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Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions to Ask
1. Were you aware of lab safety procedures?
2. I would like to know what a normal day is like?
List of Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
  1. Tell me how you organize and maintain detailed, and accurate records in your previous work, or throughout your studies.
  2. A laboratory assistant will do multiple tasks throughout the day.. Which of these do you enjoy the best? Least?
  3. What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
  4. Describe your passion for the work we do at this laboratory.
  5. How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
  6. What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
  7. What makes you the best person for this job?
  8. Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
  9. Give an example of adapting quickly to a new situation.
  10. How do you handle stressful situations?
  11. How detail oriented are you?
  12. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  13. 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?
  14. What's your ideal company to work for?
  15. What laboratory experience do you have?
  16. How reliable of a worker are you?
  17. What do you like most about being a Lab Assistant?
  18. Tell me about your education/training.
  19. Are you comfortable working with dangerous chemicals?
  20. Who is your mentor?
  21. What are your salary expectations?
  22. Do you have any questions for us?
  23. Are you familiar with medical technology?
  24. Are you most comfortable using automated analyzers or laboratory automation?
  25. What type of people do you like working with?
  26. As a Lab Assistant, would you want to open your own lab?
  27. 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?
  28. 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?
  29. 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.
  30. How do you deal with work stress?
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Laboratory Assistant Information
August 18th, 2017

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.