I'm a first year pharmacy student planning to work into research after I graduate. Since I started my course, I have been told my lecturers and students how difficult is to get a summer work experience after the first year, especially in a lab. However, I still applied and few days ago I was invited for an interview in the National Institute for Medical Research in London. I found the position very late and wasn't expecting anything, so I was pleasantly surprised. It's a two month paid placement and I really really want to do it. I've already been successful in securing Boots and Lloyds placement, but my heart lies within the research area, so I want to make sure the interview goes well. I'm so nervous about it.
So my question is, does anyone have an experience with such an interview? What are the likely questions to be asked? I have read what the research they are doing is about and the publications of the research leader, but I'm wondering if he would ask a very detailed question about the mechanism of action of some of the signalling proteins they are looking at or would it be more about why I want to work in the lab and what I'm hoping to achieve in the future type questions? I'm so worried he would ask me very specific questions which require a very insight and specialist knowledge which I wouldn't have as I'm only a student and not a specialist.
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