Medical Technologist Specialties: How to Prepare for Your Interview

HealthcareJune 16, 2020

Completing one of Fortis’ specialized medical technologist programs is a significant accomplishment, and the final step is acing your job interview. Whether you are a surgical technologist, radiologic technologist, medical lab technician or cardiovascular technologist, securing an interview is a key step toward joining your chosen field and provides a chance for a potential employer to get to know you and determine if you and your skills are a good fit for their team. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the position that may not have been included in the job description. Although interviews might make you nervous, being well-prepared will help calm your nerves and convey a sense of confidence. 

The job search site Indeed shares four common questions job candidates in the overarching field of medical technology are often asked during a job interview. Here is a sample of the types of questions you might encounter, depending on your area of specialization, and some insight into how you can prepare your answers:

  1. What types of medical equipment and tools do you know how to use?
    When an interviewer asks you to talk about equipment and tools, they want to see if you know how to operate those items that are used in their facility. Be prepared to talk about the equipment on which you have been trained. For example, if you are a medical lab technician, you may speak about cell counters. Also share any additional relevant information, such as how you have been trained to care for tools and equipment, and how you would troubleshoot any problems. 
  2. What types of medical software or technology have you used?
    In addition to equipment and tools, facilities may want you to collect or record patient information or test results. This will need to be documented with a software package or a tech device like a tablet. Explain the types of software and devices you know how to use and share specific software on which you have been trained.
  3. What types of patient care procedures or tests are you able to perform?
    In addition to understanding equipment and technology, facilities want to know that you are comfortable using them. This question helps them ensure you have the right skills to work in their facility, which can be especially important in the demanding roles of surgical technologist or cardiovascular technologist. Employers often provide training for entry-level employees, but they want candidates who are familiar with procedures and tests. Share your experience as well as your willingness to learn new skills on the job.
  4. How do you handle a patient who refuses to cooperate for a necessary medical test or procedure?
    If your role requires that you work with patients, such as a radiologic technologist, you may encounter someone who is not cooperative. An employer will want to know how you would handle this type of situation. Share your communication and problem-solving skills by explaining how you would address a difficult patient as well as when you would ask for help from a supervisor. 

Take some time to prepare your answers before an interview. It can help to ask a friend to pretend to be the interviewer, so you become comfortable sharing your experience and strengths. The best advice in an interview is to relax and be yourself. 

To begin your training, visit the Fortis website, or call (855) 436-7847 for more information.