As a microbiologist, you study microscopic organisms including bacteria, algae, and fungi. You also study organisms that cause disease and environmental damage or are of industrial or agricultural interest. As a Microbiologist, environmental science and the fight against climate change and other environmental dangers that stem from pollution and waste or natural earthly processes are your areas of interest. You work on ecology, green energy and attempt to explain and monitor environmental health as well as phenomena or localized concerns. You may work in a hospital or clinical laboratory. Your day is spent analyzing samples collected on patients or the local population. If you are a Microbiologist that performs field work you'll collect samples outside of the laboratory to study local microbes, improve public health and track diseases as they move around a local region, or even around the world.
As a Microbiologist, you have your bachelors degree in microbiology, hands-on lab experience and may have continued your education in medicine, veterinary studies, or numerous other graduate and post-graduate positions in the science. You'll need to have strong technical skills to keep up-to-date and apply new knowledge to your job. Your attention to detail will assist you in accurately compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, and verifying information or data. You will also have strong administrative skills to enter, transcribe, record, store, and maintain information in written and electronic/magnetic form.
To prepare for your interview you'll want to make your responses stand out by inserting a sincere sense of how hiring you would be mutually beneficial. A few general questions from the interviewer may question your experience, education and desire to be a Microbiologist. As a Microbiologist, you may be used to working alone so the interviewer will more than likely ask how well you work within a team and what your individual work style is. Your response should indicate your ability to work closely with others when necessary, and that you understand the division of responsibilities between technicians, scientists, physicians and when you need to work on your own.