Medical Technologist Interview Questions

Medical Technologist Interview Questions

Labs depend on their medical technologists to be able to interpret tests on blood and bodily fluids, but also to know how to convey their findings to other health care professionals. In an interview context, be prepared to answer technical questions, describe the equipment you are proficient in operating, and provide prior lab experience. You may be presented with potential workplace stressors, so think about how you would handle these scenarios. Ultimately, as you will be working alongside others, show that you are a team player by emphasizing that your presence will be a motivational and essential contribution.

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Top Medical Technologist Interview Questions & How To Answer

Here are three top medical technologist interview questions and how to answer them:

Question #1: What equipment and/or programs do you have experience with?

How to answer: This question will allow you to verbalize your resume and explain how proficient you are with specific equipment. Be sure to mention what equipment you're able to maintain.

Question #2: How do you manage a patient who is refusing to cooperate with your test or procedure?

How to answer: If the position you're applying to has you working directly with patients, you may come across a situation in which they are uncooperative. Talk about your ability to communicate with the patient and stay calm.

Question #3: How do your further your education in your work?

How to answer: Question such as these give you an opportunity to show that you're a self-starter and that you stay up to date on your industry's procedures and technology. If you have received training after your collegiate education, mention it here.

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Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District
Medical Laboratory Technologist was asked...March 12, 2016

How do I handle situations when the emergency department is busy and an analyzer goes down?

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I calmly prioritize. I make sure the ER doctor and nurses know that results will take longer than normal. I call tech support to start the troubleshooting process, all the while making sure to get the process the samples I am able to process and result. Less

University Hospitals

What was the most stressful thing about your clinical rotation?

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The first week - getting used to the routine, meeting the staff, getting familiar with my trainer, the laboratory equipment, etc. Less

St. Elizabeth (Louisiana)

How would you deal with a difficult coworker or patient?

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Focus at the task at hand and tune out the negativity.

McGill University Health Centre

Tell me about yourself

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I am Pathologist technicians perform laboratory tests on body tissues, cells and fluids to help pathologists arrive at diagnoses. Keep reading to learn about the education, skills, salary and employment outlook for this career and to see if it's the right one for me, According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for chemical technicians will grow by 2% from 2014 to 2024, while jobs for biological technicians are expected to grow by 5% during this period. Additionally, the agency predicts 27% job growth for forensic science technicians and 18% growth for medical and clinical laboratory technicians between 2014 and 2024. In 2015, the median annual wage was $44,660 for chemical technicians, $41,650 for biological technicians, $56,320 for forensic science technicians and $38,970 for medical and clinical laboratory technicians. Less

With associate or bachelor's degrees in public health, environmental science or environmental health, these technicians complete field and lab testing to track changes in the environment and explore the causes of pollution, under the guidance of environmental specialists and scientists. The BLS predicts faster-than-average job growth of 9% from 2014 to 2024. In 2015, the BLS noted a median wage of $43,030 per year for this profession. Less

I am working in Pathology Department Since August, 1997

Medical City Dallas

What is the ultimate goal?

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Make money.... duh... lol

I told the interviewer about the advanced degree.

Overlake Medical Center and Clinics

Gave me a micro test about the biochemical and morphological characteristics of several organisms.

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Gram Stain

SeveralÑ E coli, Proteus Mirabilis, MRSA, VRE,

Community Hospital

What type of laboratory work have you done?

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I narrated all the lab departments that I rotated in and all the tasks I did in each department. Less

I have worked as a generalist in a 60+ bed hospital, I managed a physician's office lab, and I work heme and blood bank in a 400+ bed hosptial Less


Give an example where you were helpful to a patient. We as laboratory workers do not come in contact with the patient. That is not our roll. we work behind the scene providing testing of patient's blood and recording results.

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By my experience I gave the individual a scenario where I had to intervene from a Blood Bank perspective on patient transfusion. Less

It's not that hard to understand why they ask questions like this.

Duke Health Technology Solutions

What can you do to promote teamwork?

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If it is anything like the places that I have worked, lack of teamwork stems from the lack of management to treat the employees the same way making the employees bitter and unhappy. What usually needs to happen is a sit down with all supervisors and say we are starting over as of now. Let's face it, you have baby boomers that have been in the laboratory forever mixed in with younger people who can do the work at double the speed and they know it. The baby boomers are used to taking their time and working at their own pace and aren't very motivated to learn all of the new technology let alone how to do the maint., so they are more than willing to sit back and play dumb when it comes to these things. Not all of them, but it only takes a couple in each department to cause chaos. Everyone needs to be treated the same. Those new people know that the older people are making more money and find the whole thing to be unfair, and there are always the pot stirrers there to make ever worse. Someone has got to put there foot down and say that everyone will be treated the same and that things such as maintenance will be done by taking turns or by however you decide. You also cannot have people running into the supervisor or managers office tattling on each other, that cannot be tolerated. You are not running a daycare, this is a business. Basically, they have been allowed to act like children with their complaining and whining about shifts and each other and they need to know that this will no longer be tolerated. They need to know that you do care about them but they need to act like a team because they spend more time with each other than they do their own family and arguing with each other is pointless and doesn't get anything resolved. During the meeting ask them one by one if there is anything they would like to say, no matter how difficult it might be, it's their chance to speak out. Less

I gave several examples of how I would promote teamwork.

Clinical Pathology Laboratories

they would ask about your working experience

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I had my internship at a hospital in the Philippines after i got my license i started working as soon as possible as jr medtech after a year i got promoted as chief medical technologist at a clinical laboratory which we do routine testing as per sections of lab i have experienced them during internship. Then my recent employment i was the chief medical technologist and we mainly focused on swab testing. Less

briefly describe my own working experience

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