Life Technologies Interview Questions in Carlsbad, CA

Updated Mar 28, 2014
Updated Mar 28, 2014
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  1.  

    Freelance Creative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Life Technologies in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Contacted via a recruiter at Aquent who screened my profile and portfolio. Portfolio then was sent to the Creative Department content manager who in tern contacted me. I was asked to come in for an interview with the Creative Director, Creative Manager and Art Director. Very casual and friendly interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult or unexpected, with the exception of the question about working on biotech without having expertise in the industry   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    First contact was a brief phone call by recruiter, screening for personality and interest.
    Second contact was an hour phone call from my to-be manager. Third contact was on-site 30 minute interview with manager, and 30 minute interview with department HR director. Fourth contact was phone call from initial recruiter, with offer.

    Interview Questions
    • None. Complete personality testing. Seemed very genuine, comfortable, and enjoyable.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Don't negotiate. The pay is great as it is, and there are lots of other students who they can easily hire.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Scientist III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very professional and smooth interview process

    Interview Questions
    • Give me an example of how you handeled conflicts in the past   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    They have mostly two interviews. If they like then they tell you during the interview. They have little bit slow process to get hire you.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They don't do negotiation for intern positions.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Life Technologies in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    The application is online. That is the only way to apply. It is good to know someone on the inside to refer you. A recruiter calls to confirm interest. There are several interviews, either 5 or 6. The interviews were one on one's that occurred back to back. It was an all day process in a special interviewing area. Specialty coffee, snacks and an onsite cafeteria was available. That was really nice. Overall every seemed really nice.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 and 10 years? Are you applying for any other positions? Why do you want to work here? Are you interested in this department as much as this position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    IT Business Analyst Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Life Technologies in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Had 2 telephonic interviews with the manager and head of operations. Questions were mostly on my past experience as an engineer. They wanted to know how fast I could pick new tools.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Market Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Life Technologies in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Received an email response from a recruiter, after applying online.
    Set up a phone interview for the following week.

    Recruiter was late to the call, and put me on hold twice before actually starting the discussion.

    Call topics ranged from my current compensation, what I was doing at my current position, to very, very briefly explaining what the new position entailed.

    After about 10 minutes, the recruiter said "I don't even know why I am interviewing you"; as if nobody had actually read my resume. The recruiter quickly thanked me for the time and interest, and that was it.

    I believe that the hiring manager had an urgent need to fill a position, maybe after an employee departure, and gave the recruiter my information. It felt like it was a slot to be filled, nothing more.

    However, I had a very poor impression of the recruiter, who in my sense was too busy and flustered to really articulate the company, department, or why I should enjoy working there.
    I felt that her entire day was running around putting out fires, which, although it may or may not be true, reflected on what the company is like.

    Interview Questions
    • What specific experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Mechanical Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial Phone interview with Recruiter, Followed by Phone Interview with Hiring Mgr and Potential Co-Worker. Final On-Site interview with HR, Hiring Mgr, and potential Co-Worker. Entire process took about 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss for me something recent that you have built or desinged.   View Answer
    • How do you work in a Team environment?   Answer Question
    • Why are you leaving/considering leaving your present job?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consisted of an initial phone screen with the recruiter, phone interview with the hiring manager and onsite round of interviews. The position was based out of town for me. I had applied online to their job posting and the recruiter reached out for an initial phone screen. After about a week, I was scheduled to speak with the hiring manager for about 45-50 minutes. The phone interview was basically to learn about my work experience, background and details around the specific job position/team at the company.

    After about 2 weeks of my phone interview with hiring manager, I was invited for the onsite interview to the company's HQ office. As it was based out of my current location, the company made all my travel arrangements for the onsite interview (airline booking, hotel and rental car reservations). They had company policies about reimbursement of expenses and all and it was very clearly communicated I was sent all the reservation details well ahead of my interview date. Everything was very well planned and coordinated.

    The onsite round was for 4 hours (30 minutes with 7 people). It was a long day as I met with 7 different team members (hiring manager, HR person, peers/co-workers and business partners etc). Most of the interviews were situational (case study types) and consisted of asking me about my previous work experience and how I would be a good fit to the team. There were a couple of technical questions around corporate finance, accounting and what kind of systems etc. I used in my previous positions. The interviewers were warm and friendly, and seemed genuinely interested in the interview process. The whole interview process went on smoothly and it was a good experience.

    For the next couple of weeks, I was in constant touch with the recruiter as they had a high level of interest in hiring me. As I was not a local candidate, I was asked about my relocation preferences a lot during the entire process. After about 2.5 weeks later, I was informed that they chose someone else for the position, and I got a rejection. Instead of dodging my just emailing me, the recruiter spoke to me over the phone and explained the team's decision. That was very nice in my opinion and just shows the level of transparency in a company's culture. The best part about the whole thing was that they were very transparent and excellent with their communication. I was always kept updated through the recruiter who offered me good support during the entire interview process. It was a great experience interviewing, meeting the team at their HQ and post-interview follow up/feedback. I am very impressed by their professionalism in conducting interviews (even for out-of-town candidates). Overall, a very good experience!!!

    Interview Questions
    • How do you value add, contribute to a position? Examples from previous roles.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Life Technologies.

    Interview Details

    got an phone call from HR first and then have a telephone interview with hire manager, bring to the onsite interview

    Interview Questions
    • Very common and detail question, prepared and review the job experince you already have   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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