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31 Clinical Research Interview Questions
Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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Question 1 of 31
What is your strongest skill as a Clinical Researcher?
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"In the past, I have received regular positive feedback on my ability to manage multiple projects while keeping consistent and accurate data. If I had to choose my strongest skill as a clinical researcher, I would choose my ability to multitask."
"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."
The interviewer would like to know what you consider your greatest strength as a clinical researcher. This helps them to understand where you would best fit, should you be given the opportunity. Yes, you can brag about yourself! It's tough to do sometimes, so you may want to create and memorize a strong answer before your interview. Be sure to reinforce that your best skills have been endorsed by others.
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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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Question 4 of 31
In your opinion, what is the most important factor in each phase of a clinical trial?
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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 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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The top 10 Clinical Research interview questions, picked from a list of 100 clinical research interview questions. Created on February 24th, 2016

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