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XRay Technician Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your XRay Technician interview, here are 28 interview questions and answer examples.

XRay Technician was written by and updated on June 18th, 2018. Learn more here.

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On busy days, how do you manage your daily tasks?

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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.

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28 XRay Technician Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. On busy days, how do you manage your daily tasks?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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      Experienced

      "In my current position, a busy day in our clinic wouldn't be successful without a total team effort. Sometimes we know that a day will be busy ahead of time and other times we get swamped at the snap of a finger with no warning. When these times happen, communication among our team is important to prioritize together and handle each patient individually with care. For myself, it remains important during these time to not take shortcuts to try and save time because that is when a patients health and well-being can be compromised."

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  • 2. What computer programs do you have familiarity in working on? Have you had experience working on any specific EMR's?

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      With the advancements in digital imaging, X-ray Technicians are required to have familiarity with different computer programs to work on, including electronic medical record systems. Your interviewer will be looking to find out what specific programs you have familiarity working on and how apt you are at learning new programs. Be open and honest with your interviewer about where you have direct experience and stress that you are competent to learn new things.

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      Entry Level

      "I am a very computer efficient person and am confident in my ability to learn new systems as needed. During my internship, I got the chance to work on the EPIC EMR and the PowerServer imaging system. I found that I was able to pick up on these programs quickly and efficiently."

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      "In my current role, I have seen many technological advancements in our field and the ability to rely and work more heavily on computers has followed. I currently work on image viewing software called NovaPACS and was able to become very fluent in using it quickly with little training. This program has made my job much more efficient over the days of physical images. On top of that, I have been using the Cerner EMR for many years to document patient notes."

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      Experienced

      "I've been fortunate enough to witness the shift from printed imaging to digital imaging and I've been able to adapt my work to these changes with ease. Learning digital imaging systems took time at first, but now I consider myself very skilled having worked on both the QReads and Clarity."

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  • 3. 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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      Processes in diagnostic imaging is important and they are in place for a reason. Over time, many processes get improved to help make the processes more efficient or effective and these improvements most often come from suggestions from employees that are performing them. Your interviewer will be looking for you to be willing and able to give your feedback on work processes to help look for efficiencies. If you have a specific example of a time you did this, that is great. If you don't have a specific example, talk about the process you would take.

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      Entry Level

      "If I were to notice that a particular process could be improved to make my work more efficient, I wouldn't hesitate to talk to my supervisor or manager. I know that decisions to make changes most often come from the front line employees, but the decision to make the change comes from management. I would love to work in an environment where my insight is valued and appreciated."

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      "Work processes are in place for an important reason and the decision to implement new changes in my current organization falls to my department director. Last year, my coworker and I talked to our directory about our rotating coverage in the emergency department. Prior to talking to him, our team of techs would get called to the emergency room when needed and we were on a rotation of who would take those calls to the emergency room imaging equipment. Knowing that the emergency department saw fluctuations in their patients, we proposed that we have one tech designated for that duty each day to be able to build a rapport with staff there each day and to minimize risk for our normal radiology patients in our department. Our director agreed to the change and a new procedure was written by her."

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      Experienced

      "During my career, I've successfully helped implement a couple of new work processes and I feel very proud of those. In both cases, I used my knowledge and expertise to see an inefficiency in a process and talked to my leadership team about my observations. In the most recent case, I was tasked with doing some data collection on a process and then trial a new process and compare data between both processes. In the end, the newly suggested process was proven to be more cost effective and efficient and remains so to this day."

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  • 4. How do you work as part of a larger team and how does this come into play in a Radiology setting?

      How to Answer

      Teamwork is very important in your work setting and your interviewer will be looking for insight on how you work with other members of your team. Make sure to talk about how you can work with people in all levels of your organization, including colleagues, physicians management. Relating the importance of teamwork back to the patient is also important here.

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      Entry Level

      "I am the type of person that loves to work in a team based environment. During my internship, I was able to see how they team dynamics work within a radiology department between the physicians, nursing staff, administrative staff and the technicians. Communication is extremely important in large team settings like this and I am comfortable working with all people within my department."

