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Top 30 Clinical Research Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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Question 2 of 30
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 level of the drugs of effectiveness in assisting adult insomnia. About halfway 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."
The interviewer would like to know about a clinical trial that has excited you. The best way to answer this question is to tell an exciting 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 primary goal here is to show the interviewer that you have a passion for what you do.

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"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."
Experienced Example
"I have been part of many clinical trials through my six-year career in clinical research. I would say that the most interesting trial I have been a part of was testing a new marijuana-based drug and its effect on epileptic seizures. The drug, in fact, reduced seizure episodes in the test subjects by 87%. I am excited to see where marijuana- drug research takes us in the future."
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Question 3 of 30
Are you more interested in the statistics in research or do you prefer to get straight to the answer?
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"Although I have a strong appreciation for statistical 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."
It is important that the interviewer see that your work style is a good fit for their clinic's management style. Are you one to dive into the details or do you prefer the gratification of getting straight to the answer?

If you tend to be the type to get straight to the answer, you could say: "Although I have a strong appreciation for statistical 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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"If you get more excited about statistics, you could say: "I have always leaned towards statistical analysis. I love the challenge that comes with taking the data and working it in a variety of ways."
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"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 fascinating part of being a clinical researcher."
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Question 4 of 30
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 effect of the drug on the participant is as expected. In Phase I, evaluating the safety and proper dose is the most important factor. For Phase II..."
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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"I have been taught that the most important factor in any phase of a clinical trial is the safety of your test subjects. Without a strong base of safety, no trial can be published without question."
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"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."
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Question 5 of 30
Which industry related current event interests you the most?
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"I am so happy you asked me that! I was recently reading an article on how some hospital academic departments are starting to employ clinical research associates in clinical trial units and I would love to know what your thoughts were on this?"
The way in which you answer this will be an indicator of your engagement level when it comes to this industry and your career. This is where it is beneficial to research the organization before your interview. Tie your answer into the current activities of this organization.

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"I have been very interested in and closely following the medical advancements happening in regards to malaria in Africa. As a student, I did a study abroad semester in this region of the world and worked in a clinic that taught malaria prevention strategies. It was such an eye-opening experience for me, and I have been researching this topic ever since."
Experienced Example
"I read up on current events in clinical research on a daily basis. It's incredibly important to stay in touch. My favorite resource is Medical News Today. I recently read a fascinating article surrounding researchers from the Queen Mary University of London. They have successfully modified a flu virus and used it to target pancreatic cancer cells. Fascinating!"
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Question 6 of 30
Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?
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Question 7 of 30
Tell me about your experience in grant writing and fundraising for clinical research.
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Question 8 of 30
What does the term, clinical research, mean to you?
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Question 9 of 30
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?
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Question 10 of 30
Tell me about a study that you dream of participating in, one day.
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Question 11 of 30
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 12 of 30
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 13 of 30
Describe your experience creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).
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Question 14 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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Question 16 of 30
Can you talk to me about your GPA during graduate school?
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Question 17 of 30
When would you be available to start?
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Question 18 of 30
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 19 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 20 of 30
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 21 of 30
What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?
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Question 22 of 30
We use a variety of robust internal software programs. What types of clinical trial management software have you used?
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Question 23 of 30
Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?
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Question 24 of 30
Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?
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Question 25 of 30
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 26 of 30
What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?
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Question 27 of 30
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 28 of 30
In your career, which research projects have you taken the most initiative on?
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Question 29 of 30
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 30 of 30
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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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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