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Paramedic Interview Questions

1. What was your schedule at your last position? Are you okay adjusting to a new shift?
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A paramedic is a medical professional, usually working as part of the emergency medical services provision in a given area. Their primary role is to provide pre-hospital advanced medical and trauma care, followed, where appropriate, by transfer to definitive care. Although most paramedics are field based in ambulances or response cars, some may undertake hospital based roles, such as the treatment of minor injuries.
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Paramedic Interview Questions

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What are a few traits you think a paramedic needs to have?

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Compassionate, quick, calm, works under pressure, passionate,
 
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to be responsible, honest, knowledge, patience, compassion, awareness, ability to perfrom under pressure.
 

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#3 of 25

How would you handle working with a teammate with less experience that caused you to carry the workload?

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very politely explain how and why things should be done a certain way, and reinsuring him/her that we are a team
 
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I would talk to my partner, and help him in the areas he/she was struggling to help them improve their skills.
 

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#4 of 25

What can you bring to the job that exceeds what other candidates can bring?

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I have a lot of related training from being involved with the fire department,i am professional and dedicated to obtaining more training.
 
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My willingness to do my job and do it well, work is called work for a reason and I believe I should always be giving 110% when it comes to the lives of others no matter who they are, what time of day or how many hours I have already worked.
 

Education Requirements

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification are prerequisites for most postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are postsecondary non-degree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Educational programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology.

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#5 of 25

What motivates you?

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I have been taking care of people my whole life it is what I do and who I am.
 
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I have always wanted to since i can remember, either as a paramedic or a police officer. I believe i will get a sense of fulfillment within myself. Knowing that i have helped others will give me a feeling of achievement and acommplishment
 

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#6 of 25

Tell me how you remain calm, in detail, during a crisis?

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Switch my emotional feelings off and stay in practical mode, dealing methodically with what needs to be done.
 
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I never let my emotional side kick in, I keep it all practical. Knowing that to deal with the situation in the bestest of ways is to move in pace where you are being practical rather than taking a step back because of emotions.
 

Work Environment

They work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and patients who are suffering. Most paid EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, providers of emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month.

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#7 of 25

How do you handle death?

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I am human and how does anyone handle death? I think we handle it the best we can. We remain professional and respectful and compassionate the family. Its always difficult to lose a patient, but as long as I did all I could do to help them I handle it well, I find it a privilege to be there with them as they pass. And I take every opportunity to make their passing easy if I can.
 
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Better than most. I have had many close deaths in my life and I respect the grieving process. You can not rush it, and evertime it is different but you need to keep in check while going though the steps.
 

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#8 of 25

How do you build relationships when you join a new team?

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I have had new jobs many times in the past and personal connections come easily to me. Reading social situations and doing my part go along way in making posivite impressions. I am also understanding that I need to prove myself and will do so.
 
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I constantly hold myself to the highest standard in life and in work. I strive to everyday provide the highest level of care possible and I treat education as paramount in that effort, always keeping up on the most current advances and staying strong and confident in my skills.
 

Paramedic Pros

1. The sense of doing something good for the community and saving peoples lives. May 30th, 2012

2. Autonomy in the work place which could also be a negative if you are young in the field and do not have the experience May 30th, 2012

3. You get to help people during a emergency. May 30th, 2012

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#9 of 25

How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?

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Ask them to remain calm and give them an updated status on what they are doing to their child to help him.
 
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tell them that they had done the right thing calling you (assuming they had), that the child was in good hands, that the child would be calmer if the relative appeared calmer and give the relative a job to do/focus on instead of flapping around.
 

Questions to Ask

1. Why did you choose this Profession?

2. I was just curious is to why the position was open if you could elaborate a bit for me please.

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#10 of 25

Have you ever suggested a improvement that was put into practice in the paramedic field?

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By becoming self-regulated by a professional college of paramedicine.
 
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Publically by maintaining high standards of uniform dress, vehicle presentation and equipment supplies. Internally, structured training programmes with a definitive progression pathway.
 

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#11 of 25

How do you resolve conflict with co-workers?

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Take a moment to think things through and not be pressured to take a course of action youre not sure of.
 
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Stop. Take a breath and try to logically structure the situation in to something more manageable. Determining what the stressors are, how they can be minimized and prioritize and plan the actions that need to be completed.
 

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#12 of 25

24/7 operations are like relay races where you take the baton, run with it and then pass it on smoothly. How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?