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  • 5. 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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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 6. Have you every had to work in a department that was short staffed? How did you handle that situation?

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      The interviewer is looking to see how you handle adversity when a department you have worked in was short staffed for a shift or a period of time. It is important for you to show that you are flexible and able to prioritize your work while remaining calm, cool and collected. If you have a particular situation where this happened, us that as a specific example for your interviewer.

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      Entry Level

      "I just recently completed my working internship in my program. One evening, the department I was training in at a large level I trauma center experienced two techs calling in sick. My preceptor was alone for half of the shift and watching how she handled herself during busy times was amazing. First, she communicated with the scheduling staff to have them let patients know there may be an extended waiting time. This communication alleviated potential concerns that could have came from patients. Next, I saw how she calmly handled the growing work queue by handling patients one at a time while working quickly. With each patient, she explained her process and that she would be working quickly. Having experienced this, I now know how to handle a situation like that should I ever be in one in the future."

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  • 7. What is your availability to work and be on-call?

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      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.

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 8. If a patient is nervous, how will you calm them down?

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      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.

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 9. What would you do if the X-Ray machine was not working correctly?

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      Use your problem solving skills! Talk about how you would troubleshoot to identify the problem. What steps would you take first? Talk about your routine maintenance, checks that you do throughout the day to prevent problems from happening. You could start by saying, 'It depends on what the issue is...' and follow up by talking about what you do if the imaging is blurry. Sometimes you simply need to re-position the patient so that they can be still. If it's not turning on or printing images, tell them the steps you would follow to further investigate.

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      Entry Level

      "If I experienced an issue on one of the x-ray machines, I would follow the proper procedures for ensuring that the issue was corrected in a timely manner. I would start by diagnosing the issue to find out what the particular issue was. Then, I would walk through all of the steps that I could take like adjusting settings and rebooting the unit to see if the issue could be corrected. If it couldn't from those steps, I would contact my supervisor to see how to handle the next steps."

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  • 10. 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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 11. 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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 12. What type of imaging equipment do you have experience working with?

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      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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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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  • 13. What do you know about our company?

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      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!

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 14. How do you make sure you obtain images of the highest quality?

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      There are a few aspects you can talk about to show off your attention to detail here. Tell your interviewer about how you work the machines with precision, how you accurately place the patient and how you give clear instructions to the patient. Every detail in the process of obtaining an image is important. Knowing what details to look for and using caution and care in your approach will ensure the most accurate results.

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      Entry Level

      "I know that a quality image comes down to how the unit is set up and positioned over the patient. To obtain the best images, I learned that giving clear instructions to the patient is also extremely importantly. During my time in tech school, I was fortunate enough to get quite a bit of hands on experience with a couple of different units to get to learn how they work and take the best images. I am very confident in my ability to learn any new units that you may work with here."

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  • 15. If a patient isn't safely protected, what are some of the harmful effects of radiation?

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      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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 16. What are some of the challenges you anticipate when working with members on a medical team?

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      Depending on whether you are working in a clinic or a hospital, you may have several different doctors and technicians on your team. If you haven't worked in this type of environment before, consider the difficulties that can arise. If you're working directly with a Radiologist, they may not agree with your analysis of the images. Every person in the office is an expert in their area. It's possible for disagreements. If conflict arises, how do you handle it? If you have three bosses to report to, how will you handle that type of pressure?

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      Entry Level

      "I only have a little experience with the relationship in working with physicians during my internship, but I know the roles of each are clearly defined in every organization. I take my job with pride and have the ability to work with people in any level of an organization. We are all working toward one goal and need to work together cohesively to accomplish that."

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  • 17. How do you feel about working on your feet for long periods of time?

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      Your training gives you an idea of what to expect on the job, but when you are working long shifts you will have a better understanding of what it means to be on your feet all day. The other aspects are assisting patients with illnesses and injuries that limit their mobility. Are you okay with lifting people? Are you fit to be able to handle the challenge?

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      Entry Level

      "I've worked in jobs where I had to stand for long periods of time. Working in retail where I was handling customers and working long shifts makes me feel confident I can handle the physicality of the job. I have no problem assisting patients with mobility issues and I look forward to playing my part in helping them towards the road to recovery."

