Biotechnology Project Engineer Job Interview Answers

As an engineer for a biotech company you will be responsible for providing your expertise in supporting experiments.  Be ready to answer job interview questions where you’ll be asked about your previous background in supporting the planning and conducting of experiments.  You should have some answers prepared to describe equipment that you’ve worked with in the laboratory setting.  It will be very beneficial if you could also describe your knowledge in the maintenance of lab equipment.  Lastly make sure your answer touches on the safety aspects with regard to lab machinery.

 

 

Biotechnology Project Engineer Sample Job Interview Questions

 

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

Describe your experience with testing, troubleshooting and validating equipment used in pharmaceutical cGMP environment.

What kinds of scientific reports have you written?

The ideal candidate would incorporate best practices as it relates to standard operating procedures.  If you were hired for this position how would you prove our SOP’s ?

Defining your own words what equipment is used in western blotting techniques.

What do most new staff forget to do when completing the documentation which will include verifying, compiling and route for approvals?

Tell me a bit more about your background with IQ, OQ, PQ validation studies of equipment, processes and utilities.

How do you ensure success when you taking observations and measurements directly and interpret data from the other technical and operating staff?

What qualities do you think make a great Biotechnology Project Engineer?

What do you know about generating and executing protocols as per client’s requirements and abiding by FDA rules and regulations?

What is your background with process, facilities, electrical, mechanical and controls?

Tell me about a time as a Biotechnology Project Engineer when you had to negotiate expectations with (parents, professors, peers).

Have you ever made a decision as a Biotechnology Project Engineer only to find out later that it was rejected? Why was it rejected?

What is the largest project you had to manage in terms of budget, people and so forth?

We are looking for someone who is very strong at organizing and scheduling work.  How would you rate yourself in this aspect?  Why?

 

What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?

Every employee goes through dry spells of job success. What was your longest dry spell? When was it? What did you do?

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Bonus Questions


  • How important is recognition to you?
  • At some point in the career of all employees, they wonder whether their job is the right one for them. When have you felt that way? Why? What did you do?
  • What characteristics do you think a person must have to be successful in your field?

Daily Interview Tip

If you haven't heard by the time you expected (get an idea of their timeframe during the interview) following up shows your commitment and ability to stay on top of things. Be a good listener so if you are asked a question you don't understand, ask for clarification. Most job seekers talk too much and ruin a perfectly good interview answer. Take time to think before you respond, be direct and don't ramble or go off topic.