Top 25 Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions
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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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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.
 
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Initially now I would like to start as a Lab assistant and learn the work as much as I can. Then according to the hierarchy would like to rise in the same field and maybe in five years will lead a senior role as a Laboratory Technician.
 
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Lab should be in proper condition well equipped and no issues related hardware and software to reach at all level of upcoming things.
 
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I what gain all the knowledge and skills the lab has to often, and become apart of the Whittier family beyond 5 years.
 
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I would love to be involved in any further trainings and personal development. Being a qualified and experienced biomedical scientist.
 
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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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I am very passionate about Science and therefore my interest lies in working in a science laboratory.
 
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I am passionate about taking care of lab items.
 
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All the accessories should be in proper condition.
 
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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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The best is preparing solutions, I don't have a lease favorite task.
 
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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.
 
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Working with different equipment used during the lab, observing how each one is used to get answers for different experiments.
 
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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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As a hard worker, I am determined, and I am extremely loyal.
 
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They said I am very hard working person and always tried to help them in any situations and I am very clean person.
 
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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.
 
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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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My years of experience in a hospital laboratory setting has prepared me.
 
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With my skills and knowledge I know what it takes to have lab function properly.
 
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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.
 
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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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Mesmerised by the laboratory world.
 
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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.
 
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I will do the best which I studied both practically and theoretically.
 
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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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I have worked as a teacher along with working as a laboratory demonstrator. I believe I have the skills to explain students course related practical class work if and when required.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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With calmly and professional.
 
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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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I can quickly over look something and catch things someone else may have missed. I can think quick and react fast.
 
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During my time in school I have learned to follow the lab protocol exactly. This allows me to have the most accurate and precise results that I possibly can.
 
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I am very detail oriented. I dislike not having clear details in a situation because I feel that this leads to mistakes and miscommunication.
 
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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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I like to work with your company as long I can work that mean until my retirement.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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One that has a strong belief in teamwork, as well as one with a great vision in helping healthcare.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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Proficient in pipetting, aseptic techniques, work well in a team, I am certified to.
 
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I have almost 12 years experience in this feild.
 
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I have worked in labs during my undergrad studies, but I have never worked in a professional lab.
 
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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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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.
 
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I am very reliable person and my previous job and my current job I have zero percent seickenss record and I am very reliable.
 
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I am very reliable worker. I have never called in sick from a job and was available to work when others could not.
 
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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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Never been one but the idea of someone relying on me and my work encourages me to be prescise.
 
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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.
 
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To learning a new things and it's a challenging job.
 
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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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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.
 
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Bachelor in art and diploma in medical Laboratory assistant.
 
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Currently, I am an undergrad in Zoology. I have some experience with large animals (I was always a horseback summer camp kid)
 
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Are you comfortable working with dangerous chemicals?
 
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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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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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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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Give an example of adapting quickly to a new situation.
 
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As a Lab Assistant, would you want to open your own lab?
 
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What type of people do you like working with?
 
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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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