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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Updated June 18th, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
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Talk about how you prioritize safety in this job as a Radiologic Technologist.
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A job as a Radiologic Technologist requires safety concerns for both yourself and your patients and safety in the healthcare setting is extremely important. Your interviewer will be looking to see how you keep safety in mind for both you and your patients. Talk about the safety precautions you take in your work to protect both yourself and your patients and mention that safety is a top priority in your work.
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Talk about how you prioritize safety in this job as a Radiologic Technologist.
A job as a Radiologic Technologist requires safety concerns for both yourself and your patients and safety in the healthcare setting is extremely important. Your interviewer will be looking to see how you keep safety in mind for both you and your patients. Talk about the safety precautions you take in your work to protect both yourself and your patients and mention that safety is a top priority in your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Working with imaging machines is no joking matter and I take safety as a very high priority in my work. To protect my patients, I always ensure that they are positioned properly and wearing lead protection. As well, I know x ray machines well to adjust the settings to the produce the best and safest images possible. For myself, I follow all safety protocols and use proper lifting techniques when needed."
Ryan's Answer #2
"You will quickly find that I am a very safety conscious employee because it is so important in a radiology setting. I will take the time to get to know all of the safety precautions regarding protective equipment and processes for both myself and my patients. My training on the machines themselves will also prove to be beneficial so I can operate them in the safest manner possible."
2.
What is your availability to work and be on-call?
For this question, it is important for you to have done your research on the organization and the job itself. Most of the time, the expected hours will be in the job posting. In your answer, there is a delicate balance between showing the employer that you are open and willing to work the hours needed while also being honest with any conflicts that you have to shifts or days of the week. Being candid with your availability is always the best approach.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having worked a rotating shift between days and PM's for the last five years in a large hospital setting, I still remain open to those shifts as well as night shifts if needed. Having a spouse and young children, I do need to know shifts two weeks ahead of time so we can arrange for child care if needed. In my current job, I am also on-call one in every five weekends and I am open to any call responsibilities."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am very open to shift availability as I enter my first job. Through schooling, I worked PM shifts while going to school full time during the day time and I am able to handle both of those shifts with ease. I am available to work weekends as well as needed by the organization."
3.
What type of imaging equipment do you have experience working with?
As the need for X-Ray technicians is growing, the educational requirements are changing. It use to be a six-month training, but in 2012 the requirements changed to a three-year associates degree program. Most people receive training on the job to put your education into practice. Even if your experience with the equipment is limited to your training, talk about a few key points: Understanding of how it works, troubleshooting and how to interpret the images. Show your confidence and your willingness to learn.

Ryan's Answer #1
"At my current organization, I have worked on a standard x-ray machine as well as a portable machine that we use at times if needed. The current units that I work on are Siemens and I have familiarity in diagnosing issues on these. At my previous employer, I worked on Toshiba units and had an easy time learning those systems. I am very technologically savvy when working on any unit and have the ability to learn with ease."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming out of my tech program, I have hands on experience working with x-ray units, CT units and a little bit of ultrasound experience. During my internship, I worked at a small clinic that used a Philips x-ray unit and I was able to pick up on how to use it very quickly. I feel very comfortable in being able to learn any machine with a little bit of training."
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What do you know about our company?
Finding a job can be tough. It can seem like a numbers game at times; you send out 25 resumes and get one interview. Once you get to the interview stage, you'll want to do further research about the company. Start with the website, reviewing their mission, values and culture. You can read employee reviews to see what their experience was like. Do your homework so that you can respond confidently. You can also talk about a recent news article or award they won. Wow them with your research!

Ryan's Answer #1
"I was impressed when I found out about your community involvement. That is a value that is extremely important to me as well. I also like your approach to patient care. Your mission stood out above a lot of the other companies I researched."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming into my first position, it is important for me to find an employer that values growth from within and education for their employees. Having talked to several employees here, I get a strong sense that your organization does both of those things. On top of that, I love the fact that your organization does a lot of work with the underserved population in the city. One of my reasons for pursuing a career in healthcare was to help those less fortunate people that can't afford high level healthcare."
5.
On busy days, how do you manage your daily tasks?
