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Top 30 Ultrasound Technician Interview Questions

Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
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Question 2 of 30
What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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"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."
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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Question 3 of 30
Have you ever had an issue with a supervisor? How did you handle it?
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"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."
"I have had a few issues but have found that they start from a small misunderstanding that can be easily fixed. I value open communication and constructive feedback."
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.
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Question 4 of 30
Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
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"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."
"I do enjoy socializing with patients. There is always a place and a time and I always keep it professional."
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.
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Question 5 of 30
How do you keep accurate patient records?
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What are the most important qualities of an Ultrasound Technician?
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How would your friends describe you?
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What do you enjoy most about your job?
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How would you describe your communication style?
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Question 10 of 30
Why did you choose a career in the sonography?
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Question 11 of 30
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
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Question 12 of 30
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
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If you see something alarming, how would you react in front of the patient who most likely has not noticed?
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Are you comfortable with standing on your feet the majority of the day?
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Question 16 of 30
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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Tell me about your training. How has it prepared you for this position?
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How do you cope with stressful situations?
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Question 19 of 30
Does it make you uncomfortable performing ultrasounds on certain body parts?
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Question 20 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 21 of 30
What are your short term goals as an Ultrasound Technician?
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Question 22 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 23 of 30
Tell me about your current boss.
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Question 24 of 30
How do you troubleshoot problems when the ultrasound machine is not working properly?
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Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 26 of 30
Are you able to work alternate shifts or pull call?
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Question 27 of 30
What specialty of ultrasound would you most like to do in five years?
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Question 28 of 30
Do you plan on obtaining your ARDMS certification?
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Question 29 of 30
Which area of the body do you specialize in? What interests you most about it?
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Question 30 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 1 of 30
Would you say you are good at explaining procedures and directions to patients?
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I would. I have been a trainer at many of the positions I have held. I am detail oriented and enjoy teaching people and helping them to understand what will be happening. I want them to be at ease.
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Yes I know I am someone who likes to be explained every step of something and working as a head guard for a few years I have been able to give directions clearly and concise.
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Yes. I am a very detailed person so I make sure that I am speaking clearly and concisely so that the patient is able to follow the directions that are required of them prior to and during a procedure.
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I am very good at explaining procedures and directions to patients because I want them to feel comfortable and understand why they are having an ultrasound performed.
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Yes I like to make sure patients have a good understanding of what is needed.
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Yes I believe that I am a real people person and feel very compassionate towards all patients.
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Yes, once I know how something is going to work, I usually have an ability to describe in fully detail how a procedure will run.
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Yes ,I think this is the most important step in before making the test and usually I make that in simple way.
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Yes I am excellent at explaining and telling patients what I need them to do.
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Yes, I am. I try my best to speak very thorough in explaining the procedure to the patients so that they get a clear understanding.
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Yes. I am very thorough. Of course, once I have completed my instructions, I ask them if they have any questions. Just to confirm that they understand. I have often reiterated some of the most important details.
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I like my patients to understand what is happening and am able to explain several different ways until they are comfortable.
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I am very patient explaining procedures and directions. In my past career I have been involved in training students where explaing was part of the role. To improve on my communication wo with adults, I have undergone an adult training course that help me improved on how I communicate or instruct adults.
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Yes, I always introduce myself and make to let them know exactly what goes on before I begin and again during the exam.
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Yes I am. I make sure and take the time to explain everything in a clear manner that the patient is able to understand and knows all about the exam that will be performed on them. By doing this I have helped many a patient to feel more relaxed and informed.
Question 2 of 30
What procedures do you follow to maintain equipment?
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I make sure that all equipment is sanitized properly according to the specific equipment guidelines. For example all endovaginal probes are to be disinfected properly usually using Cidex and rinsed appropriately before the next use.
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I always clean the transducer before and after every patient is scanned. I make sure there is always film in the printer and gel in the bottles. I always make sure to handle the ultrasound machine plugs carefully while moving the machine.
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I follow all sterile procedures to maintain the machines.
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Cleaning and sterilizing equipment and also the required weekly and monthly maintenance when necessary.
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After finish every case I clean the machine and off the machine.
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I Make sure my probe and clean and properly used with every patient.
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I follow standard guideline for maintaining US equipment such as soaking the vaginal probe in cidex after each vaginal ultrasound for at least 10 minutes.
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I follow whatever requirements are made by the medical facility. I also like to wash my hands and arms consistently as well as the machine and cart.
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Clean, check, report faults promptly and isolate any damaged equipment.
