Are you going to interview with a science position? You should know the key of preparation for a science job interview is to know what questions will be asked. You will also need to know the company that you are interviewing. Conduct a research on the company’s reputation and read some scientific reports published from the company. If you are applying for a medical laboratory, you are recommended to study different medicines that this lab developed so that you can answer or ask pertinent questions during the interview.
1. Researcher’s main focus.
Your interviewer for a science position wants to know if you understand the steps to make sure a project runs smoothly and ends successfully. You could answer the interviewer by saying that you will utilize all means of communication, such as emails, phones, seminars or face-to-face meeting to provide information on key areas of the subject, which is under research. The interviewer is also interested about whether you are capable of setting priorities in regard to every area of research. They would like to know if you are a good team leader who is efficient in management and can set guidelines for all staff in the group to make sure the research is a success. You should demonstrate that you know well of the research basics, such as setting control groups, how to change the experiment and the research, etc.
2. Ask your former professors for syllabus.
During the interview for a science position, the interviewers might ask you about the previous science courses you took in college as well as what your professors covered and what you have learned from those courses. You need to think about how to apply the specific knowledge with the position you are interviewing with. You may ask your former professors for a copy of old syllabus and review the subject matters item by item. Prior to the interview, write down and review the principles you have learned.
3. You previous science projects.
You need to be prepared to present your previous science projects. The website of University of Kent suggests applicants to justify the reason to choose a particular project, the preparation for the project as well as the execution and research outcome. Most of all, you need to explain what you have learned from the research experience. It is very important that you state your hypothesis in the first place, and then explain how you tested it and some factors that led you to revise it.
4. Ask proper questions.
At the end of the interview, you might have the chance to ask your own questions. If you do this correctly, you will show that you are genuinely interested in the position and the company. Some good questions to ask including your start date, the availability of training, your duty, the equipment you will use as well as which team you will be in. Don’t ask questions about salary, benefits or holidays.
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