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29 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Updated June 25th, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
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What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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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.
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1.
What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
2.
Are you comfortable with standing on your feet the majority of the day?
Explain to the interviewer that you understand the challenges it can bring, but you enjoy it nonetheless. Are you currently standing all day at your job? Talk about any jobs that required you to be on your feet. When you started to get tired, how did you handle it? Were you able to find ways to relax your sore feet and decompress after a long day of physical activity?

Ryan's Answer #1
"I am used to and comfortable standing on my feet all day. I've found a particular type of shoe that alleviates any sort of fatigue on my feet and standing on fatigue mats helps out. When I get a chance between patients, I definitely utilize the time to sit down and work at a computer as well to refresh my legs."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having participated in athletics through high school and remaining an active runner to this day have helped prepare me for a job where I will be on my feet all day. I will be able to handle it with ease. In a job like this, it is important to relax and refresh outside of work to come in each and every day ready to go."
3.
How would your co-workers describe you?
You can't really fudge the results on this one. If you made a huge mistake or were reprimanded, your future employer can still find out when they check your references. You also may have some great relationships with co-workers but you and your boss didn't really get along. Talk about any feedback you have received throughout your career as a co-worker to others.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I did my best to work well with everyone and I always put in 100%. My co-workers would say that I was consistent, dependable and driven."
Ryan's Answer #2
"If you were to talk to any of my co-workers through my clinical experience, my fellow students in my program or my co-workers from my retail job I worked through college, you would learn from them that I am a reliable and knowledgeable employee that is willing to lend a hand whenever needed. I am a firm believer that a team only functions as well as its weakest part and I do my best to hold up my end of the bargain on a large team."
4.
Tell me about your current boss.
No matter how difficult, unfair or terrible your previous boss was, use this question as an opportunity to share what you learned from them and what you learned from your previous role.

Ryan's Answer #1
"My boss taught me the importance of attention to detail. He was particular about every little detail, from preparing for client appointments to completing SOAP notes. I learned how to fine tune my skills and identify the slightest details that could make all the difference in a life or death situation."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming out of school, I'll talk a bit about my preceptor during my clinical experience. I was able to learn really well under him because I was given the ability to learn with a hands on type of experience while being coached from the side. While reading procedures and textbooks is helpful to get a good knowledge base, I am the type of person that needs hand on experience to really learn what I am doing."
5.
Are you comfortable providing education to students of fellow colleagues?
Education is an important aspect of almost any job. Whether it is training new employees or working with students on their rotations, it is important to remember that you were in their shoes at one time. Talk about the importance of education in your field and how your education had effected your career at one point. If you have specific experience training people in the field, be sure to bring it up to your interviewer.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In such a continuously changing field, education is extremely important for us to be able to educate others and to be educated myself. In my current role, we have rotating students come through from the local technical college and I love being able to pass my knowledge down to them. On top of me teaching them things, I often receive an education from them as well and I look forward to my time in helping them."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In realizing how important my education was to me and the importance my preceptor played in helping introduce me to the field, I would greatly look forward to an opportunity like this in the future."
6.
What types of exams do you consider yourself proficient in?
While your interviewer may be able to decipher a lot of your resume or application based on your work history, here is your chance to talk about the types of exams that you can do or are trained in. It will be important to research the job that you are interviewing for to know what types of exams will be required. If you don't have the direct experience required for the position, explain that you are open to being trained to learn a new skill.

Ryan's Answer #1
"At this point in my career, I am very proficient in Obstetrics exams as I have spent most of my career working here. I am very apt at obtaining great images as well as monitoring the overall condition of fetuses and the mothers that I am examining. On top of obstetrics, I have experience in general abdominal exams to help look for issues like kidney and gall stones."
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my internship, I was able to gain first hand experience in echocardiography and vascular exams while working with a cardiology practice. I feel fortunate to have gained experience in this advanced field. Looking ahead to this position, I feel confident in my ability to be trained and be effective in a wide range of sonography exams."
7.
Talk about your experiences working with Radiologists. Have you ever had a difficult situation in working with one?
Working as an Ultrasound Technician involves working with and communicating with Radiologists. Your interviewer will be looking for your comfort level in working with physicians and how you communicate effectively with them. Explain that you are comfortable in your abilities as a technician and at ease when speaking with Radiologists. If you have specific examples of a difficult situation that you worked through, talk about them in a positive light.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my time working as an Ultrasound Technician, I've been fortunate to work with a great group of Radiologists that are easy to communicate with. If they ever have a concern, I am approachable and very accepting of any feedback that they have. When I first started, one of the Radiologists had a specific preference for notes taken on the ultrasound images. After speaking to her directly, I had clear direction on how to proceed with her images into the future and she was appreciative of my work from there on out."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I don't have a lot of direct experience working with physicians coming into my first job, but I am very comfortable working with all levels of an organization. We are all members of one large team that is working towards the goal of excellent patient care. I have my job to do that I am very comfortable with and I would never hesitate to talk directly to one of the Radiologists if needed."
8.
How would you describe your communication style?
Explain to the interviewer that you are an excellent communicator. Are you able to relate to coworkers? Can you converse easily with patients? Show off your communication skills by offering an example that paints a picture of your abilities.

