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Top 20 Surgical Technologist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 21
Have you ever worked a job where you stood for more than 5 hours straight?
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Question 2 of 21
Can you handle the sights of surgery? How can you be sure?
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"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."
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.
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Question 3 of 21
What do you feel is the most important skill a surgical technologist should possess?
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"I feel that the most important skill a surgical technologist should possess would be overall attentiveness. The physician needs a surgical technologist who can think one, or even two, steps ahead and that is impossible if you are unable to keep keen attention at all times."
When you list the skill that you feel is most important to possess be sure that it is a strong skill of yours! Briefly explain your answer.
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Question 4 of 21
Tell me about a time when you made an error during a surgery.
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"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."
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.
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Question 5 of 21
As a Surgical Technologist, what do you believe is your best asset?
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"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."
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?
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Question 6 of 21
Why are you the best surgical technologist for us?
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Question 7 of 21
What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
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Question 8 of 21
Why do you want to work for our medical center?
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Question 9 of 21
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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Question 10 of 21
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 11 of 21
What have your achievements been to date?
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Question 12 of 21
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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Question 13 of 21
What do you like about your present job?
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Question 14 of 21
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 15 of 21
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 16 of 21
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
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Question 17 of 21
What type of surgeries were you assisting on during your previous or current employer?
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Question 18 of 21
Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes, give me an example when you had to do just that.
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Question 19 of 21
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Question 20 of 21
How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.
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Question 21 of 21
What do you know about our medical center?
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Question 1 of 21
Have you ever worked a job where you stood for more than 5 hours straight?
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Yes my previous job was fast paced and kept me on my feet for hours.
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Yes, spine cases and other cases.
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I worked as a server in the food industry for about 3 years. There were plenty of shifts where I was on my feet for 6 or so hours. Some days, I would be there all day.
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I have not, but during my clinical rotation I am familiar with having to do this.
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Yes. I have been a server for almost three years now and I am used to being on my feet for hours with no breaks.
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Yes I have worked as a cna in the past and worked eight plus hours on a regular basis.
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Yes, I used to work retail and cashier which required standing for 8 hour shifts.
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No, not without any breaks. I did work at a warehouse, where we had to be on our feet the whole time, but we had 10 minute breaks every 2 hours.
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Yes, in almost all my past jobs I've stood the whole shift except breaks.
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Yes, I have worked a few jobs where I have been on my feet for 5+ hours.
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Yes. When I worked at retail I would work eight hour shifts without ever sitting down. I also would be constantly moving throughout the day, with only one lunch break.
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Yes I have I've worked in retail and stood behind the desk/cash register for the whole 8 hour shift.
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Yes most of the jobs I've had, I have stood the majority of the time.
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When I did customer service I not only stood 5 hours a day helping people out but 8 hours a day I would stand there atleast 5 days a week.
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In working on the floor at the hospital I am on my feet for the majority of my shift. There have been times when I have been on my feet for many hours.
Question 2 of 21
Can you handle the sights of surgery? How can you be sure?
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Yes, I have scrubbed in multiple surgeries in my present job. There is always something new and exciting to experience.
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Yes, I have scrubbed in multiple surgeries in my present job. There is always something new and exciting to experience.
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The I would handle it will be detaching myself for any emotion feelings . I will be professional and pay very close attention to the surgeons needs.
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Yes. Growing up around it, years of Emergency medical work in the field. I am comfortable in the surgical setting.
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Definitely, during my externship my first case was doing a posterior spinal fusion which was pretty amazing to see. I got to scrub in for 183 different cases including ortho, gyn, neuro, and general surgeries, I can handle seeing blood.
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Yes, I worked as an emergency medical technician and a fireman. I spent 5 years in the military as a hospital corpsman.
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Yes, I attend lot of surgery without me fainting or been disgcusted by it.
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Yes I can. I find surgery to be very interesting and I knew I loved surgery when I shadowed in an OR in high school.
