Clinical research associate Interview Questions

Before a medicine is made available to the public, it undergoes an intense research process performed by a team of medical professionals. One of the members of this team is the clinical research associate. When interviewing for this position, employers want to know whether you are organised, motivated, a team player and capable of solving problems.

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Top Clinical Research Associate Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top clinical research associate interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: What would you do if you noticed a problem with a clinical trial?

How to answer: Countless problems can occur during a clinical trial, whether data is incorrectly recorded or a subject is enrolled without proper consent. Interviewers want to know whether you have what it takes to confront staff members and work with them to solve these problems.

Question No. 2: How do you manage extensive travel?

How to answer: As a clinical research associate, you may find yourself travelling back and forth from clinical sites to sponsor locations. Travel can be tough on some people, so employers want to know whether you have the time-management skills, organisation techniques and endurance to handle the job.

Question No. 3: What is your organisation process?

How to answer: Employers want to make sure you are organised during all steps of clinical trials, whether it is keeping track of data, communicating with team members or compiling reports for study sponsors. Explain your experience with organisation during previous clinical trials to show your organisation skills.

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Mount Sinai Health System
Clinical Research Coordinator was asked...16 October 2019

What are your future goals?

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Want to grow like Tree .

1 weakness My weakness is that I see a person in pain and I cannot help him, and my strength is when I feel a better person on my way, whatever of his color, religion or gender. I only care that he is a human being. it’s to see some one Less

My future ambition (goals) is to be a heart surgeon for children and to gain many experiences that qualify me for human service Less

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Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.

Why you want to work here?

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Because this is big platform to start my career and I am very interested to work in this company please give me a chance to show my talent Less

A Dynamic environment along with the experts that is what every aspirant wants to have and sunpharma is the place to experience it. Less

Wants to famous sun pharma in terms of reputation

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UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

If a patient grabbed a burrito out of the hands of a visitor then took a bite out of it, what would you do?

3 Answers

Do you know that person?

Steal back the burrito from the patient, hurting them to get it if necessary, and take a bite out of it myself. Then laugh at the patient and the visitor, then if either took umbrage, I'd spit at them both, then turn around and fart at them, belching, of course. Fart, belch, spit, fart belch, spit, fart, belch, spit. Then I would grab the umbilical cord of the next neonate and swing it around by the umbilicus over my head and then give it a throw! Please don't ask me stupid inappropriate questions? Thanks. Less

You are not told the extent of your authority, probably best to just ask your supervisor but I don't know the "correct" answer Less

Stanford School of Medicine

Can you describe your experience in clinical research? Have you worked with clinical trial?

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Please see all my publications in Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Biochemical and molecular genetic Less

Yes I have worked wit clinical trail

In the last 20 years I have been doing clinical research and published more than 29 publications Please see the Pubmed side (J Golbahar) and my CV to see the publication Less

Signature HealthCARE

Why am I in the market for new job

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The person I took are of past away , I need to move on . I’ve been with her for 41/2 years . I loved my job , I loved making her happy as much as I could Less

I feel that the elderly need a lot of help , and I feel that I can improve there life’s , Being alone is really hard and t seams forever a day alone , and unable to help them self , or feel safe Less

Home Santee CA Group Noah Fulmor Salah money make Recycling independent inving $2953. Less

University of Cincinnati

I think the most difficult question I was asked was what was the biggest mistake I think I made in my personal life, and I was also asked the same for my professional life.

3 Answers

I don't believe that technically/legally, an interviewer can ask anything, especially in the nature of this question, about your personal life. It's one thing to ask someone if the follow the Reds or Bengals, but to ask them about a failure in their personal life? I find that very inappropriate. For all that interviewer knows, something tragic or devastating could have recently, or quite in the past, happened that the person assumes responsibility for, whether warranted or not. A job interview is NOT the place to air everyone's dirty laundry. It may have cost me the job, but I would have politely declined to answer about my personal, that it was not an appropriate topic for a job interview and had no bearing on my job, but that I would gladly answer the second part of the question, and then proceed to do so. I'm glad I declined an interview at UC for a CRC position. Less

How long after applying online were you first contacted?

I had to think carefully before answering. I answered both the questions separately, as they were asked. However, they were both related, as a decision I made in personal life had affected my professional life. I was honest in my response and I think that surely helped me. Less

Seattle Children's

Why do you want to leave your current position and why? What makes you want to work at children? What regulatory experiences do you have? Have you worked with grading toxicities? How do you handle stress?

3 Answers

I want a relocat

I want a relocat

I want a relocat

Duke University

If I were offered the position could I settle things cordially and leave my current position, pack, find a place to live, move, and be ready to work in exactly two weeks?

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That is the beauty of my age, flexibility, and thrill of accomplishing just that. Less

I am also a three hour drive away but looking to move back to Raleigh. I pray I also have a smooth transition. Thank you for your post! Less

Max Healthcare

All the basics of Clinical Research plus case based questions were asked

3 Answers

I answered them with confidence as a result of my previous work experience and course (PGD Clinical Research) Less

Salary of registered nurse with no experience after graduation?

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IQVIA

How would you handle a coordinator that was not getting the work completed in a timely manner.

2 Answers

I will identify her difficulties , If she has a lot to do due to high enrollment, I will escalate to the PI to have an additional delegated assistant coordinator to help her, if she has difficulties with the eCRF and IVRS and IWRS, I will retrain her, I will also retrain her on the protocol, especially in regard to dosing, subject visit windows as specified by the protocol Less

Help the coordinator find solutions to the barriers of him/her completeing the work on time. Less

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