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1. 5. How do you control the safety of your research patients?
List of Clinical Research Interview Questions
  1. What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
  2. What is the most fascinating experience you have had during a clinical trial?
  3. Are you more interested in the statistics in research or do you prefer to get straight to the answer?
  4. In your opinion, what is the most important factor in each phase of a clinical trial?
  5. Which industry related current event interests you the most?
  6. Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?
  7. Tell me about your experience in grant writing and fundraising for clinical research.
  8. What does the term "clinical research" mean to you?
  9. What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?
  10. Discuss a piece of your clinical work and how you arrived at your formulation.
  11. Tell me about your dream study.
  12. 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?
  13. Being a researcher can be really stressful. How do you handle the stress that comes with this line of work?
  14. Describe your experience creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).
  15. What motivates you?
  16. Are you applying for any other jobs?
  17. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
  18. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  19. 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.
  20. Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  21. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
  22. What are your salary expectations?
  23. What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?
  24. What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?
  25. We use a variety of robust internal software programs. What types of data software are you familiar with?
  26. Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?
  27. Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?
  28. 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?
  29. How do you feel about working in a multidisciplinary team (MDT)? In your opinion, what qualities do members of an MDT need to bring?
  30. In your career, which research projects have you taken the most initiative on?
  31. What is your current salary?
Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
Contributing Author
Ryan Brown
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Clinical Research Information
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.