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Yes, I can. I have interest in medical field I keep researching about them. Also, a year ago my mom had an eye surgery I was present with her during the procedure and it didn't make me uncomfortable so I am sure that I can handle the sight of surgery.
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Yes, I very much can. I have assisted surgeons in the past.
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Yes. I dont seem to be phased by gore, in fact I watch videos of surgeries all the time to expand my knowledge, for example a heart valve replacement.
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It might surprise me at first but I adapt rather quickly to various situations including injuries.
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Yes I can, I've seen many different types of surgeries during my clinical rotation at Parkland Medical Center.
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Yes because I've seen it before.
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Surgery is something that has always interested me. At a young age, I would look through my fathers biology books and from there grew my interest in surgical shows and documentaries. I now sit around looking for surgeries to watch online.
Question 3 of 21
What do you feel is the most important skill a surgical technologist should possess?
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The ability to adapt to a stressful situation while keeping sterility for the patient in mind.
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The ability to adapt to a stressful situation while keeping sterility for the patient in mind.
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Everything the a surgical technician do is important, but I would put more emphasis in two things, patient preparation and ensuring sterile enviroment.
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Attention to Detail. Ability to be efficient in handling tasks and quick in decision making.
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Great communication skills.
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Every skill a surgical technologist acquires is important as long as it will improve patient care.
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The most important skill would be organization because if one is organized they know where all their interments are and control over their counts.
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The most important skill a surgical tech should possess is the ability to maintain a sterile feild at all times during the surgery.
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The ability to handle stressful situations with ease, meticulous, careful, someone who is a team player and pays attention to every detail and always follows protocol.
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Thoroughly cleaning after surgery to prevent infection in the next case.
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Aseptic Technique is definitely number one.
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Cleanliness and organization.
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In every job position I have had, I have felt that being able to see all aspects of the job and business is the most important. I feel that translates very well to this job position. As a surgical tech, I feel that it's important to be able to make sure every part of the surgery goes exceptionally perfect.
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Communication skill to interperate what the surgeon will need and be doing next in the case. Also to have communication with other team members during the case.
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Attention to detail and steady hands.
Question 4 of 21
Tell me about a time when you made an error during a surgery.
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One time I remember specifically. I contaminated my sleeve by bumping into a piece of OR furniture that was not sterile I simply alerted the surgeon and re-gowned & gloves.
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Draped a microscope incorrectly. Asked for assistance and redrapped it correctly. After the case I request a chance to inservice again and better learn the process.
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I have not been in a surgical position before.
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I forgot to check the physician preference card. After the surgery had began he asked for his "special" instrument. I had to call down to SPD to obtain it. It taught me to always look at the card.
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When I touched something that was unsterile while I was Sterile.
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An error that I have made in my work was a time that I did not follow up to make sure that the information given in the hand off of the patient was actually correct to date. The off going worker gave report on the patient, I questioned the report then and they still gave the same information. I did not follow up and seek out the information on my own when I had doubt.
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Sterility was compromised during handling of instrument, but was quickly corrected without patient contact.
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The surgeon needed an instrument and gave the wrong one.
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Informed surgeon and corrected the error.
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I had the nurse open up the wrong box of catheter size.
Question 5 of 21
As a Surgical Technologist, what do you believe is your best asset?
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My enthusiastic attitude, and I want the best care for my patient that is possible.
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My best asset are the ability to keep a sterile field enviroment and thee ability adapt and work well to any stressful situation.
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I have passion for the person on the operating table and will always do what I know is safe and correct to ensure their safety.
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Ability to provide quality patient care.
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My best asset is my ability to be under pressure in a emergency situation. I have been in a few opthalmic cases that turned into emergency cases and needed insturments and other devies quickly to make sure the eye ball didnt become mis shappen.
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Ability to handle stress and being a team player.
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My caring about cleaning thoroughly so that the next patient is safe from infection. I am also a thorough person who understands that turn over time is also a critical part of the job.
