Amgen Scientist Interview Questions

Updated Aug 20, 2014
Updated Aug 20, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Amgen in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    1.Applied via Amgen website.
    2.Being contacted by hiring manager (Executive director of the Dep.).
    3.Being invited for on-site interview. very intensive 2 days of interview with all people on site and in other location (1:1 meeting) + 1 hr presentation + 1 hr Chalk-talk.
       (I felt format-wise it was very similar to academic interview.)
    4.Another phone call from the head of the dep. for 45 mins of science talk.
    5.The Hiring manager did reference check via direct phone calls (45 mins for each of my reference people: 3 refs).
    6.Being invited for the 2nd on-site interview only with the Executive directors of the Dep. + Head of Dep. Being asked so many tough science questions. The Head tried to evaluate my scientific in-depth knowledge in general.
    7.A recruiter contacted me and background-check initiated
    8.Being offered the position

    Interview Questions
    • I did not expect 1 hr chalk-talk during interview (topic: design of exp. to find out a drug candidate for a disease). I got informed about the topic a day before afternoon (only had couple of hrs to prepare for it, did my best and tried to enjoy it).   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation required since it was THE BEST I can imagine.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It started with a phone interview which lasted about 30 minutes. They then said that they would contact me about and in person interview. They flew me out for the interview and were very gracious and nice. The HR was slow at getting the interview set up and in informing me on the decision for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were easier than expected. Cannot remember specifics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Amgen in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview first and then on-site interview

    Interview Questions
    • What you will do if you are not agree with your manager or your college?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Amgen in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, then the manager invites me for on-site interview on the very next day.
    He would like to see how I am doing without time for preparation.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Amgen in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Process began by being contacted by a principal scientist about scheduling a phone interview. Had phone interview later that day, which was very positive and included a discussion about my current research projects. Then got contacted a month later about scheduling an on-site interview. Flew out the day before, had dinner that night, with interview the next day. Interview consisted of a research presentation (1 hr), followed by a series of 1-1 interviews throughout the day. Really enjoyed the interview process overall. Never felt any tough pressure, it was more just an intense, dynamic discussion of science all day. Interview was very technical, and also included discussion about what life was like at Amgen.

    Interview Questions
    • "Walk me through your rationale for the enhanced stereoselectivity in your process with your new set of conditions."   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Call from HR alerting me of an offer. Follow up call from director congratulating me on offer. Thought it over the weekend with another pending offer, then accepted the Amgen offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Amgen in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager will conduct the phone interview first. If they like you, then you will be invited for an onsite interview. It is a full day interview, multiple 1:1 or 1:2 interview with the higher title staff, then a group interview with the remaining of the department. Collective feedback is asked. But if someone strongly against the hiring, then the hiring manager will consider that opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • Give us an example to show how you solved a challenge problem.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Juncos, PR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Juncos, PR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Amgen in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I received a call from Amgen HR to set the day for the interview (which was set for the next day). The manager called about 20 minutes late but was nice enough to explain that there were some difficulties in the plan and apologized for the delay. He asked very basic questions about the position but unfortunately there were some aspects that I had never worked with. I can tell he sounded a little disappointed from my response of lack of experience in that particular field.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a little about yourself.   Answer Question
    • Explain some of the experiences you've had with science related work.   Answer Question
    • What experience do you have with protein purification methods and what equipment have you used?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Amgen in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview first, which was followed about 7-10 days later with an offer to come visit Thousand Oaks. I gave a seminar and interviewed all day. Everyone I spoke with was very positive, but I did get asked a lot of tough questions. About 10 days after interviewing I received an offer and accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was more than I expected so no negotiation was necessary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Amgen in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    phone interview by the hiring manager first, and after a week I was informed for on-site interview
    on-site interview, I need to give a 45 min presentation. 1:1 interview with many scientists. the final interview was with the hiring manager. the hiring manager was nice in the morning to me, but after my presentation, which I think I did a good job with, she became not that nice. At that time I already felt my chance to get the offer was slim. Now I realized she would like me to talk about my PhD work, not my postdoc research.
    Anyway, good experience although I didn't get the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • mainly technical questions. for example, why do you choose a kinase, which have broad range of functions, as you drug screening target?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Amgen in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for several jobs and had a contact send my CV and cover letter to the hiring managers. I was contacted by a hiring manager for a phone interview the same day. Questions were mostly about the science and she felt I wasnt the best candidate for the job.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the hardest challenge you faced in your research?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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