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Bacteriology Technician Interview Questions

30 Bacteriology Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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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.

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"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."
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"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."
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Question 2 of 30
Describe your ideal work environment.
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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.

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"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. "
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"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."
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Give an example of adapting quickly to new situations.
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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.

For example, “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.”
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"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."
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How flexible is your schedule?
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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.

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"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? "
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"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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What is your leadership style?
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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.

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"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."
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"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."
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Author of Bacteriology Technician Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 06/05/2013
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Bacteriology Technician

August 17th, 2017

Bacteriology technicians provide technical support to biological and medical scientists, engineers and other professionals in the fields of microbiology, agriculture, animal and plant biology, environment protection, molecular biology, health sciences and resource management. As a Bacteriology Technician you conduct laboratory tests and experiments, keep detailed logs of all activities, install, maintain and calibrate laboratory and field equipment, conduct standardized biological, biochemical and microbiological tests and analyze experimental data.

A Bacteriology Technician must complete a 2 or 3 year degree program in biochemical or chemical engineering technology. Excellent analytical skills are an essential requirement for this role. You spend long hours in a laboratory conducting research, analyzing results and logging every aspect of the research they've conducted.

Prospective employers will ask you questions that are aimed at determining your analytical skills. They will want to know details of any on-the-job experience that you've had. Doing an internship under the supervision of an experienced bacteriology technician will give you valuable on the job experience. Going through bacteriology technician mock interview questions will help you get a better idea of what questions to expect at the interview so you can be more confident while replying.