Top 25 Clinical Research Interview Questions
1. What is your best skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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Clinical Research
February 28th, 2014

Clinical research is a branch of medical science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease.
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Clinical Research Interview Questions
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Outline the therapeutic areas you are familiar with.
 
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Peadiatric and adult vaccine research.
 
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Cardiovascular neurosciences antibiotics.
 
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I have worked predominantly in mental health and oncology, as well as nutritional supplements chiropractic and acupuncture, I also have done health care services research.
 
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Cns/neurology, oncology, ocular,
 
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Oncology, pediatric, infectious disease.
 
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Can you describe a situation you've encountered in dealing with conflict in the work place? How did you handle the conflict?
 
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First I try to know that its my fault or by others if it will be my fault I say sorry and I try to not to repeat again.In case it was others I try to say there fault or else I leave them.
 
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I once worked on a project with a difficult colleague none of our peers wanted to work with. I soon discovered he relished conflicts and confrontation. He actually believed that they actually help move things forward. I am the opposite. I work well with people and enjoy a healthy work place of trust and inter dependency. Working with him was sometimes so difficult that many times it got in the way of work. Each time I encouraged him to be more flexible and agreeable it made things worse. Since I couldn't operate the way he does, and I couldn't change him, I maintained a professional relationship with him throughout throughout the project. I never gave him a chance to be confrontational with me. I ignored confrontational comments and his hostilities coming from him. Instead I focused on being positive and cooperative with him so we can complete the project at hand. After several months of treating him professionally, he became less confrontational and eventually became more cooperative and we were able to complete the project within schedule. We ended up the best of friends before he left the company three years later.
 
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I recall a situation when a complex trial requiring complex drug preparation and long infusion times led to significant challenges in the chemotherapy unit and in the pharmacy. the departments were ready to withdraw their support of this trial while he PI was pushing to enroll more patients on the trial. I called a meeting and gave all parties the opportunity to vent their concerns, having felt heard reduced the tension in the room. I then invited all parties to brain storm solutions. We agreed that there would be a cap on the number of treatments per week. It further helped that I went back to the pharmaceutical company and negotiated with them the provision of a scientific fridge to store the drug and easier drug packaging.
 
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Issue involved a process which was not being followed correctly and resulted in information not being communicated to project management team. I investigated the situation and liaised with the teams involved to iron out the process and ensure all parties knew what needed to be done moving forward.
 
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Spoke to coworker in private to tangle it.
 
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What do you feel constitutes clinical research?
 
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Accurate datas and patients safety.
 
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A clinical trial is one type of clinical research that follows a pre-defined plan or protocol. By taking part in clinical trials, participants can not only play a more active role in their own health care, but they can also access new treatments and help others by contributing to medical research.
 
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Clinical trial, the whole data about the process for assesment.
 
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I think that my interest in conducting research that has the potential to improve the health and wellness of communities makes me a great candidate for a position in this field. Also my current experience as a research intern--while it doesn't involve clinical research, as allowed me to further develop my analytical skills and furthered my interest in other more hand-on aspects of research.
 
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Making a difference for people in need of medical solutions.
 
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What is your most fascinating experience you have had in your research?
 
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Working with a team, alloting jobs like media prep and pcr prep, dan kit prep.
 
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It would be playing a lead role in preparing sites for FDA inspection.
 
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It would be playing a lead role in preparing sites for FDA inspection.
 
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Completed a oncology study within timelines.
 
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Clinical Investigator job interview questions.
 
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of an approach or model that you have used?
 
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Strength- am an industrious person who performs optimally even under pressure. weakness-am aperfectionis.
 
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The strengths would be not using animal as a research subject therefore we are being pro-life. And the weakness is that the kit from Cayman is costly.
 
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My strengh is what ever work given I ll do my best, my weekness is what ever I ll do after completion only I ll leave that place.
 
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Recommending the use of healthy subjects for phase 1 study but this does not apply to cancer patients, use of placebo as a comparator but this also does not apply to cancer subjects, comparator in cancer must an active compound, SAE is reportable in clinical trials but if it is an end point in the protocol in oncology trial then it is not reportable.
 
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I had a thorough knowledge in research.But I couldnot execute as such I planned.
 
