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Bacteriology Technician Interview

30 Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass
Updated January 7th, 2019 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
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How would your co-workers describe you?

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How would your co-workers describe you?

When answering this question you will want to consider qualities that are relevant to this position. Good communication skills, attention to detail, and technical mindset are all important characteristics for any medical sonographer. Show off your strengths, like having a good attitude when faced with difficulty or being willing to go above and beyond expectations to help someone out. Don't be afraid to brag a little, but keep it relevant.

Heather's Answer

"My co-workers would describe me as hard working, professional, trusted and a team player."


What is your greatest strength?

As a Bacteriology Technician, you have many strengths. Because this question is one of the most common questions asked in an interview, do your homework by reviewing the job description and matching their needs to your skills and strengths. Share a strength with the interviewer that directly relates to the job.

Heather's Answer #1

"One of my strengths is my ability to correctly operate a centrifuge, micro-pipetting equipment, thermocyclers, microscopes, biosafety cabinet, laminar flow biosafety hood and other equipment in the lab."

Heather's Answer #2

"My greatest strength is my reliability. Part of my reliability is consistently being there, I have a 100% on-time record at work and have had it for the last three years. People also know that they can trust me to do what I say I will do, they trust me to deliver."


Why are you the best bacteriology technician for us?

Of course, they know why they want to hire you, you are there for an interview. The interviewer wants to hear the one unique thing that sets you apart from every other candidate who has applied for this position.
We suggest that you ask former co-workers or family members and ask them what they feel is the one unique thing that sets you apart from the other candidates. Their perceptions will help you understand how you are perceived and what makes you the perfect person for the opportunity.

Heather's Answer #1

"I've always enjoyed studying the structure and function of human, animal, and plant tissues. My attention to detail and work ethic have been complimented by my supervision and I'm excited to get the chance to display it here."

Heather's Answer #2

"I've been lucky enough to work in one of the largest labs in the state of California. I come with a wealth of knowledge and experience."


What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

As a Bacteriology Technician, you have weaknesses and that's ok. This question will give you the opportunity to tell the interviewer what your weaknesses are and what you are doing to improve yourself. Don't choose a weakness that is a job requirement.

Heather's Answer #1

"A weakness of mine is public speaking. In my last feedback with my supervisor, we discussed my weakness and we are now working together to improve it. He has given me the opportunity to interact with small groups to give me the practice that I need to one day speak to large audiences."

Heather's Answer #2

"My weakness is expecting my colleagues to perform at the level that I do. I've come to realize that not everyone puts 100% into their day like I do and that's ok. I will continue to give my best at work an inspire others to do so as well."


What are your career goals as a bacteriology technician?

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

"When I graduated from college, I was immediately recruited by a local lab. As my resume reflects, I received two promotions in a short period of time. I’ve been there for the past 4 years and have learned a great deal and I'm ready for a leadership position."


Give an example of adapting quickly to new situations.

If the interviewer asks this question, chances are the position is looking for an individual that adapts well to change -perhaps the position is not as rigid. Give a specific example of how you adapt well to a new situation if you can't think of a professional example tell the interviewer about a personal example.

Heather's Answer #1

"My Dad was in the military, so I moved a lot and attended three elementary schools and two high schools. So that personal experience really shaped me in my professional life to adapt well to change."

Heather's Answer #2

"Coming to work for a new company certainly involves a lot of adjustments. However, I have always been able to adapt quickly to new work situations. A large part of this has to do with my ability to get along and communicate effectively with many people. For example, when I started my previous job, I introduced myself to my colleagues right away and felt confident asking them questions in my first couple weeks when I was unsure of something."


What type of people do you like working with?

The interviewer is looking to see if you will fit in their culture and what type of personality traits you like working with. Make sure you keep your answer positive and flexible.

Heather's Answer #1

"Since I have various hobbies and interests, I've found that I'm able to get along with all personality types, but I really love working with positive-minded individuals that are driven and enjoy inspiring others."

Heather's Answer #2

"I enjoy working with people that have a positive attitude. Displaying positivity in your work and personal life makes the work environment so much more enjoyable."


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

"The type of work environment that I see is a positive, collaborative, and encouraging one. I want to learn every day from my peers because they are knowledgeable and excited about what they do."


What is your leadership style?

The interviewer is asking this question to see if you have served in a leadership role or if you are up for the challenge. Tell the interviewer if you've had the opportunity to lead others and what the outcome was.

