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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Scientist I Interview

Research Scientist I

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at University of Washington.

Interview Details – Phone interview with PI, then a face to face with PI and lead research scientist.

Interview Question – No behavioral question, only interest and prior experience.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Research Scientist III Interview

Research Scientist III
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Washington in March 2009.

Interview Details – The interview process was pretty relax for my unit. Since the laboratory unit is small, everyone from the lab were involved in the process. Their goal is to find a colleague that has the personality to match up with the rest of the people in the lab. The hiring is based the vote from everyone.

Interview Question – There wasn't too much technical questions for the position I was hiring for. I think they generally looking for someone who's trainable instead of someone who's already trained   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Scientist III Interview

Research Scientist III
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Washington in March 2008.

Interview Details – one interview, very casual.

Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist I Interview

Research Scientist I
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Washington in May 2008.

Interview Details – I met everyone in the lab, and interviewed directly with the lab manager and another investigator.

Interview Question – Faced with a managerial issue, how would you handle a confrontation with a co-worker and/or superior?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate much of anything.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist/Engineer I Interview

Research Scientist/Engineer I
Seattle, WA

The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at University of Washington in August 2011.

Interview Details – The phone interview was friendly and very quick. I was asked a few questions about my experience and my future career goals for the next few years. I was told that 50+ people had applied for the job, and that 6 were getting phone interviews, and 2 from those were getting in person interviews. From our interactions, it seemed that the PI already had someone else in mind.

Interview Question – Have you worked with mouse models?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist/Engineer III (Data Manager) Interview

Research Scientist/Engineer III (Data Manager)
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at University of Washington in November 2009.

Interview Details – I applied online, and received an email within two days. I spoke briefly on the phone with the biostatistician who was reviewing resumes. We went back and forth in email but I had a phone interview within a week (unusually fast for the University). The phone interview consisted partly of a description of the research study whose data quality was being checked (QC was a big part of this job) and the reporting, analysis, etc. necessary. The questions I answered had to do with why I was leaving my current position, what I had done with the relevant software (SAS), and so forth.

The next step was a skills test - ten SAS programming problems. Many were easy, some were at a fairly high skill level, but since I completed it on my own time, over a weekend, with full access to documentation, it was not a problem. I also sent the biostatistician sample code and process documents.

Within a week I heard back and was invited for an in-person interview - but first, there was a lengthy email discussion about salary (since I was a current employee of the University, my salary was posted with other state employees, and he was able to determine I was earning much more than the position was budgeted for. We were both still interested, so the in-person interview was scheduled.

I met with two other data managers (the position was advertised as "Data Manager" but the University classification was "Research Scientist/ Engineer III"), the biostatistician, and the principal investigator for the research project. It was an illuminating discussion; by the end it was clear (to me, at least) that the job would be better filled by someone who had a few years of SAS under her/ his belt rather than someone with database / project management experience (who would probably rock the boat).

I stayed at my current job. All in all, the experience was very positive - lots of mutual respect even though the fit wasn't right.

Interview Questions

  • Would you be comfortable just being a programmer?   View Answer
  • Are you comfortable with this level of pay cut?   View Answer


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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist
Seattle, WA

The process took a day - interviewed at University of Washington in December 2007.

Interview Details – The interview was very straight-forward, a presentation followed by a one on one with my future supervisor. The atmosphere was very laid back and not in the least bit stressful. I would say that the best indicator for success is your recommendations and the quality of your presentation.

Interview Question – They asked quite a bit about biochemical pathways and familiarity with western blotting etc.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had a better offer elsewhere


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist II Interview

Research Scientist II

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Washington.

Interview Details – My first interview was thorough. I met with four or five small groups, each of which has different questions to ask. I was not asked extensively about my previous work experience. I was brought in for a second interview for more personal inquiries because, as I found out later, they were considering a applicant with less experience but would fit better in their family atmosphere.

Interview Question – As I remember: "Describe an situation when you had to come up with a solution to an unforeseen issue."   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Research Scientist Interview

Research Scientist

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at University of Washington in August 2008.

Interview Details – The interview was for a lab position. It was fairly informal. I met the principal investigator, then talked with the others in the lab. They already knew what my qualifications were, so most of the interview was getting to know if I would be a good fit as far as personality (and if I would like them too!). The decision was made quickly and I was offered a position a couple days later.

Interview Question – None, it was all rather informal: my background; my goals; can I work weekends?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I asked for a few thousand more a year than I was paid with my previous job, but I was told there was no extra grant money. This always seems to be the excuse at the UW though. Next time, I would hold my ground and move on if not offered more.

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