I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery.
Interview Details – On site interview with many people. Not much to prepare for, not much to expect in the interview.
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. I tried but they don't negotiate.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in September 2008.
Interview Details – There were two phone interviews prior to an in-person, day-long interview. I had to give a talk on prior work, and then 5 pairs of people each taking half an hour. I was taken to a nice lunch. I was not given a deep understanding of the concentration of decision-making processes at the very top of the company, and led to believe that I would have more authority and responsibility than I ended up having.
Interview Question – The interview went very well, with no real tough questions and it seemed like an excellent fit. I was asked about my understanding of molecular biology, engineering, machine shop practices, principles of operation of various lab equipment, statistics, etc. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate; it was 'take it or leave it'
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in March 2010.
Interview Details – About 8 interviews, overall straight-forward questions.
Reason for Declining – Different job
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in October 2010.
Interview Details – Lots of technical questions.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in February 2013.
Interview Details – The entire process with them was terrible. They refuse to answer emails outside of the business hours, which is unusual in my opinion but acceptable -- assuming they are willing to be halfway competent in communications during the day. First they completely butchered my travel plans to come interview with them, telling me they were impossible to fix. After a few calls to their travel companies, I was able to take care of the matter in a few hours, but it was their responsibility. They forgot to schedule a shuttle to take me from the hotel to the interview day, and when I had asked about this matter multiple times before, they said it was all worked out and that someone would find me in the lobby.
Therefore, after arriving almost an hour late to the interview (which they told me was in fact just a meeting to place me in a group, not a technical interview), they proceeded to run 5.5hrs of non-stop interviews. I thought lunch would be a nice break, but that was a joke when it turned out that I was eating with interviewers who thought the lunch was a good opportunity to grill me more thoroughly. After dealing with all of these problems, I lost my phone on the trip back, so I insisted that we needed to communicate by email in order to determine reimbursement forms.
The reimbursement process was the second-to-last straw, where I continued to email and call the company to no avail, with no one reimbursing me. After a month of this, I finally was able to contact a member to ask about reimbursement, and whether I had even gotten the position. They had apparently neglected to tell me that I had not received the position -- which I think is reasonable considering my lack of preparation for the unanticipated technical interview. However, when I told them that in the future it could be polite to let interviewees know that they had been rejected or accepted, they gave no apology for any of what I went through with them. (A simple "We are sorry that no one was in touch with you" would have sufficed.)
In retrospect, I am quite happy that I did not get accepted, or decide to go there. If they can't even run a recruitment, how can they possibly run a company? (Note that I had already passed two rounds of interviews which DID include technical questions, so they should have been treating me at least with some respect.)
Generally, I am not one to post my poor experiences with a company because I feel that sometimes miscommunications happen, and there is no reason to slander just because of a temporary dissatisfaction. This entire process happened about two months ago, and I decided that perhaps other people should be better informed. After coming to Glassdoor and seeing the countless negative reviews from people who have actually worked at the company, I feel strongly that company as a whole does not respect or value its' employees. This is not the kind of place you want to end up, whether it is for a couple of years, or the rest of your life.
Interview Question – Make sure to have read all the literature on electro chemiluminescence if you decide to interview with them, because they only want specialists. That said, you would be a complete idiot to want to work for them. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery.
Interview Details – Phone interview
Face-to-face interviews that lasted 7 hours
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