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 difficult project. Telling the interviewer how you overcame the difficult project will show your problem-solving skill as well as prove that you are one that can take on responsibility.
"I chose to specialize in zoology because I enjoy studying animals in their natural environment."
Don't be stumped by the wording of this question. This question is similar to the popular 'tell us about yourself'. As a Biological Scientist that chose to specialize in Zoology tell the interviewer that you enjoy investigating animal behavior, migration, interactions with other species, and reproduction, as well as the pests, diseases, toxins, and habitat changes that affect them. You use the information you gather to monitor and estimate populations, address invasive species and other threats, control disease, manage hunting programs, and develop conservation plans.
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.