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Be prepared for the incoming crew. Ensure the ambulance is clean and fully stocked. Arrive early so that shift changes can take place on time, still leaving you enough time to check the ambulance and be ready to go if you get a call.
 
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Show up a little early for your shift for rig check and to receive any information from outgoing crew. When you are the outgoing crew,leave rig in a better state than you found it. Communicate with incoming/outgoing crew allowing a smooth transition.
 

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#13 of 25

What gives you the greatest joy as a Paramedic?

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The knowledge that your helping others in their greatest time of need. Your that beakin of light and hope that things will be ok.
 
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the respect and gratitude received by strangers, and the challenges it brings you.
 

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#14 of 25

What drew you to emergency medicine?

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The opportunity to have a rewarding and respectable career while learning how to stay healthy myself
 
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ever since i have been in the fire service i have been intrigued with the medical side of things. i have always enjoyed helping my patients and being completely confident with my work. i like to know that my patients can rely on me 100%
 

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#15 of 25

Tell me about a mistake you made at work. How did you handle it?

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My wedding! My sister has bipolar and around the time of my wedding she was hypomanic which in turn was causing a lot of stress on the family. She had become very self absorbed and hurtful to family members in this time which was hard for me when my wedding day and lead up to the day was meant to be about me. There were stresses related to decisions about whether we should admit her to hospital the night before the wedding which was emotionally draining and some what challenging to contemplate.
 
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Last winter I had a patient stop breathing on me. It was a very difficult situation becasue you train for these events through mock trails and what not but then when it actually happens it is difficult to do what is right. But you rely on your training and expertise and you let your witts and knowledge guide you. After a debreifing with my manager and talking to the other medics within our company they said I did all I could do and everything was right.
 

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#16 of 25

Tell me about yourself.

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Assess the situations, check for dangers, secure safety for self, patient and bystanders.
 
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I first establish the safety on scene. I make sure that there are no hidden hazards before I approach. Secondly, I scan the area and establish the need for extra resources if needed. I have to put my personal safety first before doing anything else.
 

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#17 of 25

What is your greatest achievement so far?

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Getting into university, getting married, travelling overseas alone, bungy jumping.
 
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My greatest achievement thus far would be getting certified in three states. I persevered through many major set backs and still achieved my intended goal. Nothing else in life gives me as much passion and zeal as working in the medical field.
 

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#18 of 25

What part of your duties as a Paramedic do you dislike the most?

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Dealing with people who are ungrateful for your assistance.
 
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I have not come across anything that I dislike thus far.
 

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#19 of 25

Tell me about your experience working in teams.

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Very well.. Will chip in to do whatever for the team.
 
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I work well in a team, I tend to be the encourager who builds camaraderie and uses humour to keep things positive.
 

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#20 of 25

How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?

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Letting my supervisor know in advance.
 
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I try to find my own coverage and talk with supervisor to see if there could be a shift swap.
 

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#21 of 25

How do you fill downtime?

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At work I familarize myself on the ambulance loking over manuels and testing and inscting the equipment to make sure it is in top shape. While I am at home I like to keep myself busy by excercising and keeping care of my home.
 
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Relax as much as possible, spend time with partner, friends and family, exercise.
 

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#22 of 25

If you are the first on scene and notice 3 almost fatal injuries, how do you react to each patient before help arrives?

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traige the patients and assist the most sever breathing pt.
 
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First of all call for additional resources and then treat patients based on there injuries and who needs treatment first.
 

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#23 of 25

What are your career goals?

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I have the desire to progress as a paramedic afterwards as I enjoy working in a healthcaring environment, which brings me the opportunity where I can try out new challenges.
 
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I am currently just finished my paramedic program and now looking for my first job. I am new to the EMS world, I have the book work done and just need the chance to get the experience.
 

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#24 of 25

Why do you want to work for our organization?

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You never know what yoou might get.
 
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That simcoe county Paramedic services originated in 2004, but prior this they were individual services. There is also heavy involvement in the community with PAD programs, and
 

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#25 of 25

Have you ever lost a patient en route to the hospital? What happened?

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No while in my internship we never ran into that but i have lost someone at the home residence before loading them or treating them on the way to the hospital.
 
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I have not lost a patient so far on the way to hospital. I would act calmly and considerately to the member of family who is present and i would not panic or make irrational desisions.
 
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