Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.
It started with a phone call from HR person for a screening conversation. Then had a phone interview with the hiring manager the following day. This phone interview was easy "tell me about your experience with..." questions. Then had 2 in person interviews, both seemed to go well, with questions that were really designed to not have 'right' or 'wrong' answers. Definitely several people had socially ackward communication styles (several people at the interview would speak with no eye contact, mumble, speak like they were talking to a table across the room). Social ackwardness is totally not a big deal from my perspective though, but some people might not be, so I'm mentioning that. It took about 3 weeks after applying to have phone interview, then another week for 1st in person interview, then another 2 weeks for the 2nd in person interview.
- How do you handle competing project deadlines? Answer Question
- Describe a situation where you used data analysis that you are proud of? Answer Question
- Why do you want to work at Fred Hutch, and why this particular position? Answer Question
- What sets you apart as unique? Answer Question
- If you have to tell somebody bad news, how do you go about doing that? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.
Five weeks after I applied online, I received an email invitation for a phone interview. I interviewed with a person from HR and he asked me really basic questions about how my qualifications fit the requirements listed in the job description. He sounded really positive and told me he would call me in 3 days to set up another interview with the department heads. I never heard from him again. I emailed him once, maybe a week later, just to check in and see if he wanted to set something up. Nothing.
- Tell me about your quality assurance experience. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in January 2015.
I applied online through their website. One of their recruiters contacted me by phone about a week later. She asked me a few questions about my background and told me someone else would call me to set up an interview time. The other recruiter called me the next day to schedule my interview.
At Fred Hutch, I met with the PI of the lab. He asked me a few questions about my background, then showed me around the lab and introduced me to everyone working there. The whole thing took less than an hour.
- Tell me about yourself. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA).
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.
- Calculating molarity or specific lab preparation questions: "If you have a stock concentration of X M...etc." Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in April 2012.
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.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in February 2012.
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.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in January 2012.
Everything is coordinated through HR, which makes the process a bit clumsy.
1) HR contacts you to set up a phone interview. If scheduling is a problem they may need to call the manager and then call you back, rinse and repeat. 2) If phone interview is good, HR contacts you to set up in-person interview. Again, this can be a pain to get scheduled. 3) Possible multiple in-person interviews. Mine were all fairly casual Q&A type events--no tests or anything like that. 4) HR will contact you with an offer. In my case, when I countered the offer the HR person was able to respond without checking in with a manager, so I guess they were given a cap ahead of time. 5) Once hired, work with HR to fill out paperwork!
- They asked why I would leave my old job if I loved it so much (I'd raved about it earlier in the conversation). 1 Answer
There was very little negotiation. They made an offer, I made a counter offer, they said "we can only go as high as X" and that was sufficient.
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in January 2012.
Multiple interviews with several people at each interview. Interviewing process is unnecessarily drawn out.
- What makes you think you can raise optimism? Answer Question
Not able to negotiate for higher salary.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in November 2011.
The first interview was with the hiring manager, the second interview was with the team, and the third interview was with others with whom the position would work closely. The total number of interviews seemed extremely excessive for a simple contract position. Everyone was nice enough, but some personalities seemed belligerent and unfamiliar with legally acceptable interview questions.
- What interests you about this position? Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) in February 2011.
They were very respectful, informative and straight forward. I very much enjoyed meeting their HR/Recruiting staff, as well as the team members. They have a very nice campus and benefits-- I think anyone would be lucky to work there. I did turn them down, but will potentially apply there again in the future if I am job hunting again.
- Do you understand statistical language 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
Financial offer from another organization was more money.
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