Ben T. wrote:3. Is it a good or bad sign if they spend a significant amount of time explaining the job, what they do, or giving a tour rather than actually asking questions?
P. Lues wrote:Since your interview is tomorrow, it's probably too late already (esp. if you are on the east coast). They will probably want to know more about your scientific background and skill set for a technician job, but will probably ask a few generic interview questions as well. Most of those generic job advice columns are terrible. Dave's advice column is really good but there are too many articles to go through in a short period of time (not that that's a bad thing but it can be overwhelming).
Last time I prepared for a job interview, I read the advice on this link
http://newgradlife.blogspot.ca/2010/06/ ... s-and.html
and used it to formulate my answers according to my own background/experience (especially with stuff like "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" or "what's your greatest weakness?") None of the advice in that link is science-related but it helped me put things in a language that employers can relate to in a positive way (and it worked as I got the job).
Good luck tomorrow.
What is your greatest weakness?" with the answer, gleaned from articles like this one, "Well, I tend to work too hard and I need to put more effort into other aspects of my life."
P. Lues wrote:What is your greatest weakness?" with the answer, gleaned from articles like this one, "Well, I tend to work too hard and I need to put more effort into other aspects of my life."
The article says that "I tend to work too hard" is the bad answer. Their advice is to use something like "I'm bad at public speaking". However, I wouldn't use this answer for any job interview where you are expected to present your findings at a meeting (pretty much any science job). Like I said, not all of their advice applies to science jobs. I would find something else to say. In my case, the last time I interviewed I mentioned my lack of mouse experience as my weakness, which I believe is an honest assessment of what I am lacking. But this was for an internship position so the expectation was that I am coming there to learn.
But the link has some good answers. For example, for 5. Where do you see yourself in five years? it says:
“In five years I’d like to have an even better understanding of this industry. Also, I really love working with people. Ultimately, I’d like to be in some type of managerial role at this company, where I can use my people skills and industry knowledge to benefit the people working for me, and the company as a whole."
I could be wrong but I think it's fine to use this answer, as long as you tailor it to your own personal experience and the job in question (for example, if you are interviewing for a technician job, don't say I'd like be a manager in 5 years, but say something like " in 5 years I'd like to be in a senior technician position where I can use my scientific and technical expertise to benefit my team and the company as a whole"). It's hard to prepare for a job interview, I think sometimes it helps to have a template to work off of.
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