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I make sure to keep the cords from getting tangled to ensure none of them accidentally get dropped and I make sure to clean the probe after using it.
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In order to maintain equipment I make sure and check everyday that all equipment is in its proper order, that it is clean, and there are no damages to them. If there is any damages I make sure to take the proper steps to ensure that it is not used and can get fixed as soon as possible.
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Clean after each use, sterilize probes before invasive procedures.
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I regularly look for any damage to transducer & cable etc. I clean the probe.
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To maintain equipment I ensure that I am doing my best to properly handle all of the hardware and making sure that it meets the quality standards. Also keeping it clean and following proper procedures in start up and shut down.
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I steralize the machine and probe after every use.
Question 3 of 30
Have you ever had an issue with a supervisor? How did you handle it?
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I have had difficulty with a supervisor but I confronted the situation in a calm and respectful manner and we were able to resolve the issue.
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I have had difficulty with a supervisor and I tried my best to keep them happy.
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No I have never had any difficutly with a supervior.
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Yes, I had a boss that was difficult to work with. But I know that she was my boss and I was there to do what she asked me to do. I was always respectful to her and did what she asked to the best of my ability.
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No I work according to the rule and discuss every thing with my supervisor.
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No, I have never had any difficulty with an supervisor.
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At one time, my boss and I had different visions for the direction of the establishment. We sat in meetings for hours over it, but in the end, I committed to his ideas, and put a smile on my face.
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I try to avoid conflict but if it happens I listen and then explain my point of view.
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Yes, he did not agree with my opinion of one of the changes that he was about to implement and started using bad language. The issue was reported to the manager.
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No I cant say that I have had trouble with a supervisor.
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Yes in the past I have a difficult supervisor but we were able to talk and work through our issues. I know that she was put in charge and it is my job to follow her lead.
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I have worked for supervisors who I disagreed with on certain matters. However, I was always respectful and we were able to work together and communicate openly.
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No. I have had supervisors that were very demanding and adapted to his work style.
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Yes there was a time when I had difficulty with a supervisor. I asked my supervisor if I could sit down and talk with him. I explained my situation to him and we then worked out a resolution that worked for us both.
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The only time I had difficulty with a supervisor is when they set unrealistic expectations for project deadlines.
Question 4 of 30
Do you enjoy socializing with patients?
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Yes. I enjoy talking with them and being afforded the opportunity to help them.
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I love to socialize with patients hearing different stories and information about other peoples lives is fun.
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Yes! It is my priority to make the patients feel as comfortable as possible and ease their fears of the study and making that lasting impression can mean the world to a patient.
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I do enjoy socializing with patients because it allows me to get to know a little bit about that person and it allows the patient to feel more comfortable during their exam.
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I do enjoy socializing to a point. I learned quickly in my internship how to be friendly and not too chatty.
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Yes, I like finding out a little about their lives and taking them awaY from their nervousness and current state of mind.
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Yes, I think socialization with patients make them more relax and comfortable and we can make the test more easy.
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Yes, I do especially if it makes the patient more comfortable while performing their exam.
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Small talk is fine to help make the patients feel relaxed so I can preform a more accurate test for the physician.
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I can have chats with patients as long as it does not break the ethics of my profession, I am also human after all just like the patients.
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I do like to talk with them during the exam to help relax and distract them until the doctor can give them results.
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Yes I do. I find you learn a lot about your patients and it helps to put them at ease during the exam.
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To an extent that they feel comfortable but at the same time, I keep distance that they will feel the respect of doctor-patient relationship.
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I enjoy briefly getting to know patients and making them feel more comfortable during an exam.
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Yes, I enjoy meeting new patients and talking with them.
Question 5 of 30
How do you keep accurate patient records?
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Not at all, I enjoy interacting with people one on one.
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Absolutely not! Keeping accurate and detailed patient charts are very important in tracking patients health conditions. This is the only record we have to look back upon to integrate and gather important health info to aid in the correct treatment and diagnosis of the patient.
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No I enjoy all aspects that come with being an Ultrasound technician.
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Not at all. I probably am more inclined to put more information than a doctor would like.
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No, I believe it is important to take patient records to insure that no mistakes are made.
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No never. It is part of my job and needs to be accurate.
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No, I dont. It is important to record as much pertinent information as possible.
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No, every detail recorded has a direct impact on how the patient is managed. Less detail can result in a patient not getting the care that they require.
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No I find it to be helpful in organizing patient data.