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That I pay attention to detail, as well as take notes for future reference.
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That I pay attention to detail, as well as take notes for future reference.
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Paying attention to close detail for a long period of time. That being the surgery itself and being prepared with the appropriate instrument or supply the surgeon will need. Also team work.
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Physical endurance and steady transitions(physically and mentally) especially in high stress situations.
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My ability to learn and retain information to recall quickly in the next case.
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Staying focused and calm.
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My ability to pay attention to detail. Everything going on in surgery is so crucial and every detail matters.
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While multitasking, I am able to stay organized and think about what needs to happen next before it happens.
Question 6 of 21
Why are you the best surgical technologist for us?
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Experience, know doctors, like ortho.
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Because I had assisted in various type of surgeries from general to laminectomies, I know I can work well with anestisiologist, surgeons, nurses, and other staff. I know when to stay away from the surgeons but be close enough to provide help when it is needed.
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My years of experience along with the love I have for my work. Giving to the community and ensuring their safest surgical experience is my biggest concern. I work hard at learning new cases and techniques.
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I am BLS certified and have had the privilege to work in most surgical specialty including the davinci.
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I feel I am the best surgical tech for you because I have experience a lot of different feilds of surgery. I have scrubbed in obgyn and many ortho cases. I specialize in opthalmic surgery and I know I can handle any fast past surgical setting. I think I would be a great addition to the team.
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Because I pay attention to every detail and do everything by the book.
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Because I care, am a strong team player, dedicated and hard working and do not like to waste time.
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I am willing to learn, throw me in any surgery and I'll work my hardest. As well as I give it my all with whatever I do.
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I'm not but I can bring a lot to the table.
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I am aware of patient safety and importance of efficient body mechanics while working.
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I feel that I am motivated to constantly do better. I learn quick, I am dependable, I am flexible and I love patient care.
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I have already worked with the staff and felt very welcomed by everyone. I think fitting in with the staff is important in liking a job and I really enjoyed having my clinicals at Shady Grove.
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I have a great positive attitude which makes cases go smoothly.
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I'm a fast learner, i'm not going to turn anything down. I want to have experience. I work well with others.
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I am the best surgical technologist for you and your facility because I can assist the surgeons with my knowledge and experience to ensure the patients health and safety are preserved in a timely and efficient manor.
Question 7 of 21
What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
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Building cohesion & unity, training with my team as time permits.
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I would take initiative with out not having telling me what to do or how to help. I am always prepare for anything that needs to be done.
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I helped with organizing a better worksheet for restocking room supplies. Helped in the complete reorganization of an OR.
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Stayed focused, division of labor and offered extra assistance where needed.
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I have actually stopped workplace bullying in more than1 setting and I also was in charge of finding a way to drop the turn over rate.
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Always help when others appear to be overwhelmed with volume of work/customers.
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Whenever there was a problem, I was able to come up with ideas to over come the obstacle.
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Everything in Jrotc was about teamwork.
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Offered to stay late for an emergency cesarean sectiin.
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I am a mother of four, my husband and I practice teamwork everyday.
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Accepted additional shifts for people who couldn't work or called out sick, I have taken on extra work for people who have needed to leave work early for an emergency, etc.
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I believe everyone has their roles to follow and if everyone sticks to it, it will make the team get things done.
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I do my job so that others can get their duties done, we communicate to keep each other updated and move efficiently to keep surgeries going.
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When I have been in a situation when teamwork is necessary, to my best ability I ensure to do my part so the team functions together and completes the task at hand.
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Join in at any given time to help my co workers with whatever they may need assistance with at that time.
Question 8 of 21
Why do you want to work for our medical center?
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I would hope to obtain a job as a surgical technologist and advance into a specific surgical specialty.
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I want to learn more in the way of surgical cases, services and new techniques. I see that your hospital can offer me this opportunity.
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North well Health is the best health system around and has strong leadership throughout as well as cares about its employees.
