21 Laboratory Assistant Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why you want to be a Laboratory Assistant?

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“I am a hard-worker; I am somebody who is always willing to learn, and I am passionate about research, scientific-based investigations and making a difference in the work I undertake as a Lab Assistant. I first became interested in this role when I was younger, and that passion has never diminished. This means I care about the work I do; I care about my development and I care about the standards I maintain whilst working as part of the lab team I am a part of. I want to be a Laboratory Assistant because the natural skills and the experience I possess are all a strong match for the job description and the person specification.”

Q2. Why do you want to for our organisation as a Laboratory Assistant?

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“I have chosen your organisation to work for as a Laboratory Assistant for the simple reason you have an impressive track record as an organization that always insists on quality work and highest standards. From my research, it is clear that you train and support your staff well, the people who work here have many years’ experience within the industry and they are all passionate about the work they undertake. On that basis, this is a place I will be able to learn from experts; I will be able to continually learn and develop, and I will get to immerse myself in challenging yet interesting medical research tasks that will enable me to put my skills to good use. If I am successful, I can genuinely see myself working here for a long period of time.”

Q3. What are the most important skills and qualities needed to be a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q4. Describe a time when you had to work under pressure and prioritize tasks?
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Q5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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Q6. What do you know about confidentiality and how does it apply to the work of a Laboratory Assistant??
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Q7. Tell me what you would do if there was an emergency situation in the laboratory?
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Q8. How you would you manage your workload as a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q9. What are the biggest challenges we are all facing in the Healthcare sector right now and how would you respond to these as a Lab Assistant?
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Q10. Tell me what you know about the NHS values?
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Q11. Which of the values do you think are most important as a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q12. Tell me a time when you had responsibility for multiple tasks or projects?
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Q13. Why should we hire you as a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q14. Give me an example of an autoimmune disease?
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Q15. Why is quality important in the work of a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q16. If you didn’t get on with someone in the laboratory team, what would you do?
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Q17. What is Clinical Governance?
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Q18. How would you deal with the pressure that comes with being a Laboratory Assistant?
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Q19. Tell me a time when you worked with others as part of a team?
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Q20. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
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Q21. That’s the end of your Laboratory Assistant interview. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?
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Laboratory Assistant Job Description, Skills & Qualities


As a Laboratory Assistant you will be responsible for conducting lab tests and medical research. It is a role that requires exceptional attention to detail skills, a passion for medical research and the ability to maintain accurate records. Other healthcare professionals heavily rely on the quality of work you produce. Included within the key skills and qualities needed to be a competent Lab Assistant are:

  • Exceptional analytical skills;
  • Research capabilities and a passion for your work;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other medical and laboratory staff;
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures medical practices and equipment;
  • Strong mathematical and numeracy skills;
  • The ability to document all work accurately;
  • Maintain competence in the role and keep up to date with medical and laboratory advancements including equipment and procedures;
  • Maintain a safe working environment and conduct periodic risk assessments;
  • Learn and implement medical and healthcare operational procedures to ensure safety;
  • Wear appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment);
  • Conduct test samples within strict time constraints;
  • Process, label and store samples;
  • Undertake basic medical laboratory administrative tasks as required.

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TIP #1 – The first, and perhaps the most important interview tip we can give you, is to make sure you fully read the job description and the person specification for the Laboratory Assistant role you are applying for. Within these documents you will find both essential and desirable criteria. Prior to attending your interview, make sure you have previous experience in all of the essential criteria and be prepared to give specific examples for each.

TIP #2 – We have conducted lots of research on your behalf and all of the interview questions listed on this page are the ones we strongly recommend you prepare for. By having strong answers prepared for all of the questions listed will serve to greatly increase your chances of passing your Laboratory Assistant interview.

TIP #3 – Don’t just concentrate on the role of a Laboratory Assistant during your interview preparation. Concentrate on the values of the healthcare organisation you are applying to join, too. We also recommend you prepare a genuine and unique answer to the common question, why do you want to work for our organisation as a Laboratory Assistant?

TIP #4 – Make sure you are fully competent with ‘confidentiality’, ‘quality of work’ and ‘clinical governance’ prior to attending your Lab Assistant interview. Don’t get caught out by failing to prepare your answer to common technical interview questions such as these!

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