Microbiologist Interview Questions

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What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?

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  1. 1.

    What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?

  2. 2.

    What is your greatest strength?

  3. 3.

    What is the difference between a quantitative assay and a qualitative assay?

  4. 4.

    Are you a detail-oriented person?

  5. 5.

    What sort of working conditions do you thrive in?

  6. 6.

    How has NGS changed testing and what is your experience using the technique?

  7. 7.

    What is your experience with following procedure, preparing for, and involvement in a regulatory audit and/or inspections of any kind?

  8. 8.

    How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines?

  9. 9.

    What is the difference between accuracy and precision?

  10. 10.

    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

  11. 11.

    Do you have any questions for us?

  12. 12.

    What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years.

  13. 13.

    What is the purpose of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and give an example of when you've ran one in the past?

  14. 14.

    In the scenario where your laboratory finds contamination, what troubleshooting step would you take?

  15. 15.

    Give me example of a large project or task you completed, the steps you took, and the overall outcome.

  16. 16.

    What drew you to our organization?

  17. 17.

    How do you feel about supervising others and their work?

  18. 18.

    Tell me about a challenging interaction with reporting results to physicians, family members, or researchers.

  19. 19.

    When making a 1L 1X PBS solution from the stock 10X concentration, how would you do it; which formula would you use?

  20. 20.

    How would you handle testing 100 samples?

  21. 21.

    What is the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells? And, what is your experience with prokaryotic cells?

  22. 22.

    In the scenario where your quality control fails, what troubleshooting step would you take?

  23. 23.

    What is gram staining and why is it significant?

  24. 24.

    What steps do you take to limit contamination?

  25. 25.

    When your boss asks you to get 5 aliquots each of 5 different samples to delivery to another department, what is being asked and how would you perform the task?

  26. 26.

    A colleague asks you to ensure the glassware is sterilized for next week's experiments, what do you do?

  27. 27.

    Describe a time when you made a pipetting error and what you did to fix it?

  28. 28.

    When your boss asks you to design an assay to detect drug resistant bacteria, provide a list of 3 things you will do before testing and optimizing begin?

  29. 29.

    Tell me about your microscopy experience.

  30. 30.

    Describe your experience with writing a stand operating procedure (SOP).