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Life Technologies Interview Questions & Reviews in Carlsbad, CA

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Freelance Creative Interview

Freelance Creative
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – 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

Intern Interview

Intern
Carlsbad, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – 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

Scientist III Interview

Scientist III
Carlsbad, CA

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

Interview Details – Very professional and smooth interview process

Interview Question – Give me an example of how you handeled conflicts in the past   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Developer Intern Interview

Software Developer Intern
Carlsbad, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – They do not ask difficult question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They don't do negotiation for intern positions.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

IT Business Analyst Intern Interview

IT Business Analyst Intern
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – Nothing out of ordinary. It was a smooth process.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Market Development Manager Interview

Market Development Manager
Carlsbad, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – What specific experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Mechanical Engineer III Interview

Mechanical Engineer III
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through a recruiter and 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.

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Carlsbad, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – How do you value add, contribute to a position? Examples from previous roles.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Systems Engineer II Interview

Systems Engineer II
Carlsbad, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – 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?

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