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PAREXEL Interview

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Question 1 of 30
Do you have an understanding of what a 'control' or 'control group' is?
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How to Answer
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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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.

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.

Question 4 of 30
PAREXEL is supportive of our employee's continuing education efforts. Have you ever thought of going back to school? PAREXEL is supportive of employees who want to continue their education. Have you ever thought of going back to school?
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While PAREXEL 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.

Question 5 of 30
Are you familiar with the difference between diagnostic trials and screening trials?
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Knowing the differences of various types of trials is important for those working in research. Because there is such a variety of different trials, there is often opportunity to work on more than one. Many researchers have stated that they like this option as it gives them the chance to learn more and not experience 'burn out' as easily. If you know the difference in the trials in this question, elaborate on them briefly. If you are not sure, it's ok to say so and ask the interviewer to differentiate for you.

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