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No putting an accurate record in a persons chart is part of helping the patient get the best care that they need which is my main goal as a sonographer.
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Never, it is very important to keep updated records of our patients in order to be able to give them the best care possible.
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NO, I finding it very rewarding because they trust me enough to make this kind of reading and finds about there health.
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Absolutely not, I am there to help the patient, that is my job. Recording accurate information is crucial to a patient and should not be taken lightly.
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No, I think it is vital to be detailed in recording necessary notes about a patient.
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No I find it to be an important aspect of my career. Without the patients record how will the doctors be able to diagnose or order more test to find out what is going on with the patient.
Question 6 of 30
What are the most important qualities of an Ultrasound Technician?
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What are your weakness.
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For me I just don't feel there is one skill. Minimally there are two that are different but just as important for patient care. The first, of course, is scanning ability. The images need to be good in order for correct diagnosis, but compassion is just as important. This might mean just talking to the patient to put them at ease, it might mean holding their hand during a procedure. You need to be able to read the patient and find out what they need.
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Communication and being able to work with patients and others.
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Accuracy to help get the drs the answers they are looking for.
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Be compassionate and try to make their patient feel comfortable.
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While general medical knowledge and exceptional skill are both very important qualities an ultrasound tech must possess, I also feel one of the greatest assets as tech can possess is the willingness to continue the study of ultrasound and the desire to always seek new knowledge and new techniques.
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I think it would be presision. After seeing the different echo techs I can tell how important each picture is.
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I think there are a lot of important skills that a sonographer must possess. But, the most important is to be detail oriented with great bedside manner.
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I believe the most important skill an ultrasound technician should possess is compassion. An ultrasound technician must be compassionate towards the needs of the patients.
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Great customer service while providing excellent images.
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Confidence. Confidence in herself, her ability to provide patient care, the hospital and the doctors that reside in it and the confidence to know when she needs help or should as a question to better serve her patient.
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The most important skill is how to get a good views and accurate measurements to help to reach the diagnosis.
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An ultrasound technician must definately have people skills. Be able to perform accurate exams in a timely manner.
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Hand eye coordination. You must have fine tuned motor skills to achieve high quality imaging.
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They need to be a good communicator in times when they have to break bad news.
Question 7 of 30
How would your friends describe you?
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Friendly, calm, considerate.
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Organized, hardworking, friendly, determined, loyal and responsible.
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My friends would describe me as hardworking, caring, compassionate, friendly, dedicated, a people person, and enthusiastic.
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The would describe me as a loyal, hard working and easy to get along with.
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Easy going. Fun loving. Organized, dedicated. A good listener. Team player.
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They describe me honest , reliable, and hard worker.
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They would describe me as loyal, very dependable, outgoing, and love to care for others.
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Compassionate, caring and very dependable individual .
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My friends would describe me as a trusting and loyal person who is fun loving and relateable.
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Very outgoing and considerate of others. Many have said that I am very easy to get along with and make others feel very relaxed because I try my best to understand people.
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I feel that my friends would describe me as a hard-worker. I have consistently demonstrated a strong work etiquette both in school and out.
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My Friends would describe me as a very dedicated bubbly person.
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They would decribe me as outgoing, upbeat, positive friendly.
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Honest, loyal, hardworking, energetic, kind, loving, dependable, and someone that they can come to for anything.
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They would say that I am a kind, compassionate, easy going person who loves to be with family and friends.
Question 8 of 30
What do you enjoy most about your job?
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Yes, I like the diagnostic end of the medical field and enjoy the interaction with patients.
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I am but I do strive for more. I want to work in a hospital and advanced my skills and knowledge.
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I love my job. It makes me fill helpful and satisfied.
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I believe if I were to get hired and become an ultrasound technician I would be extremely happy.
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I am very happy to finally be in a carrer field I love and enjoy doing.
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Yes I really enjoy my profession as a sonographer.
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Yes I absolutely love what I do in caring for patients. To me it is the perfect balance spending time with patients, getting to know them and playing a part in giving them the best care that can be given.
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I love OB/GYn ultrasound.I love to work with Ob patients.
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I could not be happier. I enjoy it every single day.
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Very much so. Love what you do, do what you love.
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Yes! I think it is so interesting and I love that everyday is different.
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Yes, but I would love the opportunity to enhance my career even further in this field.
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Yes I enjoy it very much.
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I'm looking forward to my career as an ultrasound technician.
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With what I've experienced so far, yes.
Question 9 of 30
How would you describe your communication style?