Imagine a busy day at the clinic. You have patients scheduled back to back and little time to clean machines, organize and label records. How do you manage it all? Your interview will be looking for insight on how you stay organized and how you handle yourself when things get busy on the job. It's important to reiterate that you remain calm while handling your duties one at a time. Talking about teamwork in these situations is also important.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I strive for consistency and accuracy. Whether it's busy or slow, I follow a routine of providing excellent patient care and thoroughly reviewing and maintaining accurate records. I don't let the rush interfere with the quality of my work."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Working under the pressure of a busy day does not phase me. During my two pursuing my associate's degree, I worked for a local pizza shop and was the evening delivery driver. There were plenty of times where we were overwhelmed with orders. During these times, it was important for me to have a plan of attack and to take things one at a time to provide the best service to everyone. By creating a plan, I was able to step back and look at the big picture. I think these abilities will translate well into this job when patients are backed up in the waiting room."
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If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
Share your knowledge of the dangers of radiation. There are certain questions you are required to ask every patient before you perform the imaging. Why? Well, if they are pregnant, the fetus is at risk for cancer and tumors. The patient can experience damage to their thyroid and there is a risk of cancer to them as well. Think about what you have learned about the body and how tissues in the body respond to radiation if they are exposed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Radiation has the power to both harm and heal and that is nowhere more evident than on imaging equipment. Studies have shown that repeated exposure can increase risk of cancer and x-rays are considered a carcinogen. Because of that, the safety protocols that are in place for patients are extremely important to follow."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As part of my education in the field, I learned the negative effects that radiation from x-rays can have on both patients and technologists in the room during scans. We learned that pregnant patients and those that have a high risk of cancer may not be the best candidates for x-ray or CT scanning and pre-screening questions are in place to prevent them from the imaging if at all possible."
7.
If a patient is nervous, how will you calm them down?
You may be used to the routine of imaging patients with fractures and mysterious illnesses, but patients come into the room with a lot of questions and fears. It's not the machine or the radiation they fear, it's the unknown. As an X-Ray technician, it's important to understand where the patient is coming from. They can have a lot of anxiety around their recent diagnosis and the fear that things are much worse than they appear. Your role is to educate them about the procedure, answer questions and showing your care for their situation. You cannot reassure them everything will be fine, but you can remind them what a good thing it is that they are there, taking time to investigate what's going on. Getting an X-Ray or a CT Scan is essential to identifying specific health problems. Do your best to explain what you're doing and how it will be helpful for them to start the treatment process.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Coming into a dark exam room can be very intimidating for patients. To help calm them down, I make as much conversation with them as I can while explaining every step of the process that I am taking. I find that in educating them on what I'm doing, they have a better understanding for the process and are much more calm when taking the image that is needed."
Ryan's Answer #2
"My empathetic approach will serve this position well when it comes to patients that are nervous. Patients need to know that I know where they are coming from and understand their fear and nervousness. By talking to them and walking them through what exactly the imaging will tell the physician, they'll be able to relax for a well placed image."
8.
How do you stay current in this field?
Technology changes rapidly, so there is always something new to learn. You will likely be required to continuously enhance your skills throughout your career. Continuing education on new models of machines and the latest research in radiology will help you to stay current. List publications you are reading and courses you are taking to show your thirst for knowledge and desire to stay relevant.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having worked as an X-ray Tech for six years, I've already witnessed the need to stay educated in a continually changing world. I'm fortunate where my current employer has supported continuing education credits and I recently took a course on the challenges to imaging obese patients. This class alone has helped me immensely in becoming a better technician."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming new into the field, I already have a great sense of how the job evolves over time from my professors and my internship experience. To help stay on top of changes, I subscribe to the "Radiologic Technology" publication. As well, I look forward to being a lifelong learner in the field by continuing my education as needed."
9.
How does this position fit into your career plan?
What is your career plan? This is a great question to prepare for before your interview. Starting with the goal, think backwards to lay out the milestones. This position might be a step forward toward your goal of becoming a radiologic technologist. Your interviewer will be looking to gain insight toward your career goals and where your goals fit into their department. It is important to know the culture of promotion in the organization that you're interviewing with, so make sure to do all of the research you can.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I'm excited to get started on my path towards becoming a radiologic technologist. The knowledge and experience I will gain from working with your team will give me the tools to be successful in the field and help me to reach my goals. I am ideally looking for an employer where I can grow throughout my career with."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Coming out of technical college as an X-ray Tech, my goal is to someday work as a Mammography Technician. I aspire to help women in the diagnosis of breast cancer as early as possible because the disease has touched my family so closely. I'm hopeful to work for an organization where I can both gain a great deal of entry level experience and have the opportunity to grow into the future with."
