How to Prepare for a Medical Transcription Interview

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A medical transcriptionist listens to audio recordings made by doctors or medical personnel and types those words into a word processing document. These documents are then sent to the medical professional for use. This field is growing rapidly as the need for electronic medical records increases. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects the industry to "grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations" (see Reference 1).

Qualifying as a Medical Transcriptionist

  • Take a training or post-secondary course in medical transcription.

  • Become a certified Medical Transcriptionist and become familiar with medical terminology.

  • Be familiar with English usage and grammar.

Building Your Resume

  • Create a detailed resume, but do not add superficial information. Include any and all medical transcription and/or terminology training you have.

  • Be straightforward and concise in your resume, and provide relevant, professional references if available.

  • Highlight any computer, dictation, or word-processing software experience you have, even if not directly related to transcription.

At the Interview

  • Present yourself in a calm, composed manner.

  • Speak slowly and deliberately -- a transcriptionist must posses a firm grasp on the English language. Avoid using long sentences.

  • Ask questions about the job and the role, but do not ask about salary.

  • Be prepared to take a typing and/or transcription test.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dress professionally for your interview. "Monster Careers: How to Land the Job of Your Life" suggests dressing a "little better than required" (see Reference 3).

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