.
How have you demonstrated leadership in your career?
Talk to the hiring manager about your leadership qualities and how you demonstrate leadership in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have consistently demonstrated leadership in the workplace through acting as a mentor to those who need it. I am always available to answer questions and will take any opportunity to teach when I can."
5.
Tell me about your favorite patient. What was the situation?
Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you really hit it off well with a patient. What was the situation and why do you feel you two connected?

Rachelle's Answer
"My favorite patient so far has been a young woman who was battling cancer. She was so strong and always positive. She was thankful for the care that she received and rarely ever had a frown. It was very inspiring to meet someone so young, with such an incredible attitude - even in the face of death."
6.
What personality types do you best work with?
As a medical professional, you will be required to work alongside a variety of strong personalities. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to get along well with many different personality types.

Rachelle's Answer
"I work best with professionals who are focused, dedicated and have a strong level of morale. I understand that in the medical field I will come across a lot of strong personalities, opinions and ego's. I am very prepared for that as well."
7.
Priorities often change suddenly throughout the day. If you are asked to do another task, how does that affect your mood? What if it's the third time before noon?
Assure the hiring manager that you are able to handle a change in priorities, and roll with the punches, seamlessly. Give an example if you have one. Be sure to display your strong level of patience and ability to adapt.

Rachelle's Answer
"Working in the medical field requires adaptability. I completely understand that, as a Radiologist, my daily schedule can be turned upside down quite quickly. My mindset has always been to complete any task that is given to me, based on an urgency basis."
8.
What are the 3 biggest assets you would bring to this unit?
Talk to the hiring manager about your greatest strengths and list the top 3 ways in which you feel you would make an impact on their unit, should you be the successful candidate.

Rachelle's Answer
"My 3 biggest assets are my attention to detail, my bedside manner, and the fact that I am willing to learn from my colleagues. These are all helpful qualities that I promise to bring your facility, should I be the successful candidate."
9.
Are you experienced working with children as patients?
Working with children is much different than working with adult patients. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to work with children as patients. Give an example if you can.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have worked with children as patients for much of my career. My first Radiology role was at a Children's hospital. I find working with adolescent patients to be very rewarding."
10.
What is your relationship like with the other physicians you currently work with?
Getting along well with other physicians is an important part of success in your role. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to get along with others on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have strong relationships with other physicians. I truly believe that everyone can teach you something and I am happy to learn from others. In my current team, we all get along very well. Despite multiple personalities being present, we all have a mutual respect for one another."
Heather's Answer #2
"I have a great working relationship with the other medical professional in our hospital. I'm a member of two multidisciplinary teams so effective communication is imperative."
11.
How do you fill downtime?
Talk to the interviewer about your ability to keep busy in the workplace, even when it is a bit slower. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to keep busy and remain productive no matter what the circumstances.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I really enjoy staying busy and productive. In a medical setting, there is rarely downtime, however; if I were to have downtime I would first ask a colleague if they needed any assistance. Second, I would read additional research papers to improve my knowledge in my field. Being productive is very important to me."
Heather's Answer #2
" In my downtime I enjoy reading research papers and articles in medical journals to improve my knowledge in the field."
12.
Tell me about your most rewarding experience as a Radiologist.
Talk to the hiring manager about an important and rewarding moment that you have experienced as a Radiologist. How did it make you feel?

Rachelle's Answer
"I have had so many rewarding experiences as a Radiologist but the one that stands out most to me was a 15 year old patient that I had, earlier on in my career. I detected an abnormality around her heart. This teen had a long road to recovery after being diagnosed with a heart abnormality but her attitude was so amazing and inspiring. Her great attitude will stick with me throughout my career."
13.
What character trait are you most proud of? How does this trait help you to be successful on a daily basis?
Share with the interviewer what your proudest characteristic is. How does this characteristic help you in your daily success?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My proudest characteristic is my ability to draw empathy for everyone that I come across, no matter their attitude. It greatly helps me in my success because my patients are able to connect with me, and I with them."
Heather's Answer #2
"My best character trait is my patience. I've found that needing patience is vital to effectively working with colleagues as well as patients."
14.
How do you feel about working in an environment that may expose you to negative effects in the long term?
Do you feel that you will be exposed to radiation during your career, causing negative health effects in the long term? Discuss this with the hiring manager.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am not concerned about working in an environment that may expose me to radiation. I believe that my work is important and am willing to take that risk. There are many professions who take larger risks than this on a daily basis."
15.
How would you handle a situation with tight deadlines, low employee morale, and inadequate resources?
Not all work situations are ideal. Talk to the interviewer about how you would handle working in tough situations with limited resources and/or low morale.

Here is a sample answer "I have been accustomed to working in ideal work situations where morale is high and resources are plenty. I have, however, worked as a volunteer in third world situations. It's important to work in situations like this so that we can appreciate what we have here in America. During this volunteer time I was able to really think outside of the box when it came to care of patients. You have to utilized what you are given and keep a positive attitude."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been accustomed to working in ideal work situations where morale is high and resources are plenty. I have, however, worked as a volunteer in third world situations. It's important to work in situations like this so that we can appreciate what we have here in America. During this volunteer time I was able to really think outside of the box when it came to care of patients. You have to utilized what you are given and keep a positive attitude."
Heather's Answer #2
"A heart felt thank you and compliment to a co-worker can mean a lot during a time of stress."
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