Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Interview Questions for Newly Graduated Radiographers



Here are some questions you might (hopefully) come across. Some questions I have had, others I've heard about or read about. I also have a few tips for answers which you may or may not agree with. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any other questions you have come across.




1. Why do you want to work at this hospital/ practice?
- if you've worked there before, you might mention the great teamwork/facilities/friendly staff/fact that you learnt a lot
- if you haven't worked there, mention that you have heard great things about the workplace or that they have a good reputation. Do some research so you can be specific about their facilities, which will make it more believable that you actually want to work there!

2. What are your best qualities? 
- try and think of something that is relevant to radiography
- e.g. Organization, communication, teamwork, friendly, hardworking etc

3. What are your worst qualities?
- whatever it is, you have already improved greatly on it. The trick is thinking of something that really isn't that bad. Dont say you can't communicate or you hate working with other people but also don't say things like "I'm a perfectionist" because no one really buys that. Try something like, "I used to have trouble with time management but I have greatly improved this at uni or in pracs"

4. What should you do to confirm you have the correct patient?
- time out - ask name, DOB, address if still unsure
- if inpatient also check name band
- ask the patient what exam they are having done
- ask questions about the history you are given to ensure it matches what the patient tells you

5. What should you do if the patient refuses an x-ray?
- Check that they understand the procedure and any risks involved
- Ask their concerns - helps to gauge if they are competent to make decision
- If you are satisfied they understand what they are refusing, do not go any further with the exam and notify the referring doctor - do not force or pressure patient

6. What should your film check post exam include?
- Check name, DOB, MRNA, study/accession number on film
- Check markers are correct
- Check anatomy is correctly demonstrated (e.g. Images haven't shifted in printing)
- Check contract/brightness
- Check you have all films

7. Talk about a situation where you have had to take charge
- Doesn't have to be a radiography situation, maybe another job or uni assignment but talk about your sensational communication and organizational skills

8. What is a trauma series and in what order would you perform the images?
- Unless protocols vary between states/countries - c-spine (lat), CXR and AP pelvis in that order (order of severity)

9. What would you do if you have calls for mobile X-rays, theatre and inpatients waiting all a the same time?
- Prioritise (good time to demonstrate organization/time management skills) cases in order of severity, ask for assistance from other staff where necessary (show that you are not afraid to ask for help), communicate with referring parties, keep them inforomed of your movements so they don't think you are ignoring them

10. What projection best shows a fracture of the greater tuberosity? 
- AP shoulder in external rotation


11. What additional imaging should you consider in a FOOSH injury?
- Scaphoid if pain in snuff box, radial head if elbow pain and decreased movement

12. What additional imaging should you consider with an inversion injury of the ankle?
- Oblique foot for base of 5th fracture

13. What would you do if a 16yr girl comes in with her mother for an AXR and says she may be pregnant?
- Ask pregnancy status away from mother - she has no legal right to information
- Contact referring doctor and check if they are aware and ask how they would like to continue
- If exam is not to be performed as per doctor (most likely) do not tell mother the reason, simply state if quested that the doctor has been spoken to and feels this may not be the right test and ask them to return to doctor

14. Where would you like to be in 5 yrs?
- Mention areas of interest (e.g. CT or MRI) but be careful when those areas are not available at the location you are applying for as it may appear as though you are only using them for short-term training.
- Consider mentioning having a well-rounded skills base, still working at their practice (may sound like a sucking up answer but may also be well received!)

15. Give an example where you demonstrated excellent communication/teamwork
- May be a patient who was very uneasy with having a procedure and you talked them through it
- Very difficult patient with extensive injuries requiring many Radiographers and nurses to work together
- Try to think of (or make up) a examples where you have worked with other team members, not just Radiographers, e.g nurses, doctors, radiologists, wardsmen - wide range of health professionals showing your ability to work in amultidimensional team

General Interview Tips:
- Be confident in your answers, speak clearly - don't be afraid to ask for clarification (e.g. Sorry, I don't quite understand, is this what you mean?)
- Gauge the tone of the interview, if it is serious, remain polite and professional, if it is more light hearted, don't be afraid to have a joke or laugh with the interviewers
- Ask questions - show you have an interest in the job/workplace - Research the workplace and be aware of their facilities to show you are interested in the job
- Turn up 10 minutes before the interview, any earlier/later runs the risk of inconveniencing the interviewers
- Don't try and draw the interview out too long - they may decide they like you in a short amount of time
- Take time to think about the questions, don't just rush out with the first answer you think of
- Relax and be yourself. The more natural you are the more comfortable the interview will feel and the interviewers will have a greater idea of your personality, which is often just as important as the questions.

Do you have any more questions you have come across? Please let us know!

29 comments:

  1. Question number 13 is very important...I've had a case of a 14 year old who was pregnant...it's very important that you know whatt you're doing and talk to her doctor about it. I really liked this list, it's very helpful.

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    1. Great questions and answers. Now all I need is an interview.

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    2. Tks very much for your post.

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  2. Great post... what I look for when I hire someone:

    Ethics - knowing the difference between wrong and right and choosing right.

    Loyalty - dedication to the job/institution that you are applying to - nobody wants to invest in training someone to have them leave in 6 months.

    Critical thinking - can you be presented with an abnormal situation and successfully improvise your way through.

    Works well with people - nobody likes to spend time in HR.

    Technical skills are great to have, but can also be taught... I would rather invest time in someone who has the other qualities than a "super-tech" who has a bad attitude and a sense of entitlement.

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  3. Totally agree Jeremy. For us is it as much the personality as anything. We want to find someone who will fit in with our department which is generally someone who is relaxed, easy going, hardworking, friendly etc. Obviously you have to get the radiography basics right but you can sell a lot more with the right attitude.

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  4. Thanks so much for putting this up. Really helpful for my first job interview following graduation. I certainlly feel much more prepared and a lot less anxious.

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  8. Thank you for these, so appreciated right now by the end of my course... Whad would you suggest as a perfect questions to ask interviewers? Anna

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  9. question #13 thanks for posting the answer. I had this question

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  11. Tks very much for your post.

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  12. thanx for tips it really helped me
    .. I was asked name the scaphoid bones, what KV and mAs would I give for a lumbar spine, What does the word Professional mean to me?. what would I do If I saw a possible NAI case?. what is clinical governance? why did I choose to apply at this Trust? Make effort to read up on the values of the company. What radiation control aspects should I be aware of in a theatre environment? When asked if I had any questions I asked if they have any preceptorship going..hope this helps. I was offered the job later on that day. I was extremely nervous but tried to force a smile and made effort not start any answer with uhm.

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  22. Well,but here I never heard these types of questions in any interview. They just ask
    Do you have any experience?
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