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Technician interview

Discussion in 'Science' started by Cosmic_Rainbow, May 21, 2012.

  1. Cosmic_Rainbow

    Cosmic_Rainbow New commenter

    when i had my tech interview i was given different equipment to set up and so i assume that it what you will be assisting with during the lesson. theyll probs ask u what you think the job entails so make sure u mention not only dishing out the equipmenmt but also checking it for safety, putting it away properly e.g chemicals and radioactive stuff always get locked away. theyll ask you summin along the lines of..what you you do if a child came to your preproom and had cut their finger ona beaker/spilt acid on their arm/touched a hot bunsen so ifd you are first aid trained this would be a bonus, if not mention that you would be happy to go on a course. also they will probly ask you summin along the lines of..it 5 to 9 on a monday morning and a teacher comes to you with a last miute order, what do you do?
  2. libby602

    libby602 New commenter

    thank you for the replies, it has been very helpful.

    whilst I am ok with the first aid and H&S q's - what do you do if a teacher asks for something at last minute? If I am successful in securing the job I would be under the senior tech, so would this be reverted to them?

    Thanks again
  3. If a teacher comes to you with a last-minute order, you have to make a call depending on how busy you are already... If it's something simple (and you know they're competent), you could tell them where the items are, or if you know one of your colleagues is free then you could refer them.
    Having done the job myself in the past, I think the key to doing it well is being happy to help whenever you can. If you're having a coffee (on a rare break!) and a teacher is stressing over the photocopier or trying to find something, offer to help.
    I think they'd like to see your enthusiasm for science, too - perhaps look up some different science demos (try practicalchemistry.org and the same for physics & biology), there are some exciting things out there.
    Good luck!
  4. libby602

    libby602 New commenter

    thanks - just had a google, the website you gave is great, can't thank you enough.
  5. Do a bit of research as well before hand. We had tasks for out interviewees to do. 1 could do them, the second could do 2, had no idea on the second, but both were very uncomplimentary about our labs and equipment, 1 had no idea whatsoever, and the fourth had made notes (could easily do 2 tasks) , and asked if we would mind if she consulted her notes before continuing with the third. Obviously we would much prefer someone would consult notes/recipe cards/hazcards instead of doing something incorrectly. She got the job with us.
  6. libby602

    libby602 New commenter

    thanks for the reply. What tasks did they have to do? I'm thinking of making notes including dilutions, chemical symbols and general hazards which might be in the lab but not too sure on what else? thanks again
  7. Our 3 tasks involved setting up a parallel circuit correctly set to 6 volts (including bulbs and voltmeters|) preparing an onion slide (given different stains to see if they knew which stain to use) and preparing a 0.4 molar solution of sodium hydroxide - that was the one where notes were needed. Good luck!
  8. libby602

    libby602 New commenter

    thanks again for all the tips and advise, really helped alot x
  9. these sound like really hard interviews! I'm in my second science tech job now (first was upper school yrs 9-13, this one at middle school yrs 5-8) and I've not had to do a practical test yet

    I've been asked both times about how I'd manage last minute requests and also got asked how to make up standard 1M solutions etc.

    Good luck with your interview :)
  10. Every technician interview I have had the question I remember being in all was "what would you do if two people wanted the same equipment at the same time, but there is only enough for one class?" Also the one about last minute requests (I always said only if time & only if safe to get together at last min. I also say if I can't do, I would ask them to please do next lesson.)
    I now ask if the candidates mind dealing with the leftovers from dissections etc
    Do you know what a 'hazcard' is/ who CLEAPSS are? Even if the school are not members, they will know about them.
  11. Thank you for this thread! Can I have some advice from you all?
    There is a science tech job advertised in a school local to me. I am going to apply but my worry is my experience. I trained as a primary teacher, I got a job last September and worked for 6 months teaching year 5. I had to make the difficult decision to leave due to being off work with depression and am now re-thinking...
    Science technician has really caught my eye...doing science all day, working with teachers plus the latent obssesive in me loves the idea of all the organising, tidying, cleaning etc
    I have an A-level in biology and my teaching specialism is science but I haven't done experiments like the ones you describe since I was at school (6 years ago). I am worried that in the interview I wouldn't be able to do the things you have described (making chemicals, setting up circuits) and so would have no chance...would you recieve any guidance sheets/instructions?
  12. You wouldn't receive guidance sheets in the interview, but there's nothing to stop you doing some research before hand. Why don't you see if you can visit your local school and spend a day shadowing the techs? This time of year as year 11 should have now gone it shouldn't be too busy for the techs and they probably would be happy to show you around. (I know ours would)
  13. In your situation I'd apply and see what happens :)