Ryan's Answer #1
"When talking with patients, I'm always sensitive and understanding. Most of my patients are dealing with some sort of illness, and they are already uncomfortable. I try my best to make them feel at ease."
Ryan's Answer #2
"My communication style is honest and straightforward while having the ability to adapt my style to the person I am communicating with. With patients, it is important to have an understanding of their knowledge level and background to be able to effectively communicate with them."
9.
Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
Some people's favorite aspect of the job is the technical side. They love learning about how to use and maintain equipment to help people. Others enjoy talking with patients and getting to know them. The social and technological aspects of the job make this an excellent fit for someone who is both analytical and a people-person. Talk about what you enjoy about chatting with patients. While you're performing the sonogram, you can calm patients who are nervous, ask happy expecting mothers how their pregnancy is going, and make the experience an overall pleasant experience for everyone.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I enjoy being able to exchange small talk with patients. It seems to keep their minds off the procedure as well as relax knowing that there is someone there to have a nice conversation with."
Ryan's Answer #2
"The main reason that I chose to pursue this career path was to help patients in a time of need. I enjoy the personal one on one contact with patients and talking with them is part of our interaction. I try to learn a little about them to help make them comfortable in our situation together. This helps put them at ease."
10.
Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
As an Ultrasound Technician your job is hands on. You will need to be willing to touch, adjust, and hold onto extremities of your patients. Let the interviewer know that you move patients safely and appropriately with the assistance of another staff member if needed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I'm comfortable helping patients get situated, even if that means I have to physically move them myself. It's all a part of the job."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I fully understand that obtaining the best images possible require the patient to in the proper position. I am very comfortable in assisting immobile patients to get into the right place for my imaging."
11.
Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
12.
How do you stay current in the field of sonography?
In a continually changing field, it is important to express that you take pride in being a continuous learner in your field. If you are certified by ARDMS, talk about some great continuing education courses you have taken that have helped in your career. If you subscribe to any publications in the field, mention that as well. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you stay on top of advancements in the field.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Being certified by ARDMS, I've taken advantage of many great continuing education credits. Recently, I took a CME course on gout and how to obtain proper imaging for its diagnosis. Shortly after the course, I was able to successfully image a patient diagnosed with the disorder and this made me feel great. Being a career long learner is extremely important in our field and I appreciate every opportunity I get to be more educated in the field."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As a new graduate, I am a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and subscribe to their journal. This is a great resource to learn more in the field moving forward. As well, I look forward to become ARDMS certified."
13.
Have you ever been overloaded with work? How did you handle that situation?
Every job comes with stress and as an Ultrasound Technician, your stress level will depend on what type of environment you work in. If you work at a hospital you may have a full schedule and may need to be on call. Busy days and middle of the night wake up calls may overload you. Tell the interviewer how you would respond in these types of situations. What do you do when you have too much on your plate and not enough hours in the day? Do you prioritize? Do you ask for help? What tools do you find helpful?

Ryan's Answer #1
"If I feel overloaded at work I talk with my co-workers to see if they can help me out. I've developed a great working relationship with them so we never feel that we are putting each other out."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Busy work days can easily be handled with a little bit of organization and prioritization. During my schooling, I worked as a phlebotomist to gain experience in a clinical setting. In a busy hospital, it was important that I laid out a plan each day for the patients I was scheduled to see. By laying out a plan, I was able to see where I had extra time to help shuffle in any emergent patients and keep me on task throughout my day. I will be able to utilize this method in this role as well."
14.
Have you ever had an issue with a supervisor? How did you handle it?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes. When I was new in the OR, the learning curve was exceptionally steep. My supervisor at the time was getting frustrated with me and would complain about me to others but never face to face. I would get called into the managers' office, so I had to ask for help on how to approach my supervisor. With time, experience, and direction, I learned how to be more efficient. I asked my supervisor what else she needed before I ever left a room. And I asked her how I could be better in the future. I've never been called in the manager's office since and we have a good relationship now."
Alexandra's Answer
Great answer! If I were the interviewer I would follow up to ask who did you ask for help on how to approach your supervisor? Did you address the problem directly or just work hard to improve? Overall, great answer showing how you learned and grew as an employee!
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15.
How do you keep accurate patient records?
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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"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."
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Interview Questions
  1. What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
  2. Are you comfortable with standing on your feet the majority of the day?
  3. How would your co-workers describe you?
  4. Tell me about your current boss.
  5. Are you comfortable providing education to students of fellow colleagues?
  6. What types of exams do you consider yourself proficient in?
  7. Talk about your experiences working with Radiologists. Have you ever had a difficult situation in working with one?
  8. How would you describe your communication style?
  9. Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
  10. Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
  11. Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
  12. How do you stay current in the field of sonography?
  13. Have you ever been overloaded with work? How did you handle that situation?
  14. Have you ever had an issue with a supervisor? How did you handle it?
  15. How do you keep accurate patient records?
  16. What do you enjoy most about your job?
  17. Why did you choose a career in the sonography?
  18. What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
  19. If you see something alarming, how would you react in front of the patient who most likely has not noticed?
  20. How do you cope with stressful situations?
  21. Does it make you uncomfortable performing ultrasounds on certain body parts?
  22. Talk about a difficult patient that you had to work with? What made the situation difficult and how did you handle it?
  23. What sonography equipment do you have experience working on?
  24. Are there any types of exams where you feel you could use more experience or training in?
  25. What do you know about our facility?
  26. Are you able to work alternate shifts or pull call?
  27. What specialty of ultrasound would you most like to do in five years?
  28. Do you plan on obtaining your ARDMS certification?
  29. Which area of the body do you specialize in? What interests you most about it?
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