Looking for something biology related for an interview

Hey guys,

Got 2 coming in for an interview on Friday, both have biology backgrounds so I am looking for a biology based task I can give them. Its for a general lab tech position rather than a specialism so cant be too difficult.

They are also going to have to make up a 0.1M Copper sulphate solution. Also thinking of getting them to make a simple circuit too but depends on how much time I have with them.
 
Maybe something microbiology based? Making an agar pour plate doesn't take much time to set up and it shows a lot of different techniques eg working safely, aseptic technique and manual dexterity.
 

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I agree with the onion cell slide suggestion.
The potometer is good but sometimes ever for those who do it regularly it can be a pain in the proverbial, you dont want to make it too hard for them.
 
Hey guys,

Got 2 coming in for an interview on Friday, both have biology backgrounds so I am looking for a biology based task I can give them. Its for a general lab tech position rather than a specialism so cant be too difficult.

They are also going to have to make up a 0.1M Copper sulphate solution. Also thinking of getting them to make a simple circuit too but depends on how much time I have with them.
Get them to describe how they would amplfy the Short tandem repeats of the TH01 gene on chromosome 11.:D:D
 
You could be really sneaky and see how long it takes them to get bubbles from that damned photosynthesis practical;):D
I only have them for about 15 mins

Maybe see their H&S awareness and ask for hazards and risks setting up a dissection?
This might be a good plan, or I will get them to talk me through how to pour an agar plate the other option is the onion slide.

Thanks for the reply's guys. I will have a think and see what I can get them to do
 
I would suggest getting them to make up an amylase solution and using it to test it to see how long it takes to break down a starch solution. I'd give them the student sheet to follow. Then I'd ask them what changes they could recommend if a teacher wanted the reaction to be quicker.
 
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