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I want to work here because we share the same values as far as giving an outstanding experience, holding high ethical standards and always demonstration compassion to not only our patients but one another. Also wake med is had the high rpeefirming rating and that is something I'd be proud to be a part of.
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In my past experience, and the great patient care I have received here for myself and my children, it seems like a very well organized with patient care number one. I believe its difficult to find a health care system that puts the patient first and delivers excellent patient care. From my experience, I have received no less.
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I would like to be a part of this company because the company believes in putting the patients first and also believe in integrity as well as teamwork and diversity.
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For over a year I have wanted to be a part of the operating room and being a part of the program here will give me that oppertunity.
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Your an innovative facility where the patient is top priority.
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To help you maintain the highest level of customer satisfacion.
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My passion to help people.
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I would like to work for your hospital to learn and work with highly qualified surgeons and the latest technology to.
Question 9 of 21
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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Certification getting respect, citizen.
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Learning and being part of an ENT providers team at a previous hospital. Other staff had attemted to work with a difficult doctor and I worked hard learning and providing the best service for his room. It became a great working relationship.
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Having been present when others needed me most such as when my younger brother had a panic attach and no one else cared about his physical reaction in which his body got locked into position and he literally could not move. I gave him a paper bag to breath into because I had read that carbon dioxide depravation could cause this and I ended up being right. He was able to gain enough control of himself so that he could walk and I drove him home and stayed with him until my parents arrived.
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Survived 30 years in this field. Love doing variety of tasks.
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During my time in surgical technology school I had two kids. My husband worked a job that required him to be gone constantly, away from home. He would be gone for weeks. I had no family in the city where we were living, at the time. I maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA, and finished my academics at number one in the class. During that time, it was extremely stressful, but I pushed myself to be the best and with hard work, I accomplished it.
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Choosing to go back to school and getting two Associate Degrees back to back with no breaks in between.
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I received my sterile processing certificate and associates in general education.
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I am very proud that I have gotten myself through three years of college while working full time, and am still working in the field that I love.
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The fact that I have graduated cst with honors.
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I observe the patient walking with a limp there was no woofing or scratch on his leg. I quickly call his primary care doctor get an appointment and bring him in test was preform and he had a dot in his leg.
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An accomplishment I'm most proud of would be returning to school. I had a daughter recently, and am a single mom, so having this opportunity to return to school and actually graduate is awesome. I'm very proud of myself and where I'm at.
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My best accomplishment are after the cases knowing the patient is well.
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Being able to get a soccer scholarship. I have played since I was 5 years old and had always dreamt of playing at a collegiate level.
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I am most proud of passing my surgical technology exam. Learning that I passed the exam after all my hard work studying in class and in clinical significantly increased my pride.
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Successfully graduating with honors and on the president's dean's list and working full time during the process of school. I worked hard and taught myself a lot.
Question 10 of 21
What do you know about our organization?
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Your history, mission, and the good rapport you have with a couple friends of mine that are current and ex-employees.
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It location and size. What kind of service you provide.
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That you are one of the largest Health Systems in the country and recently renamed from North Shore LIJ Health System to Northwell Health.
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I have done some research about the doctors that are employed by this hospital and I have also researched what surgeries are performed here, to better understand what would be expected of me.
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I know that the patients is the number one priority and the integrity is important to this company.
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We share the same goals and values in that patient care is #1!
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You have been ranked the #1 hospital for many years and have a great enviroment and people.
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I know that your organization, The Allied Health program, is in place to ready the students for a medical degree or position.
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You pride yourself on taking quality care of patients.
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Number one trauma center and known for robotic surgeries.
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That is a 417 bed and its been recognized nation wide.
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I know a few people who have working for AGMC and they seems to love the facility. I know it is a larger organization than what I currently work for and it would be an adjustment for me.
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Donor Network West is among the top five tissue organizations in amount of procurements. DNW serves over 150 hospitals and has a strong mission cultivating excellence and compassion via transplants.
