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?

 

How have you reacted to criticism from your employers/professors/peers?

What criticism of you has helped you the most? Who was it from?

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Bonus Questions


  • What techniques have you found most useful in training and developing subordinates? Give an example.
  • Sometimes we have to make decisions very quickly. Tell me about a time when you made a decision too quickly.
  • What motivates you?

Daily Interview Tip

Look at the job posting and jot down questions the interviewer might ask. Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes and think about what you would want to know about a potential candidate. It's natural to be nervous about interviews and waste energy worrying about what you don't know. However, the fact of being invited to an interview is definitive proof that the employer already believes you can do the job. If asked why you left your last job, avoid saying anything negative about yourself or your previous employer.