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Top 30 Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Tell me how you organize and maintain detailed, and accurate records in your previous work, or throughout your studies.
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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?
Authors:
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.
Laboratory Assistant User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
Tell me how you organize and maintain detailed, and accurate records in your previous work, or throughout your studies.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would usually use my phones calendar to keep track of important things and if it was really important I would write it down as well.
2.
I organize my activities based on their priorities. I solve tasks in arranged and sequenced manner, which helps me to establish ground-breaking results.
3.
Before I start my work I always check or studying the task that is given to me, in that case I easily do my work organized, very good, synchronized, clean and very well.
4.
Always complete the task before me, and not have ten things going at one time.
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These can be achieved by good laboratory practice working under supervision of seniors, and quality control.
Question 2 of 30
A laboratory assistant will do multiple tasks throughout the day.. Which of these do you enjoy the best? Least?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I like to solve those tasks that require intensive research and investigation to establish facts. This leads me to explore new areas of research.
2.
The best is preparing solutions, I don't have a lease favorite task.
3.
I enjoys :- dealing with the patients Performing various test in laboratory Preparation of test like staining, culturing Doing microscopy I don't like to perform phelobotomy in child's because it is very hard when he cries and jerk his hand while inserting needle.
4.
Working with different equipment used during the lab, observing how each one is used to get answers for different experiments.
5.
I have enjoying for Clamyida work for into data input on system.
Question 3 of 30
What are your career goals in the lab? Where do you see yourself in five years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In five years, hopefully I'll be working in the energy business. I haven't really planned that far ahead, I'm just taking it one semester at a time.
2.
Lab should be in proper condition well equipped and no issues related hardware and software to reach at all level of upcoming things.
3.
I want to be a good laboratory technologist and want to perform in reputed company for which I am pursuing my further education. I want to see me at the post of Sr. Lab technician in five years.
4.
I have to see myself in five years as chemist.
5.
My career goals in the lab is gaining experience in echo view software. Echo view is software used by different experts in different fields, including the field i'm pursuing environmental engineering. Environmental engineers and managers use this to monitor, understand and manage marine and freshwater environments. In five years, I see myself working in environmental field and hopefully using the experiences I gain in the lab.
Question 4 of 30
Describe your passion for the work we do at this laboratory.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
I am very passionate about Science and therefore my interest lies in working in a science laboratory.
4.
All the accessories should be in proper condition.
5.
I consider the lab as the front line for patients diagnosis. With out lab testing, no one knows what's wrong with the patients, and being able to provide the information that may save the patients life, brings passion and dedication to the work that's done within the lab.
Question 5 of 30
How would a former co-worker or previous supervisor, describe you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Everyone sees me as punctual, fast learner, easy to get along with and helpful.
2.
As a hard worker, I am determined, and I am extremely loyal.
3.
They said I am very hard working person and always tried to help them in any situations and I am very clean person.
4.
My supervisor would describe me a conscientious, diligent and hard worker who is thorough in my work and really enjoys working in the field of Science.
5.
They define me as a hard working, passionate, enthusiastic, highly energetic, fully confident, and dedicated professional.
Question 6 of 30
What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
I can use my knowledge that I have attained so far from working at healthscope and Dorevitch Pathology.
3.
With my skills and knowledge I know what it takes to have lab function properly.
4.
I am very detail-oriented, focused, and I work well in teams. This allows me to be careful when running lab tests and preparing specimens. Although I have never held a lab assistant position, I am a fast learner, which I am certain that I will not only learn fast, but in an efficient manner.
5.
I will show up everyday and will not make excuses for my shortcomings. Also I will always strive to improve myself and continue to learn even more things that can help the company.
Question 7 of 30
What makes you the best person for this job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Mesmerised by the laboratory world.
4.
I'm a very dedicated person. I arrive on the job early and ready to go. I learn things very quickly and can juggles multiple tasks at a time. I get a long with everyone and just over all love helping everyone in every way possible that I can.
5.
I will do the best which I studied both practically and theoretically.
Question 8 of 30
Describe your experience working beyond the laboratory. What unique skills have you developed?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Handle with care and precise.
2.
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.
3.
Outside of school and labs, I'm a pretty good musician, namely piano and voice. I like to sew, run, cycle, hike, ski - pretty much anything outdoors. I really enjoy talking to new people, finding new projects and challenges, and generally improving myself. That's actually my personal mantra - to never stop growing.
