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Top 30 Clinical Research Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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Question 2 of 31
What is the most fascinating experience you have had during a clinical trial?
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"In my previous position I was working a clinical trial for a new sleep aid drug. Our trial group was to determine the drugs level of effectiveness in assisting adult insomnia. About half way through the trial, we found that our subjects were not only experiencing better sleep patterns but their skin problems were also clearing up. It's always fascinating when you discover an alternate use or solution during a clinical trial."
"As a grad student, I was asked to participate in a cancer research program that was on the brink of discovering a new treatment in pediatric oncology. In this role, I was able to partner with some of the most advanced and recognized professionals in research. It was thrilling to be a part of the team that advanced the study, which is now in trial across the country."
The best way to answer this question is to tell an interesting story from a previous study. Be prepared to lay out the setting, the goal, what the findings were and why you found it so fascinating. The main goal here is to show the interviewer that you have passion for what you do.
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Question 3 of 31
Are you more interested in the statistics in research or do you prefer to get straight to the answer?
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"I have always leaned towards statistical analysis. I absolutely love the challenge that comes with taking the data and working it in a variety of ways."
"I get very excited about data and the data analytics courses in my training were my most favorite. If I can dig into the data and then dig deeper, I can usually get to a place where the data will very clearly guide our research towards an outcome. It's a very exciting part of being a clinical researcher."
It is important that the interviewer see that your work style is a good fit with their clinics management style. Are you one to dive into the details or do you prefer the gratification of getting straight to the answer? If you get more excited about statistics you could say: "I have always leaned towards statistical analysis. I absolutely love the challenge that comes with taking the data and working it in a variety of ways." If you tend to be the type to get straight to the answer you could say: "Although I have a strong appreciation for statistics analysis and the amount of work that comes with gathering that data - I crave the feeling of accomplishment that comes with getting to the conclusion."
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Question 4 of 31
In your opinion, what is the most important factor in each phase of a clinical trial?
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"Firstly, I believe it is important to not move onto the next phase of a clinical trial until the objectives of the current stage are met. In Phase 0, the most critical factor is to determine that the drugs effect on the participant is as expected. In Phase I, evaluating safety and proper dose is the most important factor. For Phase II..."
"I have two ways of thinking through the start of the project. The first is excitement and curiosity for how the project may impact the world. The second is focused on the process and timeline of the clinical research plan. I think it's important to have the steps mapped out so that the team can stay on budget and on time."
The interviewer is going to gauge your level of expertise in clinical trials based on the knowledge and confidence you display when answering this question. Keep your answer fact-related and easy to understand.
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Question 5 of 31
Which industry related current event interests you the most?
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Question 6 of 31
Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?
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Question 7 of 31
Tell me about your experience in grant writing and fundraising for clinical research.
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Question 8 of 31
What does the term "clinical research" mean to you?
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Question 9 of 31
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?
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Question 10 of 31
Discuss a piece of your clinical work and how you arrived at your formulation.
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Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your dream study.
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Question 12 of 31
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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Question 13 of 31
Being a researcher can be really stressful. How do you handle the stress that comes with this line of work?
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Question 14 of 31
Describe your experience creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).
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Question 15 of 31
What motivates you?
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Question 16 of 31
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 17 of 31
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
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Question 18 of 31
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 19 of 31
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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Question 20 of 31
Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
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Question 21 of 31
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
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Question 22 of 31
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 23 of 31
What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?
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Question 24 of 31
What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?
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Question 25 of 31
We use a variety of robust internal software programs. What types of data software are you familiar with?
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Question 26 of 31
Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?
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Question 27 of 31
Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?
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Question 28 of 31
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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Question 29 of 31
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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Question 30 of 31
In your career, which research projects have you taken the most initiative on?
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Question 31 of 31
What is your current salary?
