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Ultrasound Technician Interview Questions

29 Ultrasound Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 29
Have you ever had an issue with a supervisor? How did you handle it?
How to Answer
This question gives you an opportunity to share an example of how you dealt with a difficult situation between you and your supervisor. Maybe the issue was in their management style or their lack of leadership. Whatever the cause, remember this helpful hint: the only thing you can control is YOU. No matter the circumstances at work, you can control your reaction. Taking this fact to heart will help you throughout your career.

Answer Example
"During my internship, I had a supervisor who was extremely uptight and not much of a people-person. It was difficult to understand what he wanted from me at times because he would get frustrated with my work after he instructed me to do something. I approached him calmed one day and asked him if we could chat. I let him know I was doing my best but I felt like there was a disconnect, as I was not performing to his standards. I asked him if I was misunderstanding his requests and what I could do to improve. He appreciated my approach and we were able to resolve the issue by simply learning how to communicate better."
Entry Level Example
"I worked part time as a waitress while pursuing my degree. While I had a great personal relationship with my supervisor, there were times where important corporate sales incentives weren't communicate to us in a timely manner and customers would actually end up informing me of them. I approached him each time and would ask him if we had a particular special running that I wasn't aware about. After about the third time of doing this, he apologized greatly and assured me that all corporate specials would be posted to a a board by our wait station. This immensely helped all of our wait staff moving forward."
Experienced Example
"You'll find very quickly that I am a very easy going employee that is open to constructive feedback at any time. The only issue I've ever had with a supervisor in my career was with a supervisor that was reluctant to give any feedback. As we were training on and working on a new EMR system, I approached that supervisor to ask for regular weekly meetings following the new system implementation so I could receive feedback on my use of the new system. My supervisor agreed and understood my point of view of wanting to be using it as best as I could."
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Question 2 of 29
What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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How to Answer
When an interviewer asks you to explain procedures, you want to be accurate and concise. Every little detail can make a difference when operating ultrasound machines. Refresh yourself on what you need to do with each of the following aspects of the machine in order to walk the interviewer through your maintenance process: transducer, CPU, control panel, monitor, disk storage, and printer.

Answer Example
"Having worked with many machines from different manufacturers, I have a really good basic understanding of the equipment and how it operates properly. I know basic maintenance procedures like cleaning and dialing in the settings. If a machine is having a mechanical issue, I start with my local equipment team to resolve the issue."
Entry Level Example
"During my work experience, I got some hands on experience in preventative maintenance on units like system backups and the cleaning of filters. I am comfortable working on the machines and would contact the proper people if any issues were outside of my knowledge."
Experienced Example
"I work closely with the medical equipment team in my current position. They let me know when equipment needs to be down for maintenance and I rearrange the patient schedule if needed."
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Question 3 of 29
Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
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As an Ultrasound Technician, you explain procedures and give directions to patients every day. Give an example to the interviewer that shows you can talk with patients and explain procedures in a way that makes sense to them.

Answer Example
"I worked with an elderly lady who needed an ultrasound on her breast. She was nervous because of a potential diagnosis that could mean cancer, which is obviously a big deal! I explained the process clearly, assisting her with getting into position, and asked if she had any questions. I told her what we were looking for and how long it would take for us to get back to her on a diagnosis."
Entry Level Example
"As an Ultrasound Technician, I am expected to be an expert at my craft. When working with patients, it is important that they understand the procedure that is happening and their role in assisting in the process. In my work experience, I worked with a young boy that was having an abdominal ultrasound. As he was very antsy on the exam table, I explained to him that he could see what I was doing on the monitor and as he watched, I told him what we were looking at and this helped keep him still for the required images."
Experienced Example
"I have found throughout my career that explaining what I'm doing with patients and giving clear directions to them helps the patient relax while in my care. Recently, I had a gentleman come in for a vascular exam using doppler and he was very uneasy after seeing his physician. The fear was that the man may have had a blockage to his heart and the test was ordered to confirm. By speaking to him in a calm voice and explaining how he would need to be positioned during the exam, he was much more relaxed. He could also see the monitor so I walked him through the different things that I was looking at on the screen."
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Question 4 of 29
How do you keep accurate patient records?
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Precision and focus will help you to pay attention to details and record them accurately. When talking with patients and doctors, you will need to be consistent in taking notes and managing records. Speak from experience, whether it be working in an administrative role or handling records in as an ultrasound tech at your previous facility. It's important to be able to articulate your experience. Recognize that when you are entering a new field, it's all about transferable skills. Even if you have not managed patient records before, you have related experience. Any record keeping or money management experience is worth sharing.

