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Interview Question Database

Research

ABOUT RESEARCH INTERVIEWS

The focus in a research interview is to determine your previous research experience. The interviewer is likely to ask you specific, in-depth questions about how you conducted your research, what tools you have utilized, the criteria used to select participants, along with your experience in data collection and reporting.  

Have you already used one of the research techniques described in the job description? If so, describe how you have used this particular technique?


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Consider why the question is important to the employer.  If you have related experience from a course share details on your knowledge, skills and experience.  

How would you conduct an experiment for selecting a certain antibody to run a test strip?


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Consider why the question is important to the employer.  If you have related experience from a course share details on your knowledge, skills and experience

Describe a work situation where you performed sample analysis (S.O.P.'s)?


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Consider why the question is important to the employer.  If you have related experience from a course share details on your knowledge, skills and experience.  

Share an experience in which you effectively collected, compiled and analyzed data


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Share an effective approach to working with a large amount of information/data.


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Share an experience in which you compiled data into a report utilizing charts, and graphs that effectively described and interpreted findings of analyses.


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What methods have you used to verify the completeness and accuracy of source data?


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Government

ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR

Government positions exist at the federal, provincial, or municipal level and are differentiated by the responsibilities, positions, and proximity to serving citizens.

QUESTION INTENT

Government employers will be looking for candidates who have values and goals that are compatible to the government agency. It is important to research their specific mandate, the community they serve, their organizational hierarchy, and their current focus.

What experience do you have working in government?
What level of government did you work in?


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Why are you interested to work for the government?


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Please describe our offices top priorities, mandate or challenges.


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Non-Profit

ABOUT THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR

A non-profit organization (NPO) is a dedicated group that collectively advocates for their mission without generating revenues for their organization and its members. NPOs operate to address “social welfare”, “civic improvement”, “pleasure or recreation”, and “any other purpose except profit”.

QUESTION INTENT

Employers will be looking for employees whose goals (personal and professional) align with the organization's mission. Unlike for-profit organizations, employers will be looking for hires who understand that in the absence of creating a profitable product or service, you will be working to create positive change and a difference.

The following questions will determine whether you are passion-driven and are willing to participate in socially beneficial work. Because NPOs function on tight budgets, they will be hiring candidates who have a wide-range of skills. Emphasize your ability to be a flexible worker with a multitude of talents and skills across professions.

What causes are you passionate about?

Many people drawn to non-profit are passion-driven. An interviewer may be curious to learn more about what drives and motivates you.

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How do your values and interests align with our organization?


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How can you assist our organization in achieving our goals?


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Why do you want to work for a non-profit organization?


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What do you think are the greatest challenges facing a non-profit organization?


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Volunteer

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERING SECTOR

A volunteer is someone who offers their skills and services freely to make an impact in the community. Doing volunteering work can provide volunteers a sense of purpose, find new skills, and potentially advance one’s career path. Volunteering also provides a good opportunity to meet new people and develop relationships while increase one’s social networks. Since volunteering can be a big commitment, finding the right volunteering opportunity is vital in achieving success for both the volunteer and the organization.

QUESTION INTENT

Although a volunteer placement might be easier to obtain in comparison to paid employment, employers will still be asking the same type of questions you would expect for any Non Profit Organization.

Why are you interested in volunteering with our organization?


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What are some of the benefits and challenges with volunteering?


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You will be working with other volunteers who don’t receive any compensation for what they do. How do you motivate/reward them?


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How do you like to be rewarded or recognized for your contributions?


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Why do you choose to volunteer?


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