Interviews Questions by Career
Interviews Questions by Company
Interviews Questions by Topic
Get Started
Interview Coach 1:1
Gain the confidence you need by asking our professionals any interview scenario, question, or answer you are unsure about.
Let Us Review Your Answers
Our interviewing professionals will gladly review and revise any answer you send us. Allowing you to craft perfect responses for your next job interview.
Interview Questions by Topic
Interview Questions by Career
Interview Questions by Company

Laboratory Assistant Interview
Questions

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 18th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Job Interviews     Careers     Technician    
Question 1 of 25
As a laboratory assistant, are you most interested working in a hospital, physician's office, or a private lab?
View Answers
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if you have a preference for your workplace setting. The trick here is that if you are interviewing for a lab assistant role at a hospital, you don't want to say that you prefer a private lab setting. Discuss any environments for which you have worked and be prepared with a positive statement for all settings. It's best not to show an obvious distaste for any type of work."
1000s of Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Answer Examples
1.
As a laboratory assistant, are you most interested working in a hospital, physician's office, or a private lab?
The interviewer would like to know if you have a preference for your workplace setting. The trick here is that if you are interviewing for a lab assistant role at a hospital, you don't want to say that you prefer a private lab setting. Discuss any environments for which you have worked and be prepared with a positive statement for all settings. It's best not to show an obvious distaste for any type of work."

Rachelle's Answer #1
"

For example: "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am new to my career as a laboratory assistant, I have not yet developed a strong preference. I did complete my clinical practicum in a physician's office. The setting was more intimate which was great for me as I was just learning; however, I am confident enough in my knowledge to know that I can succeed in a larger, private lab environment."
Anonymous Answer
"I have no personal preference since I never had the opportunity to work in either lab. I am very adaptable and open-minded, so I wouldn't mind where I work."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response shows a willingness to start where you can. This is good; however, If you are interviewing specifically at a hospital, for example, try to lean your answer towards this environment so that you avoid coming off as a candidate willing to take the first job that comes their way.
"I am most interested in working in a hospital environment; however, I am open to numerous opportunities should they align well with my career goals."
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"As I am new to my career as a laboratory assistant, I have not yet developed a strong preference. My previous job was more of a private lab environment. The setting was engaging as I get to interact and work with different people at different laboratory station. However given the opportunity, I would love to experience working in a hospital or a physician's office."
Rachelle's Answer
I recommend replacing language such as "I am new" and "I have not yet" to positive statements. In an interview, always avoid statements that come from a place of lack. I have provided an example, below.
"My previous job was in a private lab environment. The setting was engaging as I could to interact and work with different people at different laboratory stations. Given the opportunity, I would love to experience working in a hospital or a physician's office. I am flexible and open to new opportunities."
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
2.
What questions do you have for me?
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the organization's website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their website!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I do have a couple of questions. First, what would you like to see me accomplish in my first 30 days as your new lab assistant? Second, is this a replacement or a new opening due to growth?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
Anonymous Answer
"What characteristics does an ideal candidate for this position have?"
Rachelle's Answer
Good question! It's important to always have a couple of questions in the pipe.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
3.
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 "
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"I am the most productive in an environment with which I am very familiar. Of course, I understand that I will have to learn about my environment if it is new. A familiar environment allows me to work efficiently without interruption of workflow. I am also productive in an environment that allows me to learn and further improve my skills."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response is unique and very well stated. Nice work.
Was this answer helpful? Yes (2) or No (0)
Anonymous Answer
"I work well in an environment that is fast-paced and collaborative, one that encourages commitment and communication."
Rachelle's Answer
Very good! You are specific and your answer shows that you are ready to work hard and collaborate.
Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)
4.
What do you like most about being a lab assistant?