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Are you more excited to see statistics in research or just like to get straight to the answer?
 
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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.
 
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Statistics may prove how we get the answer so, I could say that this is a must in research.
 
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I like to see the statistics come through.
 
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yes iam 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.
 
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What aspects of your current job do you particularly enjoy? What aspects do you find demanding and difficult? How do you deal with these issues?
 
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I enjoy collecting data on case report form from different patients.Sometimes its very different to handle patients who are not aware of clinical research.I cope with such difficulties by using simple and understandable techniques
 
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I enjoyed working on an amazing team where even though we are all across the globe working independently, we used technology like instant messaging and email to support each other daily with issues that would come up. I enjoyed being a resource for the team, being the eyes and ears on site for the study managers who were interested in knowing the site and CRO quality on the ground level. Sometimes the workload would get excessive and our team was very transparent and adaptable to the global study needs; we would cross-train each other and provide support wherever and whenever it was needed.
 
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Initiation and challenging.
 
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Data collection and entry in to the data base as accurate as possible. Contacting clinician and sponsers to keep them informed about the progress. allowing more time for these tasks.
 
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I enjoy getting to know the ins and outs of the clinical studies I am working on. I think that is an advantage of Clinical Trail associate. One thing I found difficult was communication with foriegn sites. I would often find site monitors lack of communication a problem when ensuring protocol was being followed. In the past, I would just have to find regional sponsors, and keep going above them until I found answers when needed.
 
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What do you plan to do once you have finished your training?
 
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upgrade my knowledge with further job requirments
 
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I would keep updating myself about latest advancements in the field.
 
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Tell me what you feel are the most important beginning steps for every clinical research project?
 
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Putting plan on the process and get everyone who involve in the process communicate together.
 
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Search of research topics.
 
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Planning, timelines and scope ofthe project.
 
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Clearly defined goals and objectives patient safety- autonomy, beneficence, justice.
 
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Target group and data collection to start project.
 
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Which current event interests you the most?
 
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Earthquakes in Japan and China. Are the plates getting unstable as the period between quakes are shorter, frequency greater.
 
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Seminar in research company.
 
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I would say the state of the world economy, especially after going through a job search during an economic downturn.
 
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Police Brutality and the number of unarmed men police have killed.
 
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Coordinations of all the departments.
 
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Tell us about clinical/ethical dilemma that you have faced in your clinical work.
 
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I have worked on clinical research project on phase ii and i am wating phase 111 that is conformation studies.
 
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How do you think Clinical Psychology should change in order to meet the needs of our multi-cultural society?
 
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Will you help raise money for clinical research?
 
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It is the Sponsor duty to financece.
 
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What is your definition of Clinical Research?
 
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clinical research is aimed at improving treatment methods
 
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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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Clinical research means to do research on drugs about its efficacy and safety.
 
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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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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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How do you control the safety of your research patients?
 
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Following the compliance of gcp.
 
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following the complianceof GCP
 
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Describe your project management experience.
 
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It is a very difficult task to do. The day I started till the end of the Project I was very tensed.
 
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No experience it now I m fresher.
 
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I have received exposure in managing vendors, central team involved in study and managing site study team.
 
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Discuss a piece of clinical work and how you arrived at your formulation?
 
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Describe your experience writing protocols.
 
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cognitive behavioural therapy? What part does emotion play?
 
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What are your specific clinical interests?
 
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Clinical data management, pharmacovigilance.
 
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What do you look for in a supervisor?
 
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What are your strength and weakness as a clinicia?
 
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My specific clinical interests are related to patients' history taking, doing the physical exam, addressing the patient concerns and educating the patients wnat can be done to reduce the ailments. Based on these findings interpreting the provisonal diagnosis and further workup of the patient. I love case presentations. I also enjoy being a part of team which helps a attain plenty of knowledge and share the same with my colleagues.
 
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Are you willing to handle tedious tasks?
 
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If you could participate in a dream study, what would it be?
 
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Describe your experience monitoring trials to GCP/ICH standards.
 
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My total experience in Monitoring trials is 0 years, as I have been a fresher.
 
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Being a researcher can be really stressful. Are you ready for the work?
 
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Yes i am.
 
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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.
 
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Yes, i am.
 
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