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Research Assistant Interview Questions

"When looking for a research assistant position, you can expect to be interviewed about your education in the field of research you are applying to, your clerical skills, and your ability to work independently under tight time constraints. The interview and job expectations as a research assistant will depend largely on the scientific field you intend to research, so be sure to look into the expectations of the professors or other senior level researchers you may end up working under. Most research assistant positions will require you to have at least a bachelor's degree in their respective fields."

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What experience have you had with Microsoft Office?

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They're looking for access, excel and word mostly. There is an IT department however so creating access programs isn't necessary as long as you know how to use it once a database is created.

What type of software do you know how to use?

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Some of the tasks you'll be required to perform are routine and monotonous. How will you deal with such routine tasks?

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What research area are you interested in?

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The professor quizzed me on several technical aspects of a journal paper I was a co-author of. Most of them were manageable. He asked me what exactly my contribution was in that paper and why I was not first author on it.

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Where does your spouse attend school?

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"Why are sewer caps round?"

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if you are traveling in a car at the speed of light and turn on your lights, does anything happen?

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very basic and general questions. No personality or skills testing. Very easy and conversational.

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The most difficult part of this process is being myself when responding but not wanting to come off the wrong way. The question as to why you would be good at this particular job, or where do you see yourself in the next five years. My honest answer and what I would hope for would be working for this particular company and just being informed and working my way up salary and other wise.

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