The interviewer would like to know more about what aspects of this job you enjoy most. Answer from the heart and be sure to show your excitement for your career choice.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The part that I enjoy most about being a laboratory assistant is the variety of knowledge that I gain in a day. There are always new medical terms to learn, and I am consistently feeling challenged."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am new to my career as a laboratory assistant; however, I believe that the aspect I will most enjoy will be the variety of tasks and research in a day. I am an active learner and appreciate the opportunity you will give me to begin growing my career."
Anonymous Answer
"What I like the most about being a student lab assistant at my university's chemistry department is that the work that I do is fun. Even though this is not my final choice of career, I enjoy the work that I do, and I enjoy being able to learn. I hope that one day, the skills that I learn here will be useful in the lab in which I end up."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response is positive and shows a willingness to try a variety of career paths. I have reworked the grammar a touch to avoid run-on sentences.
"What I like the most about being a student lab assistant at my university's chemistry department is that the work that I do is fun. Even though this is not my final choice of career, I enjoy the work that I do, and I appreciate being able to learn continually. I believe the skills I have gained in this role will be useful, here."
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"I am new to this job position. Still, I believe that being a lab assistant can help me understand more what it is like to be in a lab setting, become more familiarized with the system, how labs are supposed to run and gain the hands-on experience of being part of the lab staff."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds as though you have a clear idea of what you will learn in this role. Nice job.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
5.
What's your ideal company to work for?
A good fit goes two ways! The interviewer would like to know if their environment is the fit for which you are looking. This is why researching on the clinic, before your interview, is such an essential first step. Do you know their workplace culture? What is it about this clinic that makes you want to work for them?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My ideal company will have a very inclusive and positive work environment. They will encourage continued training and embrace a team environment. How would you describe your culture?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My ideal company is an organization where research, curiosity, growth, and learning is not only accepted but encouraged. Are you able to give me examples of how your organization embodies these qualities?"
Anonymous Answer
"I want to work for a company that allows and encourages me to learn and improve my skills. I am very eager to learn, and I cannot work for a company that does not allow me to grow as an individual."
Rachelle's Answer
Try to stick with a positive note here, by omitting the final statement.
"My ideal company to work for is one that encourages me to learn, and improve my skills. I am eager to build on my lab knowledge and look forward to doing so with the support of your clinic."
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"A clinical lab setting dealing with patient specimens such as blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. I enjoy dealing with the technology used to diagnose patient samples and to aid the physician in finding the perfect care for their patients."
Rachelle's Answer
You do a wonderful job describing your ideal setting! Be sure to complete your response by tying in the ways that this company meets your desires.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
6.
Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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"
Anonymous Answer
"I have developed the skills to manage my time efficiently which allowed me to prioritize tasks between work, family, and school properly. Being in a sorority and obtaining a leadership position in philanthropy has helped me gain the skills to work well with others while leading a small group of women to achieve a similar goal. I am good at separating work from my personal problems, so I try my best to maintain a positive attitude."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response couldn't be more perfect. Nice!
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"I use to work at McDonald's as a Crew Member where I would work in different areas in the kitchen such as cafe cashier, drive-thru window, restock supplies, and a runner. I learned how to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a steady workflow. I currently volunteer in the lab at a Good Samaritan Hospital, where I send out specimens to their respective departments, double-check for correct labeling, and centrifuge specimens."
Rachelle's Answer
McDonald's is known for a fast pace and great customer service training, so this is a solid example of outside skills development. It's great that you brought in your volunteer experience, as well. Studies show that 85% of hiring authorities prefer to hire those with volunteer experience :)
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
7.
In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?
Employers want to know that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems in the lab. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the face value of the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions as a laboratory assistant.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creativity. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe I am a great problem solver because I am sure to gather as many facts as possible, through my detailed research. I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles."
8.
Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
When you answer this question, be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."

