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Medpace Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Medpace job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

Medpace was written by and updated on September 19th, 2022. Learn more here.

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What are some things that you would like others to notice about your personality?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

When working with large groups of people, there will be a diversity of personalities and beliefs. This question allows the interviewer to get to know you. Remember, you want them to know your good qualities, but don't try to 'over-sell' yourself.

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35 Medpace Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What are some things that you would like others to notice about your personality?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When working with large groups of people, there will be a diversity of personalities and beliefs. This question allows the interviewer to get to know you. Remember, you want them to know your good qualities, but don't try to 'over-sell' yourself.

      Written by Krista Wenz on September 19th, 2022

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      If you review the job description before your interview, you can find characteristics Medpace seeks in their ideal candidate. Choose two to three traits that were mentioned to describe your personality.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I think one thing people notice about me rather quickly is that I am light-hearted and easy to get along with. Life, in general, has enough tensions. I like to have a positive attitude and be the type of person others feel they can easily approach."

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      "Once people get to know me, I would like to think that they consider me to be a genuine person. Anyone can fake their way through a day, week, or even months, but I want to be considered genuine, dedicated, and kind."

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      Community Answer

      "I speak my mind, team player, and always go the extra mile to get the job done. I am eager to learn and willing to teach others what I know."

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      Marcie Wilmot

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      Great! These are all wonderful qualities. Can you also talk a bit about why these qualities will be beneficial within this role?

  • 2. If you were the person responsible for hiring at Medpace, what characteristics would you look for in a candidate, and do you feel you possess those traits?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      There is more than one reason for asking this question. First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are essential to perform this job. Second, and most importantly, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as others. If you want to see specific characteristics in your peers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well. This question is one that interviewers often use to distinguish sincerity on the part of the candidate.

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      If you review the job description before your interview, you can find characteristics Medpace seeks in their ideal candidate. Choose three or four traits that were mentioned to use in your response.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that compassion, honesty, and integrity are important no matter what job title a person holds. I have found that being honest with people creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Those qualities, I feel, are essential when building rapport with patients and coworkers. In the field of research, I feel we have to hold one another to a high standard of accountability. We are responsible for reporting vital information to sponsors/companies and caring for the candidates involved in our research. Also, yes, I do believe I possess these qualities. I strive very hard to ensure that I don't ask something of others I am unwilling to give in return."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "There are many characteristics that I feel are important when considering hiring someone. I believe personal accountability and a willingness to learn from and contribute to a team are essential. I also look for candidates who have a strong work ethic, are dependable, and work well with diverse groups. I feel I possess all of these traits and always lead by example."

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      "I would look for a person who demonstrates teamwork and independence. A person can learn other traits, but if they are not able to work independently after training, you are only as good as the weakest link. It could have a huge impact on patient safety, data quality, and clinical study reports."

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      Being a good team member and being able to work independently are important traits for a candidate to possess. What else? Are communication or organizational skills important? What about having a compassionate and friendly disposition? What about being a strong problem solver and a quick thinker? Provide a list of qualities, and then connect them to yourself.

  • 3. What would your answer be if a trial participant asks you to explain what a placebo is and why it may be used?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Understanding terminology is crucial, especially when dealing with medical issues/patients. This is a question the interviewer will use to test your knowledge and ability to express that knowledge to someone else in a manner they can understand.

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      Your answer to this question can be brief and concise. Describe how you would tell a participant what a placebo is in easy-to-understand terminology.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I would explain to the participant that a placebo is an inactive pill, liquid, or powder with no treatment value. I will further explain that in a placebo-controlled trial, some portion of the participants will receive a placebo instead of an active drug or experimental treatment and that this is done to assess the experimental treatment's effectiveness and safety versus no treatment at all."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I will tell the participant that a placebo is a liquid, powder, or pill that has no treatment value and is used in clinical trials to help determine the difference between the active drug or experiment compared to no treatment at all."

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      Community Answer

      "Placebo is a pill, liquid, or device that does not have any effect or treatment on a certain disease which is given to a group of participants in the study and then reviewed against the group of people getting the study treatment."

