[Histonet] Interview Questions

O'Donnell, Bill billodonnell <@t> catholichealth.net
Wed Jan 25 11:19:05 CST 2012

It would seem that questions like "How do you feel about cannibalism?"
might also be out but might be far more helpful; than "phone" questions.

On the serious side, when I was much younger I hired a person who was
able to answer all the right "histo" questions and so I hired him. He
turned out to be a poser, who, shortly after I fired him showed up at a
local university with a lab coat that listed him as "Dr." He had indeed
worked in a histo lab, but as a lab assistant, and so the the
understanding of what a histologist does was well rehearsed. (BTW, it
topok me about two weeks to catch on, though the more experienced techs
in the department figured it out almost right away)

To be fair, it was during a time in hiring history when HR departments
were not willing to give useful reference data and there were only a
handful of questions they would even ask when checking. None of them
were particularly useful or telling. For inistance, they would not ask
if the person was an histo tech, but would simply ask, did he indeed
work at your institution? 

The place where I worked required little or nothing for proof of
experience. There was no background check either.

Today, however, reference checking is a lot easier and more reliable.

I guess my point here is that a good reference check needs to be done as
well weeding them out by histo questions.  I'm sure your HR folks will
do a fine job of this.

Also, once you have determined that they actually have the skills, or a
realistic potential of gaining them, questions concerning dynamics of
interaction are appropriate, though may lead to wrong impressions in the
mind of the applicant. 

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Breeden,
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:52 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Interview Questions

So far, I am TOTALLY impressed and so grateful for your suggestions.
And here's why... did I ever tell anyone out there what the FIRST
question I was asked by the pathologist at my interview?   It was.....
(wait for it....)


"How do you feel about personal phone calls?".  Un-freakin' believable.
I sure don't want someone to remember ME that way!!!


Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

1101 Camino de Salud NE

Albuquerque, NM  87102

505-383-9278 (Histology Lab)


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