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  • 18. How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?

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      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.

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 19. How do you fill downtime?

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      Texting your boyfriend and getting on social media are probably not the best responses! Even though you may need time to reset, you want your interviewer to know that you understand how valuable your time is and that you take your job seriously. If you want to stay accurate in your records and imaging, you might need to make the most of those 10 minutes of free time after you have cleaned everything and disposed of used gowns by taking a walk or grabbing some coffee. Express to your interviewer that you use your downtime wisely. Taking time to reorganize yourself, double check patient charts and review images shows that you can be depended on to do the job right.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "During my internship, I receive great advice from my preceptor on how to handle downtime. On top of the typical cleaning and stocking of exam rooms, that is the perfect time to get caught up on email. Working for a large organization, plenty of all-staff and departmental emails are sent and the ability to sit down and read and respond to them isn't always there in an eight hour day."

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  • 20. 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.

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 21. How do you stay current in this field?

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      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.

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 22. 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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 23. Why did you choose your area of specialty in radiology?

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      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?

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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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  • 24. Tell me about a time when you solved a problem at work or school?

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      Even though your job may seem pretty straight forward, there can be mechanical issues or miscommunication among people that will require your critical thinking abilities. Take some time to think about an example that is relevant. Troubleshooting technical issues would be a great example, as those may be the most common errors you need to research and repair. If you give an example of a miscommunication or technical issue, focus more on what you did to solve the problem than the actual problem itself. Explain the process of identifying the problem and taking the steps to solve it.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "While working towards my associate's degree, I worked part time as a phlebotomist to help gain as much experience in a hospital setting as I could. I noticed one of my fellow co-workers, who was an experienced employee, wasn't following our safety protocol that called for wearing gloves while drawing blood. First, I spoke to my co-worker directly about why the safety protocol was in place and that I was concerned to see her not following it. She brushed me off and continued. To be fair, I let her know that I'd have to report her non-compliance to our supervisor and she became angry with me. Fully knowing that safety is of utmost importance in healthcare, I went to my supervisor and the issue was resolved through her."

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  • 25. What do you look for in a supervisor?

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      Think of your supervisors from the past. Which ones brought out the best in you? Do you prefer to be micro-managed or would you rather be given the freedom to work independently? Keep in mind the environment you will be working in.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "As a new graduate coming into my first full-time job in the field, it is important for me to work for a supervisor that is both approachable and willing to give honest and timely feedback to me when necessary. I thrive in an environment with an open door policy and I would feel most supported in this type of environment."

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  • 26. How would your coworkers describe you?

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      Consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Think about the qualities that correspond with some of the responsibilities of the job description. Reflect on some of the positive comments you have received from coworkers in the past and pick 2-3 traits that show off some of your strengths that will make you an amazing asset to the company. Don't be afraid to brag a little, but keep it relevant.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "My co-workers would say that my two greatest passions that led me to this field are my two strengths: patient care and technical abilities. I am a very caring person and want to see great outcomes health wise for all people. I am also very technically savvy and have always been enamored with tech equipment. Because of these two passions, I decided to pursue as an X-ray Technician coming out of high school."

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  • 27. Give me an example that demonstrates your communication skills when a patient didn't understand you.

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      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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

      Entry Level

      "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."

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  • 28. How have you shown flexibility in a job in the past?

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      Showing you have been adaptable in the past to work in different environments, personalities and schedules reflect your flexibility. Give an example that gives the interviewer insight into your easy going nature. You will need to be flexible to work with a variety of patients and doctors in order to get the job done, and you may be asked to work odd hours at times.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

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      "During my internship with a large hospital, I was able to roll with scheduling changes with ease due to my preceptor going out on a medical leave with no notice. Wanting the best training I could possibly get, the department director paired me with another great tech to work with while the other was on leave and I had to adjust my work schedule to be with him on short notice. Moving into my first job, you'll find that I am very flexible when it comes to scheduling and availability on the job."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on June 18th, 2018

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