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      You've done a great job defining a placebo. You might go into more detail about how the patient won't know whether or not they are receiving a placebo. Have you ever taken a placebo or administered one before in the past? You could also talk about this.

  • 4. While Medpace likes to employ people who have plans to work for us long-term, it is understandable that sometimes plans change. Do you anticipate significant changes in your life within the next 3-5 years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      One of the good things about working for a CRO like Medpace, Inc. is that there are usually several different projects for different sponsors being conducted simultaneously. Knowing what goals you have and any changes you anticipate in your life will allow the interviewer to evaluate two things: 1. What positions are available that won't disrupt your plans, and 2. If you are interested in having a long-term relationship within the company. With a CRO, if you anticipate a move or other significant change, you may still be offered employment within a project that fits your time frame. Either way, be honest with the interviewer. This will be beneficial to both you and Medpace, Inc.

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      If you do not anticipate changes in the next 3-5 years, let the interviewer know that you do not foresee changes and where you see yourself with Medpace. If you do anticipate changes, describe what those changes entail.

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  • 5. What is a 'controlled' clinical trial?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      There are different types of clinical trials. Working in a research company that conducts trials, it is essential to know and understand the differences. Share your knowledge with the interviewer.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Controlled Clinical Trials can be conducted in several ways: blinded, unblinded, registry, and controlled. Controlled Clinical Trials have two groups of subjects, one that receives the study treatment and another one that receives the standard treatment or placebo. Focus on providing your definition of a controlled clinical trial.

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  • 6. Contract Research Organizations such as Medpace employ people from many different backgrounds with various skills. Have you ever worked with diverse groups of people?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Diversity among peers and clients should be expected when working for a CRO. Some people are intimidated when learning about new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is crucial to provide adequate care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of the team. Be positive with your response.

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      If you have not worked with diverse people, respond honestly. Then let the interviewer know you embrace everyone regardless of background and look forward to working in a diverse work environment with Medpace Inc.

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  • 7. Do you understand what a 'double-blind' trial is?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Understanding the differences between the different types of clinical trials is essential when working in research. Any time you can answer an interviewer's question with confidence and correct knowledge, you increase your chances of being offered employment.

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      A 'double-blind' trial is a clinical trial in which neither patients nor the study staff knows which participants are receiving the experimental drug and which are receiving a placebo or standard treatment. Describe to the interviewer your definition of a double-blind trial.

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  • 8. Have you ever participated in efforts to secure funding for clinical research?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see if you have experience securing funding for clinical research as it may be part of the job role or can benefit Medpace if hired. If you have participated in obtaining funding, describe what you did and the outcome. If you do not have this experience, explain how you would love to learn how to secure funding for trials.

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      Focus Your Answer On

      Clinical trials can be sponsored or funded by various organizations, including physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups, and pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), Human Health and Services (HHS), and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) support some clinical trials. If you have experience in grant writing or using other experience to secure funding, this could be a plus. Share any knowledge or experience you have.

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  • 9. Do you know what pharmacokinetic studies are?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Identifying different areas of study within clinical research is essential for researchers. When an interviewer asks a question like, 'do you know....,' or 'are you familiar...,' share the knowledge you have, but be careful not to try to embellish your knowledge with facts you are unsure of.

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      Pharmacokinetic studies are also called 'clinical pharmacology studies.' These trials test the administration methods for a drug/treatment, its frequency, and safety. Tell the interviewer what you know about pharmacokinetic studies.

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  • 10. Concerning salary, Medpace tries to be fair to all employees. However, compensation 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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Most employers offer higher salary incentives to get more seasoned employees. This is not meant to devalue a person's knowledge or experience but rather to pay for more experience. It is important to note that the interviewer is not saying you will make less than someone with more experience. Often, this question is to see how you respond and how badly you want a position. If an employee is willing to put in the work and earn the pay increase, employers often see them as someone worth investing in.

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      The interviewer wants your opinion on coworkers receiving a higher salary based on experience. Now is the time to share your thoughts without discussing the compensation you would receive. However, if the interviewer asks you about your salary requirements, you should be prepared to let them know what salary range you would like to receive.

