[Histonet] RE: testing cutting ability during an interview

Rathborne, Toni trathborne <@t> somerset-healthcare.com
Mon Feb 23 09:14:06 CST 2009

We also have the staff talk to the applicant during this process. It gives you a good idea if the person can talk and cut at the same time. The last thing anyone wants is a histotech that has to stop sectioning during a conversation!

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu]On Behalf Of Rene J
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 10:05 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu; Terri Braud
Subject: Re: [Histonet] RE: testing cutting ability during an interview

I for one always required any applicant to prepare 20 slides stained with H&E. I can assure that I selected "difficult" blocks to cut and the applicant was required to sign a disclaimer that included that s/he he knew how to section and avoid injuries.
The whole process was timed (to get a first idea about productivity) and I evaluated and graded the slides at the end.
The results were used as one of the elements to decide about offering the position (the fundamental) but I waited until all the applicants had completed the tests so sometimes the applicant had to be contacted a few days later to let him/her know about the results.
René J.

--- On Mon, 2/23/09, Terri Braud <tbraud <@t> holyredeemer.com> wrote:

From: Terri Braud <tbraud <@t> holyredeemer.com>
Subject: [Histonet] RE: testing cutting ability during an interview
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 8:57 AM

>From a recent digest:
<If you want to know if someone you are interviewing can really section or
stain, set them down at a microtome during the interview process, and watch

I have a question about the following statement plucked from a recent digest.
What are the legal ramifications if a person cuts themselves during an
We've had this discussion at my place of employment and came to the
decision that it would leave us open to a legal liability.
I would love to hear some discussion on this subject, as well as any
experiences that others have had.

Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center



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