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Top 30 Microbiologist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?
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"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."
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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Question 2 of 30
What are your career goals?
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"I'd like to continue my education in veterinary studies."
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.
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Question 3 of 30
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?
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 5 of 30
Give me example of a project or task you started on your own.
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Question 6 of 30
How would you handle a difficult work relationship?
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Question 7 of 30
What are your key skills?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines?
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Question 9 of 30
What type of equipment have you used in a lab, and what’s your skill level in their use?
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Question 10 of 30
Tell me your procedure for cleaning, maintaining and preparing supplies within the lab.
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Question 11 of 30
Describe an example of your normal routine when in the lab.
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Question 12 of 30
Give me an example, and the outcome, of a time you went to another lab to ask for assistance.
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Question 13 of 30
What kind of work did you do at your last position and why did you leave?
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Question 14 of 30
What is your experience in creating grant proposals?
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Question 15 of 30
Have you ever had the desire to teach Microbiology?
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Question 16 of 30
Have you ever worked within the food industry?
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Question 17 of 30
Would you report the correct lab results for food samples even if it will cost the company a lot of money?
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Question 18 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 19 of 30
What do you like most about being a Microbiologist?
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Question 20 of 30
What kinds of communication situations cause you difficulty? Give an example.
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Question 21 of 30
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years.
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Question 22 of 30
Describe the types of teams you've been involved with. What were your roles?
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Question 23 of 30
How do you feel about supervising others and their work?
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Question 24 of 30
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 26 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 27 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 28 of 30
What is the most difficult part of being a Microbiologist for you?
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Question 29 of 30
What do you like least about being a Microbiologist?
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Question 30 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 30
What made you choose to become a Microbiologist?
Question 2 of 30
What are your career goals?
Question 3 of 30
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?
Question 4 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Speaking up for myself, I used to just say yes to doing everything for anyone and that would cause stress; now I know what I can handle and what I cant.
Question 5 of 30
Give me example of a project or task you started on your own.
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Verifying chemical labels and tags were properly listed on SOP
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Give an example of project task. You started on your own.?
Question 6 of 30
How would you handle a difficult work relationship?
Question 7 of 30
What are your key skills?
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My key skills are Proficient in MS Office, Aseptic technique, Quantification and Isolation of bacteria, RNA purification & extraction, Distillation.
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Give an example of projects tasks you started on your own.
Question 8 of 30
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines?
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I would choose the task that is of upmost importance to be completed first. After that is done, I would move on to the lesser of important tasks and complete them in order.
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Make a list if its a lot or I do the most important or most urgent task FIRST
Question 9 of 30
What type of equipment have you used in a lab, and what’s your skill level in their use?
Question 10 of 30
Tell me your procedure for cleaning, maintaining and preparing supplies within the lab.
Question 11 of 30
Describe an example of your normal routine when in the lab.
Question 12 of 30
Give me an example, and the outcome, of a time you went to another lab to ask for assistance.
Question 13 of 30
What kind of work did you do at your last position and why did you leave?
Question 14 of 30
What is your experience in creating grant proposals?
Question 15 of 30
Have you ever had the desire to teach Microbiology?
Question 16 of 30
Have you ever worked within the food industry?
Question 17 of 30
Would you report the correct lab results for food samples even if it will cost the company a lot of money?
Question 18 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
Question 19 of 30
What do you like most about being a Microbiologist?
Question 20 of 30
What kinds of communication situations cause you difficulty? Give an example.
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I would say the kind of communication situations that cause me difficulty is when I am talking with a person who does not speak English fluently. I encountered many Russian and Spanish speaking people for past jobs and it was definitely a challenge. However, I made use of my hands signals which helped improve the situation dramatically.
Question 21 of 30
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years.
Question 22 of 30
Describe the types of teams you've been involved with. What were your roles?
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I worked as a Lab Assistant in Specimen Receiving shipping packages opening and assessing speciemens.
Question 23 of 30
How do you feel about supervising others and their work?
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I am very comfortable supervising others and their work.
Question 24 of 30
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Yes I am, Especially when working in the lab, it is critical to measure out samples precisely due to lack of reagents, or if you accidently misread when the protocol calls for 100ml instead of 1000ml you could easily mess up an assay. In my last job, It was pretty critical to check for fin clips and lamprey marks which can be easily missed if your not paying attention. And if I was recording data and a co-worker who was assessing the fish missed it I had to point it out and have him confirm. This kept the data accurate for future analysis.
Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
Question 26 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Question 27 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
Question 28 of 30
What is the most difficult part of being a Microbiologist for you?
Question 29 of 30
What do you like least about being a Microbiologist?
Question 30 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?

About Microbiologist

August 20th, 2017

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.

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