Before you read the sample interview questions below, please check out our previous blog post on preparing for the interview: https://biomedicalmanuals.com/?p=2290
How would you handle a situation that required you to fix two pieces of equipment at the same time?
The key here is to remain calm. You need to prioritize which is more urgent. If it’s an issue during a case in the OR versus a blood pressure machine, you better be hitting the OR first. Remember, priorities.
How do you feel about being on call?
Unless you have a legitimate reason not to be on call, I would advise that you say this is not a problem and they you are willing to do it to help out the team. On-call is a part of the business and something that usually goes hand in hand with being a BMET.
What equipment do you have the most experience on?
This question is pretty straight-forward. Instead of just listing the equipment, get into some details of particular repairs or trouble-shooting that you have done on this equipment.
Why did you choose a career as a biomedical technician?
This one will vary from person to person, but saying that you wanted a way to help people is a good line to start with if you get stuck.
How do you determine when a piece of equipment is no longer repairable and must be replaced?
After a certain amount of time, a company will deem a piece of equipment end of life and you can obtain that letter. After this, you can usually obtain parts from third-party vendors. Once this parts become unattainable is usually when you run into the issue of not being able to repair and should recommend replacement. Hopefully, the equipment is replaced prior to reaching this point.
What does the term preventative maintenance mean to you, and why is it important?
Make sure you touch on the fact that PM’s keep the equipment safe, can extend the lifetime of the particular device, and it verifies that the equipment is accurate for clinical use and patient safety.
Describe a time when you were in a high stress situation and were able to resolve the issue?
I would think of a couple of situations, preferably related to this field if possible. If you can’t think of anything at a previous BMET job/internship then you can use a situation from a different field. Generally, anything you have to fix while it is on a patient could be deemed high stress, as well as anything that could delay patient treatment (like an X-Ray unit going down).
Pick 3 strengths and then emphasize each strength. A couple of examples are: being able to remain calm, an eagerness to learn, quick learning abilities, previous experience, etc. Give examples for each strength.
Pick a weakness that you can spin into a positive. If you are new to the field, say that you are not the most experienced tech since you are new, but then mention your eagerness to learn, and your quick learning abilities.
Name the symbols on the multimeter?
If you don’t know these, learn them right now. You should also know the requirements for electrical safety. You are checking ground resistance and leakage current. Know the units of measurement and know what the passing values are (however this can vary from facility to facility and from device to device).
What do you do if you can’t fix a piece of equipment?
There’s many options for us to try and fix a piece of equipment. We can try and do it ourselves using previous knowledge, the manual, tech support. But if we can’t fix it we are lucky enough where can usually send it out to the vendor (or a third-party) or place a service call to the vendor (or third-party). If we can’t do it, there is someone out there who probably can. Your job is to find that person. Obviously it is much cheaper for your company to fix it yourself, so keep that in mind.
Any questions for us?
Always have questions. I like to think of about 10, as most of them get answered during the natural course of the interview. How many techs in the shop? How many pieces of equipment? Do you offer training? How long have you (the interviewer) been in the field? What made you (the interviewer) want to get into this field? What kind of monitors do you have? Is the Biomedical Department responsible for bed/stretcher/etc repairs? 10 questions.