"To keep from bringing work stress home with me I like to run outside during my lunch breaks. The fresh air and excursive helps me clear my mind and give my very best at work."
"My work stress is kept at bay by a well-balanced diet, exercise and 8 hours of sleep."
Humor, yoga or spending time with family. However you blow off steam, make it positive and not suggest that you fall back on bad habits when stress gets to you. Skip saying you don't have any work stress because we all do. Tell the interviewer that you understand the pressures of the job and that you have experienced similar pressure before.
"A great job is one where I am excited about coming to work, and that's what I think this position offers."
The interviewer is asking you this question to learn about your career goals and how you feel this new position fits into your plan. The interviewer also wants to make sure that you are sincerely interested in the job and will be motivated to perform if hired. Tell the interviewer what you know about the company, industry and the position. Your response will tell the interviewer if you took the time to do your research.
Could you describe a difficult problem and how you dealt with it?
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"One of my co-workers wasn't carrying their weight, which meant everyone else had more work to do. I chatted with her one day at lunch, and she shared some personal issues that had been interfering and we agreed she needed some help with her projects. We all met with our boss and we determined a temporary solution to help her while she resolved her issues outside of work."
"I had a deadline approaching and was worried I wouldn't be able to complete the requirements. I spoke with my supervisor days before the suspense and asked for assistance. My supervisor assigned another chemist to assist me on the project. He appreciated my honesty and feedback and it was nice to have assistance as well."
As a Bacteriologist, you may find that some people are easier to work with than others. Give a REAL example. Breakdown what happened and how you handled it professionally. Focus on the solution, not the conflict. If you wish you would have done something different, share it. Showing you can learn from past conflicts shows maturity.
Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
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"Before I began laboratory work, I worked in a retail environment. The skills that were instilled in me during those years are skills that I still bring with me to work every day. They include stellar customer service, excellent listening skills and the ability to ask questions in order to uncover the needs of others."
"In addition to working in the lab, I volunteer at a local Senior Citizens Center. I've learned compassion, patience and, empathy. I feel my volunteer experience has taught me to be a more patient person."
This is your time to talk about other positions you have held prior to your career as a Bacteriologist. You can talk about your interests, volunteer work, and other hidden talents. Just be sure to tie them into how they would benefit this particular laboratory.
As a Bacteriologist you conduct laboratory experiments to determine the presence, structure, and function of bacteria in a physical sample. You perform extensive research to learn about the nature of certain types of bacteria. As a Bacteriologist you may work in a clinical setting, helping physicians make proper diagnoses and prescribe the correct treatments or in a scientific research laboratory conducting independent research on different bacterial substances.
A few skills needed to be a successful Bacteriologist is your ability to analyze and process information, use scientific rules and methods to solve problems and strong understanding of math, chemistry and biology. A bachelor's degree is a typical requirement for bacteriologists and a Ph.D. is necessary in order to conduct independent research or work through a university.
To prepare for your interview you'll want to reach out to your network and even people working within the company you are applying to. Be prepared to speak about your education, any published writing and past work history. Because your interviewer can see your education and accomplishment on your resume, you'll want to practice your behavior based questions. Be able to tell the interviewer what role you've held on a team, how quickly you make decisions and your strengths and weaknesses.