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Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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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?
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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.

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Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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I excel in a few areas but I would say my greatest strength in clinical research has been my ability to coordinate and analyze various data sets. When data is coming from multiple channels, it can be challenging to bring it all together to support a single hypothesis. I have been successful in working with complex data sets.
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Ensuring informed conset form obtained from volunteer liasing between patient and investigator adverse drug reaction monitoring.
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I would say my best skill is my critical thinking skills in terms of evaluating how the experiments are done and what exactly are research questions that we are asking. Like when I was in the perceptual learning intervention lab, I questioned a lot on why we put certain things in the experiment and how we ran the analyses. I would ask why did we want to focus on word problems, does it have to do with the concept of transferring theoretical math to application math, how is solving word problems really related to perceptual learning, and how exactly are our intervention modules are doing that to enhance participants' math learning... Etc. And I think those questions help make the experiment more coherent and purposeful, as well as allow us to think more about whether the experiment is really testing what we want it to test.
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I think that one of my best skills as a researcher is my analytical skills that motivate me to look behind the face value of data provided, to search for the most accurate information.
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As a researcher, skills are not limited, you keep learning, and want to know more. At present my best skill is keen oriented and managing time.
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Knowledge and passion towards your work.
Question 2 of 31
What is the most fascinating experience you have had during a clinical trial?
Professional answer
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.
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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.
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 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.
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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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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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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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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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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.
Question 5 of 31
Which industry related current event interests you the most?
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I have been very interest 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.
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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.
Question 6 of 31
Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your clinical work? How did you handle it?
User Submitted Interview 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.
Professional answer
I know that every clinical research team is unique so I will follow the process and procedures laid out by the clinical research team. If that involves being a part of the fundraising efforts, I can certainly participate.
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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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From a technical perspective, clinical research relates to medical research, particularly clinical trials. For me, it is an important part of the healthcare industry that allows us to determine new forms of treatment and ultimately, save lives with future discoveries.
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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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Clinical research is a type of research,carefully designed to determine the effectiveness and safety of drug or device in humans.
Question 9 of 31
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your participants during a clinical trial?
Professional answer
There are many guidelines for the research that I participate in and therefore, I am always reviewing and following protocol. In my years of experience, I have also gained confidence to raise any concerns with my supervisor if something comes up that feels like it needs further safety consideration.
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Following the compliance of gcp.
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following the complianceof 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.
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As a high-school student, a friend of mine was impacted by a rare, genetic form of heart disease. I have always been interested in learning more about the disease and seeking alternative forms of treatment. I have been reading about the medical advancements for years but I think there is more work to be done. That would be a dream project for me.
My grandmother was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's in her 80's and I have always been passionate about research related to that disease. My dream research project would be in early detection and prevention of Alzheimer's.
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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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My experience with GCP / ICH standards has been in following guidelines on the ethical aspects of my clinical studies and comprehensive documentation for the clinical protocol.
Fortunately, I was never involved in such a clinical investigation as I, and the professionals I have worked with were highly knowledgeable having regard to GCP standards and practices. I pride myself on being highly ethical and would not hesitate to reach out to a superior should I have doubts about the required standards and practices.
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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?
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Yes, I am ready for the work and I do agree that this line of work can be stressful. As a grad student, I was able to juggle my schooling, a part time researcher position as well as my family and social life. I learned how to balance everything in a way that worked for me. I think clinical research can have a big impact on the world's health, so that certainly helps keep me motivated.
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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.
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.
Professional answer
In my current role, I am accountable for a research budget of around $75,000 per project. While this is not the largest budget that I have managed, I am able to clearly estimate expenses, determine the project timeline and allocate resources within budget. I am proud that I have come in on budget for 91% of my clinical research projects in my current role.
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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.
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?
Professional answer
I read on your job posting that the salary range for this role is (X). I am absolutely comfortable with this salary range and it would be a privilege to work for such a successful company.
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Question 23 of 31
What are the benefits in leaving your current job for this position?
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I have been very happy in my current position and have been part of an amazing research team. However, I am looking at what's next for me and I think it may be exciting to work in a more innovative industry, like cancer research, and to partner with a world-class research team. This is why I've applied to work for your organization.
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Job security and my interest in the field.
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To gain more knowledge.
Question 24 of 31
What type of data analysis are you most familiar with?
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I been able to work with a variety of qualitative and quantitative data analysis including descriptive, exploratory, inferential and predictive. I am comfortable with all and am open to utilizing other resources, as well.
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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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I have experience using a few different data analysis software programs including Salesforce, SAS Analytics and Tableau. I am a fast learner and am eager to learn any other types of programs that you utilize.
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Question 26 of 31
Would you like to be a Site Director in the future?
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I do see myself stepping into a leadership role in the future and I think a site-supervisor would be a great position. In my next company, I am looking for growth opportunities and a possibility to learn from a strong supervisor.
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Question 27 of 31
Which laboratory techniques are you familiar with?
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In my clinical researcher training, I became most familiar with three types of laboratory techniques including Cell Fractionation, DNA Extraction and RNA Extraction. I am excited to continue to expand my knowledge of new techniques.
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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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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?
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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?
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I have had ownership over a handful of projects in my current role, but I took the most initiative on a project related to kidney disease research. I thought up a partnership with a local nursing home that allowed us to survey patients before and after their dialysis treatments and monitor their emotional states. This ended up being the most important data collected in the research.
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In bioinformatics and biotechnology project , i took the most initiatives i believe.
Question 31 of 31
What is your current salary?
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