10.
Describe a typical day at work.
What do you expect work to be like from your experience? You may have little on the job experience, but you have a clear understanding of the job description and your education to back you up. The interviewer is checking for understanding and expectations. You may have a lot of questions about what a typical day would look like, but start with what you know: You'll be on your feet all day. You need to prepare, maintain and clean equipment. You prepare the patient each time you do imaging, taking down their medical history, positioning them on the table, performing the imaging and then labeling and reviewing it. Show your understanding that there may be difficulties with patients who are scared or if they are heavy you may have to do some lifting. It's a physical job, so be sure to show them you can handle it.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my current job, a typical day starts with me making a plan for the day based off of the scheduled patients for the day. I make sure to take note of any gaps in scheduling to plan ahead for cleaning and maintenance duties. As I see patients throughout the day, I make use of downtime between patients to replenish supplies and clean the exam rooms as needed. When possible, I also chip in around the department where needed if others are in need of assistance. At the end of the day, I make sure that the department is ready for second shift by restocking supplies and cleaning as needed as well."
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my work experience while obtaining my degree, I got a very good sense of a typical workday as an X-ray Technician. I know that a majority of the day is spent on my feet and to prepare for that physically, I take good care of myself both nutritionally and physically. As a work day progresses, I know that working with each patient on a one on one basis while completing all tasks necessary with them is very important, even when things get busy. Between patients and at the end of the day, I have to keep up with the administrative tasks like cleaning and restocking supplies as needed."
11.
How would you explain a CT scan to a patient?
Speaking to patients in language they can understand is one of the challenges of working in the medical field. So what exactly is a computerized axial tomography scan? A CT scan, or CAT scan, is able to take a series of images from different angles in order to show a cross-section of a particular area of the body. When talking to patient, you can explain how this process will aid in diagnosing their problem. If it's a broken bone, you can explain how they will be able to see if there are other areas that were broken that didn't show up in the X-Ray. It will be helpful to show the doctor if surgery is required or if there are any other issues that need to be addressed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I have found that most patients like to understand what is happening to them if they are having a CT scan. In layman's terms, I explain that the CT scan is a more advanced x-ray image that gives more of a 3D image of the area in question. Then, I explain what myself and the physician are able to decipher once the results are complete. This helps put patients at ease prior to entering the scan."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Most patients don't understand medical jargon, so I would tell them that a CT scan is taking many x-ray shots around the body part to produce one cross-sectional image. I would let them know that once the radiologist receives the results, they get a clear picture to see if the patient is suffering from a wide range of conditions like blood clots, tumor, infection or a fracture."
12.
What is your ability to work without supervision?
Life as an X-ray Technician requires the ability to work and make critical decisions on your own and your interviewer will be trying to gauge how you do that. Give an example of when you worked without supervision. Show your interviewer you can self-manage while handling challenges and paying attention to detail without needing anyone to check your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my current role, I work on second shift where my direct supervisor and manager are not in-house for most of my shifts. I was entrusted with the lead role on our small team of second shift staff because of my ability to make critical decisions while following organizational procedures. "
Ryan's Answer #2
"I worked by myself in a lab during college where I maintained the equipment and analyzed the data I found. I enjoyed the responsibility and had no problem meeting deadlines. During regular one on one meetings with the lab manager, I received consistent feedback that my work was excellent."
13.
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
Breakdowns, wrecks, traffic jams, snow storms... the possibilities that could interfere with your route to work are endless. So how do you take the most responsible approach to these predicaments? Showing that you take initiative and think ahead are the best examples to share during your interview. You want to come across as dependable and reliable. And when something goes wrong to keep you from showing up on time, always take the proactive approach.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I always arrive to work at least 15 minutes before I am expected to be there, just to give me extra time in case something happens. I also make sure I have the numbers of my co-workers and boss so that I can call to let them know if I'm stuck or might be running late."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked my way through schooling, I have an excellent attendance record on the job. But to ensure that I'm always ready for the unexpected, I always keep the contact information for my supervisor and my co-workers in my phone should I need to contact them. I fully understand that life happens and when a co-worker was ever in need of coverage due to an emergent situation, I never hesitated to jump in and help."
