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How to Prepare for an Interview As a Clinical Research Associate

by Ellie Williams, Demand Media
If you’re seeking a position as a clinical research associate, prepare to sell employers not only on your scientific knowledge but also on your attention to detail and your skill in working with others. This role requires overseeing clinical trials, monitoring the results and ensuring that everyone involved follows proper procedures, so portray yourself as a well-rounded science professional with sound judgment and excellent organizational and people skills.

Step 1

Research the organization you are interviewing with. Employers often ask what attracted you to the position or why you want to work for the company. If you don’t have a thorough, well though-out answer they might assume you’re not seriously interested in the research the organization specializes in. In addition, if you don’t have an in-depth understanding of the company’s mission, you can’t explain why you’re a good fit. Browse the corporate website, review the company’s previous research work, read news and industry articles on the company and talk to current and former employees, if possible.

Step 2

Outline how you meet the requirements listed in the job posting. A clinical research associate is a highly specialized role, so it’s important to tailor your interview replies to the specific job duties. For example, the employer might only want applicants with extensive knowledge of a certain illness or expertise in a certain type of test or analysis. Select several examples that demonstrate how you meet each qualification. If you lack any requirements, discuss how your previous job experience translates to the position or how you can quickly get up to speed.

Step 3

Review the latest research, news and other scientific developments that are applicable to the job. Clinical trials are at the forefront of medical research, so it’s important to show employers you can keep up with this rapidly developing field. If you’re interviewing for a position with a company that specializes in cancer research, for example, prepare to discuss other trials conducted within the last three to five years. Note any promising developments and describe what you think they might mean for the future of cancer treatment.

Step 4

Read over your prior research so you can discuss it in-depth with employers. Many interviewers will ask you to describe previous clinical trials you’ve assisted with and elaborate on your role and the outcome. Break down your role step-by-step, explaining the nature of the trial. Select several examples that illustrate how you resolved difficult situations or caught errors or other potential problems. Also highlight how you collaborated with others working on the project and how you ensured the trial stayed on track.

Step 5

Strengthen your technical knowledge. Interviewers will likely want to evaluate your technical skills, so dust off your textbooks and brush up on them. Employers might quiz you on your understanding of proper research protocol and procedures, or might evaluate your knowledge of chemistry, biology and other disciplines crucial to the organization’s research.


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