4.
I am very good at cooperating with other people and figuring out what they need. I am also very good at finding things to work on because I dislike unoccupied time.
5.
Upcoming Software to be installed as per requirment.
Question 9 of 30
Give an example of adapting quickly to a new situation.
Question 10 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
In a stressful situation I stop do a quick breather to calm myself and put myself in a calming state to what I have to done and then think about it after it's all over.
3.
I take a deep breath, make a plan to complete my task. No matter how big a task is it always gets finished the same way, one step at a time.
4.
With calmly and professional.
5.
I will take it easy and carry on my work in any stressful situation and will ask for help to my senior staff or my line manager if necessary.
Question 11 of 30
How detail oriented are you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I completd b sc in pem group.
2.
Very, I make sure, I document everthing.
3.
I pay very close attention to details, especially in this line of work, remembering this could be a matter of a missed diagnosis or not.
4.
I put things in order from the most important/ urgent to least important/not urgent. It always help me to deal with any unexpected situation with lots of work load.
5.
I'm detail oriented when needed to be. I understand some things take greater time and detail and feel it's important to distinguish between the two.
Question 12 of 30
How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
As long as I fully satisfied myself that there are thing left for me to do.
2.
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.
3.
I like to work with your company as long I can work that mean until my retirement.
4.
I would work until I retire. I wouldn't expect to leave any earlier. I want a career and that is what I am working towards.
5.
I will work long as much I learn and it's my a kind of my dream job so I will work very long and will learn new things.
Question 13 of 30
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?
Question 14 of 30
What's your ideal company to work for?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Company which devoted toward new development in research work in bio-nanotecnology.
2.
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.
3.
One that has a strong belief in teamwork, as well as one with a great vision in helping healthcare.
4.
I'd love to work in any area of the medical field. Whether it's in a hospital with people in a senior home with the elderly or even animals. I'm pretty open to anywhere. I just love helping people.
5.
I want to work for a company that helps people. A full-time job asks 40 hours of my life per week, I want that time to be used for the benefit of the world.
Question 15 of 30
What laboratory experience do you have?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Proficient in pipetting, aseptic techniques, work well in a team, I am certified to.
4.
I have almost 12 years experience in this feild.
5.
I have worked in labs during my undergrad studies, but I have never worked in a professional lab.
Question 16 of 30
How reliable of a worker are you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am very honest, hard working.
2.
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.
3.
I'm very reliable. I'm always at work early and there to help before a shift. I'd even say over prepared but there is no such thing as being to prepared. You can always rely on me to be at work ready and be there for my shift before if starts. Even in past jobs I have been at I was able to get a sitter and be there in a snow storms. Cabs are pretty much always available if I'm not able to drive or get a drive.
4.
I am very reliable person and my previous job and my current job I have zero percent seickenss record and I am very reliable.
5.
I am very reliable worker. I have never called in sick from a job and was available to work when others could not.
Question 17 of 30
What do you like most about being a Lab Assistant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Observation and analysis of different work which were daily carried on.
2.
I would like to work with patient, diagnose various disease and derive a patient in to right direction.
3.
Never been one but the idea of someone relying on me and my work encourages me to be prescise.
4.
It allows to have continued experience in what goes on in todays medical field. Things are always changing and being up to date is very important. You have to be flexible and willing to learn new things. Though some things may seem routine, there is always innovative research being done.
5.
To learning a new things and it's a challenging job.
Question 18 of 30
Tell me about your education/training.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
I have my undergrad in Chemistry, Emphasis: Biochemistry. During my time in school I had opportunities to work in a laboratory environment. I have learned how to use Microsoft Excel. I also have learned many teamwork skills during my work experience at a group home for disabled individuals.
4.
Bachelor in art and diploma in medical Laboratory assistant.
5.
Currently, I am an undergrad in Zoology. I have some experience with large animals (I was always a horseback summer camp kid)
Question 19 of 30
Are you comfortable working with dangerous chemicals?
Question 20 of 30
Who is your mentor?
Question 21 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 22 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
Question 23 of 30
Are you familiar with medical technology?
Question 24 of 30
Are you most comfortable using automated analyzers or laboratory automation?
Question 25 of 30
What type of people do you like working with?
Question 26 of 30
As a Lab Assistant, would you want to open your own lab?
Question 27 of 30
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?
Question 28 of 30
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?
Question 29 of 30
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.
Question 30 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
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