If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My previous boss and I got along well. We had very different interests, so we did not spend a lot of time chatting, but our work interests were aligned, and we respected each other."
Anonymous Answer
"I had a great professional relationship with my previous boss. I had a great deal of respect for him and he respected me as well. Outside of work we did not talk much but pertaining to the work we did in the lab, we were able to learn from each other. I learned great leadership skills and professionalism."
Rachelle's Answer
Watch the overuse of the word 'great.' I am going to organize this a bit for you, just for the sake of clarity.
"I had an excellent working relationship with my most recent boss, built on mutual respect. We were able to learn from each other while he taught me solid leadership skills and more about professional expectations in the lab."
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
9.
What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"In five years, I see myself working as a generally licensed clinical laboratory scientist and hopefully a shift supervisor. The possibilities are endless and I am willing to take any opportunity as long as I remain in the laboratory."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds like you have done your research on career growth, which is what the interviewer will want to see. Very good!
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"My career goal in the lab is always to improve my lab ethics and better myself as lab personnel. I can see myself advancing my career from being a lab assistant to a clinical laboratory scientist within the next five years and always continue to grow in the clinical lab setting."
Rachelle's Answer
Your five-year goal is a great one! This is a good answer because it shows the interviewer that you have a plan. If you can, dive a bit further into the action steps you are going to take to achieve these goals.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
10.
How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that the best way to earn the trust of my co-workers is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I will win my new coworkers over by going above and beyond the expectations given to me. I want to be a helpful team member that they can always come to."
11.
Why do you believe you will have success in this position?
Why are you the right fit for this particular position? This is an excellent time to highlight the skills you possess and show the interviewer that you are the best choice for the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that I will be successful in this position because I am passionate about what your organization stands for. I can see your vision and have already drafted some great ideas on how I can help you to get there. My organizational skills will be a major asset to you, and I also bring with me a strong track record of safety and compliance."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I bring a fresh perspective along with my recent education. You will not find a candidate more eager than I am to succeed as a laboratory assistant."
12.
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that needs to be done, then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and team to pitch in and contribute."
Anonymous Answer
"Making lists of my tasks in designated time slots helps me manage my time. This allows me to look at everything I need to do, and what tasks I need to prioritize first. If I finish a task before my designated time, it allows me to insert smaller tasks to increase productivity."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer shows excellent use of your time. Very nice response!
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
13.
How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"A previous supervisor can describe me as someone who doesn't complain when asked to complete a task. Someone who is willing to handle uncomfortable situations and always gets the job done thoroughly. Someone who works diligently and keeps the workflow at a steady pace."
Rachelle's Answer
Excellent answer! These are all qualities that any hiring authority should be pleased to have.
Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)
Anonymous Answer
"When working at my university's chemistry laboratory as a student assistant, my laboratory manager constantly told me that I was his best student assistant because I knew how to ask the right questions at the right times in order to succeed at any given task."
Rachelle's Answer
This example is excellent! What a great compliment to receive :)
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
14.
As a lab assistant, many safety protocols need to be followed. How do you ensure compliance?
Compliance is critical in a lab environment. Assure the interviewer that you are aware of the consequences if you do not follow safety protocols. Discuss any safety or policy-related training you may have.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have received strong training in safety and compliance and learned a great deal from my clinical experience practicum. I am not too proud to ask for help when I am unsure of a policy or answer."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current role, I am tasked with training new lab assistants on our particular safety and compliance protocols. I am very confident in my abilities to comply and have never encountered a safety issue as a result of my error."
Anonymous Answer
"I ensure my compliance with safety protocols by receiving proper training. I am also not afraid of asking for clarification when I am unsure. When I am unsure but know where to find the information on safety protocols, I am willing to take my time outside of clocked-in hours to understand them."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response shows initiative, and a willingness to continually learn. Very well done.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
Anonymous Answer
"As a laboratory assistant at my previous job, I have received training in safety and compliance from our head of the safety department. I would attend our daily safety meeting to ensure that I am aware of any changes in our safety protocols or policy. I would also read and review the policies and procedures before performing any tests and ask questions on policies I am unsure of."
Rachelle's Answer
Wonderful response! You showcase the fact that you are studious and thorough. Well done.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
15.
How do you handle stressful situations?
The interviewer would like some insight into how well you manage stress. Be sure to keep this answer positive and stay focused on the question. It is easy to get derailed and start talking about people or situations that irritate you. That would be the wrong thing to do. Talk about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been told by my previous and current supervisor that I manage stress very well. Being a laboratory assistant is a demanding position, and I knew that before I committed to this career path. I stay calm by being an open communicator and keeping the end goal in mind."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I learned how to deal with stress while attending university. You become great with stress management when juggling work and school assignments! Stress is part of any demanding job, and I will embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
Anonymous Answer
"I usually take big deep breaths and try to regroup myself mentally. I try to remain calm and begin to think of ways to solve stressful situations. I also try to put aside my personal feelings, so I'm not too distracted."
Rachelle's Answer
Your approach to stress management sounds very mature. Nice work!
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
More Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
Biochemistry Technician
Biological Technician
Chemical Technician
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician
25 Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Interview Questions
  1. As a laboratory assistant, are you most interested working in a hospital, physician's office, or a private lab?
  2. What questions do you have for me?
  3. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  4. What do you like most about being a lab assistant?
  5. What's your ideal company to work for?
  6. Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
  7. In your opinion, what makes you a great problem solver?
  8. Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
  9. What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
  10. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
  11. Why do you believe you will have success in this position?
  12. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
  13. How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
  14. As a lab assistant, many safety protocols need to be followed. How do you ensure compliance?
  15. How do you handle stressful situations?
  16. By this time in your career, you should have advanced further. What has slowed down your career progression?
  17. Tell me about your education/training.
  18. Are you comfortable working with chemicals and hazardous substances?
  19. When would you be available to start?
  20. Are you actively interviewing with other companies? Are you close to offer stage with anyone?
  21. What are your salary expectations?
  22. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  23. Why are you looking for a new position?
  24. What would you do if a nurse or doctor asked you to get the results of a lab specimen, but you were not sure how to run the test?
  25. Do you hold certification from the American Medical Technologists organization?
Disclaimer
Our interview questions and answers are created by experienced recruiters and interviewers. These questions and answers do not represent any organization, school, or company on our site. Interview questions and answer examples and any other content may be used else where on the site. We do not claim our questions will be asked in any interview you may have. Our goal is to create interview questions and answers that will best prepare you for your interview, and that means we do not want you to memorize our answers. You must create your own answers, and be prepared for any interview question in any interview.
Learn more about what we believe >
Read our Terms of Use for more information >