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Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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Trial initiation, design formation of protocol, EC and approval,
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Documentation and co-ordinating skills.
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Organization and time management.
4.
Collecting data accurately.
5.
I am an expert of wetlab experiments therefore can perform the in vitro test of tissue samples.
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I dont have experince related to clinical research but I can do with trainning and innovate new things.
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Analytical skills, Communication skills, supervisory skills, good clinical practice skills.
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As a researcher I can go to depth of any assignment & try to finish it with with core knowledge as it will help me complete the assignment with clearer persceptive.
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To find out the best results and interpret the results.
10.
Searching for a safty data for humans.
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I am competent enough in qualitative and quantitative research.
12.
The best skill as a researcher is to have a good communication skill, well organized skill, be professional and be timely in all assigned responsibility, is dependable and have a accountability skill.
13.
Clinical data management.
14.
Communication, coordination and ethics and regulation if clinical research.
15.
Paying attention to detail.
Question 2 of 31
What is the most fascinating experience you have had during a clinical trial?
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When preparing Investigator broucher, it is huge experience to go through the documents and preferred notes.
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Whilst undertaking my degree, I developed a research proposal ready for presentation to research ethics committee as part of my dissertation. I found it fascinating to see how my research question emerged from undertaking a thorough literature review and recognising gaps in the current knowledge base.
3.
Dealing with very anxious clients not keen on research but do change their minds after counselling and participate and find the whole experience therapeutic.
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Having the oppurtunity to work with so many different professionals.
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Meeting the diffrent age peoples & Diffrent of disease condition.
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Working with a team, alloting jobs like media prep and pcr prep, dan kit prep.
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It was full of fun, interest and smartness.
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Realising I have the ability to research well and come up with ideas for research.
9.
Completed a oncology study within timelines.
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Working new people, helping to protect right, safety and welfare of subjects.
11.
I had a great experience in dealing with oracle.
12.
Clinical Investigator job interview questions.
13.
How To brief Description About Your self.
14.
Engineering a new biosensor for antigen-antibody binding.
15.
It would be playing a lead role in preparing sites for FDA inspection.
Question 3 of 31
Are you more interested in the statistics in research or do you prefer to get straight to the answer?
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Yes I am interested in seeing the statiscs.
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I am excited to see statistics but I am also interested in who, where and why the research was conducted. We have to remeber not to be seduced by the numbers.
3.
I personally like to know the statistics and the basis behind the answer. I find that there are many different ways to come to an answer and that research can be built upon by completing all the different ways. Personally, statisics is a strength of mine.
4.
I like to see the statistics come through.
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Statistics may prove how we get the answer so, I could say that this is a must in research.
Question 4 of 31
In your opinion, what is the most important factor in each phase of a clinical trial?
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Drug Discovery, Preclinical Test, IND Approval.
2.
Yes I have completed my sas. Am a beginner so please guide me.
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Clinical research starts after the drug screening and pre-clinical phase, begining of clinical trials need first planing of trial process with all its resources and protocol designing for utilizing the resources and timely completing all trial phases with its proper complete reporting.
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Clinical research starts after the drug screening and pre-clinical phase, begining of clinical trials need first planing of trial process with all its resources and protocol designing for utilizing the resources and timely completing all trial phases with its proper complete reporting.
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Research literature, planning the clinical trial,
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Clinical research is a multi step interdisciplinary project where it starts right from planning the hypothesis to an extensive pre clinical research, followed by application of IND, the three important phases and NDA application with post marketing PV or drug monitoring activities also known as Phase IV. A proper clinical data management process is also required to be implemented on lines with the conduction of trial.
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Drug Design and Drug discovery.
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Its pre drug discovery then drug discovery and then phases of clinical trials.
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Lab development, preclinical studies and human research in all 3 phases and filing NDA and PMS studies.
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Reading the protocol and prioritizing the work load.
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Search of research topics.
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Target group and data collection to start project.
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Putting plan on the process and get everyone who involve in the process communicate together.
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For every project, the beginning will be hardwork, smart and power.
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Deciding what to research setting a reseach title.
Question 5 of 31
Which industry related current event interests you the most?
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The new drug discoveries, and the quest for new drugs to treat all kinds of diseases.
2.
Nothing specific but I like events about sports, fashion, holiday season, travel, research, food and shopping.
3.
Earthquakes in Japan and China. Are the plates getting unstable as the period between quakes are shorter, frequency greater.
