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Paramedic
February 26th, 2014

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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Courage. Ability to think on their feet. Calm mindset. Ability to be a team player.
 
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Caring, compassionate, skill full, emphatic.
 
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How would you handle working with a teammate with less experience that caused you to carry the workload?
 
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I will have patient for them and teach them basic things.
 
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Support that person and help them.
 
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What can you bring to the job that exceeds what other candidates can bring?
 
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Excellent communication skills after experience working with a variety of people. Experience of staying calm in a tense situation.
 
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I am a blank canvas, and a sponge for information and learning. I am keen to learn and develop new skills that I am compassionate about.
 
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What motivates you?
 
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When I was life flighted for a tracheal infection.
 
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I think that it is part of my caring nature. I feel that it is so important to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. I am caring and compassionate and committed to helping people.
 
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Tell me how you remain calm, in detail, during a crisis?
 
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First of all I assess the situation. Danger is always first to be assessed, if danger is not present then we go in remembering that we have trained for these types of scenarios calming the patient and bystanders down. Once the patient is assessed we treat the patient accordingly and decide on an exit strategy either by ambulance or by family members.
 
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I would imagine myself in the patients shoes, and know that I must keep calm to help them efficiently.
 
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How do you handle death?
 
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I accept that sometimes there is nothing more I can do to help, but I feel great empathy for the family.
 
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I have had loss in my life and personally I believe that death needs to be treated with a huge amount of respect and dignity. However I understand that in this profession death can play a big part and understand that there cannot be anything that gets in the way of doing the job and so I have and would face death with a brave and professional face but also make sure that my empathy for relatives is felt.
 
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How do you build relationships when you join a new team?
 
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By respecting others experience and working as part of a team.
 
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Contact your senior men and take advice.
 
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How would you intervene with a frantic relative who is grieving over the injury of a child?
 
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I would pull them aside and calm down the relative, letting them know that the calmer they stay the better the outcome will be. Inform them that being calm will calm the child down and will help the situation.
 
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Calm them down and have dignity and respect for the child. Have an empathetic approach.
 
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Have you ever suggested a improvement that was put into practice in the paramedic field?
 
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Conduct, attire, uniform, cleanliness.
 
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This is difficult to give a straight answer. There are a lot of improvements that could and should be made in the EMS profession. I have known volunteer corps that have the utmost professional volunteers where big city for-profit ambulances that have some of the most unprofessional acting EMT's I have ever met. I think its a by-state issue where each state needs to enforce their standards of EMS and that often companies should be more proactive in selecting better-suited EMT's as well as training them to be more professional outside of knowing their protocols. They could also offer incentives to attract more of the better qualified candidates rather than just accepting all the basics straight out of class newbies. But then again this profession has a high turnover rate so this isn't a fix it solution. It really depends on the area. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.
 
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How do you resolve conflict with co-workers?
 
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Fine, I have good coping mechanisms.
 
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Take your time or be careful of what you are doing to prevent accident.
 
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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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I make sure that a following truck is prepped and ready for a call. I would make sure all base duties are done with time to spare before shift change. I make small talk with on coming crew, discuss how the day was, relay any information work related if necessary. Prior to leaving I double check with oncoming crew if there is anything they need before we leave shift.
 
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Have a systematic transition. Always thorough, have clear communication.
 
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What gives you the greatest joy as a Paramedic?
 
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Being able to treat someone straight away if needed rather than waiting for back up.
 
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At the end of the day, regardless if its a good day or a bad day, I can always say I am proud of what I do. It brings me much joy knowing I am making a difference in the world, and that gives me great meaning to my life.
 
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What drew you to emergency medicine?
 
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As a young adult there is something thrilling about emergency medicine, not knowing what will happen next. Now that I am older, I realize emergency medicine is very important, sometimes making the difference between life and death. Not many people can handle a job that is so demanding and that requires so much devotion. After playing high level sports my whole like, I truly understand the meaning of commitment, and I am committed to making emergency medicine better.
 
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Natural progression, this has naturally happened through my working life.
 
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Tell me about a mistake you made at work. How did you handle it?
 
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When learning to operating heavy machinery I was required to perform a task I was unfamiliar with, I calmed myself, took a deep breath and ran through the steps in my head before proceeding . I kept myself very aware of my surroundings to ensure I had not missed anything and proceeded with the task. Once completed I checked in with the other operator to ensure I had done it properly.
 
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I attended an emergency at an airfield and due to the nature of the emergency I needed to see all of those people aboard the aircraft. They were all more superior than myself and did not consent straight away. I was under a lot of pressure first of all to attend the emergency quickly with all the kit I required. Secondly, I had a duty of care to those who refused my treatment so I managed to convince them to be seen.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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Check the scene safety for danger, approach patient and check for level of consciousness.
 
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Notify dispatch, decide which bags seem necessary. Attempt to make patient contact as my partner and I eye up the scene for any unsafe/suspicious findings. As we proceed we make patient contact and run our call.
 
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What is your greatest achievement so far?
 
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Working with heavy machinery and never having an accident or incident.
 
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My greatest achievement is my level of independence that I've acquired. At a younger age than most, I've become a paramedic, moved to isolated aboriginal land, and gained work experience. I am now demonstrating that exact independence by being ready to move on to the next step of my life with NEMS
 
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What part of your duties as a Paramedic do you dislike the most?
 
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The time wasters, going out to people who abuse the NHS
 
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Being called to time wasting call outs.
 
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Tell me about your experience working in teams.
 
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I believe I am a great member of a team. I understand everyone is an individual with strengths and weaknesses and will recognise these areas and ensure the team is as strong as possible. Being a team player is critical in this job to succeed and have the best outcomes for our patients.
 
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I enjoy teamwork, I value other peoples ideas and enjoy making group decisions as much as I enjoy making my own. I feel as though I work well in the group dynamic as I can also bring new ideas to the table and I feel as though my personality helps me to work in harmony with other members of staff.
 
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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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Triage and assess each patient.
 
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Ensure open airway and catastrophic injuries are addressed.
 
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Why do you want to work for our organization?
 
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Teaching hospital since 1700's, teaching midwifes, other health care professinals, you have simulated ambualnces and patients houses, lecturers.
 
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Is life saving organization and is very good.
 
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What are your career goals?
 
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I want to become senior cordinator paramedic.
 
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I hope for this to be a life long career plan.
 
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How do you fill downtime?
 
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I surf, teach boxing, box, play golf, support the GWS giants and hang out with my friends and girlfriend at the beach etc.
 
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I spend time with my family, enjoy the beach and camping and I enjoy cooking.
 
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How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
 
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I would speak to a line manager.
 
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Roll up my sleves and get the job done.
 
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Have you ever lost a patient en route to the hospital? What happened?
 
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It's probably unavoidable. In my case, resuscitaiton procedures are well set out and implemented as long as there are no DNAR orders in place.
 
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I have never lost a patient en route to hospital although I have experienced a patient going into cardiac arrest on scene, before transport to hospital. Full ALS protocol and swift transport followed.
 
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