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Top 25 XRay Technician Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What do you know about our company?
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Question 2 of 28
Describe a typical day at work.
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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.

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"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"In my current position, my work day begins with a huddle with our first shift crew where we communicate the hand off of patients that may be held over from their shift to ours. After the huddle, I make a plan for the evening by looking at our patient schedule as it stands then. I make not of any gaps in the schedule to know where emergent patients can fit in and also plan ahead for cleaning and prep work. Then, I start seeing my regularly scheduled patients. I find that in having a plan, I am able to handle any unexpected patients or tasks that come up throughout each shift."
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Question 3 of 28
How would you explain a CT scan to a patient?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"I find that patients are at ease when I have fun with them in explaining the unique tools that I get to work with on a daily basis. Young and old alike are in awe of the advanced equipment, so I start talking about the CT scanner and explain what it does. After they understand the purpose of the machine, I translate that into the results that it can help find. I tell a story of a former patient that had a blood clot found in their leg that could have been life threatening if it hadn't been found by the use of the machine and that today, they are my colleague at work."
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Question 4 of 28
How does this position fit into your career plan?
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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.

Answer Example
"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."
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"Ideally, I'm looking to find work as an X-ray Technician with a stable employer that I can retire with. Unfortunately, a changing climate with my current employer has reduced my hours and my contributions towards my retirement and it is time for a change for myself. I absolutely love my job and helping patients on a daily basis and want to work for an organization where I can feel the same passion in caring for patients on a day to day basis."
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Question 5 of 28
What is your ability to work without supervision?
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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.

Answer Example
"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. "
Entry Level Example
"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."
Experienced Example
"For most of my career, I've worked in an extremely busy radiology department under little supervision. My manager oversees a department of 25 techs and isn't the type of manager to watch over my shoulder while I work. She trusts me to make decisions with my patients and equipment that I work with based off the work that I have performed in the past. With that said, if an issue comes up that I can't handle, I don't hesitate to get in touch with her first thing."
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Question 6 of 28
How do you stay current in this field?
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Question 7 of 28
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
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Question 8 of 28
Give me an example that demonstrates your communication skills when a patient didn't understand you.
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Question 9 of 28
If a patient is nervous, how will you calm them down?
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Question 10 of 28
Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?
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Question 11 of 28
How do you fill downtime?
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Question 12 of 28
Tell me about a time when you solved a problem at work or school?
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Question 13 of 28
If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?
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Question 14 of 28
On busy days, how do you manage your daily tasks?
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Question 15 of 28
What are some of the challenges you anticipate when working with members on a medical team?
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Question 16 of 28
How have you shown flexibility in a job in the past?
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Question 17 of 28
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 18 of 28
What do you look for in a supervisor?
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Question 19 of 28
How do you feel about working on your feet for long periods of time?
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Question 20 of 28
If you had a suggestion to improve a work process, how would you go about trying to implement a new process?
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Question 21 of 28
How do you work as part of a larger team and how does this come into play in a Radiology setting?
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Question 22 of 28
Talk about how you prioritize safety in this job as a Radiologic Technologist.
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Question 23 of 28
Have you every had to work in a department that was short staffed? How did you handle that situation?
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Question 24 of 28
What is your availability to work and be on-call?
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Question 25 of 28
How do you make sure you obtain images of the highest quality?
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Question 26 of 28
What would you do if the X-Ray machine was not working correctly?
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Question 27 of 28
What type of imaging equipment do you have experience working with?
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Question 28 of 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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About XRay Technician

June 18th, 2018

Using radio-graphic equipment, X Ray Technicians create medical images of a patient's body to assist physicians in diagnosing medical problems. X Ray Technicians may also be referred to as Radiology Technicians. This work can be done in a hospital or clinic setting while other X Ray Technicians may have equipment they can travel with, allowing for home visits to patients who are immobile.

X Ray Technicians must be able to spend the majority of their day on their feet. It is a physically demanding job. In addition to the physical demands of the role, an X Ray Technician should have positive bed-side manner and strong communication skills. An X Ray tech will guide a patient through the procedure, giving direction on how to position their body in order to allow for the clearest image of the targeted area.

Strong technical skills are a must in this career path as X Ray Techs use high-tech imaging equipment on a daily basis. Attention to detail and the ability to take direction are also required skills.

There are a variety of options if an X Ray Tech would like to specialize in a particular practice. These include MRI, CT Scans and Mammograms. Proper protective wear is required, on the job, to avoid constant exposure to radiation.

Most States and Provinces have schools which offer a Radiology Technology program. This is generally a certificate program. Although the educational requirements to be an X Ray Tech are not demanding, a Degree in a medical related field is always considered an asset.
In addition to a minimum certificate program, each State will have its own requirements when it comes to licensing for X Ray Techs.

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