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Police Brutality and the number of unarmed men police have killed.
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Research going on for the developing drugs for cancer.
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Seminar in research company.
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Coordinations of all the departments.
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Interim monitoring visit.
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Clinical research associate.
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I would say the state of the world economy, especially after going through a job search during an economic downturn.
Question 6 of 31
Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have worked on clinical research project on phase ii and I am wating phase 111 that is conformation studies.
Question 7 of 31
Tell me about your experience in grant writing and fundraising for clinical research.
User-Submitted Answers
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It is the Sponsor duty to financece.
Question 8 of 31
What does the term "clinical research" mean to you?
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Any investigation in human subjects intended to discover or verify the clinical, pharmacological, and other pharmacodynamic effects of an investigational product.
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Clinical trials are a step in medical research conducted to allow safety (or more specifically, information about adverse drug reactions and adverse effects of other treatments) and efficacy data to be collected for health interventions.
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Clinical research is aimed at improving treatment methods.
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My self working as a quality assurance manager I am realy enjoy my job regarding quirey it is little bit difficult I will clarify the things.
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I want to see my self in a reputed position and to become director of clinical research.
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It is a branch of medical science to access the safety and efficacy f newly investigated products.
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Clinical research is a type of research, carefully designed to determine the effectiveness and safety of drug or device in humans.
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Clinical research means to do research on drugs about its efficacy and safety.
Question 9 of 31
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Following the complianceof GCP
2.
Following the compliance of gcp.
Question 10 of 31
Discuss a piece of your clinical work and how you arrived at your formulation.
Question 11 of 31
Tell me about your dream study.
Question 12 of 31
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?
User-Submitted Answers
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My total experience in Monitoring trials is 0 years, as I have been a fresher.
Question 13 of 31
Being a researcher can be really stressful. How do you handle the stress that comes with this line of work?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes, I am ready for the work. Because of having many research experiences already, I completely agree that the tasks associated with this position are stressful and have learned it is best to handle this stress with personal strengths, like efficiency, organization, and not procrastinating. I personally I work better under stress and I genuinely enjoy completing all stages of the research process.
Question 14 of 31
Describe your experience creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).
Question 15 of 31
What motivates you?
Question 16 of 31
Are you applying for any other jobs?
Question 17 of 31
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
Question 18 of 31
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 19 of 31
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.
Question 20 of 31
Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
Question 21 of 31
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
Question 22 of 31
What are your salary expectations?
Question 23 of 31
What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?
User-Submitted Answers
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To gain more knowledge.
2.
Job security and my interest in the field.
Question 24 of 31
What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?
Question 25 of 31
We use a variety of robust internal software programs. What types of data software are you familiar with?
Question 26 of 31
Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?
Question 27 of 31
Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?
Question 28 of 31
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?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
In case Patients are failing for the visit.
Question 29 of 31
How do you feel about working in a multidisciplinary team (MDT)? In your opinion, what qualities do members of an MDT need to bring?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Be very strict on their rules and regulations and also investigate regularly on multi discipline.
Question 30 of 31
In your career, which research projects have you taken the most initiative on?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
In bioinformatics and biotechnology project, I took the most initiatives I believe.
Question 31 of 31
What is your current salary?

About Clinical Research

September 21st, 2017

Clinical research analysts play an important role in clinical trials and medical studies. Their exact duties may vary depending on the kind of research facility they are working in. In general, clinical research analysts conduct clinical studies and trials in order to assess the effectiveness of a prescription drug, medical process or medical device on the human body. These analysts usually work with physicians or scientists in a laboratory, research facility, hospital or any other medical or pharmaceutical company. Their responsibilities may extend to overseeing protocol, collecting data from patients, and tracking inventory.

A degree in health science or a clinical field is the minimum educational qualification required to become a clinical research analyst. While an associate's degree may suffice for entry-level jobs, a bachelor's or a master's degree is essential for higher-level and higher paying jobs. Work experience can make a huge difference to your job prospects. University research work, participation in clinical research, interning with licensed physicians and exposure to common procedures are some of the ways to gain the necessary work experience. Clinical research analysts must have outstanding analytical, organizational and time-management skills as well as a strong eye for detail.

Be prepared for a tough interview for this position as prospective employers will want to make 100% sure they are hiring the right applicant. To convince them that you are the right person for the job, you must be able to answer their questions confidently. Prepare for your upcoming interview by checking out commonly asked questions listed on Mock Questions.

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