14.
Give me an example that demonstrates your communication skills when a patient didn't understand you.
Don't expect your patients to waltz into your lab in great shape. Some may have hearing problems or cognitive issues that impair their ability to understand instruction or explanations. How will you handle those situations? You may have to physically move a person to get them to go where you want them to go. Being able to adapt to every patient and explain things in a way that makes sense to them can be a challenge. Your interviewer will be looking to see how you handle patients with high needs so try to come up with a great example here.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I am patient and ask questions to check for understanding. I recently had a patient in our department that was elderly and had trouble with both her mobility and her memory. She was having a simple x-ray to see if she had broken her foot in a fall and was experiencing a high amount of pain. In talking with her, it became obvious that she didn't remember the incident. I reviewed her patient notes from the referring physician and I proceeded to talk to her about her injury based on what I read. This seemed to help her in remembering the incident and helped her to understand the importance of the images I was about to perform on her."
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my internship, I was fortunate to be able to work with a diverse group of patients at a critical access hospital in a rural part of the state. In one of my first days on the job, we had a young boy come in to have an x-ray performed on his arm that was suspected to be fractured. While with his mother, he was obviously scared to be there and in some obvious pain. In a really quick talk with his mother, I found out that he absolutely loved dinosaurs so I tried to incorporate them into my conversation with him. I explained to him that his arm may be broken and the x-ray was important for the doctor to be able to see what was going on. I told him that he was a pretty lucky boy because back in the days of the dinosaurs, they didn't have fancy machines to look at broken bones like we do now. He laughed and proceeded to cooperate well while we took the ordered images."
15.
Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?
Flouroscopy, Digital Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging... all are types of imaging technologies. With so many options to choose from, why did you choose to focus on X-Rays? For many, becoming an X-Ray technician is a starting point on a new career path. You may also be specialized in CAT scans, which will make you even more marketable. Whatever your specialty, talk about the aspects of the career that you investigated to decide if it was right for you. Rather than stating, 'I needed a career change and I knew it was a growing field,' talk about your interests and strengths that brought you to this decision. How will working in this field benefit you?

Ryan's Answer #1
"When I was in high school, I had the chance to participate in a work shadowing program in my community and I absolutely loved the week I spent shadowing an X-ray Tech at my local hospital. I was enamored by the technology involved and how patients were helped so greatly by the services. Knowing that I wanted to pursue some sort of career in healthcare, this was what sealed my fate for my future."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I was inspired to go into this career field by my older sister, who is currently a Sonographer in Texas. She started her career as an X-Ray Technician and pursued further education in sonography while working her first job. To her, having a well-rounded background was important and I hope to follow in a path similar to hers. My dream for the future is to pursue a degree in Nuclear Medicine as a technologist and I am looking for an employer where that growth would be supported."
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  1. Talk about how you prioritize safety in this job as a Radiologic Technologist.
  2. What is your availability to work and be on-call?
  3. What type of imaging equipment do you have experience working with?
  4. What do you know about our company?
  5. On busy days, how do you manage your daily tasks?
  6. If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
  7. If a patient is nervous, how will you calm them down?
  8. How do you stay current in this field?
  9. How does this position fit into your career plan?
  10. Describe a typical day at work.
  11. How would you explain a CT scan to a patient?
  12. What is your ability to work without supervision?
  13. How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
  14. Give me an example that demonstrates your communication skills when a patient didn't understand you.
  15. Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?
  16. How do you fill downtime?
  17. Tell me about a time when you solved a problem at work or school?
  18. What are some of the challenges you anticipate when working with members on a medical team?
  19. How have you shown flexibility in a job in the past?
  20. How would your coworkers describe you?
  21. What do you look for in a supervisor?
  22. How do you make sure you obtain images of the highest quality?
  23. How do you feel about working on your feet for long periods of time?
  24. What would you do if the X-Ray machine was not working correctly?
  25. Have you every had to work in a department that was short staffed? How did you handle that situation?
  26. How do you work as part of a larger team and how does this come into play in a Radiology setting?
  27. If you had a suggestion to improve a work process, how would you go about trying to implement a new process?
  28. What computer programs do you have familiarity in working on? Have you had experience working on any specific EMR's?
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