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AMRI Research Scientist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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Research Scientist II Interview

Research Scientist II

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at AMRI.

Interview Details – Initial HR screen, then phone interview with chemist who had researched my papers and asked a series of questions about my work a long with various chemistry questions, safety questions, which reagent would you use, what type of product would be formed from various reactions… After the phone screen I completed an onsite interview that consisted of a 45 min presentation and then several one on one interviews with both chemists and HR.

Interview Question – The phone screen took about 1.5 hours and was much more in depth that most companies.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very small negotiation was possible.

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Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist

Interviewed at AMRI

Interview Details – I had an HR interview and a technical interview both over the phone. The HR interview was mostly about questions about my resume and the technical one was a bit harder.

Interview Question – The technical interviewer asked a bunch of "quickfire" organic chemistry reactions.   Answer Question

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Research Scientist III Interview

Research Scientist III
Rensselaer, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at AMRI in April 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview (Basic questions: 15 min -1 hr), then face to face interview (On site, maximum 5 interviewers, non-probing questions), a power presentation (Optional- a few questions, minorities (especially blacks) are disproportionally bombarded so be extra prepared), then approx. two weeks you receive an offer by phone and in the e-mail if you're hired.

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Research Scientist II Interview

Research Scientist II
Albany, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at AMRI in February 2010.

Interview Details – great

Interview Question – having to present research in from of group   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – tough

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Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist
Albany, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AMRI in September 2013.

Interview Details – - Got a call from HR about phone interview. Communicated via mail to set up an interview date.
- Phone interview from a scientist there. Asked some basic chemistry questions like what is a TLC, how would an HNMR look of ethyl acetate, how to columns work, etc.
- Got invited to have an on-site interview the following week. Asked to do an optional presentation. (Do it)
- Did the presentation, interview with 4 chemists. It was very informal. They pretty much opened the floor to me to ask any questions.
- Final interview is with HR where you discuss salary and any last minute questions. Salary is pretty much non-negotiable because they don't really care about what you think. Overall, the interview with the chemists went better than great. However, the HR interview was awkward.
- It really doesn't matter how hard you try. Don't stress on it. After I got into the company, I realized that they hire anyone that moves. Is that a bad thing?.. hmm..

Interview Question – - I can't recall, but an unexpected question was to name a sugar.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Filomena (HR managaer at the time) flat out said we are paying you this much because we said on the phone that we would. So if you could negotiate on your initial phone interview (somehow without being disregarded right there) then go ahead.

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Research Scientist I Interview

Research Scientist I

Interviewed at AMRI

Interview Details – multiple interviewees, lasted about all day, included a tour of the facilities.

Interview Question – I didn't find any of the questions particularly difficult. No format to the interviews.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No

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Senior Research Scientist Interview

Senior Research Scientist
Albany, NY

I applied online and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at AMRI in June 2013.

Interview Details – The first phone interview was with HR and asked many focused on my experiences with collaboration and my managers' (advisors') style and level of interaction. The second phone interview was with a chemist and he described the pace and scope of the job much more thoroughly. The onsite interview was a day of one-on-one interviews and a 30 minute presentation by myself to about 25 chemists. There was a long delay before a decision was made, and HR kept me reasonably informed with weekly contact.

Interview Question – Several interviewers on the onsite visit asked technical questions based on their own research, essentially probing basic knowledge and problem-predicting ability.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The HR rep suggested two start dates and I chose the later, which necessitated her resending me the offer letter to sign. It didn't seem like it was a problem for HR.

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Senior Research Scientist Interview

Senior Research Scientist
Albany, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at AMRI in February 2013.

Interview Details – Applied directly through AMRI's website. After about a week, was contacted for an initial interview with HR to go over basics and gather background information. This resulted in a second phone interview with the departmental manager, which was based on technical knowledge of equipment and instrumentation. On-site interview about 2 weeks later which involved a research presentation, followed by a tour and additional interviews with members of the research group and V.P. of Analytical Services.

Interview Question – There was not a most difficult or unexpected question. Since they are partially supported by contract for higher business, it is important to understand that there are many interactions outside the company and being able to relate how you can benefit AMRI in this roll, in my opinion.   Answer Question

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Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AMRI.

Interview Details – Be professional as usual and be specific about why you want the job.

Interview Question – Give us a reason not to hire you.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no such thing. You get what you get, or you refuse the offer.

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Senior Research Scientist Interview

Senior Research Scientist

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at AMRI in August 2012.

Interview Details – I was scheduled for a phone interview. However, a few hours before it, I received an email rescheduling the interview because something has came up.
It went good and the HR person told me that I was definitely going to be contacted again. However, after a week or so I received a rejection email.

Interview Question – What thing do you like the least about your current job?   Answer Question

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