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Sample Science & Mathematics Questions 

  • Describe your own strengths, particularly those strengths that will help you to excel in this field.
  • What classroom experiences do you feel have best prepared you for a career in this field?
  • What are your long term career goals?
  • How do you plan on incorporating lifelong learning into your career?
  • Describe a time when you had to deal with a situation with ambiguity, how did you work through this?
  • Tell me about the most complex project you have taken on. How did it turn out?
  • What experiences have you had related to research?
  • What qualities do you have that make you an effective researcher?
  • Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
  • Do you become frustrated by others who do have your level of competency in math?
  • How do you see math/physics being utilized in everyday life?
  • How would you incorporate problem solving in the teaching of math?
  • Solving a problem often requires the evaluation of alternate solutions. Give me an example of a time when you defined several solutions to a single problem. What tools, i.e. research, brainstorming, techniques did you use?
  • Tell me about a time when your analysis of a problem was incorrect.
  • What do you know about (name the recruiter’s company)?
  • Aside from classroom texts and experimentation, what journals or professional articles are you currently reading for professional development?
  • You have prepared a report for the organization’s advisory board. All the facts included in the report have been documented, checked, and double-checked. However, one of the supervisors states that the report is incorrect and demands that you make the correction. What is your response?



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