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"What is your previous research experience?", "What aspect of research do you find most appealing?

", "What are you hoping to learn from this experience?"

Question 38: Can you work under pressure? "Yes, I usually find it stimulating. However, I believe in planning and proper management of my time to reduce panic deadlines within my area of responsibility. Answer That sort of depends on the job you are going for, but for the most part be honest without being negative towards what you don't prefer to do. AnswerI think an excellent employee needs to be good at both. Answer Try to learn as much as you can about the job. What does it involve on a day-to-day basis and how much will you need to work independently as opposed to collaborating with others? For most jobs, you will need to do some combination of both. The interviewer will want to hear that you derive satisfaction from doing good work on your own and enjoy the opportunity to focus on tasks, while you also thrive in a team and benefit from the interaction with colleagues. It's no contradiction to enjoy both. Working as part of a team is essential sometimes. A group dynamic can be very productive and creative. You can bounce ideas off one another and learn from each other's experience. At other times you can be much more productive on your own. The balance will depend very much on the job you're interviewing for. Answer Honestly, I hope, but you can hedge a little: "I like to work with a group, but have a part of the project that is my personal responsibility." Of course, if you are applying for a position as a lighthouse keeper, you definitely prefer to work alone. If you are going to Antarctica, you definitely want to be a team player.

here is what they might ask. 1) why you want to get into research. say things like you are looking for real world experience because you have higher hopes in the future. say that you want to do something that you are passionate about while at the same time something that gives you practical experience in the field. 2) what you expect from this. again, you are looking for experience in the field and you want to broaden your horizons when it comes to research DONT SAY THINGS LIKE "i like researching because in the long run it helps people" the fact that you are into research already tells them that you are looking to improve the lives of people. They want more specific and down to earth things like "i plan on going into research as a career and this is the experience i am looking for" If they ask specifically why you want to go into research, then tell them you like helping people, but dont lead the interview with "i like helping people" because guess what, EVERYONE LIKES HELPING PEOPLE! 3) your availability 4) previous experience. list anything that you did but if you dont have much, dont be discouraged. just say "i dont have much experience, but the experience that i do have benefited me greatly" of course, dont lie because they may ask follow ups so you dont want to get caught in a lie

5) what your opinion is of teamwork 6) how well you work under deadlines They will undoubtedly ask questions that I didnt think of, so sorry about that. But just keep an open mind, take your time answering if you need to. They dont need quick snappy responses from you, they need honest ones.

They will ask you if you have questions and here are some things you should ask them 1) How many people would I be looking forward to working with? (make it sound like you are excited about working with people and use words like "look forward" and stuff like that) 2) if you are going into human research, like using live people then ask "How do you protect the privacy of research subjects?" and then follow up with questions like "is there training for this on the job?" (the reason why you want to ask a question like this is because it shows that you know how important privacy is in research and that you did your homework when preparing for the interview) 3) What type of schedule would I be looking at? (for example, 4 hour shifts, 8 hour shifts, ect.)

Research Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join a rapidly expanding CRO company based in the Cambridgeshire area for a six month as a Research Assistant. The purpose of the role is to complete assigned experiments according to the analytical plan and within the specified timeframes. The successful research assistant will have a strong planning and organisational skills.

The key duties of the position include: Perform assigned scientific experiments according to the analytical plan within the specified time-frames to GCP standards Operate laboratory equipment and analytical or other instruments considered standard in own areas of expertise Develop laboratory skills as required for assigned projects Complete all scientific assays as per SOP/Analytical Plan to generate the highest possible standard of scientific data Prepare documentation for submission to the archive General laboratory housekeeping

Retroscreen Virology is Europe's leading contract virology research company. The work it carries out is dedicated to creating the next generation of antivirals and vaccines in the field of biomedical research. Its research includes both pre-clinical and clinical projects. It currently conducts and co-ordinates several clinical trials per year involving student/staff volunteers or patients in general practice, particularly involving influenza or common cold viruses or vaccines.

The only company in the world dedicated to the conduct of Human Viral Challenge Model (also known as the VCM), a model which we have pioneered this century. These studies may take place in the companys unique, purpose-built, quarantine unit located in London or from time to time we may use other facilities. The Human VCM enables pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as world leading academic groups, to accelerate and reduce the cost of bringing anti-viral drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines to market.

Questions to Ask During the Interview 1. Describe the work environment. 2. What opportunities are there for professional development? 3. What is a typical career path for someone in this position? What is the realistic time frame for advancement? 4. To whom would I report? What are the criteria for evaluation and promotion? 5. Describe a typical week / quarter / first-year assignment. 6. Do you have an initial training program or on-going programs for professional development? 7. Would there be an opportunity to have a mentor in addition to my supervisor? 8. Would this position allow for the opportunity to work on assignments in a team, interdepartmental, or cross-functional setting? 9. What are the characteristics of a successful person in your organization? 10. What do you enjoy most about working for this organization? 11. Why did the last person leave this position? How many times has it been open in the past few years? 12. What are the long-term and short-term strategic directions of this department? How do you see this position contributing to those strategic initiatives? 13. What are some potential challenges I would face in this position?