Agricultural chemists study the relationship between crop plants, bacteria, and animals in order to gain knowledge that helps in improving the yield of the crops as well as the quality. For example, they help prevent damage to crops by investigating causes of disease and by improving pest control. Because they work closely with crops, agricultural chemists spend time both in the field and in a lab setting. Depending on the company, a chemist may also be expected to give presentations about his or her studies. A bachelor's degree is required, and some jobs required a master's degree or PhD.
Job openings for agricultural chemists can be found through typical channels like online job boards such as Indeed. Vacancies can also be found at government agencies and through schools with an agriculture program. The interview will assess your abilities in each area of responsibility. For instance, the job may be focused on the formulation of pesticides—so your technical knowledge will be assessed. In addition to that, you may be expected to be able to communicate your findings clearly in the form of a presentation to both internal and external parties. You may also be asked about your ability to manage different projects at once.
To prepare for an interview for agricultural chemists, read the job posting thoroughly to gain an understanding of the needs of the position. Prepare to speak about your work experience by thinking of the details particular to your specialty, such as specific equipment or instruments that you can operate, or knowledge of techniques. Connect these to benefits to the company: how can you use your skills and knowledge to achieve positive outcomes (e.g. formulation of a safer fungicide)? You may also be quizzed on your technical knowledge, so review your terminology and practical applications of theories. Finally, prepare to talk about your project management ability by thinking of ways that you manage your time effectively in order to complete your objectives on schedule.