    For technician jobs they won't always expect someone who has experience or training - it depends on who else applies really.

    There are courses for new technicians. If you think you lack experience then you can tell them you're willing to do additional training

    Making up solutions is pretty easy stuff - for basic stuff there are recipe cards by CLEAPPS that tell you how much of you need to add to what.

    Good luck :)
  14. The advice I need now is what to put on the application, particularly the big blank box (as my uni tutor called it)? As I'm without experience in tech-ing but primary teaching, how do you think I should I go about making it relevent to the post?
    Ta muchly.
  15. Put stuff that applies to you & that is also relevant to the post. So if you can talk about your hobbbies, your school teaching experience, your degree subject and at the same time manage to convey that you are: well organised, can work in a team, can learn new skills, can deal with external suppliers, work well under pressure, can prioritise tasks, are diplomatic and are a genuinely 'good egg' then this should get you at least shortlisted.
    Once in the interview, you have to relax, be yourself and enjoy the day. If you are not offered the post, don't worry. We had about 8 applicants for a recent technician post.The 4 chosen for interview were selected on the basis of their CV & the contents of the 'big blank box'. On interview day, it was very clear, very quickly, who would be the best fit for the post.
  16. hi I have a science technician interview next week I need answer for questions like what would you do if a teacher asks for chemicals not allowed in school ?

    please help.!!!!!
  17. Tell them well in advance and suggest an alternative.

    I have had this situation as a teacher, and was rather unimpressed when I was only told 5 minutes before I was about to start my lesson (I had asked a week in advance, and was an NQT so didn't know they were unavailable). Don't do that.
  18. Firstly question why the chemicals are not allowed.

    [*]Is it banned? -very ,very few chemicals are.
    [*]Is it a local (eg. LA ) restriction
    -both of these override your discretion. You cannot go ahead and get these. Refer them to the reason.

    However, it is up to the teacher to do a risk assessment and this should have highlighted the unsuitability. It suggests that an insufficient risk assessment has been made. You are not there to check the teachers risk assessment., that falls elsewhere. But you do have a duty of care. If you spot this you should take action. As a new technician in education you should not be expected to know the ins and outs of what is banned until sufficient training is given. You could also be too complacent with chemicals. If you have come from industry there are solutions may be familiar with that would not be at all suitable for a yr9 class. Again this is up to the teacher to assess.

    Don't worry, CLEAPSS /SSERC etc. give guidance, and you should have access to this.

    Finally, if it is a budget issue or suitability , refer it to the HOD. The HOD may approve budget and suitable controls or training to allow the chemicals in. Often these prove to give more memorable demonstrations.
  19. thank you !
  20. Chirality

    Chirality New commenter

    Didn't you include or consult a departmental Risk Assessment in your lesson plan? Had you done so you would have found out there wasn't one that would allow you to use a "banned substance" and the situation wouldn't have arisen. Easy to blame the technicians even though you were the one remiss in following procedures and codes of practice laid down by law.

    Shreeranga you should show them the relevant COSHH guidance or SSERC if you're in Scotland. Teachers should have access to these on school servers etc.

    If they're not happy about it , refer them to the Senior Technician who may have a word in the Faculty Heads ear.

    Chemicals are banned in school for a reason.

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