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Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions

25 Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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Are you able to be productive in any environment? Are there particular types of settings that you find distracting? Discuss your preferences with the interviewer. Be sure to research the kind of environment present in this position before the interview.

Answer Example
"I understand that your lab environment is very collaborative. I come from a similar environment and found that I could be very productive when there was the "
Entry Level Example
"I work well in environments where I am trusted to do my job without micro-managing, after I learn the ropes of the business, of course."
Experienced Example
"I work well in a high pressure, demanding environment that requires you to work smart and make your mark. I am competitive in nature and love to be personally challenged."
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Question 2 of 25
What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
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It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but do assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position. You can show the interviewer how driven you are when you answer this but be sure to remain realistic to typical industry growth.

Answer Example
"Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within the lab. My career interests align very nicely with your facility's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
Entry Level Example
"If I am given the opportunity to join your clinic, I do see this as a long-term fit for me. Further down in my career, I would like to advance into a leadership role while remaining laboratory based."
Experienced Example
"5 years from now, I would like to be supervising or managing a team of my own. I feel like I am progressing at a rate that will make this a possibility."
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Question 3 of 25
How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
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The interviewer would like to know if you receive positive feedback from your colleagues. All hiring authorities want to hire someone who has an excellent reputation in their industry. Give a specific example with your answer. What has a supervisor or colleague said about you? You can draw on a recent performance review if you have one. Also, this is a great time to offer up your references.

Answer Example
"I consistently receive positive feedback on my strong communication skills. So, I would say that based on previous comments - I am a positive co-worker who is easy to approach. I am a good team player and very focused."
Entry Level Example
"I just completed my Associate's Degree, and one compliment that stuck with me was when my Microbiology professor complimented me on my research skills. I am detail-oriented and conscious about submitting excellent work."
Experienced Example
"In my performance reviews, my supervisor frequently comments on my willingness to jump in and train new lab assistants. I am a team player and always dedicated to the organization's long-term vision. When you call my references, they will attest to this."
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Question 4 of 25
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?
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When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you just are not motivated to create growth in your career. If your job has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

Answer Example
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2005 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was directorship which I didn't have the educational credentials for. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career as a lab assistant."
Entry Level Example
"I am happy with my progress as a lab assistant. My education did take me a bit longer to complete than I expected; however, I was working full time in tandem with my studies."
Experienced Example
"I have progressed comfortably in my career. Although it may not seem as advanced as some, I am content with my progression as it has offered me a manageable pace and the chance to take additional coursework related to my role as a laboratory assistant."
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Question 5 of 25
Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
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The interviewer would like to know what transferable skills you bring. This is your time to talk about other positions you have held before your career as a laboratory assistant. You can talk about your interests, volunteer work, and other hidden talents. Just be sure to tie them into how they would benefit this particular laboratory.

Answer Example
"Before I began laboratory work, I worked in a retail environment. The skills that were instilled in me during those years are skills that I still bring with me to work every day. They include stellar organization, excellent listening skills and the ability to ask discovery-based questions to uncover the needs of others."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some transferable skills you may have gained along the way: - Experience leading a team - Evident communication skills and ability to help share the company vision - Research experience and expertise to analyze data - Ability to motivate others on the job, and keep yourself motivated even on the tough days - Strong time-management and organizational skills - Ability to effectively prioritize tasks when multiple deadlines are due"
Experienced Example
"Before I began my career as a laboratory assistant, I worked as a teachers' aide in my children's school. I learned a great deal about patience, the importance of order, and the ability to communicate expectations clearly."
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First written on: 09/20/2010
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Laboratory Assistant

September 10th, 2018

Laboratory assistants work in the medical field where they process specimens. These specimens are typically bodily fluids or other organic samples. Due to the potentially sensitive nature of the materials being handled, the lab assistant must closely adhere to well-defined policies and procedures. Accurate documentation is important. The work is typically done during normal business hours and performed in a laboratory. It's important for laboratory assistants to pay very close attention to detail and to follow directions precisely. Required qualifications vary by locale and typically require government-approved training and certification.

Vacancies for laboratory assistants may be found on universities' online career portals and sometimes even at job fairs focused on the medical industry. Labs may be associated with hospitals or universities. The interview will assess your ability to follow instructions, your clerical and data entry skills, and your knowledge of relevant standard procedures and best practices in your industry. Any lapses in procedure may have serious negative impacts. An analytical and procedure-oriented approach is most compatible with this job. You'll be expected to be familiar or at least comfortable with the computer systems and technology used in the course of your duties.

To prepare for the interview, think about the technical knowledge you obtained during your certification or education in this field. Laboratory assistants must meet strict deadlines while remaining accurate. You can give the interviewer confidence in your ability by talking about specific techniques that you've developed to help you maintain both quality and quantity of work. Explain it briefly and concisely in a step-by-step manner as if you were teaching it. By doing so, you're simultaneously showing that you're both a procedure-minded person and that you're diligent and organized. Make sure that you maintain up-to-date knowledge of equipment that's used in your field.