Answer Example
"Having worked in a large health system for a few years, patient documentation is extremely important to ensure that accurate patient notes are seen by all of a patient's care providers. I make time after each and every patient for documentation right away. If for some reason patients are back to back, I jot hand notes and make sure to enter notes as soon as I can. I am comfortable working within an EMR and have the ability to learn a new system with ease."
Entry Level Example
"Accurate patient notes are crucial to making sure that a patient receives the best possible care in the future from all of their medical providers. During my work experience in school, my preceptor trained me on the EPIC EMR system and how effective notes are entered from the sonographer's point of view. She stressed the importance of notes being entered both timely and accurately."
Experienced Example
"In my time working as an Ultrasound Tech, how patient records have been maintained has changed greatly. I've charted on paper to paper files and been trained on a few different electronic systems like Cerner and EPIC. In the end, accurate notes come down to entering them in a timely fashion as soon as possible after seeing the patient. With the number of patients that I see per day, I can't possibly handle all of the notes at once at the end of the day."
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Question 5 of 29
Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
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Question 6 of 29
What do you enjoy most about your job?
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Question 7 of 29
Why did you choose a career in the sonography?
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Question 8 of 29
How would you describe your communication style?
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Question 9 of 29
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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Question 10 of 29
If you see something alarming, how would you react in front of the patient who most likely has not noticed?
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Creators of Ultrasound Technician Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
First written on: 05/23/2013
Last modified on: 06/25/2018

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Question 11 of 29
Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
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Question 12 of 29
Have you ever been overloaded with work? How did you handle that situation?
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Question 13 of 29
Are you comfortable with standing on your feet the majority of the day?
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Question 14 of 29
How do you cope with stressful situations?
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Question 15 of 29
Does it make you uncomfortable performing ultrasounds on certain body parts?
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Question 16 of 29
Tell me about your current boss.
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Question 17 of 29
Are you comfortable providing education to students of fellow colleagues?
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Question 18 of 29
Talk about a difficult patient that you had to work with? What made the situation difficult and how did you handle it?
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Question 19 of 29
How do you stay current in the field of sonography?
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Question 20 of 29
What sonography equipment do you have experience working on?
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Question 21 of 29
Talk about your experiences working with Radiologists. Have you ever had a difficult situation in working with one?
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Question 22 of 29
Are there any types of exams where you feel you could use more experience or training in?
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Question 23 of 29
What types of exams do you consider yourself proficient in?
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Question 24 of 29
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 25 of 29
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 26 of 29
Are you able to work alternate shifts or pull call?
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Question 27 of 29
What specialty of ultrasound would you most like to do in five years?
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Question 28 of 29
Do you plan on obtaining your ARDMS certification?
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Question 29 of 29
Which area of the body do you specialize in? What interests you most about it?
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About Ultrasound Technician

August 30th, 2018

Ultrasound technicians are allied health care workers who specialize in using specialist imaging devices known as sonographic scanners, to diagnose and evaluate different medical conditions. They may carry out scans of the brain, abdomen, heart or any other body part under instruction from the physician in charge of the patient's treatment. As part of their job, ultrasound technicians explain the procedure to the patient before adjusting the scanner and obtaining the images. These medical technicians are employed by large hospitals, private clinics, and physician's offices.
An associate's or bachelor's degree in sonography is essential for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in this specialty. Earning certification from a recognized, accredited authority will boost your employment prospects tremendously. In addition to knowledge of the job itself, you must have the necessary communication and interpersonal skills to be able to deal with patients.
One of the first questions your interviewer is likely to ask is why you chose to pursue this particular career. They will ask you if you know what this job involves and if you have what it takes to handle the responsibilities. The key to a successful interview lies in being confident when replying to all questions that the interviewer asks you. One way to boost your confidence is by giving some thought to how you will answer specific questions that are asked at ultrasound technician interviews. You will find these listed at Mock Questions.


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