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Top 25 Environmental Scientist Interview Questions

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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"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."
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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"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."
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"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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"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."
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 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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"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."
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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"In my current role, I work alongside cross-functional teams regularly. Together, we manage our research projects very well."
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"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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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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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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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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Rapid decisions making is data entry. Takes more time is big projects I will take time to review.
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If it's within your authority.
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Priority requests and non-essential requests.
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Short-term strategy, for example answer emails or respond to phone messages first. More time: long-term strategy, for example apply for a certain grant or tweak the budget.
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Now my situation very bad its take more time for me take decisions.
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Shortterm emails and phone messages. long term budgets grants long term stratagies.
Question 2 of 25
What do you like most about being an environmental scientist?
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Because I love the earth.
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I have never been an environmental scientist but I imagine I would like the challenges it brings and new things I get to learn along the way. In the environmental field there is always new things happening and a new thing to learn. That makes me excited.
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Being out in nature, and seeing it recover.
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An ever changing work environment, and seeing progress on a job.
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Opportunities for a broad range of experience.
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Its an interesting subject we can its all about very day we see in our life.
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Supervise on my student and change in environment of my institute like more reserach planting more tree in garden favourable ecosystem which attract every body.
Question 3 of 25
What made you choose to become an environmental scientist?
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I started being really interested in environmental science in high school when a teacher showed a movie. After that it was always something I was passionate it about but didn't really know it could actually be a career choice until the end of my sophomore year of college. I looked into a major of Environmental Science and Technology and decided to take a class to test it out. I fell in love and knew if I could be an environmental scientist it would be the perfect job. I just always pictured my dream job would be for the government, taking samples, analyzing them and making a difference in my community.
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I have always had a passion for protecting the environment ever since I was young child.
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I have always liked the hands on approach to living and the environment needs to be protected. Becoming an environmental scientist allows to have a hands on approach to working toward a healthier environment.
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I enjoy the scientific side of it, and there is such a variety of areas that it covers.
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I choose teaching at university and also research work for being environmental scientist.
Question 4 of 25
As an environmental scientist, you will face a significant amount of diversity among your coworkers. Are you accustomed to this?
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?
Question 6 of 25
When conducting scientific research, how often do you create alternative scenarios for potentially unexpected outcomes?
Question 7 of 25
Do you prefer to work in the field, or in a lab setting?
Question 8 of 25
How do you believe you will complement our department if you were hired?
Question 9 of 25
What are your strengths as an environmental scientist?
Question 10 of 25
As a scientist, team communication is key to your success. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
Question 11 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 12 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 13 of 25
How do you encourage creative thinking with your fellow scientists?
Question 14 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Question 15 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
Question 16 of 25
What kind of events cause you stress on the job? How do you deal with stress?
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The kinds of events that cause stress on the job are when my project or objectives aren't clear. If I am unsure about how to do something or it is unclear it can make the work stressful. But usually in these types of situations I ask a manager or someone close in the field.
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Events that stress me out on jobs are; lack of communication, poor planning, and laziness of co-workers.
Question 17 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Currently I'm part of a team where we have totally different roles but work together to get major projects completed in a timely manner. But I have worked in teams where I worked very closely with team mates and were highly dependent on them. In that environment I was actually the team leader, and kept everyone on track.
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During team activities my role was working as one team to finish the job.
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Some types of teams I've been on were; on-site installation crews, our metal shop, and sports teams. I was an installer, welder, leader, an extra helper. Being a team player and working with the others involved.
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I can handle the customers, convince the customers, with in the company terms.
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Mangement every body shouls responsible their own duties work implement.
Question 18 of 25
Why are you the best environmental scientist for us?
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Someone bright, someone who cares about the environment, and will take the company into the future.
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I would be looking for a positive attitude, basic skills for the job, great communication, and someone who takes pride in their work.
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How much passion a bout work for that guy or girl.
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Good knowledge of the subject and some skills.
Question 19 of 25
Do you have experience with asbestos?
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No I do not have any experiences with asbestos.
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I have no experience with asbestos.
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Its use minium amount in labworks but in hud=ge amount use in industires.
Question 20 of 25
What type of environmental test equipment have you used in the past?
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I have used transect tape.
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I have never setup any monitor equipment, but am looking for an opportunity to learn and get experience.
Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Question 22 of 25
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
Question 23 of 25
Which scientific literature resources are your favorite?
Question 24 of 25
What are your salary expectations for this environmental scientist role?
Question 25 of 25
What is the most challenging part of supervising environmental technicians and junior scientists?

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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