Clinical Research Interview Questions

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Being a researcher can be really stressful. How do you handle the stress that comes with this line of work?

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Clinical Research Interview Questions & Answers

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    Being a researcher can be really stressful. How do you handle the stress that comes with this line of work?

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    How do you handle a larger than average workload?

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    Tell me about your experience in grant writing and fundraising for clinical research.

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    How many days were you absent from work last year?

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    How do you feel about working in a multidisciplinary team (MDT)? In your opinion, what qualities do members of an MDT need to bring?

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    We use a variety of robust internal software programs. What types of clinical trial management software have you used?

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    What is the most fascinating experience you have had during a clinical trial?

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    What does the term, clinical research, mean to you?

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    Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?

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    What are your salary expectations?

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    Can you talk to me about your GPA during graduate school?

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    How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

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    What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?

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    Are you more interested in the statistics in research or do you prefer to get straight to the answer?

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    Which industry related current event interests you the most?

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    In your opinion, what is the most important factor in each phase of a clinical trial?

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    What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?

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    Tell me about a study that you dream of participating in, one day.

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    Have you ever been part of a clinical investigation led by the FDA due to non-compliance? How familiar are you with GCP standards and practices?

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    Describe your experience creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).

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    When would you be available to start?

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    We receive a great deal of private funding which requires us to keep very close track or our spending. Outline your experience in budget management and resource allocation.

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    In your career, which research projects have you taken the most initiative on?

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    Tell me about a time when you needed to seek advice. What did you learn from the situation? Do you find it easy to ask for help?

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    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

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    What questions do you have for me?

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    Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?

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    Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?

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    What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?

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    What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?