Heather's Answer #1

"I'd like to think of my leadership style as innovative. I believe that failures don't impede progress, the team gains job satisfaction and enjoyment and it creates an atmosphere of respect for others' ideas."

Heather's Answer #2

"I haven't had the opportunity to be in a leadership position in the lab before. In my last position as a Medical Assistant, my leadership style was honest and direct. I feel that providing constructive feedback and encouraging a positive work environment is the best way to be a leader."


What was your greatest accomplishment as a bacteriology technician?

The interviewer wants to know how you have gone above and beyond in the workplace.

This question provides helpful insight into your ability to evaluate your own performance and your ability to perform above and beyond normal expectations. First, state your accomplishment. Then tell the story of how that accomplishment was achieved and your role in making it happen. If you were part of a team, describe how your interactions with teammates helped in the achievement of the goal.

Heather's Answer

"My greatest accomplishment has been earning my Bachelors while being a full-time parent. It took me a couple extra years but it was a goal of mine that I wanted to achieve​."


Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?

As a Medical Professional, you have worked with different types of supervisors with various types of personalities and leadership styles. Some you agree with and some that you don't. When answering this question be sure not to name names and be negative.

Heather's Answer #1

"In my career, I have had many different supervisors with an array of personalities. I did have one supervisor in the past who was not the type of leader that I would have chosen for myself. We disagreed on occasion but nothing severe enough to affect my work performance."

Heather's Answer #2

"I have found that if I take the time to talk with my manager at the beginning of a project, we can all get off to a great start on the same page."


Why do you want a career as a bacteriology technician?

This question is to learn more about you and why you want to work for their company. The first thing you will want to do is to express your enthusiasm for the company. Be positive and upbeat. Tell the interviewer how your skills and work experience line up with the role you are applying to. Express to the interviewer that you are ready to grow with this company and not using it as a stepping stone to your next opportunity.

Heather's Answer #1

"The part that really spoke to me about this position was the chance to combine both the research skills I gained from being an intern and my ability to quickly pick up how to use various laboratory software. This position will actively let me grow and learn from other medical professionals."

Heather's Answer #2

"I've always been interested in research. I'm looking forward to a position that allows me to follow my passion in the medical field."


How flexible is your schedule?

Before going into the interview, do some research on the company, employee reviews and the job itself. Often you can find out about what to expect with hours or potential travel. If you are working for a 24-hour facility it's likely that you be working long hours.

Heather's Answer #1

"I've worked under tight deadlines that required me to work longer hours. I have no problem being flexible, coming in early or staying late as needed."

Heather's Answer #2

"I'm very flexible on my hours. If a few days notice is possible that would make it easier for my husband and I to adjust our schedules."


How do you handle work stress?

Humor, yoga or spending time with family. However you blow off some 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

"When I get stressed, I step back, take a deep breath, thoughtfully think through the situation and then begin to formulate a plan of action."


How flexible is your schedule?

This question could be a way for you to flip the tables and find out what schedules they work and what they wanted the new hire to work in. Be sure to voice at this time if day shift is the only shift you can work because of other obligations.

Heather's Answer #1

"I'm available to work any shift you need me on. What shifts do you all have here? Was there one that you needed me to fill? "

Heather's Answer #2

"My schedule is quite flexible. A few days notice before changing hours would be ideal so my wife and I can coordinate our schedules."

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Interview Questions

  1. How would your co-workers describe you?
  2. What is your greatest strength?
  3. Why are you the best bacteriology technician for us?
  4. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  5. What are your career goals as a bacteriology technician?
  6. Give an example of adapting quickly to new situations.
  7. What type of people do you like working with?
  8. Describe your ideal work environment.
  9. What is your leadership style?
  10. What was your greatest accomplishment as a bacteriology technician?
  11. Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
  12. Why do you want a career as a bacteriology technician?
  13. How flexible is your schedule?
  14. How do you handle work stress?
  15. How flexible is your schedule?
  16. What are your salary expectations?
  17. Do you have previous experience as a bacteriology technician?
  18. What do you know about our facility?
  19. Does standing all day bother you?
  20. What is more important deadlines or quality of work?
  21. Do you have questions for us?
  22. What are you doing to keep current in technology?
  23. As a Bacteriology Technician, what do you believe is your best asset?
  24. What kind of supervisor gets the best work performance from you?
  25. What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years?
  26. What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
  27. Describe a situation where other people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
  28. Why should we hire you?
  29. What was your biggest disappointment as a bacteriology technician?
  30. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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