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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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Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?

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1.

Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?

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.

Heather's Answer #1

"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."

Heather's Answer #2

"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."

2.

What is your philosophy towards work?

Having a positive philosophy when it comes to work is incredibly important. Tell the interviewer that you chose a career that you love and enjoy coming to work every day.

Heather's Answer #1

"My philosophy, when it comes to work, is to do my best every single day. I never procrastinate and always approach a challenge with an open mind. My motto has certainly helped me work my way through many challenges in the workplace."

Heather's Answer #2

"My philosophy towards work is to always have a positive attitude. Bringing a positive attitude to work will encourage others to do the same as well as make the work environment more pleasant to work in."

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 would your co-workers describe you?

When answering this question think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace. Follow up by giving an example that shows why your coworkers think you have these traits or an experience that shows off these characteristics. Prepare at least one example. It's always helpful to be thinking about how others might perceive you, or how your actions affect others. It may be helpful to know when answering other interview questions, like talking about your strengths.

Heather's Answer #1

"My coworkers say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload."

Heather's Answer #2

"My co-workers would say that I'm dependable and good at my job. I'm always willing to help others when they need assistance."

5.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

While the interviewer is interested in the type of person you are, sharing about how many kids you want is not very relevant to this position. You may want to start by sharing that you have a long term goal of managing your own lab. Explain how you hope you will grow professionally within the community and bring more patients into the clinic.

Heather's Answer

"I see myself contributing, learning and earning a leadership position within a company that promotes a positive and encouraging work environment."

6.

Describe your ideal work environment.

Remember to answer this question with what you want in a work environment not what you don't want or comment on the chaos you are working in now. Tell the interviewer that your ideal work environment would encourage teamwork, effective communication, and positive work relationships.

Heather's Answer #1

"An ideal working environment for me is one in which everyone is focused and working towards the same goal. I enjoy working with lots of people, I like the buzz and excitement of deadlines, and ideally would like to be working with a friendly, confident team. "

Heather's Answer #2

"My ideal work environment is one that is positive and encouraging to the staff."

7.

Why do you want a career as a bacteriologist?

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.

Heather's Answer

"A great job is one where I am excited about coming to work, and that's what I think this position offers."

8.

What are the three most important qualities you demonstrate as a leader?

It’s been said that leadership is making important but unpopular decisions. Tell the interviewer how you lead by example, assure your employees are trained and take care of and that your clinic provides the best customer service possible.

Heather's Answer #1

"The three most important qualities I demonstrate as a leader is a patience, integrity, and inspiration."

Heather's Answer #2

"Three qualities that I have as a successful leader is my ability to listen, motivate and empower my staff."

9.

What is your greatest strength?

To answer this question, consider your personal characteristics, job skills and what motivates you. Your skills are strengths, which allow you to perform well. Determination, dedication, a passion for your work are great skills to share with the interviewer.

Heather's Answer #1

"My greatest strength is my commitment to my work. I give 110% to each task as well as to the communication between my co-workers and clients."

Heather's Answer #2

"My greatest strength is my resiliency. I've worked in three different departments in the last 5 years because my expertise has been requested by leadership to mentor new staff members. I've been able to adapt to new environments and new people easily."

10.

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."

11.

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."

12.

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."

13.

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."

14.

What are your salary expectations?

This questions can be tricky and dangerous if you’re not sure how to answer it. Avoid talking salary before really selling your skills. Do your research so you will have an understanding of average salary for a Bacteriologist in your area. One approach is asking the interviewer about the salary range, but to avoid the question entirely, you can respond that money isn’t a key factor and you’re goal is to advance in your career. However, if you have a minimum figure in mind and you believe you’re able to get it, you may find it worth trying.

Heather's Answer #1

"Money isn't a key factor but I do have a salary range in mind based on the local area."

Heather's Answer #2

"I'm currently making $60K per year. What is this position starting at?"

15.

How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

When issues arise between you and a co-worker, it can be a huge distraction, which can hinder productivity and cause significant stress to you and your team. Give an example of a time when you successfully navigated a situation with a coworker. Start out by explaining the problem and then focus your attention on the steps you took to resolve it. Tell the interviewer how you avoided drama, stayed calm and professional and didn't disrupt the rest of the laboratory.

Heather's Answer

"The most important thing is to not ignore the conflict. I've been the mediator in a handful of stressful situations​ in the workplace over the last few years. I've found that by encouraging calm feedback and active listening it will help people understand where the other is coming from, why the conflict came up and how to keep the conflict from happening again."

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Interview Questions

  1. Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
  2. What is your philosophy towards work?
  3. What are your career goals as a Bacteriologist?
  4. How would your co-workers describe you?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  6. Describe your ideal work environment.
  7. Why do you want a career as a bacteriologist?
  8. What are the three most important qualities you demonstrate as a leader?
  9. What is your greatest strength?
  10. How do you handle work stress?
  11. What is your greatest weakness?
  12. How well do you work with people?
  13. Describe your style of communicating and interacting with others.
  14. What are your salary expectations?
  15. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
  16. Tell me about yourself.
  17. How flexible is your schedule?
  18. Could you describe a difficult problem and how you dealt with it?
  19. Give an example of adapting quickly to new situations.
  20. How do you let subordinates know what you expect of them?
  21. What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to Bacteriology?
  22. What is your leadership style?
  23. Do you have questions for us?
  24. What are you doing to keep current in technology?
  25. What makes you passionate about being a Bacteriologist?
  26. What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
  27. Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  28. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  29. Why should we hire you?
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