Biotechnology Lab Technician Job Interview Tips

Today we will share with you a few valuable tips when it comes to lending your dream job as a biotech lab technician.  It’s important that you’re ready to answer the interviewers questions without hesitation and find the delicate balance between being too rehearsed first is being unprepared.  When the key things that you should remember is that employers look for lab technicians with some background in conducting analysis and research.  This means not only that you need to be able to have experience in a lab setting, but also with data modeling, and so forth.

Analytical But Curious

Think most lab technicians are naturally analytical and intellectually curious however this is not always the case.  Smart employers know that the best lab techs have a natural disposition to be highly analytical, problem-solving types of individuals.  In addition smart employers know that great lab techs are very curious about learning.  The biggest tip I can share with you for your job interview is to make sure that you come prepared with a few recent examples of when you were able to solve a very complex problem, and while you respond ensure that you show in open-mindedness to what you were learning.

It’s Okay To Brag

When it comes to hiring lab technicians, employers to consider previous academic record so make sure your resume to include your GPA and/or SAT scores.  This way if you included on your resume, it will come up in the job interview and you can speak to your academic achievements.  It’s important that when they do ask you about your GPA, you make sure that you mentioned it was the result of hard work in other words a strong work ethic.  Employers look for lab techs one hard-working and can display a strong work ethic.  Most employers rather not hire somebody who was naturally gifted but lazy.

 

Biotechnology Lab Technician Sample Job Interview Questions

 

Here are sample Biotechnology Lab Technician job interview questions designed specifically for the Biotechnology career. Be sure to check out more Biotechnology interview questions.

Describe your experience with operating pilot-scale unit processes.

This position will be responsible for collecting data for analysis.  What’s your background with this kind of work?

Describe your knowledge in colorimetric testing procedures and other standard methods for water analysis. 

Have you had any experience monitoring biological systems for ph, temperature, nutrients and salinity to maintain viable microorganisms?

What is your knowledge with anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment and pilot-size treatability systems?

What have you done in your previous jobs improve the procedures and processes within a laboratory?

What’s your background with performing bench-scale biological and chemical treatability studies on municipal, agricultural/livestock, industrial and hazardous waste streams?

What qualities do you think make a great Biotechnology Lab Technician?

What is the corporate vision of your current company? In what ways have you made this happen in everyday activities as a Biotechnology Lab Technician? 

 

Organizations differ in the extent to which they recognize people for their accomplishments. Tell me about a job in which you were satisfied/dissatisfied with the amount of recognition you received. Why? Give an example.

Describe a time when you weighed the pros and cons of a situation and decided not to take action, even though you were under pressure to do so.

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Bonus Questions


  • Describe some ways you changed the job at your previous workplace. What prompted you to do this?
  • Have you generated any new ideas or suggestions while at work or school? Explain.
  • Describe any new procedures or ideas you developed within the past year. How did you know they were needed?

Daily Interview Tip

It's very easy to be so intently focused on giving a good interview that you forget that it's a two-way process. Notice how the reception feels, how people behave towards each other, how the interview is run, and what sense you get from the interviewer. You may even want to ask: "How do you find working here?" Practicing your introductions will help you feel less nervous. Use your left hand for carrying, leaving your right hand free for the handshake. Some interviewers may well have a set script of questions and while you may feel rushed, at some points, if the interviewer thinks they have the information they need they will want to move on.