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30 Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.
Question 1 of 30
What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is interested in knowing about the reason that motivated you to choose this career. It can be anything, ranging from your parents, some relative, your school teacher, or even your curiosity towards the micro-organisms etc. Whatever is your reason, be honest about it and inform it to the interviewer in a nice positive manner.
Sometimes, money is also our motivation behind making a career choice but this is not something that you might want to use for this answer. So, use something that sounds unique and assures the interviewer about the fact that you are in this profession to make a change and not just for the money.
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1.
What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?
The interviewer is interested in knowing about the reason that motivated you to choose this career. It can be anything, ranging from your parents, some relative, your school teacher, or even your curiosity towards the micro-organisms etc. Whatever is your reason, be honest about it and inform it to the interviewer in a nice positive manner.
Sometimes, money is also our motivation behind making a career choice but this is not something that you might want to use for this answer. So, use something that sounds unique and assures the interviewer about the fact that you are in this profession to make a change and not just for the money.

Heather's Answer
"I want to become a microbiologist because I have always been curious about the effects of microorganisms on the environment and its inhabitants. I want to be a part of the solutions to our environmental problems."
2.
What are your career goals?
Answer this question with a career goal as something that will show that you are ready to rise to the top. Tell the interviewer about 2 or 3 honorable things you hope to accomplish in your career. Winning a prestigious award, being published or discovering a cure for a disease can be a few things you discuss.

Heather's Answer
"I'd like to continue my education in veterinary studies."
3.
Describe an instance where you had a test result that was not expected. What steps did you take after you received the result? What was the outcome?
As a Microbiologist, unexpected and uncommon outcomes are common in your line of work. Tell the interviewer about an experiment or test you performed as a part of your job in the laboratory or in the field. Tell the interviewer what steps you took to perform the test, annotation, and how you achieved the results.
4.
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Answer this question with a weakness that can be improved with experience and is not a vital skill needed in the job. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future.

Heather's Answer
"My weakness is public speaking. I've recently started teaching 2 nights a week at our local community college to improve my techniques and overcome my anxiety. I've been teaching for two months and it has helped me immensley."
5.
Give me example of a project or task you started on your own.
The interviewer wants to know if you are capable of initiating and completing projects on your own. This will be helpful in determining if you are a good fit for the organization's future plans which may require you to start working on some new projects. If you are a new graduate, describe a school project or a task that you started on your own and were able to complete successfully. If you worked on discovering findings on a project provide the details, what role you held and what the outcome was. Be sure to mention if you were praised for your efforts.
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