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Top 25 Wildlife Biologist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
How do you keep track of your work so that all duties are completed within given timelines?
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"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."
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Question 2 of 25
How do you relate to our company and our company culture?
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"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."
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.
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Question 3 of 25
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past five years?
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Question 4 of 25
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
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Question 5 of 25
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
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Question 6 of 25
Provide an example of a situation where you experienced difficulties with a team member.
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Question 7 of 25
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not adequately listen to what someone had to say.
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Question 8 of 25
Tell me how you contribute to a positive team environment by improving the relationships between team members.
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Question 9 of 25
Describe a situation where people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
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Question 10 of 25
What motivates you as a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 11 of 25
What made you choose a career as a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 12 of 25
Tell me about one of the achievements you are the most proud of.
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about your education, and how it has prepared you for a career as a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 14 of 25
What is your favorite animal?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you prioritize your work?
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Question 16 of 25
What are your career goals?
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Question 17 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years, or where would you like to be?
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Question 18 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Question 19 of 25
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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Question 20 of 25
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 21 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 22 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 23 of 25
What do you like the least about being a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 24 of 25
What do you like most about being a Wildlife Biologist?
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Question 25 of 25
Tell me about your communication skills.
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 25
How do you keep track of your work so that all duties are completed within given timelines?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Use a daily planner and prioritize my work load and put forth time and effort to meet deadlines.
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Make a timeline of when things need to be completed with check points throughout a work project to stay on schedule.
3.
Typically I make an organized list of what needs to be completed. I make an outline of the job and make a timeline of each part of the job that needs to be done. I check off the tasks as I get them done. I make a deadline for each task so that I have the project as a whole done ahead of schedule.
4.
Time bound schedule precise planning results and its impact.
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I prioritize the task that need to get done so I can get the time sensitive work done first.
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A planner is my best friend! I still write everything down by hand to keep track of what needs to be done and where I need to be. I always write things down in order of priority, and usually give myself a time frame to get it done in.
7.
I make lists and prioritize tasks to be done. I also use a planner for long term goals.
Question 2 of 25
How do you relate to our company and our company culture?
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1.
Prioritizing my day is apart of my daily routine, whether it is scheduled using technology or my pen and notepad.
2.
I am extremely happy with my career and everything I do in that field. It is rewarding to know that everyday I work as a wildlife biologist, I learn something new and expand my knowledge even farther while loving every second of it.
3.
Yes. It is my field of interest to explore and experiment.
4.
Yes, I am extremely happy with my career as a wildlife biologist. I couldn't think of another career that I would enjoy as much.
5.
Absolutely. I love that this career gives you the opportunity to travel, learn, and grow with each new person you meet or research you read about. There are so many ways to do things, and research in wildlife biology proves that. I love being a part of those small pieces that make up such a diverse field of study.
6.
Yeah I Get to work for my passion and learn a lot through everything such as interactions, behavioural aspects, etc.
7.
Yes, this career allows me to be apart of something bigger than myself. I can aide in the protection of wildlife and their habitats. I am extremely passionate about our resources and how we manage them today and tomorrow.
Question 3 of 25
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past five years?
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1.
Completed my undergraduate degree as well as two internship programs with the pittsburgh zoo and PPG Aquarium.
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Publications, collaboration, workshops.
3.
I have furthered my professional development by working with my mother's friend and her friend who owns a boat and goes out into the gulf to study the orca migration and shark population there. I stayed on his boat for two weeks as we set sail into the ocean. I did this to expand into the marine biology department as well.
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Emphasis on innovative techniques of teaching easy methods of explanation emphasis on practical approach.
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I have worked a variety of seasonal jobs and internships over the last five years giving me a wide variety of experiences and learning many new skills.
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Over the past five years I have joined a student research team, took an internship with Gohorseshow. Com, attended the Deer Steward 1 course with the QDMA, and started volunteer work with various organizations. My student research team has taken me to 2 conferences and 1 school gathering where we presented our research to other students and professionals. The internship with Gohorseshow focuses on horse related topics in the show arena and some hot topics, but I have worked with an editor, pitched my own ideas, and interviewed a number of professionals for my articles. This experience has been the biggest stepping stone in my professional communication, especially when you experience pushback from the community. You learn how to deal with the positive and negative comments, and address certain situations. The DS1 course was my first look into a professional organization and I couldn't have been happier with it. I went in not knowing any behind the scenes efforts that go into making events, and a public movement happen and what I saw was a group of people that were motivated by their passion for a species, and for the first time an organization that worked to teach the public how their efforts can make a difference. This philosophy fits with the way I think about conservation. As a volunteer I have worked with invasive species and stream monitoring. Each very different, but both benefit the company and the community. I have also made it a personal mission of mine to recruit volunteers for next season because I had such a great experience with both parties. All have been a fantastic way of meeting professionals and learning from them.
