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Interview Question

Assistant Professor Interview Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

How have/would you deal(t) with a situation where a member

  of the team you are leading is under-performing?
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In basic laboratory research, dismissal of under-performing personnel is typically not a good option (unless it is immediately clear that they are unsuitable). This is because every new hire requires an extensive period of training and development prior to being maximally efficient/proficient, with this initial investment meaning that most new hires are "negative drains" on the host lab for the first 6 months at least. As such, it is key as a leader to invest the time to make new hires "positive contributors" as soon as possible. A part of this can be identifying the strengths and limitations of the individual, and re-configuring their project/research focus to better fit their capabilities. While this may mean that they do not achieve the initial aims of the project, it may reduce the negative impact that they have on training personnel in terms of draining time.

Interview Candidate on Aug 17, 2010

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