A phlebotomist takes blood from a young woman who lays on her back and tries to relaxYou won’t compete with many people in your interview, but you also won’t find many job offers for phlebotomists out there.

Therefore you should ensure you will succeed, when you eventually get a chance to interview for the job. Understanding the questions they will ask, and what they try to understand with each question, is a foundation stone of your success.


Ten typical questions

  • Why did you decided to become a certified phlebotomist?
  • What do you want to achieve in your job?
  • This is a routine job. How would you maintain your motivation in work?
  • Do you have any preference when it comes to age group of patients?
  • What would you do if you were unable to find a vein?
  • What would you do if the patient was dehydrated and you could not take any blood from their veins?
  • What do you think characterize a good phlebotomist?
  • How would you deal with an angry patient?
  • Why our laboratory, and not another one?
  • Why should we hire you?


When answering the questions, try to focus on the following:

  • Your motivation to do the job, and to do it well. Show them that you understand the importance of phlebotomists, and are well aware of the meaningful purpose of your occupation.
  • Emphasize that there is no room for an error in your work, and that you maintain the highest level of concentration in job.
  • Try to create a good atmosphere in an interview. In interviews of this kind, when all applicants offer similar experiences and education to the employer, the personal preferences of the interviewers will often decide who gets the job. Try to be nice to them, show respect and recognition for their practice (laboratory).

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