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21 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What have your achievements been to date?
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Talk a little bit about some of the moments in your career that you are most proud of. It is okay to boast a little bit, just be sure to be concise and not drag the conversation on too long.
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1.
What have your achievements been to date?
Talk a little bit about some of the moments in your career that you are most proud of. It is okay to boast a little bit, just be sure to be concise and not drag the conversation on too long.

Rachelle's Answer
"One of my proudest achievements was to graduate the top of my class in college while working a full time job. It was a lot of long hours and late nights but I am very proud of myself for that accomplishment. Since graduating I have been able to work in a couple of great clinics with excellent references. I am proud of my reputation in the industry as well."
2.
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
Talk to the hiring manager about what is causing you to leave your current position. Be careful to ensure that this does not turn into a conversation that bashes your current employer. How you answer this will tell the interviewer a lot about your personal character.

Rachelle's Answer
"Although I can say many great things about my current employer, I am looking for an opportunity for growth that they cannot offer me, due to the nature of our small team."
3.
What do you know about our medical center?
The level of research you do on the clinic prior to your interview can really show the hiring manager how interested you actually are in the job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have researched your medical center at great length. I see that you have a remarkable amount of positive online reviews and that you specialize in plastic surgery. I am very impressed with your centers' reputation."
4.
Can you handle the sights of surgery? How can you be sure?
This job is not for the weak of stomach! Talk to the hiring manager about your experience in the OR and how you know that you can handle the sights of surgery.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very sure that I can handle the sights of surgery. In my 3 years as a Surgical Technologist I have yet to come across a surgery that I couldn't handle being around. Understandably, the sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming from time to time but I have always had a strong resistance to that."
5.
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
Talk to the interviewer about some of the challenges you have faced recently, and what you did to overcome those challenges.

Rachelle's Answer
"One of the major challenges that I faced in my last position was with the overall organization of the OR. The schedule's weren't always properly laid out and the coding system wasn't always adhered to. I did the best I could to fill in the data and documentation when I could. I felt that the smallest changes could really help and they often did."
6.
What is your greatest strength?
It is absolutely okay to brag about yourself a little bit! Now is the time to do it. What have you been consistently complimented on, and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Rachelle's Answer
"My greatest strength is in my ability to stay calm under pressure. I have experienced a lot of unexpected hurdles in the operating room and I can say that I am able to keep a calm mind and make good decisions no matter how stressful the situation becomes."
7.
Why do you want to work for our medical center?
What drew you to the job posting, and what pushed you to apply? Tell the hiring manager a bit about what it is about their medical centre that in enticing to you.

Rachelle's Answer
"Your medical centre has the best reputation out of all plastic surgery related centres in the state. I would love to learn from your esteemed team and create an even stronger depth of knowledge in this area of medicine."
8.
What do you like about your present job?
Despite the fact that you are looking for work, you will likely have a few things that you truly enjoy about your current position. Talk to the hiring manager about some of these better aspects of your present job.

Rachelle's Answer
"There are a lot of great qualities in my current company. If I had to choose a few positives, would say that our medical benefits program is very strong, as is the mentorship role that many of the clinic's leaders take on."
9.
What do you know about our organization?
Be sure to research the clinic in multiple areas before you attend the interview. Talk to the hiring manager about some of the most impressive information that you found and also discuss why their goals as an organization align well with yours.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have studied your medical clinic online and have also read multiple review websites. Your reputation is unmatched and I am really excited about the state of the art equipment you use. These qualities are exactly what attracted me to your clinic in the beginning."
10.
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
It is absolutely okay to get a bit personal when you answer this question. The hiring manager would like to see you as a person, not just the words on your resume. Help them to understand a bit more about what makes you tick!

Rachelle's Answer
"The accomplishment that I am most proud of was my ability to graduate the top student in my class. While attending school, I was also working and caring for my younger sister. I had a lot on my plate. Not only did I graduate top of my class but I am also the first female in my family to complete post-secondary education."
11.
Tell me about a time when you made an error during a surgery.
Tell the hiring manager about an error that you have made and also be sure to talk about how you repaired that error and what the outcome was. Be sure to end your answer on a positive note.

Rachelle's Answer
"When I was first beginning my career as a surgical technologist, I missed one of the steps required in testing the equipment prior to the surgery beginning. The particular piece of equipment was malfunctioning and we needed to quickly locate another one that was working properly. The situation turned out well in the end, thank goodness, and I have never missed a part of my pre-op checklist again."
12.
What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
Give a specific example or talk about how you have been previously complimented on your ability to work as part of a team.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have taken extra steps in my career to be a team player including volunteering to coordinate team and company events. I dedicate my time whenever possible and want to make sure that I am always a highly contributing team member. Just last Christmas I organized the company holiday party which was a lot of fun."
13.
Have you ever worked a job where you stood for more than 5 hours straight?
As a surgical technologist you will often spend hours at a time on your feet. Tell the hiring manager how you are able to handle that without burning out mid-day.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very accustomed to being on my feet most of the day. Before graduating college, I was a server and spent 8 hours a day on my feet. I exercise a lot on my time off and can handle a very physical work load."
14.
Why are you the best surgical technologist for us?
This is the time to sell yourself to the hiring manager! What sets you apart from the other candidates being interviewed for the role? Tell the interviewer something unique about yourself that will make you a stand-out candidate.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that I am the best surgical technologist for you because I graduated top of my class and bring excellent references from previous employers. I am eager to work and have a great track record of reliability."
15.
As a Surgical Technologist, what do you believe is your best asset?
It is absolutely okay to brag about yourself a little bit! Now is the time to do it. What have you been consistently complimented on, and what do you enjoy doing the most?

Rachelle's Answer
"My greatest strength is in my ability to stay calm under pressure. I have experienced a lot of unexpected hurdles in the operating room and I can say that I am able to keep a calm mind and make good decisions no matter how stressful the situation becomes."
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Interview Questions
  1. What have your achievements been to date?
  2. Why do you want to leave your current employer?
  3. What do you know about our medical center?
  4. Can you handle the sights of surgery? How can you be sure?
  5. What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
  6. What is your greatest strength?
  7. Why do you want to work for our medical center?
  8. What do you like about your present job?
  9. What do you know about our organization?
  10. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  11. Tell me about a time when you made an error during a surgery.
  12. What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
  13. Have you ever worked a job where you stood for more than 5 hours straight?
  14. Why are you the best surgical technologist for us?
  15. As a Surgical Technologist, what do you believe is your best asset?
  16. What do you feel is the most important skill a surgical technologist should possess?
  17. Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
  18. What is your greatest weakness?
  19. Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes, give me an example when you had to do just that.
  20. How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.
  21. What type of surgeries were you assisting on during your previous or current employer?
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