30 Questions and Answers Written by Heather Douglass
Updated on January 7th, 2019 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates, specifically in the health care industry.
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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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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. "
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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? "
"My schedule is quite flexible. A few days notice before changing hours would be ideal so my wife and I can coordinate our schedules."
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.
"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."
"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."
6. 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 Bacteriology Technician 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. Here is an answer example: "Money isn't a key factor but I do have a salary range in mind based on the local area." Here is an answer example: "As a new graduate in this area, the average salary is $25K-$35K per year. I'm hoping to start within this range."7. Do you have previous experience as a bacteriology technician? When the interviewer asks you questions related to the experience that qualifies you for the job, it's important to be very specific about your skills and experience. Instead of answering it broadly, try to use specific examples of how your past work prepares you for the new role. Here is an answer example: "I've worked in a lab as a Bacteriology Technician for the past 5 years. I'm proficient in various laboratory equipment, ability to utilize specialized software including CAHFS Laboratory Information Management System. I worked for Mr. Smith at the University of Colorado and I know he would be happy to tell you more about my work ethic and professionalism." Here is an answer example: "I've just graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Microbiology. This will be my first full-time job and I look forward to the challenge."8. 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. Here is an answer example: Here is an answer example: "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."9. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."10. 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. Here is an answer example: Here is an answer example: "My co-workers would describe me as hard working, professional, trusted and a team player."11. What do you know about our facility? This question is a test to see if you did your homework on the facility you are applying to. Once you get to the interview stage, you'll want to do further research about the facility. Start with the website, reviewing their mission, values, and culture. You can read employee reviews to see what their experience was like. Do your homework so that you can respond confidently. Strive to impress the interviewer with your knowledge. That shows you have vested interested in the facility and that you're thinking long-term. Here is an answer example: Here is an answer example: "I know that your facility is active in the local community. Volunteering and community involvement is very important to me."12. Does standing all day bother you? Explain to the interviewer that you understand the challenges it can bring, but you enjoy it nonetheless. Tell the interviewer if you are you currently standing all day at your current job. Tell the interviewer that when you start to get tired how you handle it. Here is an answer example: "I am used to and comfortable standing on my feet all day. I've found a particular type of shoe that alleviates any sort of fatigue on my feet and standing on fatigue mats helps out." Here is an answer example: "Standing all day doesn't bother me. Sometimes I feel that I need to walk around a bit if my knees start to ache but that's easy enough, I just take the long way to the analyzer."13. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."14. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."15. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."16. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."17. What is more important deadlines or quality of work? As a Bacteriology Technician you've been faced with some short deadlines that could ultimately affect the quality of work you produce. Tell the interviewer that because you are very organized and prioritize your work you will continue to provide quality work despite pending deadline. Here is an answer example: "I have been faced with short deadlines in the past but I make a point to keep my supervision updated on my progress through effective communication, reach out for assistance from my colleagues if needed but always give 110% in my work." Here is an answer example: "I think the quality is most important. If you have open communication with your supervisor to let them know that you may bust your timeline but you are providing your best work there might be wiggle room in the deadline."18. Do you have questions for us? You always think of the best thing to say once you've left the interview room. Feel free to write your questions down and bring them to the interview with you. A short list of 3 questions will help you keep on track, not ramble and not ask something inappropriate like how often you get smoke breaks. Here is an answer example: "Why did you choose to work here?" Here is an answer example: "Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?"19. What are you doing to keep current in technology? The interviewer wants to know what you do to keep yourself up to date with the technology. This will help in explaining if you are growth oriented or if you are just carrying your work with the same old knowledge that you gathered from your school/college. An employee who keeps himself updated with the current technology is always considered to be an asset for an organization. So, if you are doing something to keep yourself updated then mention it here. Here is an answer example: "I am always interested in knowing what new updates are coming up in my profession. This is definitely good professionally as it gives me an edge over others and also it satisfies my desire to learn more and more. I regularly attend webinars and online conferences. Also, I am a regular member of certain online communities and forums where I contribute on a regular basis." Here is an answer example: "I read blogs and am involved with different forums and communities."20. As a Bacteriology Technician, what do you believe is your best asset? As a Bacteriology Technician, you may choose to highlight your education and training, your most profound work experience, your unique personal attributes, professional interests, and values or even specific skills you have that you know they are looking for. Whichever you choose, be confident and clear with your answer. Here is an answer example: "My best asset is my transferable skills. I'm new to this career field but bring with my public speaking skills, a research mindset, and strong leadership ability." Here is an answer example: "My best assets are my attention to detail and my patience."21. