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29 Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
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How do you handle work stress?
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How to Answer
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.
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How do you handle work stress?
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.

Heather's Answer #1
"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."
Heather's Answer #2
"My work stress is kept at bay by a well-balanced diet, exercise and 8 hours of sleep."
2.
What is your greatest weakness?
Preparing for this question requires a little bit of self-awareness and strategy. You don't want to share that you have trouble working with difficult people or that you struggle with the details, as those are key aspects of your role. What you do want to focus on is a weakness that you could possibly turn into a strength or share something that would not be detrimental to your role that you are working on improving.

Heather's Answer #1
"I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has made me fall behind in my work on occasion. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say "
Heather's Answer #2
"“I tend to get caught up in the little details, which can delay my completion. I've remedied this by keeping a list of priorities so I can see the big picture and stay on track."
3.
What are your career goals as a Bacteriologist?
When answering this question keep focused on what the company can offer you in the long term so the interviewer knows that you are going to stick around for awhile. Tell the interviewer that you can see this as a long term career and that you are happy to learn the job and that you are also keen to pursue further education and even an additional degree to achieve your goals.
Heather's Answer
"I'd like to find a company that I can contribute to and continue to grow with."
4.
How well do you work with people?
You work great with people! This question may stump you, but as a Bacteriologist, you may work on your own more often than in a group. The interviewer wants to hear that you work well with all types of people from patients to other health care professionals.

Heather's Answer #1
"I love working with people. I'm flexible and approachable in the workplace, understanding that things can change quickly. I encourage open communication with my coworkers and address the concerns they may have."
Heather's Answer #2
"My last three years has been working on a multidisciplinary team. I enjoy being a part of a team knowing we are making a difference in medical research."
5.
Describe your style of communicating and interacting with others.
As a Bacteriologist working on your own or as a team member, you are making a difference every day. Tell the interviewer how you encourage feedback from your clients, and encourage positive and professional relationships at work.

Heather's Answer #1
"One thing I strive to provide all my colleagues is a comprehensive and simple explanation of instruction to avoid any miscommunication. I encourage questions and provide clarification when needed."
Heather's Answer #2
"My style of communication is direct and honest. I've found by directly communicating with others it avoids any confusion or possible conflicts."
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