Here are some interview questions you might come across.
How have you demonstrated leadership qualities in your previous positions?
What leadership qualities do you believe you possess?
How would your previous colleagues describe you?
Do you have experience in conflict resolution?
If two students have different ideas on how something should be coded, how would you handle this situation?
If a student did not complete the hours that they had committed to in the lab, how would you go about processing this with them?
How have you handled delegation or task distribution in your previous roles?
How would you handle a disagreement with the PI/lead researcher?
Do you prefer to work on a team or independently?
There is a wrong answer here: you will be leading a team, so you need to be willing and proficient with working in a team environment.
What are your areas for growth?
Tell me about a time you showed initiative in your previous position.
How do you hope to improve your skills in ___?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
This is a trick question; phrase it as an area for growth.
I.e., “I think that something that I have noticed as an area for growth for me is in delegation. In the past, I’ve had trouble delegating tasks to others, and would rather do things on my own. Over time, I’ve learned that teaching others to be self-sufficient takes less time and can help me develop professional relationships with students where they can feel more confident and I can have more time to accomplish tasks. I’m still working on it, though, because it’s a new skill.”
Goals and plans for the future
What do you hope to accomplish in the lab?
What are your future plans?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What do you hope to learn in this role?
What are your academic plans for the future?
How do you prioritize tasks?
How do you stay motivated on a project when you are not seeing much progress?
What do you do if there are too many things on your plate?
What is the most difficult situation you’ve faced, and what were the steps you took to overcome it?
How do you minimize mistakes or errors in your work?
Tell me about a time when you felt overwhelmed at work.
How do you deal with pressure, tight deadlines, or stressful situations?
What inspired you to go into research?
Why are you interested in this position?
Tell me about your undergraduate research experience.
Have you worked with (SALT, Eye Tracking, AAC, etc.) before? Describe your experience working with this technology.
Do you have experience with grant writing/funding requests?
Have you presented at a conference? Tell me about that experience.
What are your research interests?
Do you have any questions for us?
How do you measure the success of your GRAs?
What is a typical day in the lab like?
What is your (the PI/supervisor’s) leadership style?
What are the most important skills I will need to excel in this role?
Who can I anticipate interacting with, and in what capacities?
What is the training process like?
What are the biggest challenges that the lab is facing right now?
What are the long term goals for the lab?
What professional development opportunities would be available to me in this role?