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I believe my communication skills are above average. I describe the exam to them and ask if they have any questions.
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I enjoy talking with people and I feel that I can understand different types of people and accomidate that to make them feel comfortable.
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I am very friendly and welcoming to patients. I speak calmly to every patient to ensure they feel comfortable during their exam.
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My communication skills with patients is very good. When I interned the patients remembered me and liked to know how I was progressing in my education.
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I have very strong communication skills that will allow patients to feel comfortable and understand all testing aspects.
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I can interact with patients very well. In my dental assists ting job, I had to talk to patients all day long. I think I am kind and have a softer, less treating tone. I am understanding and appreciative of their concerns and assure them that I will pass them on to the doctor.
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I have a good communication skills with patients, usually I Start with socialization then I explain the procedure to the patient in simple way this will help me to let the patient relax and follow me during the test.
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My communication skills good. I speak very fluently and try to articulate to patients as best as possible.
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I pride myself on my interpersonal communication skills. I use eye contact and concise wording to convey my intent. I like to smile at people because most times, they will smile in return. Makes my day a little better.
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Above average. I encounter many non english speaking patients and find using simple words so they understand is best.
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I feel that I communicate well with my patients. I am currently taking a Spanish class to help to communicate with Spanish speaking patients as well.
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I am a very effective communicator. I try to explain the procedure in a simple way that the patient will understand.
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I would say I have great communication skills, I have had experience working in 3 different hospitals and I know that no every patient is not the same. I understand that patients are always right.
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Just picking a chat while scaning, enquiring about them.
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I would say I am calm and nice. Telling the truth and being friendly.
Question 10 of 30
Why did you choose a career in the sonography?
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I chose a career with ultrasound because I wanted to learn more about the anatomy and physiology of the human body...I enjoy helping people and having a career in ultrasound will allow me to contribute my patience, sincerity and generosity to others.
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I am a problem solving, so being able to help the physician in diagnosing a problem so that it can be cured and help ones well-being is very rewarding to me.
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I did a lot of research on echo and it held my interest.
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I find it very interesting. There is so much to learn and it provides a multitude of career options.
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I have always loved learning about the anatomy of the human body especially the heart I just find it so interesting. I also love working with people and I think ultrasound gives it a cool different way of working with the patients.
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I chose a career with ultrasound because it always me to interact with patients and care for them in a unique way.
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I enjoy and have always been interested in the medical field. I enjoy helping people.
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I have always been interested in the medical field and found my niche in echo because I love the technology and non invasive aspect.
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Ultrasound is a growing field with oppertuniy to grow as a professional. I enjoy helping people in a non-invasive diagnostic setting.
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I am very passionate about patient care and helping others. I have always been interested in the healthcare field and I think that is why. I am so happy to aid in the care of others. To hopefully be able to help get them some answers and if not, at least be able to brighten their day with my interaction when they may not be in the best of circumstances. Secondly, I really like the versatility that comes with ultrasound and all of the different options including setting and specialization. There aRe so many different atmospheres and people to work with In This career that you could never get tired of it.
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Because it is a very interesting career,I meet every day a new cases, also it is a progressive job.
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I enjoy a challenge and want to help physicians In diagnosing patients.
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It is a great career field in the diagnostic treatment of patients.
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I enjoy the patient interaction and helping in the diagnosing of patients.
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I like autonomy, I want to be able to deliver the results of my scans directly to the patient myself.
Question 11 of 30
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
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I feel I would be an asset to this company because I work well under stressful situations, I feel I have a connection with other patients and that helps them feel more comfortable and I LOVE ultrasound.
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I am dedicated and hardworking. I love working with people.
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I believe that I can be a great, flexible asset to this organization because I have many yrs of experience working in a medical setting. I obtain great qualities that any practice would want that include the ability to multi-task, I can be cross-trained to do front desk medical, clinical, as well as my sonographer position if the need should arise.
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I would be an asset to this organization because I am very hardworking, dedicated, caring, and I am a great people person. My best interest is always for the well being and needs of the patient.
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I am a hard worker, self-motivated, friendly, and eager to get along. I would be an asset to strengthen the team and provide quality ultrasound images for this company.
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I would be an asset to this organization because I am a hard working and loyal and positive person who has been trained exteremely well.
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I am a hard worker and very dedicated to my job. I enjoy working with patients and interacting with them to make their day a little better. I am great at working on a team and always finish what is asked of me. I can bring happiness into my job, having a fun time at work while still maintaing a professionalism Beyond my years.