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."22. What kind of supervisor gets the best work performance from you? Are you motivated by words of encouragement? Are you an independent employee who works best alone? Let the hiring manager know how you like to be supervised. Here is an answer example: "I work very well with a supervisor who gives me the direction at first but then allows me to take the lead in my learning. I respond really well to feedback and always like to know when there is room for improvement in my work." Here is an answer example: "I enjoy working with a supervisor that encourages teamwork, offers praise and mentors his employe"23. What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years? This question is to give the interviewer a glimpse into how you have invested in your professional development recently. Tell the interviewer about career related courses, leadership workshops or safety training you've attended. Here is an answer example: "This past year has been a big one for me in regards to professional development. My current employer has provided me with additional training and the opportunity to shadow with senior Bacteriology Technicians." Here is an answer example: "I've recently become a member of a local Toastmasters club. I've wanted to concur my fear of public speaking and found a local group where others are doing the same."24. What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision? This question is the interviewer's way to find out if you are organized, work well with others and make well thought out decisions. Here is an answer example: "Before making a decision I think about the problem and ask what the outcome is that I want. I determine who needs to be involved and what steps I need to take in order to get the answers I want." Here is an answer example: "Before I make an important work decision that impacts the office I'm sure to run it by a supervisor to make sure I'm on the right page before doing the research and execute my work."25. Describe a situation where other people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do? As a Bacteriology Technician working in a lab, you may run into situations where everyone doesn't quite get along. When answering this question be sure to answer calmly as sometimes bringing up stressful situations can bring back the emotions you felt at the time. Be sure not to name names, be too specific or talk negatively about the situation. Here is an answer example: "There have been situations where my co-workers and I didn't agree on everything. We are a team that works well together and part of that is because we respect each. We give each other time to explain our concern and listen without understanding. There hasn't been a time we weren't able to work something out as a team." Here is an answer example: "I had a rocky start with a manager once, because we had different expectations for the flow of the workday. Once we talked about it, we realized that our goals were very compatible, and we were able to work very successfully together for several years."26. 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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."27. Why should we hire you? We suggest that you ask a few former co-workers or family members what they feel is the one unique thing that sets you apart from the other candidates and keeps their answer in your back pocket. Their perceptions will help you understand how you are perceived and what makes you the perfect person for the opportunity. Here is an answer example: Here is an answer example: "I have the skills outlined in the job description and I bring 10+ years of expertise to this position."28. What was your biggest disappointment as a bacteriology technician? You can choose to answer this question with a disappointment in your career or in life. Be sure not to bring up names or be negative in your response. Here is an answer example: "I have had many disappointments, like most people, but I believe that we learn from all the experiences we have in life and that the disappointments, as well as the accomplishments, make us stronger and better able to deal with many different situations." Here is an answer example: "My greatest disappointment was when the employer I worked for passed away and as a result, the business came to an end."29. 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. Here is an answer example: Here is an answer example: "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."30. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it? The interviewer would like to know how you overcome challenges and difficult projects.
Tell the interviewer about your ability to successfully handle difficult situations, how you overcome and what you learn from the situations. Assure the interviewer that you never lose your cool and you always encourage positive communication from team members. Here is an answer example: "We had a task at work to accomplish as a team. It wasn't the fact that the task itself was difficult, it was getting everyone to contribute and work as a team. I was able to identify people's strengths and assign tasks accordingly. Once I took the lead and guided the team, the project ended up being very simple and we finished ahead of schedule." Here is an answer example: "My team and I had a project to complete by the end of the week. We prioritized our timeline accordingly. Our supervisor informed us at the end of the day that the timeline was shortened by a day. We had to re-prioritize and bring a few people into the project. We knocked out the project ahead of schedule."
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Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/05/2013 Last modified on: 01/07/2019
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