Chemist Interview Questions

When hiring chemists, employers are looking for applicants with scientific knowledge and hands-on experience to perform successful chemical experiments and research. In an interview context, be ready to answer behavioural questions about your educational background and lab experience as well as technical questions that will test your proficiency of chemical theory. Before applying, make sure you know which subdiscipline of chemistry the job falls under and review how your background fits in with the job.

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Top Chemist Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top chemist interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: Which new developments in chemistry excite you the most?

How to answer: The interviewer wants to get an idea of your excitement for the field and gauge how informed you are about new chemistry advancements with this question. Make sure you read up on the latest developments and trends in the chemistry field on a regular basis and especially before your interview. Answer the question with something that you read or heard about that interests you and explain why you find it exciting and relevant.

Question No. 2: Tell me something about your research work.

How to answer: Answer this by providing information about your latest or most interesting research. Talk about the goals you tried to achieve, why you were involved in the research and how it progressed. You can also provide some insight into how it helped your employer. If you are just starting out in your chemist career, talk about your thesis and your work while at university.

Question No. 3: Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult problem at work or during your research. How did you go about getting an answer?

How to answer: Start your answer to this question by explaining a challenge you came across. Make sure you have something to talk about that you were able to work through. You can then provide details about how you solved the problem, whether that involved doing more research, reading industry journals or talking with your colleagues.

Top Interview Questions

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Associate Chemist was asked...19 March 2019

How well do I handle conflict

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I tray to resolve the matter if, I can’t report it to my supper visor.

I have calmed down a lot since I got out on parole for murder

I work well under lot pressure by staying clam at all times.

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How will you develop a method by Chromatography for a high matrix ed samples?

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trial and error

Depends on the type of matrix . If proteins present, then electrophoretic method will be good but it's time consuming. If other species, then column and fractional chromarography would be ideal. Less


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First interview Q's: Give me 3 words to describe yourself? What is your spirit animal? Tell me what you know about peptides (chemistry / structure / R groups whatever) Do you know what this company does? Can you explain to me "This experiment/project" on your resume? Second Interview Q's: Have you heard of glassdoor? What do you think of those negative reviews? Why are you interested in this internship? Tell me a little about yourself?

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first of all $15 is worse than flipping hamburgers at innout and that's after your done with internship...and have you heard of Glassdoor...duh and what I think about it? Your company sucks. Less

yeah, if I didn't read your description, I thought you were offered to flip burgers at McDonalds. Less

$13 to $15 an hour?? Here are people that are getting paid more: 1) My gardener 2) friend that works in a furnature warehouse 3) Jack In the Box associate from across the street 4) Guy sitting in an intersection holding up a sign that said "help, unemployed veteran..." ...and none of them got your Bachelor's. Just apply to McDonalds, at least you can get same pay with free meals everyday Less

Bridgestone Americas

Talk about a time where you've made a mistake and how you worked to resolve it?

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Yooh,I sad to same one she is uglier she became cross and stop greeting me.Than I realized that I make a mistake.Than I go to her to apologize buying here gift than things go bag to normal Less

Fast have to come down and luke where I went wrong and resolve it with positive mind and learn from that mistake. Less

I apologize and learn true that mistake and move on.

BlueTriton Brands

Was there a time when a supervisor asked you to do something you weren't comfortable with? How did you respond?

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I responded to him for the sake of the high position of him

And again I was comfortable for his request

Aurobindo Pharma

how much hike do you need?

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Quality determines Purity of a compound

25000 per month

As per company norms

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Novo Nordisk

How do you handle conflicts?

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Thank u for your answer.

Thank u for your answering.

I told them that I don´t seek conflicts, but if they arise I will do my best to end the conflict. I gave an example of when I needed to act on a conflict. Less


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

Partex Star Group
Chemist was asked...25 September 2016

Third law of thermodynamics.

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Pure basic


Chemist was asked...29 August 2016

What are you looking for in this position? What are some amino acids you know? What is your spirit animal?

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my spirit animal is jason chang to fart on

Wow.... disturbing to read. They recruit from my school, would definitely ask my classmates who work there and my instructors Less

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