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I would bring my dependability, flexibility, and eagerness to succeed to the company.
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I am a very hard worker and am always reliable. I am loyal, stable, and tend to remain calm in stressful situations. I am not afraid to ask for help or admit I was wrong, but I take great pride in my accomplishments and my ability to get people to talk to me. I can pick up a conversation anywhere from anyone. People like to tell me things.
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I am reliable. Always on time and can be called upon to cover if need be even if I was meant to be off duty. I hold a certificate in adult training, I can help train students.
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I am a very hard worker. Helping others is my passion. I work under pressure and love to be challenged.
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As I was researching the hospital website, I found that the facility was voted one of the best places to work in healthcare in 2013. I feel that functioning as a part of team is extremely import because helps each job done in an efficient manner.
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With my vast Ultrasound experience, there is not scan I am unable to do or at least try.
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I feel that I would be a great candidate for this position because I have what it takes to help the team succeed. I am a very hard worker and learn quickly. I also have great interpersonal skills that allow me to communicate effectively with my coworkers and patients.
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I am a team player and have organizational skills. I enjoy learning from other and growing as an individual.
Question 12 of 30
What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
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Yes, the interaction with patients was one of the reasons I picked ultrasound for a career.
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Absolutely, I am a people's person and have compassion for those in need of care.
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Yes I really enjoy working with other people it is really rewarding to me to help others.
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Yes. I feel that I can handle myself appropriately in almost any situation and I have empathy for people.
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I have worked with the general public whether it be life gaurding or during my intership or even different classes and I find it very easy to make small talk and just work with all types of people.
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I am very comfortable working with patients and making them feel comfortable while obtaining the images needed.
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I am very comfortable working with patients and making them feel comfortable while obtaining the images needed.
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Yes I believe that I am a real people person and feel very compassionate towards all patients.
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Absolutely. It has always been a joy of mine to get to interact with people and I have been doing so in the dental profession for two years.
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I love to work with patients, it is a rewarding job, also my current job is working with patients having spina bifida .
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Yes, I am very comfortable working with patients. I have worked in a variety of settings with patients and feel very comfortable interacting with them in the medical field.
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Very comfortable with helping patients and explaining the procedure so they understand?
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I love working with patients. I am a people-oriented person and I like helping people, ultrasound provides me with the opportunity to help those that are not well.
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Yes I love working with patients and helping aid in the diagnosis of all patients.
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I love working with the patients and getting to know them. They all have stories and I love hearing about them and getting to scan them. They are what make this job rewarding.
Question 13 of 30
Do you feel comfortable helping a patient move into position?
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Yes I do, that will not be a problem for me at all.
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Yes when I first started in cardiac rehab I was nervous about moving patients and then after the first patient I was fine.
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Yes! I understand that patients may have limitations that hold them back when it comes to moving into a certain position. It is my job to aid them as needed.
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I am comfortable moving a patient into another position if needed.
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For the most part, yes. I do want to be careful not to hurt them or myself in any given situation.
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Yes I feel comfortable helping the patients into the correct position to allow for the most optimal pictures.
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Yes, I was a CNA in high school and feel very comfortable helping a patient into a position so that we are able to get the best image for their situation.
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Yes ,I think this is very important to help the patient because this make more comfortable and more relax.
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Yes, I do. I have no problem with assisting a patient into a position.
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Of course. Helping a patient move helps my ergonomics and comfort as well.
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I have no problem with patient contact or gentle touch to move them into position.
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With their consent, yes, I am always willing to be of help to patients.
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Yes of course. Instructing and helping put the patient in the correct position is part of obtaining the best diagnostic image.
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Yes, I believe I can help a patient move into position.
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Yes I am very comfortable and well trained in moving patients.
Question 14 of 30
If you see something alarming, how would you react in front of the patient who most likely has not noticed?
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I would not react. I would stay calm and bring it to the attention of the doctor. I would never want a patient to feel scared.
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I would be calm and call of the doctor calmy to not a alarm or make the patients worried.
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I would maintain my professionalism and keep calm and let them know that I am going to consult with the physician about the findings and that I will be right back. Trying my best to calm the patients worries.
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I would continue scanning until the exam was finished. Once finished I would leave and get the doctor to explain the alarming situation to the patient.
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I would act in a calm manner to not let on to the patient that there is something out of the ordinary.
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I would calmly remove the patient from the situation in the best way possible whether that would be leaving the room, shutting the door, calling for help. The most important thing is to keep the patient calm but informed. If it is something on an image, take note of it and inform the doctor as soon as possible.
