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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.

Biological Scientist was updated on January 22nd, 2018. Learn more here.

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When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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Biological Scientist Interview

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    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with delays in the workplace.

      Heather's Answer

      "Experiencing a setback is always disappointing and can be a bit disheartening, especially when research hours are lost for example. I understand that it happens from time to time. If I experience a major setback, I will take a few moments to debrief with my manager and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move on!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Setbacks can be trying, but I find that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping off point to something even better."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In science, se​tbacks happen for a reason, and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In science, setbacks happen for a reason, and they do not affect me emotionally in the least. Whenever you take a new project say doing the same assay on a different animal strain, it would show up in the form of some variability compared to the earlier one. Now my task is to critically analyze the reason if it is in the technique, or in the biological sample itself. I am a very pragmatic thinker and stay focused despite the challenges that come my way."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent response! This really shows emotional maturity and a strong work ethic.

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