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Life Technologies Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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Very Easy Interview

Associate Manufacturing Technician Interview

Associate Manufacturing Technician

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in March 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through Kelly Scientific and they arranged a group interview. The group interview was a tour of the building and you are expected to ask questions - the more questions and more interested you are, the better your chances are of being hired. They tell you what the company does, your expectations, and it's your job to come up with the relevant questions.

Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions because they weren't the ones asking questions - you were. That was the hardest part - to think up questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I went through an agency so there was no negoations.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Global Market Development Manager Interview

Global Market Development Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies.

Interview Details – Panel Interviews. Usually explore for character traits (leadership, innovation, etc.)

Interview Question – Dependent upon interviewer. Perhaps exploring past failure.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No your value in the market. Understand Thermo is buying Life and may shake things up.


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Product Manager Interview

Senior Product Manager
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies in August 2013.

Interview Details – The role was for a Product Manager for software systems for a profitable Product Line. I was contacted by recruiter after a employee referral.

First round of interview was with Hiring Manager: It went really well - The HM was through in self introductions, company, product line, expectations from Product Manager and provided me an opportunity to describe relevant experiences. I was asked about mature product management, hurdle rates for projects and patiently answered my questions as well.

I was then invited for an onsite interview:
The first part of interview was a 1 Hour PPT - 5 people were in the room and 2 people dialed in. I thought PPT went well - audience were engaged, they had great questions but there was no participation from folks on the phone

Then I had an interview with a Project Manager - that was more of a peer level interview - good discussion on past projects etc

This was followed by a lunch interview with Hiring manager's boss - it was good discussion covering lots of topics about my past experience, career course, education - vision for company etc.

Then I interviewed with another Director that worked closely with the team - the interviewer was cordial and touched on expectations for the role.

This was followed by 3 1:1's with Product Managers with varied experiences and expertise.

Finally, I interviewed with the Hiring Manager who asked me about my thoughts on PPT. He then asked me about previous performance reviews, 3-5 year plan. When asked for feedback he mentioned that they were looking for a PM that can work extremely close with their customer base.

After a week I got call from the recruiter explaining that they would pass on me for the opportunity. They wanted someone with more senior experience and more in the domain

Interview Question – Areas of Improvement - from Previous Performance Review   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

IT Manager Interview

IT Manager

Interviewed at Life Technologies

Interview Details – full day interview with multiple up/down IT people and at least one person from the business/business partner area

Interview Question – deep dive technical questions about issues obviously specific to their environment and configuration   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – able to negotiate salary and options


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

Senior Engineer Interview

Senior Engineer

I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Life Technologies.

Interview Details – 3 interviews, mostly cultural fit / behavioral questions.

Negotiation Details – Was told not to negotiate due to the VP of the department being very stingy at the time.


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

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
San Francisco, CA

I interviewed at Life Technologies in May 2013.

Interview Details – Asked about technical molecular biology skills and some molecular biology concepts. Went over your resume and asked you to describe your experience and skills. Phone interview with three people via conference call, all described their individual projects and what the intern was going to do. Interview lasted about 30 minutes

Interview Question – Describe plasmid cloning   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Scientist Interview

Scientist
Madison, WI

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Life Technologies.

Interview Details – Phone interview followed by in person.

Interview Question – All questions were in the realm of expectedness   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Technical Sales Specialist Interview

Technical Sales Specialist

I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Life Technologies in July 2013.

Interview Details – I was reached out by the in house recruiter and had a pleasant conversation. I was then moved forward to the hiring manager. Great conversations ensued and I was moved on to the next step which was to phone interview with three of the hiring managers colleagues from higher directors to other DMs. Final interview was face to face with the hiring manager and then offer letter followed.

Interview Question – Many behavioral questions, why decide this field now? Worse client and how did you react? What value can you bring to our company?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Tried to negotiatie but was not given a counter offer at all.

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