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  • 11. What are your thoughts regarding people who become participants in a clinical trial but leave before the trial ends?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Although this could be mistaken as a trick question, it is not. However, when being asked a question like this, it is essential to remember to withhold judgment. Stating your thoughts is fine, as long as you think them through.

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      Even if you disagree with participants leaving a clinical trial before it ends, you do not know the circumstances behind their leaving. Focus on being positive in your response while not speaking poorly of anyone.

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  • 12. Can you think of a time you had a disagreement with a boss or coworker, and if so, how was it resolved?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Any time you work with someone, there is a chance of having a disagreement about something at one time or another. The interviewer knows this. It's human nature for people to have their own opinions. What is important to the interviewer in this question is whether or not you are willing to compromise and work through difficult situations with your coworkers or supervisor. Being unwilling to compromise or find alternative solutions to a dispute can affect everyone on the team, even if it is indirectly. Sharing a personal experience is OK, but do not embellish it to 'be the hero.'

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      Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps you have a boss or coworker who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and their relationship with you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone, and focus on ending your response on a positive note.

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  • 13. What do you think your best and worst qualities are?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are self-aware and have identified your strengths and weaknesses. When describing your best qualities, the interviewer will identify your strong points and see if you will be a good fit for the Medpace team. When you describe your worst qualities, do not spend a lot of time explaining what they are. It is best to spend more time describing your actions to improve the bad qualities.

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      No one wants to share anything negative about themselves. However, honest people will admit they have both good and bad characteristics. The important thing is recognizing the things that need improvement and being willing to address them. Share some things about your personal qualities with the interviewer and remember, when sharing any quality that could be improved, tell how you are working to make a change.

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  • 14. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader! The interviewer wants to hear that you have the leadership qualities they seek in a researcher.

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      You can be a motivator and a confident communicator in any situation at work or school! Give an example of how you coached a coworker who had difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered helpful hints. Or, you might have tutored a classmate who was having difficulty in a particular subject. Focus on providing an example that shows you act as a leader even when not in a leadership role.

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  • 15. How did you hear about this position?

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      Companies invest a lot of money in advertising their job openings. The interviewer wants to hear what methods are effective and which are not. They also want to hear if an employee of Medpace referred you. Describe how you heard about the position, and be sure to give the name of the employee or recruiter who referred you if applicable. Some companies offer their employees a referral fee when referring a candidate, while others hire recruiters to seek out qualified candidates.

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      The interviewer wants to briefly hear how you heard about the position. Be concise in your response, describing the recruiter's name, the website where Medpace posted the job, Medpace's website, or an employee referral.

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  • 16. Tell me about your education.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to determine if you have the education needed to perform your job as a researcher. No research experience is required as Medpace provides a comprehensive training program unmatched by other CROs. However, they want to hear about your post-secondary education to see if you are qualified to work for Medpace.

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      Focus on describing your education as it relates to the position. Most Medpace research jobs require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a health or life-science-related field and work experience to apply for the position. You most likely have the necessary education and credentials or would not be invited to an interview. Assure the interviewer you have the required qualifications for the position.

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  • 17. Why do you want to work for Medpace?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you have researched their agency. When responding to this question, highlight unique aspects of their company that stand out from others. You may want to work for their agency because of their stellar reputation, their opportunity for professional growth and advancement, or because of their high number of clinical trials.

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      Instead of giving a generic answer to this question, focus on showing the interviewer that you have thoroughly researched their agency. For example, if you say that you want to work for their company because they provide clinical trials, that could apply to many other agencies. Instead, say that you want to work for their agency because they have a reputation for performing more clinical trials than other similarly sized agencies.

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  • 18. This concludes our interview. Do you have any questions for me?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to make sure that all of your questions about the company or job role are answered during the interview. It is best to ask at least a question or two, showing the interviewer your eagerness to learn all you can. Of course, you want to review the job announcement and research the company beforehand so you are not asking questions that could be found during your research.

