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Radiology Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Radiology interview, here are 62 interview questions and answer examples.

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Do you consider yourself a strong decision maker? How do you go about making a difficult decision?

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Are you skilled when it comes to making decisions? As a Radiologist you will be required to make difficult decisions and recommendations when it comes to patients. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to do so.



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62 Radiology Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Do you consider yourself a strong decision maker? How do you go about making a difficult decision?

      How to Answer

      Are you skilled when it comes to making decisions? As a Radiologist you will be required to make difficult decisions and recommendations when it comes to patients. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to do so.



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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I do consider myself a strong decision maker. As a Radiologist, I face incredibly challenging choices every day. I am skilled in this aspect and able to think critically, rather than emotionally, when it comes to patient diagnosis and other difficult topics."

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  • 2. Tell me about your favorite patient. What was the situation?

      How to Answer

      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?



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      "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."

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  • 3. If you encountered a resident that was characteristically difficult what would you do?

      How to Answer

      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.



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      "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."

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  • 4. What is the biggest change you would make in your current role?

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      It's always nice to be heard in the workplace. Talk to the hiring manager about what you would change, if you could, in your current work place. Be sure to keep your answer positive and brief. This is not a time to complain or talk negatively about your current workplace.



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  • 5. Tell me about a workplace conflict. What was the situation and how did you handle it?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to handle conflict in the workplace. Give a specific example of a time when you resolved a conflict with a co-worker.



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  • 6. What are the 3 biggest assets you would bring to this unit?

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      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.



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  • 7. Explain the Gamma Knife treatment.

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      Display to the hiring manager that you have knowledge in this area of treatment. Keep your answer concise and to the point.



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  • 8. What is radiosurgery?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you are familiar with this type of treatment.



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  • 9. What is radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you are well versed in this form of treatment. Keep your answer as clear and concise as possible.



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  • 10. How does radiation affect cell development?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you have strong knowledge on the topic of radiation and cell development.



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  • 11. How much radiation can the human body handle?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you have strong knowledge in all things related to radiation. Keep your answer short and to the point.



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  • 12. How much radiation do you receive from a single chest x-ray?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you have strong knowledge when it comes to the topic of general radiation exposure. You can keep your answer very matter of fact and use an example if possible.



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  • 13. What personality types do you best work with?

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      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.



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  • 14. Which organs are most affected by radiation?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you have a strong knowledge regarding the side-effects of radiation exposure on the human body.



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  • 15. Is there a medication available that helps people with radiation exposure?

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      Display to the hiring manager that you are knowledgeable when it comes to treatments used for radiation exposure.



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  • 16. How flexible is your schedule? Do you mind being asked to stay late or cover for a colleague?

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      As a Radiologist, it is generally expected that you will be available for a variety of shifts and long hours. How do you feel about that?



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  • 17. How do you feel about working in an environment that may expose you to negative effects in the long term?

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      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.



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  • 18. What are some of the long term physical effects of radiation exposure?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your opinion on the long term effects of radiation exposure.



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  • 19. What are some of the short term effects of radiation exposure?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your opinion on the short term effects of radiation exposure.



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  • 20. How would you respond if a fellow doctor criticized your work?

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      Do you have an ego? Can it get in the way? Tell the hiring manager how you would process receiving critical feedback from another physician. If this has happened before, you can use that case as an example.



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  • 21. How do you handle a difficult patient?

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      Difficult patients will show up in your day every now and then. Tell the hiring manager how you deal with difficult patients.



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  • 22. Tell me about your most rewarding experience as a Radiologist.

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      Talk to the hiring manager about an important and rewarding moment that you have experienced as a Radiologist. How did it make you feel?



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  • 23. What is your greatest strength as a Radiologist?

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      As a Radiologist you are highly specialized in your field. What makes you stand out from the crowd? Talk about a unique skill that you would bring to the job, should you be given the opportunity.



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  • 24. Where do you feel you have the most room for improvement in your career? What steps are you taking to improve in that area?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about any areas in which you would like to expand your knowledge.



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  • 25. How have you demonstrated leadership in your career?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your leadership qualities and how you demonstrate leadership in the workplace.



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  • 26. Are you experienced working with children as patients?

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      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.



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  • 27. 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.



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  • 28. Tell me about your residency. What was the most important thing that you learned?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your residency experience. Did you find the experience rewarding? What was the greatest thing you learned?



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  • 29. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from your CV/Resume.

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      Talk to the hiring manager a little bit about yourself that steps outside of your medical education and work history. This is an opportunity for you to show them a bit about your personality. Circle your answer back to how this skill or experience will benefit you in this role.



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  • 30. Walk me through your volunteer experience. How important is it to you that you give back to the community?

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      If giving back to your community through charitable actions and volunteer work is important to you, talk to the hiring manager about your efforts. It's best if you have experience relatable to the past 5 years to current. You want to avoid talking about how you volunteered as a teenager, for instance. That is too far back in time to be relevant.



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  • 31. Are you a member of any Radiology Organizations?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is wanting to know how you get your career updates and what groups you are a part of. This question is a great way to strike up a conversation and discuss a particular article or topic recently covered by the organization.



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  • 32. What character trait are you most proud of? How does this trait help you to be successful on a daily basis?

