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  • How I interview: secrets from a biologist in Industry

    John Bodeau, PhD
    Job Search
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    I have interviewed between 50 and 100 people over the years, all of them for technical positions, and have been interviewed about 10 times. Its not easy to evaluate a person’s aptitude for a job based on a 30 minute job interview, but I’ve finally worked out an approach and a set of questions that seem to work pretty well. Not surprisingly, my approach seems to be similar to the one that the other interviewers used to evaluate me. Here are the questions I typically ask, and the answers I’m looking for: 1) I will start by explaining my role at the company. In a nutshell, I’ll explain that I’m a biologist by training, with a Ph.D. and training in plant molecular biology. I’ll describe how many years I’ve been at the company, which divisions and roles ...