Research and practice are two things that we need to take very seriously when preparing for an interview.
Interviews are nerve-wracking experiences especially for people who are career-oriented and are passionate about a particular job.
If you can research effectively – this means that you need to find out not only about what you may be asked in an interview but also specific questions that you could be asked – you have half the battle won.
Once you know that you may be asked a set of questions, you need to figure out the right answers and practice providing those answers to the interviewer.
A mock interview session can help you immensely here – a friend can ask you questions and you can answer them as you would at an actual interview.
When both research and practice are out of the way, you can consider yourself well prepared! Be sure to read the job description carefully so that you are also prepared for any questions that you may not have had the opportunity to prepare for.
For instance, if you are appearing for an interview for the position of a cardiac sonographer, you may be interested in the following set of questions and answers:
See also: Cardiac Sonographer Resume
4 Common Cardiac Sonographer Interview Questions and Answers
1. What made you choose a career in ultrasound?
I have always found this profession fascinating. A deep understanding of how organs work within a human body and assisting patients in comprehending how to deal with diseases gives me much professional satisfaction. The heart is one of the most intriguing mysteries in our bodies and it is no wonder that I was more inclined to pursue a career in cardiac sonography.
2. What are your strengths as far as cardiac sonography is concerned?
While I consider myself well equipped to handle all aspects of cardiac sonography, I have had significant experience in venous insufficiency exams and graft surveillance both of which I consider my strong points.
3. Echocardiography and other cardiac ultrasounds can be harrowing experiences for patients undergoing them. How do you deal with patient nervousness?
Talking patients through the procedure helps. Most patients do display nervous symptoms during the process. I indulge in small talk with them to keep them at ease. I am asked several questions by patients during a sonograph exam the most common being ‘is everything alright?’ I have no choice but to reply in a nonchalant manner and inform them that I am not qualified to give a verdict. This actually puts them at ease and they concentrate on small talk.
4. Have you ever provided patients with a diagnosis of their heart disease?
No. As the code of ethics dictates, we are not permitted to provide a medical diagnosis. As a cardiac sonographer, I can only test and analyze data that I see on the screen for the benefit of diagnosis which is actually a cardiologist’s job.