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I will try to check the cause of the alarm and solve the problem if I can and if the patient ask I try to explain in a simple way.
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I would not show an reaction in front of the patient so that I wont scare them. I will notify the physician.
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I would complete the test and then excuse myself to get the physician.
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Keep a clear face as it is best to complete the scan before breaking the news to the patient, I need to be aware that my body language is not making the patient anxious.
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I do my best to keep calm and act normal. I have learned that if you start acting strange the patient feeds on that and begins to get worried. Working quickly and efficiently is the best way to approach the situation.
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It would depend on what was so alarming, but I would try to handle the situation as calmly and quickly as possible. the patients safety always comes first so if it was a matter of safety I would try to remove them from the situation and keep them calm.
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I like to scan through out my protocal and be calm and collected. I shall call the doctor immediately and let the doctor know about the findings.
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I would stay calm because I would not want them to get worried.
Question 15 of 30
Are you comfortable with standing on your feet the majority of the day?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes. I have worked in a restaurant for many years so I am accustomed to being on my feet for more than 8 hours at a time.
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Yes very comfortable I have been a lifegaurd and waitress for years so im very used to never sitting.
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Absolutely. I know this is one of the demands of being a sonographer which is why I will take advantage of sitting for some of my studies to help prevent MSK injuries which a lot of sonographers tend to suffer from at some point in their career.
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Yes I am very comfortable standing for long periods of time without sitting.
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Yes I am comfortable standing on my feet the majority of the day.
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Working as a bartender I was often on my feet up to 10 hours a day so I am experienced working on my feet.
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Working as a dental assistant in an oral surgery office, the only time we sat down was at lunch. So yes, I am very comfortable in my feet all day.
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Yes, I am. I am aware of the physical demands of this job. I have no medical restrictions prohibiting me from performing my job duties.
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I have stood on my feet my entire life. To sit down would feel abnormal.
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Yes I am capable of standing for long periods of time.
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Yes, there are periods during the typing of the report when I can sit, it should not be an issue.
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I was a gymnastics coach and also a hostess at a restaurant so I am very use to standing all day. I actually prefer to stand than sit all day.
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Yes I have had a variety of jobs that I have had to stand on my feet. I was in nutrition for 5 Years.
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I enjoy being on my feet most of the day because it helps me make sure I am being an active person. Every step counts.
15.
Yes, Danskos make that possible.
Question 16 of 30
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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Yes, I think everyone has, but I enjoy a busy work environment and can constantly reprioritize what task is next until they are complete.
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Yes I mean every college student could contest to that.
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Yes, but I have been able to assess what was the most important tasks are and do them first.
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Yes Sometime there are a long list for patient and there is a shortage of the technician to do all of these patients so we work together to finish our duties in accurate way.
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Yes, I have. I prioritize, pace myself and do my best.
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Yes. On certain days, yes. I tend to step back and look at the whole picture, then take on one thing at a time in order of priority. Anything I can delegate to make the work balance, I do.
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Occasionally but I try to explain to the patients the situation and that I will be with them as soon as possible.
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Yes, I have worked in CT scanning where it is always very busy.
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There have been times in the past working with the ER where patients are coming in faster than what can be scanned. The key is prioritizing which exams are most urgent and getting through them as quickly as possible.
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Yes, not only in a work setting but also in the school setting. However, I believe I handle it well by taking one thing at a time.
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Yes throughout my education I have been overloaded with work but my organizational skills has allowed me to handle my course load.
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No, I take on what is given to me and make sure I do my best and know that I can handle what comes my way.
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In past jobs, at times... But I found that by evaluating how/why things were done the way they were done, that I could often streamline the process and reduce the workload or time required to complete tasks. When that isn't possible, I prioritize and tackle the most urgent projects first; sometimes this required a fair bit of shuffling, but everything would get accomplished and accomplished well in the end.
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Absolutely, and this can be quit overwhelming. However, each person deserves the exact same amount of time, detail, and care as the patient before them and the patient after. I always try to pace myself and give 100% to each patient.
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There have been times both in practice and in pet sitting that have been extremely busy, but I've handled these situations well and in a positive way.
Question 17 of 30
Tell me about your training. How has it prepared you for this position?
User-Submitted Answers
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I feel that my training in exercise science has really got me comfortable with a lot of different things. It has given me a more diverse background. I am strongest when it comes to exercise and the body but it has also given me skills in sorts of fields like nutrition, pt, rehab, etc.
