Technician interview - advice please

Did you forget to make all equipment available?
It was part of the exercise. There was something on the list but not in the cupboard. I left them with specific instructions to ask if there was anything they couldn't find and to let me know when they were done. The first thing I asked once they said they were ready was "Did you find everything easily?"

It is true that there is more to being a technician than eg. missing forceps but attention to detail is very important and so is willingness to ask questions when you're unsure.

In my opinion, personality and how someone reacts under pressure are more important than technical knowledge.
 

paul r

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It was part of the exercise. There was something on the list but not in the cupboard. I left them with specific instructions to ask if there was anything they couldn't find and to let me know when they were done. The first thing I asked once they said they were ready was "Did you find everything easily?"

It is true that there is more to being a technician than eg. missing forceps but attention to detail is very important and so is willingness to ask questions when you're unsure.

In my opinion, personality and how someone reacts under pressure are more important than technical knowledge.
Don't panic Mr Mannering as Jones said in Dads army ! I have had a few of those moments, especially when I have missed a double booking for the next day Period 1 .
 
Interview candidates are going to be very nervous and stressed during an interview.

To go down further into the interviewing techniques rabbit hole: this would be an ideal way to check how well a candidate works under pressure :p

I might be biased here though. I was asked to prepare a volumetric copper sulfate solution in my last interview and didn't hesitate to ask for a funnel. No one was offended by it and I got the job.
I don't think pointing out that something is missing would shame anyone I'm willing to work with. If they are such a delicate flower or even hold a grudge over a minute thing like this, then it's only a perk I don't get to work with them...
 
To go down further into the interviewing techniques rabbit hole: this would be an ideal way to check how well a candidate works under pressure :p

I might be biased here though. I was asked to prepare a volumetric copper sulfate solution in my last interview and didn't hesitate to ask for a funnel. No one was offended by it and I got the job.
I don't think pointing out that something is missing would shame anyone I'm willing to work with. If they are such a delicate flower or even hold a grudge over a minute thing like this, then it's only a perk I don't get to work with them...

Good points, I agree with you. I just don't like purposely trying to catch someone out even if it does have its merits like the ones you mentioned.
 
I get that but, equally, I've worked with technicians who never ask for help and they are very often a liability.

Also true, but you can ask the candidate directly what would you do if say "You didn't know how to do x". For me, if they reply with ask a more experienced colleague for help at some point at the end of their response that's good enough for me. This type of questioning also tests for initiative and pro-activeness. If they straight away just say ask for help, that's a warning sign because they might be someone who asks for help with everything every 5 seconds for something google or CLEAPSS can very easily answer, if you get my point.

Ultimately it's always tricky to test for personality traits, especially during an interview situation because nerves and acting often mask them. The amount of horse manure I spouted and crap jokes I laughed at during some interviews in the past...

Edit: Obviously, except in my current post in case my lead tech is reading this. :eek:
 
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I don't think pointing out that something is missing would shame anyone I'm willing to work with. If they are such a delicate flower or even hold a grudge over a minute thing like this, then it's only a perk I don't get to work with them...
This is also a good point that unfortunately some places forget, that the interview is also to give the candidate the chance to assess whether it is somewhere they want to work at.
 
Hey guys.
After teching for 3 years I left my post to give teaching a go. It wasn't for me so I'm back on the job market and have a science technician interview on Friday (because honestly, I just love this job)
As part of the interview I have a practical session where I have to make up a standard solution. To me that means I'll have to weigh out the correct amount of a solid and make a molar solution. But if anyone has any other interpretations of this I'd love to hear it.
The job is specifically for a Biology technician (my specialism) in an 11-18 school. Previously I worked in an 11-16 school across all three sciences. I've been reading up on the KS5 specification and associated required practicals (the school uses AQA for Science) but is there anything else I should do to prepare?
Basically, I really want this job and would be massively grateful for any advice you guys could give me. I'm nervous as hell about this interview and I'm worried I'll mess up somehow.
Thanks in advance x
They may ask what you would do if a student turns up at the prep room door asking for something hazardous. We used Sodium as an example when compiling interview questions. This highlights your H & S awareness that you are not just going to hand over anything. Also, emphasise your organisational skills. Boy, do lab technicians need those! Best of luck.
 

Julie Delaney

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I always think if colour/creed was substituted wouldn't it be obvious that it's downright wrong?
Absolutely! the hilarious thing is that all of these ageist tossers are going to get older and be subject to the same ageism that we are. Take Frank Skinner for instance who said that women over 30 are past it an just look at the state of him now, he looks older and worse than my Dad, who is 80 years old and has terminal cancer. Looks like good old karma has paid skinner a visit. :laughing:
 

paul r

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I lost a job because I was asked to make a 0.1 M solution of HCL from a 1 M solution of HCL , You have guessed it I measured out the the 1 M solution of HCL and topped up water ! Technically should have been the other way around! Even though I did explain to them that it was not a concentrated acid and the risk level had been lowered when the concentrated acid was diluted to 1m HCL ( in that case water first then top up with acid) . I thought I had explained my knowledge and understanding but did not wash .
In hindsight ,silly mistake but was not too fussed about getting the job !
 
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I would expect to be tested but if I felt they were trying to trip me up or trick me, well for me that would trip some alarm bells.

If they have enough knowledge to try to trick/trip me, to me it means they are competent in their field and actually know what they are doing. Also they at least made the effort when designing the interview. In my mind it's actually a good sign :)
 
I lost a job because I was asked to make a 0.1 M solution of HCL from a 1 M solution of HCL , You have guessed it I measured out the the 1 M solution of HCL and topped up water ! Technically should have been the other way around! Even though I did explain to them that it was not a concentrated acid and the risk level had been lowered when the concentrated acid was made to diluted to 1m HCL ( in that case water first then top up with acid) . I thought I had explained my knowledge and understanding but did not wash .
In hindsight ,silly mistake but was not too fussed about getting the job !

You probably dodged a bullet there...

If anything, by not understanding why it doesn't matter at low concentrations, THEY failed this interview....
 
You know, despite all the laws on sexism, racism etc, ageism is alive & kicking! A teacher years ago, left because of it, she said schools are particularly bad, Young SLMT & teachers think anyone over 40 is a dinosaur. Because they aren't going to age eh?!
My HoD comes out with comments & 'jokes' about my age. Thinks it's funny & that I'm touchy if I dont find it funny too.
Recently a teacher came in to ( biology) prep room & said, "ooh theres a funny smell in here"., which with Biology, there often is. His reply?
That's the smell of Old Lady. Charming. (I'm 58)
Last time he mentioned my age I told him I wasn't as old as his jokes. ;)

For quite a while now there has been a push for "energetic, young people in leadership roles".
Those "energetic, young people" may or may not posses leadership skills (most often "not")
What you get as a result is a reluctance by those "energetic, young people" to employ anyone more experienced (aka older) than them as they are harder to lead/manage (because they actually know their rights and know more about their job then the leadership).
They prefer to have "even younger, energetic people" working for them. You now the ones, the ones that are too young to realise they are being taken advantage of (financially and workload-wise).
 
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