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Top 25 Environmental Scientist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
When have you had to change a major component of your project, due to new information being presented?
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Question 2 of 25
What do you like most about being an environmental scientist?
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The interviewer would like to know what you enjoy most about being an environmental scientist. This is likely the factor that will continue to motivate you on the toughest of days.

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"What I enjoy most about being an environmental scientist is that I am paid to do what I love! Being on top of environmentally related issues and finding solutions for them, is all very exciting to me. The ever-changing landscape of the environment is fast-paced and keeps me engaged on a daily basis."
Entry Level Example
"The one thing that I like most about being an environmental scientist is the fact that I love the research involved. I am a strong researcher and look forward to utilizing this skill with your organization."
Experienced Example
"I love so many aspects of my role as an environmental scientist. If I had to choose one, it would be the fact that I get to help a variety of important ecosystems. Our planet needs us, and it's important that we continue to help it."
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Question 3 of 25
What made you choose to become an environmental scientist?
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Th. It can be anything, ranging from your parents, some relative, your school teacher, or even your curiosity towards the current changes in the environment etc. Whatever is your reason, be honest about it and inform it to the interviewer in a nice positive manner.
Sometimes, money is also our motivation behind making a career choice but this is not something that you might want to use for this answer. So, use something that sounds unique and assures the interviewer about the fact that you are in this profession to make a change and not just for the money.

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"I want to become an environmental scientist because I have always been curious about the recent changes in the environment and I wanted to do my share of duty towards improving the situation as much as I can."
Entry Level Example
"I grew up with both parents as a scientist, and my mother specifically was an environmental scientist. She was so passionate about her work that it inspired me to follow in her footsteps. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and look forward to starting a long and fruitful career with your organization."
Experienced Example
"I have carved a very successful career for myself, within environmental science, over the past decade. After graduating high school, I spent one year traveling to a variety of undeveloped countries. This trip changed the way that I thought about the way we consume and pollute in our more developed countries. This was when I decided that I could make a difference by working in environmental science."
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Question 4 of 25
As an environmental scientist, you will face a significant amount of diversity among your coworkers. Are you accustomed to this?
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Working in a scientist role, you will have co-workers that come from many backgrounds, specialties, areas of focus, and years of experience. Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? How about cross-functional teams? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in university. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Entry Level Example
"In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. Together, we manage our research projects very well."
Experienced Example
"I would say that pretty much every company I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with people from all walks of life help shed different perspectives and identify potential problems faster."
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Question 5 of 25
Tell me about a career related goal that you set and did not reach. How did you recover from the disappointment?
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Tell the interviewer about a goal you set for yourself, but failed to meet. Show the interviewer that you are ambitious and, rather than giving up, you are going to try to achieve that goal again. Everyone has goals they have failed to reach so do not be embarrassed about that aspect. The interviewer is more interested in knowing that you are persistent and tenacious.

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"Last January, I set a goal to learn the C++ programming language by June; however, a few unexpected work-based projects came up which slowed my progress. Instead, I have been practicing and studying the language every Sunday evening. I hope to be comfortable with the programming language by August."
Entry Level Example
"Right out of university, I set the goal of being the department manager of a junior scientist division by my second year. That would have been six months ago, and I am, as you know, actively pursuing the role with your organization. Although I am slightly off track on my timeline, I do not feel defeated. I know I have the skill set needed to succeed in the role."
Experienced Example
"I wanted to become a principal scientist in my field by the time I was 34 years old. It took me longer than I expected but I realized I needed to go through the experiences I had to be the type of principal I am today."
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Question 6 of 25
When conducting scientific research, how often do you create alternative scenarios for potentially unexpected outcomes?
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Question 7 of 25
Do you prefer to work in the field, or in a lab setting?
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Question 8 of 25
How do you believe you will complement our department if you were hired?
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Question 9 of 25
What are your strengths as an environmental scientist?
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Question 10 of 25
As a scientist, team communication is key to your success. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
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Question 11 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 12 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 13 of 25
How do you encourage creative thinking with your fellow scientists?
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Question 14 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 15 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 16 of 25
What kind of events cause you stress on the job? How do you deal with stress?
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Question 17 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 18 of 25
Why are you the best environmental scientist for us?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you have experience with asbestos?
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Question 20 of 25
What type of environmental test equipment have you used in the past?
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Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 22 of 25
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 23 of 25
Which scientific literature resources are your favorite?
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Question 24 of 25
What are your salary expectations for this environmental scientist role?
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Question 25 of 25
What is the most challenging part of supervising environmental technicians and junior scientists?
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About Environmental Scientist

October 3rd, 2017

Environmental scientists are dedicated to protecting the environment and improving human health. These specialist scientists work with local and state governments, and scientific, technical and engineering services where they may advise policymakers, oversee the cleaning up of polluted areas or reduction of industrial waste. They use their extensive knowledge of the natural sciences to determine data collection methods and develop plans to fix, prevent or manage water or air pollution and other environmental issues.
A bachelor's degree in a natural science will help you gain entry into the field but will have limited opportunities. Higher education will open up more opportunities and higher income potential. Self-discipline is important for this role and so are good analytical, problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills.
Why are you interested in becoming an environmental scientist? That is likely to be the first question any prospective employer will ask you. Their main purpose in asking this question is to determine whether or not you are passionate about the environment and conservation. Other questions they will ask you will typically relate to your career goals and your job knowledge. To get a better idea of the types of questions that interviewers ask candidates at environmental scientist interviews, go to Mock Questions.

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