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Employees over 20,000 individuals, top notch hospital in the United States.
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It is a level one trauma hospital in Rockford that is currently expanding by building a second hospital.
Question 11 of 21
What have your achievements been to date?
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Learning new procedures such as Robotc knee replacement.
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Started out in the restaurant business as a basser and trained to become a waitress, a lead waitress and bar tender. I have some college credits which I plan to continue towards getting an associate degree in liberal arts. I lived on my own for several years and recently decided to move back home to pursue a new career in Health Care that affords me the potential to advance and aid me in deciding in what study I should consider to continue my education.
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I have a complete, healthy family and I went to school, to become more prepared for a career.
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Finishing what goals that I have set forth for myself. Example finishing school the Surgical Technology Program.
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I have an associates degree in from bellevue college, I am a certified nursing assistant for over a year, I have my health certified CPR & first aid training, as well as having experience working in the medical field.
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I have been an emergency medical technician for over 20 years. Aas liberal arts science 2003. Graduated with honors from Eastwick college AAS-CST
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Getting certified as a surgical technologist through the you. S army.
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I just got my associated in culinary.
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Associates degree, bachelors degree, certificate of surgical technology.
Question 12 of 21
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
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Due to the sub-par leadership and false promises made by leadership.
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Looking to relocate to this area for family reasons as well as what you have to offer me in the way of new challenges.
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Looking for a change in career with the potential to grow and improve upon myself and the organization I work for.
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Money, terrible management.
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Not currently working just trying to get back into the work world so that I can continue to be a contributor to society and keep my skills intact.
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I am ready for the next step in my medical career. I hope to stay working at EvergreenHealth at least part time during the beginning of this program. For about a year I have been wanting to be a part of the operating room team, and this is the best opportunity for me.
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I want a change that will benefit me mentally and physically.
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So that I can gain more knowledge and become an asset to your company by assisting you in maintaining excellent patient care.
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Not working at this moment.
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I would like a job that I can continually learn and fee challenged that is not centered around a retail store.
Question 13 of 21
What do you like about your present job?
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The staff worked well together in resolving issues that affected patient care as to improve it and learn from the process.
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I like dealing with customers and getting their recognition for providing them with a fully satisfying experience.
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I like that I get hands on experience, that the co-workers are very dedicated to teamwork and providing the best care for our patients.
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I am excited about starting my new career surgical tech. I look forward to this exciting field.
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Big hospital and a teaching hospital which we help me develop my skills.
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I really like the team work that is the most important role in my day to day job as a pharmacy technician.
Question 14 of 21
What is your greatest strength?
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My ability to adapt and overcome by to complete any mission.
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Work ethic and team player.
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Attention to detail- my previous plastics experience taught me that. And building relationships with staff and patients.
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To put main priorities in order, to make better decisions at that time.
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Setting goals for myself and following them through.
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My greatest strengths are my ability to organize and my dedication to my work. I put all I have into doing the job to the very best of my abilities.
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Communication, flexibility, team player, critical thinker.
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My greatest strength is multi tasking yet also being able to pay attention to detail.
Question 15 of 21
What is your greatest weakness?
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My greatest weakness is over thinking things sometimes.
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Employing the help of others, as I am a self starter.
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When it comes to undertaking some tasks, I tend to bite more than I can chew.
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My willingness to take on more than I could handle.
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Lack of knowledge in the opportunities giving to me although I always take opportunities as a space for improvement for myself.
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Lack of experience although I take opportunities as a space for improvement. In which there is always room to improve and progress.
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I have a tender heart at times.
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That I over thing thinks too much.
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Quite possibly my greatest weakness is being too critical of my own work.
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My greatest weakness is not being able to work on surgical field.
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Rushing, I catch mu self trying to think of to many things at once. I've know this about myself and keep attentive of it.
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My greatest weakness is iWork to much, I need to find a balance between work and home.
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My lack of hands on surgical tech experience which I will soon have if given the chance.