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I am finishing my 2 yr training as a student and have had amazing and valueable experiences in my 2 yrs of clinical externship. I have seen a variety of ultrasound studies and findings in the hospital setting, outpatient, and perinatal setting so I feel that I have a lot of experience under my belt to help build technique and great skills to be an amazing working sonographer.
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I had a accredited school education and great clinical experience. Although I am still getting my feet under me as a sonographer, I feel ready to scan and get more confident.
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I have held many jobs in patient care. I have a bachelors degree in physiology so I know the human body pretty well and am prepared for a career in the medical filed.
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I worked for more than 5 years in a cardiac department And after I took my ARDMS Exam. I started my internship in Cardiovascular institute.
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My training experience was outstanding. The tech taught me everything I know and prepared me for a career in Ultrasound.
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I was privileged to be at a facility that allowed me to take part in any and all exams of my choosing. I chose to do as many exams that were scheduled. I also participated in biopsies both my imaging and collecting the samples. I learned how to interact with both patients and co-workers and to respect the line of command. I also made myself acquainted with neighboring departments.
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I have hands on training on different areas in ultrasound involving thousands of cases in abdomen, pelvis, obsteric, breast, thyroid, scrotum, vascular system and MSK.I have studied didactive curriculum in sonographic principle and instrumentation and pathology and pathophysiology of various diseases.
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Triton college prepared me for an ultrasound position. The teachers were very informative and helpful.
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At my training site, it was a very fast- paced environment and I learned important skills to quickly get the images I need and I was able to utilize my spanish-speaking skills to translate for patients.
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Need to know normal anatomy,
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I have been exposed to many facets and familiar with a lot of pathology.
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It was aggressive training and they trained me good.
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I will be graduating from a two year program in which I'll have completed over 1100 hours of clinical site rotations. My rotations have included high-risk perinatal centers, small hospital general imaging departments, large hospital general imaging departments and pediatrics. I feel well prepared to begin my career as an ultrasound technologist.
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I feel I had a tough, but fair program that helped prepared me by overcoming deadlines and challenging situations.
Question 18 of 30
How do you cope with stressful situations?
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Yes. I always have been. I thrive under pressure and can handle whatever comes my way.
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Yes. I have experience working as a medical front desk supervisor dealing with many stressful situations and I can say that I am pretty darn good at keeping my cool, prioritizing, and working through the stressful situations as they arise.
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I do pretty good under stressful situations but look to others for input in any given situation.
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Yes I am able to to deal with stressful situations and assess what needs to be done first.
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Yes, I think that I do well under pressure. I am very task oriented and like to get things completed to huge best of my ability.
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Yes, I am able to cope with stressful situaion.I just pace myself, do my best and handle one thing at a time.
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I tend to think fast and act faster. I went through school with three children and a job so coping has been a must to get through it all.
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Yes there are times when you multiple stat orders and you must be able to prioritize the orders and stay focused.
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Yes, my past work experiences have developed strength to coop with stress at work place. If I am dealing with a stress full situation, I stepped back, rethink about all the process and again step forward with full strength.
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I think I do quite well in stressful situations. I have the ability to think quickly and for see solutions to problems right away. For me I think a little bit of stress helps motivate me and stay productive.
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Yes, I am very good at remaining calm in most any situation.
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Yes. I actually feel like I work better under pressure and I work my best in the chaos sometimes. Sometimes it can almost be overwhelming but I just take a deep breath and keep on scanning until all the patients are taken care of.
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Yes, I normally just try to relax, stay calm, and handle stressful situations as best as I can hoping that I will be able to find a solution to them and make the environment as comfortable as I can for myself and for those included in each situation.
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Yes, I remind myself to relax and that I can only do one patient at a time.
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Take deep breaths in and I have to explain to myself to just relax.
Question 19 of 30
Does it make you uncomfortable performing ultrasounds on certain body parts?
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All I have done is the heart and stomach area.
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No, being in the medical field you have to realize there are things you have to do to help the patient.
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No, my mission is to help patients, explaining what I need to do, and making sure that the person feel understand and is at ease and comfortable about scanning me their delicate body parts.
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No. Of course, when I was brand new at scanning, I was nervous to scan certain parts, but I have overcome that completely due to my experience. I have no issues scanning any part of the body.
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No. Because I think that I work examined patients treated them more than 14 years.
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No. After scanning all of my classmates, friends and family I have gotten use to seeing the human body as just a body. Nothing to be ashamed or uncomfortable about.
