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 healthcare 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 emphasising the fact 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 tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: Which equipment and/or programs do you have experience with?

How to answer: This question will allow you to verbalise your CV and explain how proficient you are with specific equipment. Make sure you mention what equipment you are able to maintain.

Question No. 2: How do you manage a patient who is refusing to cooperate with your test or procedure?

How to answer: If the position you are applying to involves 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 No. 3: How do your further your education in your work?

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

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McGill University Health Centre
Medical Laboratory Technologist was asked...10 March 2017

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

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

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,


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

UT Southwestern Medical Center

not even asked any question they just want to show equal opportunity is given to many people for the job and they know who they want to hire

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You could always contact the EEOC if you feel that bad, perhaps it's a pattern.

i feel sad for UT southwestern HR and the laboratory only i am sure other departments are the best Less

Integrated Regional Laboratories

Are you licensed?

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That's something I would imagine they should pre-screen as HR/managers are able to pull license information on the Internet Less

What makes you a right fit for our company?

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Years of experience in a medical setting. Also, great interpersonal skills. Ability to work as a team and to put patients first. Less

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