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Wildlife Biologist Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How do you keep track of your work so that all duties are completed within given timelines?
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Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities.
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How do you keep track of your work so that all duties are completed within given timelines?
Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe excellent organizational skills are essential to successfully perform in a work environment and meet deadlines. For example, in my last position I used a strategic approach by anticipating, and keeping track of, all upcoming deadlines. I used lists to keep track of upcoming duties and a calendar to keep track of upcoming events. I also kept a record of all documentation pertaining to each of these duties, which I updated on a regular basis, to ensure the most up-to-date information was easily accessible, enabling me to be prepared should unanticipated events occur."
How do you relate to our company and our company culture?
Always review the job posting and company website/social media pages before an interview to familiarize yourself with the company.

Answer this question by mentioning something you read on the job posting or website re: company culture, and provide a reason as to why this is the right environment for you and how much of an asset you will be for them.

Rachelle's Answer
"I saw on the job posting that you pride yourself on your family-oriented work environment. This is my ideal company culture as I am a team player who loves collaborative environments and working toward common goals."
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past five years?
The interviewer wants to ensure you keep yourself updated of changes in the industry to remain current, highly knowledgeable and at the top of your field.

Rachelle's Answer
"To further my professional development and remain at the top of my field, I follow [X organizations] on social media, subscribe to [X newsletters/publications/magazines] and attend conferences and seminars, such as [X]. I also enrol in continuing education courses."
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
Always review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved. If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails leadership duties - current or future - which will most likely already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in leadership/team management and/or some sort of leadership/team management experience.

Tell the interviewer about your leadership or team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively). Should you have none, mention that you are more than willing to gain leadership skills and would love to take on a leadership role - and why you would be a great leader able to influence the outcome of any project.

Provide an example of a situation when you influenced the outcome of a project as a result of your leadership skills, preferably related to the position/industry you applied for. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills acquired in a previous position will easily be transferable.

Rachelle's Answer
"I lead a team of individuals when working as (X position title) for (X organization). In this role, I was responsible for (X number of professionals) and (X further related duties, relevant to the job posting). As a result of my leadership and team management skills, we were able to complete the projects ahead of the deadlines and my employer proved highly satisfied."
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
Answer this question by providing an example of your ability to overcome challenges and to remain able to perform your duties professionally and successfully. This can be a challenge/project in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"A difficult project I have had to overcome was when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company). I was responsible for (X duties) and one day I (X further information regarding this difficult project). I nevertheless remained calm, collected and professional and did not let the difficulty affect my performance."
Provide an example of a situation where you experienced difficulties with a team member.
Tell the interviewer about your conflict resolution skills and your ability to remain professional and respectful in all situations regardless of the conflicts.

Rachelle's Answer
"When working as a/an (X position title) for (X company), (... X example of a conflicting situation with a team member). To resolve the situation in a timely fashion, I (... what you did to revolve the situation). I remained respectful and professional and ensured that my team member had a chance to be heard (...). In the end, (X further information re: successful resolution)."
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not adequately listen to what someone had to say.
Answer this question by providing an example of a situation when you, e.g., misunderstood what a team member had told you. Mention what contributed to the miscommunication and how you found a successful resolution to this problem while ensuring to nevertheless complete the task at hand in a timely fashion.

Rachelle's Answer
"When working for (X company) as a/an (X position title), we had to complete a project (... what happened in this project which resulted in X mistake on your end). I soon realized this was due to miscommunication as I did not adequately understand my colleague's points she had communicated via email - and I should have instead requested an in-person meeting or a phone call as soon as possible as I had doubts about what needed to be done next. To resolve the situation, I (... what you did to resolve the situation and successfully complete the project in a timely fashion, and what was the final outcome)."
Tell me how you contribute to a positive team environment by improving the relationships between team members.
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the work involved. At the time of the interview, you should know whether this position entails mostly independent or team work. As such, should the position entails mostly team work, you should answer this question by emphasizing your love of team work and enjoying sharing/brainstorming ideas with team members.

Should you not answer adequately as per the duties involved, you may be automatically disqualified - for instance, if you answer you prefer independent work and dislike team work when applying for a position that mostly entails team related duties. Not only will this show you are unsuitable for this position as you did not do your due diligence beforehand (as you did not read the job posting before applying for the position nor before the interview), but the interviewer may also believe you are simply looking for any job without being serious about working for this company particularly.

Rachelle's Answer
"I absolutely love team work and I pride myself on my team playing skills. I sincerely enjoy working with others and sharing ideas so as to come up with creative solutions and work toward a common goal. To contribute to a positive team environment, I (... X a situation when you, for instance, sought team members ideas in a project or promoted more effective communication channels so that each team member feels his/her voice is heard), while employed for (X company) as (X position title)."
Describe a situation where people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
Answer this question by providing examples of your ability to remain calm, collected and professional at all times, notwithstanding frustrating situations you may encounter. Furthermore, provide an example of a situation reflecting your ability to handle criticism.

If such a situation never happened to you, or if you do not recall such a situation, tell the interviewer how you would hypothetically handle such a situation.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do not recall such a situation. However, should one occur, I would remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with the respective parties so as to obtain feedback in a timely fashion. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work. I am also more than willing to adjust my approach/work if necessary."
What motivates you as a Wildlife Biologist?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer
"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field. Also, for instance with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to learn about about a variety of animals and discover exciting new ones."
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