or Scenario Questions
asking a hypothetical question, the interviewer describes a situation which you
may encounter in the position and asks how you would react in a similar
situation. This is a good way to test problem solving abilities. When answering
this type of question, try applying a simple problem solving model to it -
gather information, evaluate the information, priorize the information, seek
advice, weigh the alternatives, make a decision, communicate the decision,
monitor the results and modify if necessary.
you are working your first day in our laboratory, and a fire at a nearby work
station breaks out. What would you do?"
I start working in any laboratory, I always locate the emergency equipment, such
as eye washes, fire blankets and alarms. I would also review the safety
protocols. So in this situation, I would be aware of these. As soon as I noticed
the fire, I would shut down my experiment and if the fire is significant, I
would pull the fire alarm and help to evacuate the lab. In the case of a very
small flame, I would ask the staff member at that station what I could do to
help, which would vary with the type of substances involved."