Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Interview Questions

Updated Jun 14, 2015
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    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Livermore, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online, and it took a few weeks for them to get back to me, since they were not in any rush to fill this new position. I had two phone interviews, one with HR and one with my supervisor. That was the extent of the interview process that I had. They mostly just asked questions about my experience, what kind of position I was looking for, and what my plans for the future are. They told me quite a bit about the position and the requirements and hours. I was called back a week or so after the second phone interview with a job offer. The background check is a lengthy process; it takes 4 to 6 weeks. The process begins once the position is accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your biggest roadblock/struggle in the workplace?   Answer Question
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    Material Science Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in February 2015.

    Interview

    I got an email from one of the staff scientists about a month after submitting my application to schedule an interview. I received an offer 5 days after the interview once he was done interviewing other applicants. Very fast process.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were about my resume -- the past work I did, and some follow-up questions based on what I told him. The interview was mostly me asking him questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, besides start/end date

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    Student Security Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in February 2015.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview, and I recall it was with the HR/recruiter person who contacted me, the division manager, and my would-be-supervisor, but the lineup might have been different. Initially, I had the opportunity to ask questions of my own. The interview itself was pretty simple, probably because I'm a freshman and they didn't expect much. I was asked about some points of interest on my resume, and told to elaborate on them. I stuttered on some questions, but was told I did pretty well for a freshman. The interview was pretty simple. It was probably because of their low expectations for me. After that, I pretty much had the job. That was it, just emails and a phone interview for me.

    Following the interview, there was a lot of paperwork, such as a mini background check, drug test, and submission of school transcripts. I got a simple job in the end, so I guess that explains the simple application and interview.

    Interview Questions

    • On your resume, I see you have done some project/course. Explain the project/course: what did you do, and learn from it?   Answer Question
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    Administrative Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Interview

    Interview process was quick, easy, flexible. Contacted by phone after applying online. Had an in-person panel interview. My interviewers were engaging and asked great questions. Wasn't painful and didn't have to waste time going through a resume rundown. Asked back for a second interview and early the next week received an offer. Everything just clicked and I felt it all went very well.

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    I was interviewing from out of town, so the interview process was condensed and intense (more than a full day of interviews with various teams, plus dinner with the team I was applying for afterward) and highly technical. They were very accommodating, however, and game to answer questions about the area and lifestyle as well as the research being done. I get the sense that the process is highly tailored by the team/lab you are applying to; apart from checking in with security and some basic background-check style questions, there wasn't much in the way of HR boilerplate.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked a rather involved question about neural networks, an area I had indicated a casual interest in, but that wasn't really relevant to the work I was applying for. I suspect it was simply a feeler for my level of integrity done by someone who would know if I was being untruthful.   Answer Question
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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Interview

    Apply through the website at www.llnl.gov. Be patient the process is slow. Be prepared to discuss what is on the job posting, but bring any project or work experience you have. If you applied in the past and did not get an interview right out of school keep trying, after getting some work experience. Think of how you documented projects in the past and what sort of safety concerns you had to overcome if any.

    Interview Questions

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in June 2014.

    Interview

    Candidates must apply using Lhire online system. Hiring manager gets spammed by system with applications and are down selected based on criteria. Phone screen follows down selection. All day interview follows for those that do well or at least okay in phone screen. Candidates are interviewed by individual team members throughout the day based on posting criteria. Two month window to get hiring package to candidate based on preliminary clearances mostly

    Interview Questions

    • I personally ask a Object-Oriented design question that must be done on a white board   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Short and sweet

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    Health & Safety Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Livermore, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA).

    Interview

    30 years ago. Tech school recommendation. Invitation to apply. Interview scheduled with Supervisor & Superintendent.

    Interview Questions

    • when asked to work overtime what would you do about your children?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    telephone conversation regarding practical issues concerning moving over 100 miles as a single mother with 2 little kids. Offer was made verbally & accepted before a written offer was sent thru the mail.

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    Lawrence Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I had to submit a research proposal with the support of my adviser and proposed supervisor. There was no interview for this position.

    Negotiation

    None

  11. Helpful (1)  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Livermore, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA).

    Interview

    First interview by phone with HR recruiter. Second interview a panel of 5. They gave me 3 topics to give a 15 minute presentation on my choice. It was a 1 hour interview. The remaining 45 minutes were the panel of 5 asking questions about previous work I had done, why I wanted to work there, etc. People were nice and helpful. The Lab is 1 square mile of buildings that previously was a military base. Some of the buildings are old barracks converted to offices. Most of the buildings are 40-60 years old. Some have been remodeled to a small degree but there is little money for nice buildings when funding is intended for science. In many of the older buildings the HVAC is unbalanced – some offices freeze while others overheat. They have taxis and electric and regular cars that you can check out to go to meetings in buildings on the other side of the campus. Bicycles are all over and can be used by whoever picks it up to ride around. Somewhat of an entitlement work culture. Many employees have been there 20+ years.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    It was mostly verbal until a salary was agreed upon. Then I received a written letter of acceptance to sign.

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