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      Share with the interviewer what your proudest characteristic is. How does this characteristic help you in your daily success?



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  • 33. What medical journals do you read regularly?

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      Tell the hiring manager about the medical journals that you read. Why do you read them?



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  • 34. Describe a time that you have read a piece of research then implemented the findings into your workplace.

      How to Answer

      Assure the hiring manager that you are able to take new research and implement it into your practice. Talk about a time when you have done so.



      Keep your answer to a couple of main points and be sure to pause for the interviewer to join in, creating a healthy discussion on the research.



      This can be a great opportunity for you to bond with the hiring manager on a shared opinion.

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  • 35. Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?

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      This is a time where you can talk a bit about your personal journey to Radiology. Discuss with the hiring manager how you came to this area of specialty and why Radiology is a passion of yours.



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  • 36. Describe a recent problem you had with one of your manager's decisions. How did you handle it?

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      As a Radiologist you will often come across decisions and choices that perhaps you do not understand or agree with. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to deal with this type of situation in a professional manner.



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  • 37. What do you think initiative is and how have you applied it to your jobs in the past?

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      What does initiative mean to you, and how do you demonstrate that? Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to take initiative in the workplace.



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  • 38. How do you fill downtime?

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      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.



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  • 39. Tell me about your education. Which courses were you most interested in? Which ones were the most difficult?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about aspects from your education that may not be listed on your resume.



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  • 40. What are your salary expectations?

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      The compensation question can be very difficult to answer. It's always best to start with what you are currently earning and then discuss what your future compensation goals look like.



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  • 41. What type of work schedule are you looking for?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about your schedule and flexibility in hours.



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  • 42. What does endurance mean to you?

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      As a Radiologist, endurance is very important. You spend long hours on your feet and challenge yourself mentally. Discuss with the hiring manager what endurance means to you.



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  • 43. The schedule shows 8 patients are due however only 5 showed up. How does that make you feel? What would you do?

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      How do you react when your day turns out differently than you expected? Talk to the interviewer about how you would react to sudden changes in your schedule.



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  • 44. How do you go about securing buy-in from administration, physicians, department heads and your own staff?

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      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?



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  • 45. How do you demonstrate that you value people for who they are rather than for what they accomplish?

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      Showing appreciation for your co-workers' accomplishment is an important thing to demonstrate. How do you do that? Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to demonstrate appreciation for someone's qualities in the workplace.



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  • 46. What branch of radiology are you interested in?

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      There are many branches of Radiology that you can lean towards to. Which one interests you the most?



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  • 47. How would you handle a situation with tight deadlines, low employee morale, and inadequate resources?

      How to Answer

      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."

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  • 48. Tell me about your last performance review. What was mentioned about how you could improve? Any re-occurring themes?

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      Tell the interviewer about feedback you have been given during your performance reviews and what you think may be a common theme for improvement. What are you doing to better yourself in this area?



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  • 49. What is your relationship like with the other physicians you currently work with?

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      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.



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  • 50. Tell me your thoughts on ethics in the hospital.

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      Ethics in the hospital are incredibly important. Discuss this with the hiring manager. How do you ensure that ethics are always in consideration, on the job?



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  • 51. In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities a radiologist should have?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the hiring manager what you feel the top qualities are as a Radiologist.



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  • 52. Would those who know you best say that you endure to the end or move on to other things?

      How to Answer

      Being able to endure to the end, despite the level of difficulty in a project, is an important and difficult task at times. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to endure to the end.



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  • 53. Where do you think radiology is going in the next 5 years?

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      Discuss with the hiring manager where you feel radiological medicine is headed in the next few years. How do you come to those conclusions? What types of medical reports are you reading?



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  • 54. In your opinion, should radiology services be available 24/7?

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      Discuss with the hiring manager how you feel 24/7 radiology services would impact your work and patient care.



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  • 55. How do you prevent personal burnout?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about how you balance work and play. Discuss ways that you ensure you do not experience burnout.



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  • 56. Have you ever made a mistake in the radiology field?

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      The hiring manager would like to know that you can own up to your mistakes and learn from them. Talk about any error you recall making in your career, and what the outcome was.



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  • 57. Describe what you feel to be an ideal work environment.

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      Discuss with the hiring manager what your ideal work environment is. Why do you prefer that type of environment?



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  • 58. How do you respond to patients who are in chronic pain and perhaps in an unsavoury mood?

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      Patients who are in chronic pain can be challenging. Talk to the hiring manager about your ability to manage these types of situations where chronic pain is present.



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  • 59. Why do you want to be a Radiologist? Was there a defining moment when you decided to choose radiology as a career path?

      How to Answer

      Why are you passionate about Radiology? The hiring manager would like to know what drives you to succeed in this position so that they can be assured that when the going gets tough, your passion will keep you present.



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  • 60. 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?

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      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.



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  • 61. What makes a good leader?

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      Discuss with the hiring manager what you feel are important qualities for strong leadership. Have you had a memorable leader? Perhaps you have been a good leader.



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  • 62. Have you ever been described as compassionate? Do you feel that compassion is an important quality to have as a Radiologist?

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      Talk to the hiring manager about the ways in which you are compassionate on the job. Is this an important quality for you to possess?



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