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Biological Scientist Interview

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Heather Douglass has over 20 years of experience as a Career Coach, Recruiter, and HR Specialist. Much of her experience is as a Technical Recruiter in the healthcare industry.

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Describe a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.

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Biological Scientist Interview

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    Describe a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.

      How to Answer

      You give 110% to everything that you put your mind to. Let the interviewer know that you don't submit mediocre work but put your best foot forward. Going above and beyond shows that you are committed to your work and that you love your job. Display to the interviewer that you can do more than just the bare minimum. Show that you can react well when you see that your employer has a need that goes beyond your usual day-to-day expectations.

      Heather's Answer

      "I was assigned a project last month and recognized that the hour's requirements listed were not enough to get the job done properly. To meet my expectations, as well as my employers', I knew I had to work on it at home on the weekends."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Last week I noticed that my manager had not completed the schedule for the following week. Some of the staff were complaining that they didn't have their work schedule yet. Rather than going to my manager with the complaint, I offered to take on some of her workloads so that she would have the time to complete the schedule. We worked together for a couple of overtime hours that day and were able to catch her up on everything. It felt good to help."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I often go above and beyond what is expected of me. Most recently, I agreed to cover for a co-worker who was on short-term medical leave. I worked 10 hour days for two weeks so that our work did not suffer any setbacks."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "As senior personnel in the lab, I often go above and beyond what is expected of me. Most recently, I agreed to take charge of the co-worker project who left the lab due to his family circumstances. I worked 10 hour days for a month to cover up his part so that our work did not suffer any setbacks."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response! This really shows your work ethic and dedication. What was the outcome of the project? Sharing a bit more about the success/outcomes of this project would be great.

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