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Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) prepare, and in some cases process samples within a pathology laboratory. They also utilise pre-analytical systems in order for biomedical scientists (BMS) or Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers to process the biochemical tests requested on the sample. The majority of an MLA's time is spent in processing specimens. As such, the MLA has to have excellent knowledge of their particular sample acceptance policy, whilst obeying the data protection act, patient confidentiality, COSHH and the Caldicott rules.
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Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
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What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
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I am very interested in pharmaceutical work. The things being done in this lab are helping to improve peoples lives and that make me feel like i'm doing something to improve the world.
 
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To perform standard laboratory procedures including clerical, blood collection, washroom, central receiving, and limited technical functions. I am responsible for proper recognition of the patients; quickly and professionally obtain specimens for laboratory analysis; interview and verify physicians's request of OPD and OPS patients, inter patients information into the computer and produce and deliver reports.
 
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Describe your passion for the work we do at this laboratory.
 
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I am very interested in pharmaceutical work. The things being done in this lab are helping to improve peoples lives and that make me feel like i'm doing something to improve the world.
 
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To perform standard laboratory procedures including clerical, blood collection, washroom, central receiving, and limited technical functions. I am responsible for proper recognition of the patients; quickly and professionally obtain specimens for laboratory analysis; interview and verify physicians's request of OPD and OPS patients, inter patients information into the computer and produce and deliver reports.
 
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A laboratory assistant will do multiple tasks throughout the day.. Which of these do you enjoy the best? Least?
 
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I like to solve those tasks that require intensive research and investigation to establish facts. This leads me to explore new areas of research.
 
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Specimen processing, label and stores samples, and capture patient information on the system.
 
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How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
 
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My courage like to work with me and they describe me as a hard worker, honest, problem solving, as a team leader.
 
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Everyone sees me as punctual, fast learner, easy to get along with and helpful.
 
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What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
 
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I consider myself to be someone who not only has the skills to perform the job, but most importantly be a team player and be one who possesses integrity.
 
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I can use my knowledge that I have attained so far from working at healthscope and Dorevitch Pathology.
 
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What makes you the best person for this job?
 
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I feel I have learned what it means to genuinely care about others. I believe I have a great attitude, and handle many situations in which others have entered unhappy but left happy knowing someone genuinely did what they could to help them.
 
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Actually, I was looking for my field job from a long time and I m really happy to get this oppurnity I wish to work for patient and whatever I can help them so I think this a good way to help them.
 
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Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
 
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Handle with care and precise.
 
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Still I didnt work fr the post of lab assistant but I promise that I will do my work well as I selected fr this post and this will be the great opportunity for me to work in this school.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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I always remain calm and collected. I always try to find a solution to the problem, and if that one isnt available, I continue to find the next best solution.
 
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I try to keep a leveled head when dealing with a stressful situation. I try not to let the pressure push me into making a decision that I may regret. Slowing down and controlling the situation allows me to fully view the problem and trouble shoot with the best results.
 
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How detail oriented are you?
 
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In everything I have done, it has all been thoroughly thought out, organised in a timely manner and productively achieved .
 
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I pay extremem attention to detail. One wrong move can be a potential health risk or could mean inadequate results or patient information. I am always acting under preventative measures.
 
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How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
 
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As long as I fully satisfied myself that there are thing left for me to do.
 
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I believe irl is a great company to work for with many great opportunities for my ultimate position. I can see myself working here until retirement.
 
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What's your ideal company to work for?
 
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Company which devoted toward new development in research work in bio-nanotecnology.
 
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I seek to work for a company that delivers quality products and accurate results. I want to work for a company that prioritizes work ethic and proper treatment. I also want to work in a professional environment, minimizing the presence of lazy colleagues and corrupt systems.
 
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What laboratory experience do you have?
 
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Other than the experience I have received as a student in my microbiology class and chemistry classes, I do not have any laboratory experience related to a work environment.
 
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I may not have worked in the actual lab itself. But I've helped people who had a chest tube, heart surgery, as well as my boyfriend. I helped all of them change bandages, dressings, and applied ointment. I've taken in a stool sample, semen analysis and urine samples. So I have worked with a lot of different specimens that it wouldn't be a bother to me.
 
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How reliable of a worker are you?
 
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I am very honest, hard working.
 
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I always put my work first. I love to let others know they can count on me. I have been told I am very reliable, and a strong teamplayer.
 
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Tell me about your education/training.
 
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I had done B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons), M.Sc. (Biotechnology), M.Tech. (Nano Science & Technology). Work as JRF in South Asian University, SRF in IARI pusa, and currently JRF at GJU S&T, Hisar. I have experience of more than 2 year in lab work.
 
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High school was my best years. I attended some college but unfortunately had to leave early. But I've learned a lot in that short period. I grew a lot since then and I'm ready for a career. Training I've done was any where between the basics of hand washing to lifts and even how to move someone from a bed to chair or feeding someone as well as the proper ways to used walkers canes and other device aids to help someone. I've helped friends after surgery and cared for wounds. I've handed a lot of different bodily fluid that I could no problem handing in my everyday work environment.
 
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What do you like most about being a Lab Assistant?
 
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Observation and analysis of different work which were daily carried on.
 
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I would like to work with patient, diagnose various disease and derive a patient in to right direction.
 
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Are you comfortable working with dangerous chemicals?
 
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What type of people do you like working with?
 
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As a Lab Assistant, would you want to open your own lab?
 
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Give an example of adapting quickly to a new situation.
 
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If a nurse or doctor asked you to get the results of a lab specimen, but you are not sure how to run the test, what would you do?
 
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There will be instances where additional tasks will be asked by leadership. How do you feel about the tasks I mentioned today, and potentially receiving tasks related to the position that is not listed in this job description?
 
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As a Laboratory Assistant, there are a lot of safety protocols that need to be followed, how do you ensure that you are following all of the safety protocols needed in this position?
 
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The candidate will be required to order tests in the laboratory information system and needs to be 95% accurate. Give me an example of how you were detail oriented in your previous role as a Laboratory Assistant.
 
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Are you familiar with medical technology?
 
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