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."
For example: "
"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."
"I have been a laboratory assistant for the past twelve years. Over those years, I have spent four working in a hospital, and eight in a private lab. I would love to experience working in a physician's office because, at this point in my career, I crave working for a close-knit team in a very hands-on environment where I can wear multiple hats when it comes to my tasks and responsibilities."
"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."
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."
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"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."
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."
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