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      Focus on asking questions specific to the role you are interviewing for or the company culture and work environment. Examples of good questions are asking the interviewer how you performed in the interview or if you need to clarify anything, asking what the interviewer likes most about working for Medpace, or if they have any hesitancy about hiring you. To make yourself stand out, thank the interviewer at the beginning of your response for letting you ask questions. They will think that it is respectful and it shows you have good manners.

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  • 19. CROs work with multiple clients nationally and internationally, so 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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      Because CROs are contracted to work for other companies, details such as time zone differences can play a significant role in scheduling. The interviewer wants to know that you can juggle multiple tasks within an allotted time frame. Share some ways you keep yourself organized during a work day.

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      There are many tools you can use to manage your time. You may use time-management software, write in a day planner, set alerts on your phone, or use a calendar app. Describe what you to do to manage your work day efficiently.

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  • 20. Are you familiar with what 'expanded access' means?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Expanded access is the term used to describe how 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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      As with any interview question, you want to be honest in your response. If you are familiar with the term, explain what it means. If you are unfamiliar with expanded access, tell the interviewer you do not know the term, but you will research it after your interview.

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  • 21. Suppose 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?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Most clinical trials provide short-term treatments for 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 how you would relate directly with a patient making this request.

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      The interviewer wants to see how knowledgeable you are in this field and gain insight into your communications skills. Give a brief answer on how you would advise this patient.

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  • 22. Medpace is supportive of our employee's continuing education efforts. Have you ever thought of going back to school?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While Medpace, Inc. may be supportive of an employee who chooses to continue their 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.

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      If you have thought about returning to school, describe your plans while assuring the interviewer that doing so will not interfere with your job at Medpace. If you do not have plans to pursue higher education, explain how returning to school is not in your plans at the moment.

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  • 23. Are you familiar with the difference between diagnostic trials and screening trials?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Knowing the differences between various types of trials is essential for those working in research. Because there are various trials, there is often an opportunity to work on more than one. Many researchers have stated that they like this option as it allows them to learn more and not experience 'burnout' as quickly. If you know the difference in the trials in this question, elaborate on them briefly. If you are unsure, it's ok to say so and ask the interviewer to differentiate for you.

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      Diagnostic trials include participants who have signs or symptoms of the disease or condition being studied. Screening trials evaluate new tests for detecting cancer and other health conditions in participants before symptoms are present.
      If you are familiar with the difference between the two, share your knowledge with the interviewer. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between the two, share your best-educated guess.

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  • 24. What made you choose a career in research?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      There is no right or wrong answer to this question. The interviewer simply wants to get to know you. If something happened in your life that made you want to contribute to research, share it. Or maybe you have an inquisitive nature.

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      Focus on giving your personal reason for choosing this career, responding with enthusiasm and passion. There is no right or wrong answer. The interviewer wants to gain insight into what motivates and inspires you as a researcher to determine if you will be a good fit for their organization.

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  • 25. Why do you feel that participation in a clinical trial is a positive decision?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This question asks for your opinion. However, it is essential to remember that when you give your opinion, be sure that it is supported by facts. This will show the interviewer you are knowledgeable about the topic of discussion.

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      There are many reasons why participating in a clinical trial is a positive decision. Perhaps you feel that sometimes it is the patient's last option to treat a disease, or you think that participating helps the community.

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  • 26. What would you tell a patient who is asking some of the things they should expect while participating in a clinical trial?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Patients must be well informed before beginning any treatment, whether routine care by a physician or participation in a clinical trial. The interviewer wants to know that you understand the patient's expectations of care and that you are comfortable with sharing that with the patient.

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      The interviewer wants to see that you have the communication skills and knowledge to speak comfortably to patients. Describe exactly what you would tell a patient before participating in a clinical trial.

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  • 27. Medpace likes to encourage a healthy work/life balance. What are some things you like to do to ensure a healthy balance between work and your personal life?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      No matter what profession a person chooses, everyone needs some time to unwind and relax. Psychologists today say that a healthy balance in life allows a person to recharge and refocus, resulting in better work productivity. The interviewer wants to know what you do for yourself. Maybe you have a favorite pastime or hobby. This is yet another way for the interviewer to get to know you as a person.