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Sometimes I can get so into my job that I forget I have a life. Balancing home life and work.
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When things do not go according to plans and people do things differently and out of order then what I am used to, I can become frustrated with my co-workers.
Question 16 of 21
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
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Someone told me to look out I knocked the mayo stand over.
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I barely had couple hours of sleep a night before that was my mistake I won't make anymore. I was not mentally prepare for the surgery, that make me not able to concentrate at all.
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Was opening the incorrect I was asked for. Learned to clearly verify what was asked for by repeating what I had heard.
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I went to the wrong school to do pick up.
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I allowed myself to get distracted when waitressing 10 tables and the entire restaurant was fully packed in the dining rooms and bar area when my boss started asking me what people were saying about the food and service while in the middle of serving a large crowd. This caused me to slow up and fall off pace for a little while.
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Well sometimes it can get difficult to hear what the surgeon might ask for through the mask so sometimes I could pass the wrong thing if I cannot hear clearly through the mask of if the surgeon speaks to low.
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There hasn't been a mistake made due to listening.
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Passed the wrong Instrument.
9.
I had a nurse open the wrong size catherter.
Question 17 of 21
What type of surgeries were you assisting on during your previous or current employer?
User-Submitted Answers
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Sense in Arizona all dermatologic surgery, With some cases scrubbed in California and plastics and reconstruction.
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General, Orthopedic to include total joints, GYN, endoscopy and ER cases on call.
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No surgeries, this was not my field of work.
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While doing my clinical rotation, I assisted in orthopedic, vascular, neurological, labor& delivery, robotics, general, Ent, endoscopy, cardiac.
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General, plastics, gynecological, ortho.
Question 18 of 21
Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes, give me an example when you had to do just that.
User-Submitted Answers
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In the military I did that one time specifically, Geneva conventions states are rules of engagement are not the fire inspired upon but to save lives of others I had to have my squad leader on fire on what was assumed a hostile unit.
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Bending or breaking rules is totally unacceptable, no one should do that, because I am not in the position to bend or break any rules.
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WE had a trauma and had to open a chest in the ER. I knew it was not the normal protocol per sterile technique but a life was at risk had www waited to go to surgery.
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I never break the rules because it is one way to assure failure and customer service is of the most importance in my current field. A customer asked for a free drink because he had spent a large sum of money, so I accommodated his request, but I paid for it out of my own pocket. I told him the drink was on my personal tab. He made it up in the tip.
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Not going to lunch at my designated time and getting a lunch violation because I had to help the customer first.
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I believe rules are put in place inorder to protect the staff and most importantly the patients. I can not think of a time when I bent or broke the rules.
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In an emergency situation where I had to put my life on the line to pull the patient in.
Question 19 of 21
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
User-Submitted Answers
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The lack of leadership, and lack of communication by leadership.
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My major challenge was to be able to pleased everyone on the movie industry. This industry is a very diverse population, which includes dealing with different people with different backgrounds. I was rough from the begging, but I happened to manage and to understand everyones needs. That made me a better employee.
3.
Very difficult surgeon. Learning to work with hi, m and not let his actions keep me from doing the best job I could.
4.
I did not like the fact that the manager took tip monies from myself and other waiters. However, I had to accept this a cost of doing business. This is not a very professional environment which is another reason why I am looking to change my career.
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When they have canceled a case for what ever reason and sometimes they failed to let us know and we find out at the last minute now we have to find out what can be used and what has to be done away with.
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The biggest challenges was that not all the staff members were willing to work as a team to provide the best patient care. This was a problem because I was then left to do an immense amount of work that should be handled by two people instead of just one.
7.
Seasonal, vertical, heavy lifting,
8.
This would be my first position as a surgical technologist.
Question 20 of 21
How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.
User-Submitted Answers
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Situation, action, result.