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I continued my education to receive my Master's. While there I frequently volunteered to help fellow graduate students with their field work, lab work, and participate in data analysis discussions. I spoke at a variety of public venues at conferences and for classes. I helped and organized community outreach events promoting wildlife education. I interned with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Question 4 of 25
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
User-Submitted Answers
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The eagle call I mentioned in the last answer is a prime example of that teamwork can overcome any difficulty.
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My work in PAGE for identification of reproductive amino acid needed Gelatin chewing expt which was tedious to understand and to do.
3.
My Field Biology class was split into different research projects. Each one made us work in different groups. For a particular one we had to do an animal behavior study and construct an ethogram and a research grant proposal. I always feel it necessary to have the final draft of the papers revised by everyone, and then one person. That one person is in charge of piecing together each section of the paper and making sure each transitioned seamlessly. It was difficult to work with 5 people, all doing different sections. But we decided on due dates and one person was responsible for the collection of the sections, and checking in with everyone to hold them accountable. Everyone worked well together, but the overall effort of the project made it difficult.
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Thesis work.... Over the top perseverance and never giving up. There is always a way. It might not be the way you originally thought, or even the second or third way, but if you keep at it things will come together and you will learn so much about yourself, the people you work with, and the project itself.
Question 5 of 25
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
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The Blanding's turtle research project that I am currently on was supposed to end this past winter because the graduate student was finished. After reviewing the past year's data, we decided that there was new/exciting information surfacing and we wanted the project to continue. This wasn't an option without someone that was willing to be in charge and make schedules, work with the SNWF biologists/managers, coordinate research funding, and make conference plans. As an undergrad, I decided that I had enough time to take on this role, which also included doing some unpaid work while the project was on hold with the university. To make it happen, I am also in the process of recruiting new members to join our team to make it more feasible for everyone. We are hopeful for the future, but there wouldn't have been one without a leader.
Question 6 of 25
Provide an example of a situation where you experienced difficulties with a team member.
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I had difficulties when my brother, who worked with mother's friend longer and is a full-time employe there, and I went on a call for an eagle with a broken wing in the harbor. We had caught it in an old net and did not know which to do first: cover the head, or grab it's feet and keep them down. Of course we argued but we met the man who had called us and he grabbed the feet as we covered it's head.
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I was experimenting as an assistant to main researcher. Main experimental work was done by me like setting experiment, observation and results. My main principal investigator did not find time in interpreting results and how to rectify the faults.
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I and another team member worked long hours and then lived in a small trailer working with no days off for several months and had some tension.
4.
Being on a student research team means working in close proximity with a number of people, many times a week. Sometimes that means tension. We had a situation once where a team member didn't want to do their section of a poster because they didn't know how to make a graph. Instead of asking us, they decided that they weren't going to participate but expected their name to be published. Instead of letting that situation unfold, I decided that the student needed to be talked to privately.
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A professor who was supposed to be my mentor.... Both interns last summer were extremely headstrong and we had to find common ground in order to work together. I quickly realized this and identified what his strengths were and would allow him to lead projects where he could use those strengths and then take charge on activities were I was stronger. We both came to an understanding about this and became to really be a great team.
Question 7 of 25
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not adequately listen to what someone had to say.
Question 8 of 25
Tell me how you contribute to a positive team environment by improving the relationships between team members.
Question 9 of 25
Describe a situation where people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
Question 10 of 25
What motivates you as a Wildlife Biologist?
Question 11 of 25
What made you choose a career as a Wildlife Biologist?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I would like to learn as much as I can about our ecosystem and use my knowledge to educate the public.
2.
Well every month we visited my mother's friend who is a Wildlife Biologist and Rehabilitator. She always let me help her with little harmless animals they brought into her.
3.
As I mentioned in my resume, I actually switched my major to wildlife biology after a few years as a predental major. I knew I wasn't doing what I cared about. I was still spending my time reading journals, following research projects, and spending all my time in the outdoors while studying something else in school. I was lucky enough to have people that knew me well enough that said..."THIS needs to be your life. Outside. Wildlife. Lakes. Just do it." They were right, and I'm thankful for the change everyday. I am a conservationist at heart and that's where my time is best served.
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To protect our natural resources all while finding that balance with humans. Be apart of something greater than myself.
Question 12 of 25
Tell me about one of the achievements you are the most proud of.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about your education, and how it has prepared you for a career as a Wildlife Biologist?
Question 14 of 25
What is your favorite animal?
Question 15 of 25
How do you prioritize your work?
Question 16 of 25
What are your career goals?
Question 17 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years, or where would you like to be?
Question 18 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Question 19 of 25
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
Question 20 of 25
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Wildlife Biologist?
Question 21 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Question 22 of 25
What do you know about our organization?
Question 23 of 25
What do you like the least about being a Wildlife Biologist?
Question 24 of 25
What do you like most about being a Wildlife Biologist?
Question 25 of 25
Tell me about your communication skills.

About Wildlife Biologist

January 9th, 2015

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

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