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      Focus on describing three or four activities you enjoy in your free time to ensure a healthy work/life balance. The interviewer wants to see that you can decompress from the stress of your job and return to work rejuvenated.

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  • 28. Do you have an understanding of what a 'control' or 'control group' is?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      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. In contrast, 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 clearly understand what the 'control' or 'control group' is. If you have not, say what you do know. In most cases, an interviewer will see if you already have clinical trial experience and will know where to guide you with a question like this.

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      If you are familiar with the terms 'control' and 'control group,' provide your understanding of the terms. If these are unfamiliar terms, tell the interviewer that you do not understand what these words mean. However, if you applied to Medspace Inc., you most likely understand these terms.

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  • 29. Knowing that both CROs and pharmaceutical companies conduct research and trials, what do you think would be an advantage of working with a CRO rather than seeking employment with a large pharmaceutical company?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Like choosing research as a career path, it is also an individual choice to seek employment with a CRO rather than a pharmaceutical company. This is another question that the interviewer will use to get to know you. It is essential to know that you don't have to 'oversell' the CRO concept or 'downplay' a pharmaceutical company. Simply stating some of the reasons you prefer a CRO is sufficient.

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      You may feel there are many advantages to working with a CRO rather than a pharmaceutical company. However, the interviewer only cares to hear about one benefit of working for a CRO versus a pharmaceutical company. Keep your answer brief and to the point.

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  • 30. What are some of the risks associated with being a participant in a clinical trial?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Participation in a clinical trial may involve some risks. It is essential for people specializing in research to understand those risks and be able to explain them (if that is part of your job description). Share your knowledge with the interviewer.

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      There are several risks associated with participating in a clinical trial. Patients may be at risk of receiving a placebo and not obtaining the intended results, insurers may not cover all of the costs of the trial, the participant may require more doctor's visits or testing, or they may have an adverse reaction to the medication administered.

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  • 31. Are you familiar with what a protocol is concerning clinical research?

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      Understanding common terminology used in research is essential. It may seem like an interviewer is asking simple questions, but basic knowledge and understanding is crucial. Give your definition of 'protocol' to the interviewer.

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      A research protocol is a document that describes the background, reasoning, objectives, design, statistical consideration, methodology, and organization of a clinical research trial. Describe in your words how you would define protocol as it pertains to clinical research.

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  • 32. 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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      Everyone wants to have a sense of fulfillment or accomplishment. The interviewer wants to know what makes you have that feeling. Knowing what makes you feel accomplished tells the interviewer a lot about you and the kind of work ethic you have. Be open about the things that make you feel like you have done a job well.

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      Since this is a personal question, there is no right or wrong answer. Only you can identify what makes you feel like you have done an excellent job at the end of the day, and the interviewer wants to hear how you are inspired.

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  • 33. What is something that causes you stress at work, and how do you try to overcome it?

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      Stress is inevitable no matter what profession one chooses. It's how we deal with it that makes a difference. The interviewer, therefore, is not looking for you to answer that nothing stresses you but rather to show that you can control stress and work through it.

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      While you want to mention what part of your career brings you the most stress, you don't want to dwell on it. Instead, mention the stressful part and then talk about how you minimize the stress, so it does not consume you. If researchers do not have healthy ways to destress, it can lead to illness, injury, and job burnout.

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  • 34. If you had your choice of a research project to work with, what would you choose?

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      The world of research is very broad, giving those wanting to experience different areas of specialty great opportunities. CROs work with several different sponsors/companies on various projects. Knowing what interests you will help the interviewer find a placement for you that best fits your skills or interest.

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      Focus on providing one area of research you enjoy the most. Then, explain why you chose that particular area.

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  • 35. Medpace tries to accommodate employees concerning scheduling preferences as much as possible. Is there a particular schedule that would be a better fit with your personal/family responsibilities?

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      Many people work more than one job or have a one-parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being upfront with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

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      If you have no particular scheduling requirements, let the interviewer know you are flexible and willing to work whatever schedule is needed. If you have outside commitments or obligations that require you to work a specific schedule, explain what schedule would work best for you.

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