PNNL Interview Questions in Richland, WA

Updated Aug 17, 2015
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    applied online. took several weeks before contacted via email for phone screen. friendly phone screen. bad match, but invited for onsite interview. met groups of one or two engineers for 30-60 minutes. never got a good overview of organization structure or vision. wasn't clear what the job was or what they were looking for. got the impression i was invited for interview as part of a diversity initiative since all people i met were white, american-born scientists - very unusual considering over 50% of engineering students in famous US universities are not white, not american-born. felt totally out-of-place, but not the fault of interviewers since i got the impression they were trying hard to be decent.

    Interview Questions

    • Q1: what languages do you program in? Q2: what is your ideal job? (no-win question) Q3: which do you prefer - patenting or publishing? (strange question) Q4: do you have any questions?   1 Answer
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    Staff Scientist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and received an email a month later for a phone interview. The phone interview was a two way discussion that went well, and I was later flown out for an on campus interview. The on campus interview lasted all day from 8:00 through dinner and included a 1-hour presentation.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were about my previous research or otherwise fairly standard. e.g. what do you want to do in 5 years, what are your hobbies, do you have any questions for us, ect.   Answer Question
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    Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    7:30 am having breakfast with group manager, security check in, 9:30am one-hour presentation and Q/A, 12:00pm lunch with group manager and colleagues, 2 on 1 interview for the rest of the day, 5:00pm interview with HR

    Interview Questions

    • How do you proceed your research in a "non-ideal" world in which many assumptions in your research don't hold?   Answer Question
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I had an excellent interview experience overall. I was referred to my lab manager by a colleague via email. The manager replied and we had two talks on the phone about my research, what he was looking for, and the details of the project. I was asked to complete an online application and I was then invited out to an on-site interview about a month later. The on-site interview went great; it was professionally organized and I met with probably a dozen different researchers. All seemed to be interested in sharing their experiences, and they were quite frank about their opinion of the group/lab. I was asked to give a 45 minute talk to a group of about 30 researchers from around the laboratory. The questions were no more difficult than those asked at my thesis defense and I generally got a good reception. I was then taken out to lunch and offered a tour of the various facilities. The lab allowed me to stay on for the weekend to explore the area and then I headed home. HR followed up about a month later with a formal offer, which I accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • There were a couple difficult technical questions during the presentation, but I was able to handle them.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The lab offered a generous package of compensation, but they would not negotiate on any points. I have heard that some of the divisions at the lab are more amenable to negotiating, so this may be different for other people.

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    A phone interview- gave a 15 min presentation followed by questions on my work and also on skill set. Questions were reasonable. Waited for about 3 months and then got notified that I got an in-person interview. Flew me out to the site and had a full day interview, met different scientists and gave a seminar on my work.

    Interview Questions

    • To give a presentation in my research. At both interviews.   Answer Question
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    Post Masters Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA).

    Interview

    Initial communication came from a very helpful admin, who kept me informed and quickly setup up the initial phone screening. The phone conversation had a nice flow to it and the interviewers did not waste time with typical interview questions, which was very refreshing. The on-site interview was scheduled 2 weeks later and took place from 9am to 3pm. It consisted of one-one interviews with potential mentors, colleagues and managers, tours and panel interviews. Very thorough, but I felt comfortable going through the process. They make it very apparent that you should be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. It was, by far, the longest interview of my life, but I can't say it was painful. It wasn't easy by any means, it was just very high caliber and well organized.

    Interview Questions

    • What do your peers view as your strengths and weaknesses? Followed immediately by what you view as your strengths and weaknesses.   Answer Question
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    Business Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    The actual PNNL hiring process is great. They are quick to respond and are professional while, at the same time, are casual enough with you that you remember that they are people. First off, you submit an application online with your resume for the position you want. Next, you will wait around 2 months until they go through all of the applications and contact you with a possible interview. You will then have a one-on-one structured interview. Following this, if they think that you're worth the money, they will do a full background check. This is the only annoying part because, for some reason, the company that did the background check was inept. Once that is all done, you will or will not receive an offer of employment which you have approximately a week to accept.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when things did not work out as you had hoped. How did you respond or react?   1 Answer
    • How have you shown leadership in an activity that you have participated in?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was not given an opportunity as an intern.

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    I knew the hiring manager very well before i got hired since we dusscussed the academic issues in some conferences. I saw a job posting online which was very similr to his research area. At that time I was looking for a new position so I applied immediately. I also checked with him and it turned out that he needed a person for replacement. I was given an offer soon without an interview since we knew each other quite well.

    Interview Questions

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    Tech Intern IV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    First an application was made online at the PNNL website. After uploading my resume and answering some questions I received a call approximately 4 weeks after my initial applications. I was first given a phone interview and then a face to face interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your interests? What are your career goals? Do you plan on getting a graduate degree?   Answer Question
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richland, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at PNNL (Richland, WA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Very formal interviewing process. Committee members knew well what they are looking for. But they did not understand my presentation about my research. Nobody asked critical questions about my research. During the entire interview I do not fell any challenges.

    Interview Questions

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