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Accelsiors CRO Interview Questions

30 Accelsiors CRO Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Do you have an understanding of what a 'control' or 'control group' is?
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A control is the standard by which experimental observations are evaluated. In many clinical trials, one group of patients will be given an experimental drug or treatment, while the control group is given either a standard treatment for the illness or a placebo. If you have worked with clinical trials/observations, you will have a clear understanding of what the 'control' or 'control group' is. If you have not, say what you do know. In most cases, an interviewer will know if you already have clinical trial experience and will know where to guide you with a question like this.

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"Yes, I do understand the importance of a 'control/control group' in trials. I assisted with documentation for a clinical trial when I worked at XYZ. Part of my responsibilities included monitoring the differences in vital signs of the patients who were given a placebo as compared to those who were taking the trial drug."
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"I am familiar with a control/control group. It is my understanding that when a clinical trials is being conducted, some participants are given the trial drug while the 'control group' is given either the standard treatment or a placebo, but that only the person administering the drug knows who is receiving which."
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Question 2 of 30
Are you familiar with what 'expanded access' means?
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Expanded access is the term used to describe the means by which manufacturers make new drugs that are being investigated available, under certain circumstances, to treat a patient(s) with a serious disease or condition who cannot participate in a controlled clinical trial. If you have experience working with patients who have been given expanded access, share some details, as appropriate. If you don't have personal experience, share your knowledge.

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"It is my understanding that 'expanded access' is granted, under certain circumstances, to patients who do not qualify to participate in a clinical trial of a regulatory drug. The drug used in expanded access cannot expose patients to unreasonable risks given the severity of the disease to be treated and the patient must not have any other satisfactory therapeutic options."
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"I do have some knowledge about 'expanded access' although I have not worked directly with patients who have been giveThe manufacturer must be willing to make the drug available for expanded access use. The primary intent of expanded access is to provide treatment for a patient's disease or condition, rather than to collect data about the study drug."
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Question 3 of 30
If a patient wants to participate in a clinical trial but wants the physician conducting the experiment to provide all of his care during the time the trial is being conducted, what would be the most appropriate advice?
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Most clinical trials provide short-term treatments related to a designated illness or condition, but do not provide extended or complete primary health care. In addition, by having the health care provider work with the research team, the participant can ensure that other medications or treatments will not conflict with the protocol. The interviewer is not asking for 'facts,' but rather how you would relate directly with a patient who is making this request.

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"I understand that many patients prefer to not see multiple physicians. However, it is important for patients participating in clinical trials to be educated about the role of the staff conducting the trial. For example, the medication or therapy that is used for a clinical trial is usually focused on a specific illness/disease. It is important for patients to follow-up and have continued care with their primary physician. Additionally, providers who are conducting clinical trials find it beneficial to have communication with the primary physician so that we can work together for the best outcome for the patient."
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"I have always been taught that patients are advised to continue regular follow-ups and care for non-trial related medical issues with their primary care provider. Also, the research teams I have been a part of have always made it a priority to collaborate with the primary physician. First of all, it is a professional courtesy. Further, the open line of communication allows the healthcare team and patient to work together more effectively."
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Question 4 of 30
Accelsiors CRO is supportive of our employee's continuing education efforts. Have you ever thought of going back to school? Accelsiors CRO is supportive of employees who want to continue their education. Have you ever thought of going back to school?
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While Accelsiors CRO Ltd. may be supportive of an employee who chooses to continue his/her education, that is not to say that you are required to say you want to return to school. This is simply one of those 'get to know you' questions. Share your thoughts with the interviewer.

Answer Example
"I am very supportive of people who want to continue their education. For me, I feel like I have come to a place in career where I am happy with where I am. Notwithstanding, if Accelsiors CRO Ltd. has courses or certifications that are encouraged for employees to take, I would definitely be willing. I just don't see myself going back to school for 3 or 4 years."
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"I have entertained the idea of continuing my education. However, circumstances have not ended with me in school. I love research and am very happy with my career at this point."
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Question 5 of 30
Are you familiar with the difference between diagnostic trials and screening trials?
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Question 6 of 30
What made you choose a career in research?
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Question 7 of 30
What are some reasons that you feel participation in a clinical trial are a positive decision?
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Question 8 of 30
What would you tell a patient who is asking some of the things he/she should expect while participating in a clinical trial?
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Question 9 of 30
Accelsiors CRO likes to encourage a healthy work/life balance. What are some things you like to do make sure you have a healthy balance between work and your personal life?
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Question 10 of 30
CROs work with multiple clients nationally and internationally, which means employees are often expected to juggle time zones and adhere to the sponsor's tight deadlines. What are some things you do to help manage your time efficiently?
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Question 11 of 30
Knowing that both CROs and pharmaceutical companies conduct research and trials, what do you think may be an of advantage working with a CRO rather than seeking employment with a large pharmaceutical company?
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Question 12 of 30
What are some of the risks associated with being a participant in a clinical trial?
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Question 13 of 30
Are you familiar with what a protocol is with regard to clinical research?
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Question 14 of 30
At the end of the day, what makes you feel like you have done a good job or have been successful?
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Question 15 of 30
What is something that causes you stress at work and how do you try to overcome it?
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Question 16 of 30
If you had your choice of a research project to work with, what would you choose?
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Question 17 of 30
Accelsiors CRO tries to accommodate employees with regard to scheduling preferences as much as possible. Is there a particular schedule that would a better fit with your personal/family responsibilities?
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Question 18 of 30
With regard to salary, Accelsiors CRO tries to be fair to all employees. However, salary is often commensurate with experience. What are your thoughts regarding someone working the same job as you being paid a higher rate due to experience level?
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Question 19 of 30
If you were the person responsible for hiring at Accelsiors CRO, what characteristics would you look for in a candidate, and do you feel that you possess those traits?
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Question 20 of 30
If a trial participant asks you to explain what a placebo is and why it may be used, what would your answer be?
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Question 21 of 30
While Accelsiors CRO likes to employ people who have plans to work for us long-term, it is understandable that sometimes plans change. Do you anticipate any significant changes in your life within the next 3-5 years?
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Question 22 of 30
What is a 'controlled' clinical trial?
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Question 23 of 30
Contract Research Organizations such as Accelsiors CRO employ people from many different backgrounds with a variety of skills. Have you ever worked with a very diverse group of people?
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Question 24 of 30
Do you understand what a 'double-blind' trial is?
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Question 25 of 30
Have you ever participated in efforts to secure funding for clinical research?
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Question 26 of 30
Do you know what pharmacokinetic studies are?
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Question 27 of 30
What are some things that you would like for others to notice about your personality?
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Question 28 of 30
What are your thoughts regarding people who become participants in a clinical trial but leave before the trial ends?
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Question 29 of 30
Can you think of a time you had a disagreement with a boss or co-worker, and if so, how was it resolved?
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Question 30 of 30
What do you think your best and worst qualities are?
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