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  1. #1 How can I find a job in chemistry field? 
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    Ive graduated a bachelor degree in chemistry from an ordinary university in Turkey in 2012. So i live in a city which has low chemical company portfolio.
    But I can go another big cities which are higher chemical company profiles and job opportunities and so on.
    And I did some job interviews on chemical companies that they are in polymer, water treatment station, pharmaceutical, mining and also painting. But nowhere called me after that. I did as best as I can in these interviews. Only i couldnt answer to questions about chemical structure and some chemical equipments.I think that doesnt matter. So , whats the wrong about me? Why they wont call me again? and to say "yes, we accept you". There are 2 years already passed from my graduation.
    Now I do a carrying job(coolie)in a glassware storage , i am carrying chairs, tables, basins and other glassware plastics from storage to truck.
    This job is not for my degree, but i do it for money.
    So whats the interview success methods that you have already did before and accepted by boss? Tell me...


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    I think the problem is
    Only i couldnt answer to questions about chemical structure and some chemical equipments
    a chemistry graduate should really be able to do this and the job probably went to someone who could. My only advice would be to hit the books, do some research into the company before the interview and revise/look up the relevant chemistry so you CAN answer these questions...


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I think the problem is
    Only i couldnt answer to questions about chemical structure and some chemical equipments
    a chemistry graduate should really be able to do this and the job probably went to someone who could. My only advice would be to hit the books, do some research into the company before the interview and revise/look up the relevant chemistry so you CAN answer these questions...
    you are partly right but chemistry is like an ocean. Sometimes i went to interviews with studying before the interview hour. But they asked me another question that i didnt study for it. I woudnt know what they will ask, they may be intend to ask everything about chemistry..
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    Then you need to spend more time preparing and study a wider area, I've been on interview panels, every question is asked for a good reason, to find out what you know or whether you have the potential to do well in the job. I find it hard to believe they will ask detailed technical questions totally unrelated to what the company does or what you will have to do in the job, they are not trying to catch you out (and if they are would you want to work for them), they are giving you the opportunity to impress them, you need to be confident and show you have done your homework and know what you are talking about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Then you need to spend more time preparing and study a wider area, I've been on interview panels, every question is asked for a good reason, to find out what you know or whether you have the potential to do well in the job. I find it hard to believe they will ask detailed technical questions totally unrelated to what the company does or what you will have to do in the job, they are not trying to catch you out (and if they are would you want to work for them), they are giving you the opportunity to impress them, you need to be confident and show you have done your homework and know what you are talking about...
    these are my skills:
    I am good at computer, science reading/writing, web design and intonality.Those are not related to chemical and chemistry , i know but I didnt spend much time on the university chemistry lab because of too many students were there and you couldnt use equipments as it should be like that.
    So, what would you prefer to me?
    Should i go for master degree in chem. or different field?
    Or try to decide to find a job in different area than chemistry? But which area?

    Also i am only looking for a job in Turkey. Because i dont have much money and visa to get outside of the country . Also i dont believe the foreign country's company's identify my chemistry degree as a low reputation uni in a low reputation country.

    You are right about your thoughts i know but what is the escape-way of being newbie in chemical area; nobody wants to hire me and nobody wants to give a job for non-experienced chemist, i know . But how can non-experienced chemist find a job?
    I am studying chemical lab. instructions about company's chemical area before going to interviews.
    I also research and read much more articles about chemistry on internet.
    But unfortunately job market is very low for chemistry area.
    If i could have been a civil engineer, i would have been find a job easily but with chemistry degree you cant..
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