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1. Tell me about a time that you had to work on a team that did not get along. What happened?
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Tell me about a time when you faced adversity.
 
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Plenty of situations come to mind. Personal and professional. Faced them and am here today.
 
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Where do you see yourself in the AbbVie organization in two years?
 
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Have the paper published (or manuscript in preparation) being more experienced.
 
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As part of a team that is responsible for developing a cure for cancer.
 
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What do you like best about the idea of working at AbbVie?
 
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1. The project itself is very attractive and interesting. 2. The company culture.
 
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The industry experience, the idea of being part of a team that is responsible for helping people overcome a difficult disease.
 
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If hired by AbbVie, how would that affect your career plans?
 
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Postdoc is the bridge between academic research and company research.
 
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Why did you decide to apply at AbbVie?
 
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1. Job responsibility 2. Company culture. 3. Location.
 
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Abbvie has been a leader in the field of oncology for a while and their work aligns closely with my skill sets and my goal of working with someone who makes a real difference in the life of people.
 
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How do you deal with ambiguity?
 
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It is a human trait and everyone faces it. The balance between going after something risky and losing the sure thing is hard. Weigh all options, figure out what you stand to lose, can you afford to lose it and if by going after the risky thing the rewards might be great go for it.
 
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Describe your previous boss to me. What did you like and dislike about him or her?
 
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Gave me a lot of advice on presentation, poster, encourage me to share my findings with other people by going to conferences.
 
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Dr. Weber is a great boss to work with, he is analytical, knowledgeable and best of all a great human. Being an MD he worked on a tight schedule, so getting to talk to him was by appointment only. The plus side of it was it made me think independently and work out issues on my own.
 
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What was your typical work week like at your current or previous job?
 
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It was exciting, we had lab meetings first thing Monday morning. The exchange of ideas and the chance to get your colleagues to help troubleshoot your problems made for the start of a great week. Experiments, conference calls, discussions with other teams that helped us with our projects and making sure everything was recorded appropriately was part of the work week.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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Systematic, hardworking, needs to learn how to blow her own trumpet.
 
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What do you do when your schedule is suddenly interrupted? Give an example.
 
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When setting up experiments, many things go wrong. You make adjustments and optimize according to the availability of things.
 
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How do you get subordinates to produce at a high level? Give an example.
 
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Worked with Research Scholars from different countries. Language was a barrier, so we used to communicate with smaller words, pictures even. Invested personal time and expertise to guide them through scientific procedures, then used to outline protocols detailing the work needed. We used to discuss the experiments, the principles behind it and decide on the different ways to approach the issue at hand. With time, they needed minimal supervision and worked independently.
 
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Tell us about a time that you had to adapt to a difficult situation.
 
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Working in a new lab and learning different techniques takes some time. I learnt that most people are willing to help if you are humble enough to ask. Even grad students had expertise in some areas that proved invaluable to me.
 
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Tell me about a recent job that you would describe as a real learning experience? What did you learn?
 
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I worked with Dr. Weber on the research Side of Clinical trials. It was a real leaning experience since I was able to see pre-clinical work being translated into medicines that were helping people have a better quality of life and longer survival.
 
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How do you, personally, relate to AbbVie?
 
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I have up close and personal experience with cancer, the toll it takes on the patient and the caregiver. Any drug that can halt this dreaded disease in its tracks deserves the best scientific brain at work to formulate it.
 
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