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In a critical or intense situation I make effective decisions immediately such as when in a leadership position as a squad and Iraq we got ambushed after patrol, due to Quick and effective thinking ordering my squad and fire commands and response commands there was zero fatalities and three of my seven squad members were medically E-vaced and left alive.
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Being in a situation where an instrument fails, deciding what to do and what to ask for to resolve the situation.
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I think on my feet. I have often been presented with customers who weren't sure of what they wanted to order, so I always explain what the different foods taste like from spice, texture and freshness.
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I gues that just depends.
6.
On the fly, surgeon needed a rubber shod. Nurse could not find proper one so I asked for items to make one for him.
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Within seconds. I play out the scenerio and if the factors work, then go ahead with the plan.
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I'm a pretty good problem solver. I would make a decision quickly if I had to example I once seen a child about to get hit by a car so I sprung into action and ran and grab the child out the street so the child wouldn't get hit.
9.
I can make a decision pretty quick. I use to be a day school teacher and I would have to decide whether or not I should allow something to happen in iffish.
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In my line of work I usually do not make major decisions, but when I need to I have been able to decide what needs to be done and to follow through. I had a patient who was dying, but her oxygen saturation had dropped to 53%, I decided that she needed oxygen and that we could not wait much longer.
11.
It depends on situation. If situation needs a quick solution, then I make it quickly, but if it is a tough situation, of course you should risk. My patient was vomiting and she had dizziness, her hands were shaking. The best bet was to call Emergency. When they arrived she had a stroke.
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I can make a quick decision when life or death is involved.
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Quickly, I feel like it is important to make a decision and get on with the task.
Question 21 of 21
What do you know about our medical center?
User-Submitted Answers
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I know that this field is a team and everyone rely on each other to complete the common goal.
2.
Dr. (name) specializes in ear nose throat surgery. It is also a privately owned buisness.
3.
Ear nose and throat surgical center.
4.
Your capabilities, mission, and history.
5.
I know Ventura County is a level 2 trauma center with 223 bed capacity. I also that you operate another facility Santa Paula hospital with 49 bed general acute care.
6.
I know your department provides services that are new and challenging to me. I look forward to being a part of that and learning new things.
7.
I know you provide great patient care.
8.
I know that North Shore University Hospital is a premier hospital in Northwell Health whose quality and reputation is well known in the community. I see them represented at local parades such as St. Patricks Day in Glen Cove, the Oyster Fest and through television commercials.
9.
That it is a very diverse medical center people from all walks of life comes and goes there is no discrimination of any sort.
10.
This medical center is a reliable way to get certified in the Surgical Technology field.
11.
Your in the top 100, innovative, you give back.

About Surgical Technologist

August 18th, 2017

Surgical technologists are allied healthcare professionals. Their main responsibility is to assist the surgeon in the operation theater. Surgical technologists are usually employed by hospitals and private surgery clinics, where they sterilize surgical equipment, keep the operating room ready in all aspects, help the surgeon during the procedure and account for all equipment and supplies after the procedure. It is a job that requires a keen eye for details and a high level of precision.
Postsecondary education is necessary for becoming a surgical technologist. Surgical technology programs are available through vocational schools, community colleges and several hospitals and universities as well. Course duration is typically 2 years. Surgical technology training typically includes classroom lectures as well as hands-on experience in supervised clinical settings. Surgical technologists must be dextrous, detail oriented and quick on their feet. They must also have strong team-working and stress management skills and the physical endurance to stand on their feet for several hours at a time.
Surgical technologist interviews focus on ascertaining your job interest as well as your job skills. Do you know exactly what the job entails? How would you prepare for a cardiac operation? Do you know the safety precautions that need to be observed in an operation theater? Are you aware of sterilization techniques? Are you a good team worker and are you good at taking instructions? How you answer all of these questions is important and will impact the success of your interview. Practicing how to answer key questions will help you to be more confident at your surgical technologist interview. At Mock Questions, you will find a long list of commonly asked questions, That's a good place to get started on rehearsing your replies.

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