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We are in a medical setting, however, some patients may prefer same gender to perform their examinations and they are within their right to ask that. I would like to honor patients wishes.
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No it is part of the job; I do whatever it takes to help the patient.
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I will be uncomfortable at first, however, I will have had enough training to overcome this. Once this is achieved I think I will be fine.
Question 20 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
Question 21 of 30
What are your short term goals as an Ultrasound Technician?
Question 22 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
Question 23 of 30
Tell me about your current boss.
Question 24 of 30
How do you troubleshoot problems when the ultrasound machine is not working properly?
Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our facility?
Question 26 of 30
Are you able to work alternate shifts or pull call?
User-Submitted Answers
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By keeping a poker face and trying to make small talk so the patient doesn't think anything is wrong.
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Poker face, I have discovered many cancers, fetal deaths, and been in situations when grave outcomes were simply unavoidable. However that is when you must remember that your job comes first and part of my job is letting a Dr provide this information.
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I have had experience with this. It is important to remain positive as well as compassionate. It is a fine line that needs to be walked depending on the situation.
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I feel like I am very good at having a "poker face." If it comes up poorly and needs to be immediately addressed, I would calmly excuse myself and have a doctor take a look.
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Treat them like I would any other patient, with a smile.
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My job is to provide quality images to help the radiology doctors in putting a report together .
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Keep my nice smiley face and keep a nice conversation going. Never let them see that I know something and I will always let the patient know that the doctor will discuss all tests with them..
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I am very sure of my skills to hold my composure in front of patients. There have been many times already where I have seen something that I thought was very alarming and the patient who I was scanning had no clue that I felt that way. I am able to look at my work as very important and know how important it is to maintain my composure so to not scare the patients.
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I say that I am so sorry to the patient that I could not come to the diagnosis but I can help the patient by referring him or she for senior opinion.
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Explain to the patient that I cannot give any result only the cardiology can. That I will show the test to the cardiologist and that if he sees something he/she will be the one that will let the patient know.
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Very discrete and professional.
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I am good at hiding my emotions when necessary. I have never had a problem with this. I know how important it is to keep a patient calm and relaxed until they are told the diagnosis by their physician. I must act indifferent and if asked let the patient know that their physician will be the one to discuss the scan with them.
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You listen to patients and I am there to listen and hear their concerns and worries, where appropriate comment but advice and medical decisions are for the referring physicians.
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I will remain calm and main my composure professionally until the examination is complete.
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Act normal. Show no signs of a problem.
Question 27 of 30
What specialty of ultrasound would you most like to do in five years?
User-Submitted Answers
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Cardiac or I would also be open to fetal ultrasound.
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I believe I would love to do OB
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I would like to study further.
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Echo, pediatric echo, vascular and muskoskeletal.
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Small parts an obstetrics.
Question 28 of 30
Do you plan on obtaining your ARDMS certification?
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I have my certification, I plan on attaining my registry this year.
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Yes I am planning on obtaining as many certifications as possible to be more marketable.
Question 29 of 30
Which area of the body do you specialize in? What interests you most about it?
User-Submitted Answers
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Perinatal/Maternal fetal medicine..... But I am proficient in most all areas of ultrasound including abdomen and superficial structures.
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I have had more training in abdominal however, I really enjoy vascular. I love the exactness of a carotid exam, and the execution of a venous exam.
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I feel like I have the most experience with abdominal and gynecologic sonography.
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I would say I am comfortable with all exam types but I have a greater knowledge with abdominal.
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I have experience with all 3 areas but the one I use the most is abdominal.
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I enjoy all ultrasound specialty but I have a passion for vascular.
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I feel as though im strongest in vascular abdomen.
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Abdominal is my favorite, but I also have done OB/GYN, and minimal Vascular.
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I do not consider myself an expert at this point in my career, but I am capable in both gynecology and abdominal and can't wait to further my skills.
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Gynecology and abdominal.
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Abdominal, and I have had training on Vascular, in school Gynecology, but not on extern, but I am open to learn any and every thing that will make me a strong asset to this facility.
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I am extremely comfortable with gyn as well as abdomen. I am excited to learn vascular and take the registry as soon as possible though.
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I think gynecology and abdominal field.
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I am no expert but I work hard to make my images as best as possible. I feel I am best with gynecology.
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I like to do abdominal scans, They are my speciality, I have always been chosen to do these scans because I get the results required.
Question 30 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?

About Ultrasound Technician

August 26th, 2017

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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