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Updated Apr 2, 2014

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Web Developer Interview

Web Developer

The process took 2+ months - interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in February 2014.

Interview Details – Like others here have said, it took the better part of two months to hear back. So long that I'd written them off and for the most part had forgotten I'd even applied.

Phone interview: Recruiter seemed to enjoy spending more time talking about a lot of hot air than actually listening. When asked about tangible benefits like paid holidays he said, "We offer more paid holidays than banks! Look on a calendar and if it's a holiday we probably observe it!" Yet he didn't answer the question.

When asked about paid vacation he dodged again, and in a round about way said two weeks, following that up with a lengthy statement about how you really could take as much time as you wanted regardless what the actual vacation policy is, that it's really no problem. Umm... Yeah... Sure...

The salary range was abysmally low. I understand that working for 1) big orgs, and 2) big non-profit orgs tends to skew the salary on the low end, but you could make more money slinging burgers at a fast food joint.

The recruiter told me during the interview that they were also hiring a Senior Dev position that would manage the group (the worst of both worlds, IMO). It was a positin I was unaware of and when I asked if he could tell me more about it as it fit my skill set better, he said I should go onto their site and look it up and get back to him because he didn't have it in front of him. I replied via email with some general questions about salary, expectations, time spent managing vs time spent coding, etc., and didn't hear anything back. After 10 days I sent a polite follow up email, more out of annoyance than anything else, and the recruiter replied a week after that to apologize that he'd been out of town (odd, as there were no OOO auto-replies) and that I should call him and he'd be happy to answer my questions. Again, dodging the questions I put to him.

For all the great work FHCRC does, they certainly make a sleazy impression on the recruiting end. Between an insultingly low salary and a recruiter that came across more like a used car salesman, I decided not to pursue things further. Thanks, no thanks.

Interview Question – Really, the most difficult thing was getting through the phoner without wanting to shout at the recruiter to stop talking about himself.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Lab Aide Interview

Lab Aide
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Interview Details – Applied online and did not hear back for a few weeks. Followed up by e-mail to lab coordinator. Scheduled phone interview a month after applying online. Asked basic questions: "post-graduation plans? Long-term goals? Why our lab?" Was then asked to come in for an in-person interview. Was greeted by the coordinator who interviewed me for half an hour then interviewed by two other lab technicians who are currently working in the lab. Very friendly and inviting. Asked lots of questions regarding scenarios that can occur in the lab, calculating concentrations, etc.

Interview Question – Calculating molarity or specific lab preparation questions: "If you have a stock concentration of X M...etc."   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Protocol Review Coordinator Interview

Protocol Review Coordinator
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in April 2012.

Interview Details – Submitted my application online due to internal employee referral, receive phone call next day to schedule phone interview. Phone interview was casual and had the usual preliminary questions. Received call back later to schedule in person approximately 7 days. In-person interview consisted of 2 department employees and was somewhat casual. Honest and frank discussion about expectations, environment and growth potential. Was told about next steps and had a delayed response in communication (more than 10 days). When I did receive a phone call it was to say their process is taking longer than expected and that I should be hearing back "soon". Have yet to receive that communication.

Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to leave you current employer for this position at The Hutch?   Answer Question
  • What kind of leadership/management style do you work best in?   Answer Question

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Administrative Interview

Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in February 2012.

Interview Details – The phone interview lasted for 30 minutes. The in person interview lasted for about 15 minutes. HR asked two very broad questions that did not allow me to go into detail about my work experiences. It seemed like they had a candidate already in mind because I felt rushed. Apply here if you want to waste your time. A better recruiting and interviewing process needs to be implemented in HR. This was the worst interview experience ever.

Interview Questions

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Statistician Interview


The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in April 2011.

Interview Details – behavior questions, more technical questions and the phone interview last for like30 mins.

Interview Question – how much do you except the salary to be?   Answer Question

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