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25 Biological Scientist Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

Question 1 of 25
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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The interviewer wants to know how you approach, evaluate and resolve a work problem or complicated project. Telling the interviewer how you overcame the problematic project will show your problem-solving skill as well as prove that you are one that can take on responsibility.

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Question 2 of 25
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

Question 3 of 25
What are your salary expectations for this biological scientist role?
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The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning, and where you want to be in the future.

Question 4 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from simply watching a video on their company site!

Question 5 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

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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.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 06/23/2013
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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About Biological Scientist

August 17th, 2017

As a Biological Scientist you are a person who loves nature, plants, and animals and wants to study and understand how organisms live and act. Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity. Your research typically relates to finding a way to promote, cure, treat or improve plant and animal habitats. In the lab, you must be able to use tools like microscopes, cell counters or robotic equipment.

Education needed to be a successful Biological Scientist is a Bachelor's degree in a biological science for entry-level positions but most biological scientists hold master's degrees or doctorates in their field of specialization. Skills needed to be a Biological Scientist should be able to work independently or as part of a team and be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. If you choose private industry you may hold a management or administrative positions. Strong business and communication skills and being familiar with regulatory issues and marketing and management techniques will be an added bonus you can speak to during the interview. You must have patience and self-discipline to conduct long and detailed research projects.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to research the company that you are applying to. What projects are they currently working and how can you contribute to the outcome? Have the common interview answers ready to go for your interview: Tell us about yourself and strengths and weaknesses and what do you know about our company.