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Research Chemist was asked...14 August 2010

Have you ever complained about your advisor? If yes, what was it?

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Frankly, it was not the most difficult question, but I was really speechless for a while. Less


I had read a lot in glassdoor and other websites what they usually ask. But I forgot the simplest question to think well about, and that was why I like the specific field of chemistry that I have studied and I want to work in that area. It is a simple question, but believe me, if you never thought about it, in some words that will convince public and scientists, it will be challenging to answer. The second thing I did not expect, and also not read in the interview-reports that I studied so far, was the end part of the interview when they asked me I can ask my questions if I have. I could ask a better and more intelligent question if I had thought about it.

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thanks for your comments, they were very helpful

The interviewer told me that she'll send my documents and a summary of interview to the manager and they will decide for further action. Less

Taros chemical

Warum nicht so gute Note für Promotion?

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Unsere Ergebnisse wurden in nicht sehr hochrangigen Zeitschriften publiziert.


There wasn't a specific question that I can recall that was hard, it was the sheer vastness of them (interview was ~3 hours long with the rec. mang.), question after question and suddenly it's about an entirely different subject.

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Usually, I just said that I need a minute to think it through.

Materials Modification

Why did you pursue a PhD in your field? Why are you not staying in academia?

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Poor salaries, poor employment stability, no career progression


Tell me about yourself? Walk me through your resume? Tell me about a time you overcame an obstacle? Tell Me About a Challenge or Conflict You’ve Faced at Work, and How You Dealt With It. What’s your biggest weakness? Why are you leaving your current position? What do you know about the company? Tell more about your experience and research you have done? Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years? Why are you leaving your current position? What’s your greatest achievement? What do you know about the company? What Are Your Greatest Strengths? Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years? Salary Question? What Are Your Salary Expectations? What’s Your Dream Job?

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I answered all the question with honesty and integrity


what is your greatest achievement?

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Merck KGaA

what would make you really upset or angry in your work environment?

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complete disregard of safety measures

American Regent

What is the most difficult task at your current job? Why are you looking for new employment? Why do you want to work here?

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Handling the workload Overworked, underpaid Better opportunity


what is your best day?

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Mondays, I Love a Challenge!!

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