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Pacific Biosciences Interview Questions

Updated Sep 8, 2014
Updated Sep 8, 2014
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    Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    First there was a phone interview with a Lead Engineer which talked about the general stuffs. And asked me one thermal brain teaser question. A fresh boiled coffee poured into a cup and want to cold it down to drink. So should I put the cream into the coffee first or latter so that the coffee can be cold down quicker?

    The 1st on site interview happened after two weeks of the phone interview. There were the Recruiter, two Engineer and the Lead Engineer which I had talked on the phone. 30 minutes for each person, The recruiter kept saying that the people who are working there are so smart and so creative. I found most of the interviewers were easy going and smart too.

    The 2nd on site interview happened after another week. This time I met with two more senior engineers. I found them a little bit arrogant and they asked me some technical questions. I answered them but they did not explained or either commands on my answers. So I did not know I answered correctly or wrong. The questions included GD&D symbols, accuracy vs precision, beam bending (a ruler one side is made of steel and one side is made of aluminum, the aluminum and the steel are glued together with some flexible glue. What way will see more deflection under loading in the middle of the span, with the aluminum side down or the steel side down?)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone screening, then full day on site interview with a variety of people from different teams. Mix of technical questions and just get to know you sort of things. Possible to split up an interview schedule so it isn't so arduous but you'd have to ask for that explicitly or they'll just book a whole day.

    Interview Questions
    • Don't remember exactly. Some variety of difficult technical questions to gauge depth and breadth. But no stress interview questions particularly.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Submitted a resume on a tuesday night and received an e-mail within 24 hours scheduling a first phone screen/interview later that week. After a successful phone interview, I was invited the following week to be flown out and put up in a hotel to interview in Menlo Park. After a pretty intense 7 hour all day on-site interview, I felt confident, but of course still unsure whether or not I had gotten the job. The next day I received a phone call with a job offer and full expense paid relocation package.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you picture yourself in 5 years?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    The process involved first a phone interview and then an in-person interview on site. The in-person interview was very intense and lasted almost 7 hours. They didn't seem to have the process down very well, as I never got time for lunch or planned break. They also didn't have the timing right, one interviewer completely ran out of questions after 10 mins and we were supposed to talk for 45 mins. Overall the process was pretty repetitive; I felt like I was being asked the same things over and over by 8 different people. Lots of personality questions, felt like they were trying to trick you sometimes.

    The employees all seemed to genuinely enjoy their job, but there was a certain air of superiority, as if they felt they were better than everyone else because they worked at PacBio.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a conflict you've had with a colleague or superior, and how did you solve it?   Answer Question
    • What is your greatest weakness regarding this job?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied directly online and received a phone call the next day. Senior Recruiter seemed very inexperienced despite having been there a few years. They asked several basic questions. I misunderstood a lot of what they were trying to ask and was constantly interrupted when giving my answer. They almost seemed to belittle my experience by comparing their "rapidly growing" company with my smaller one. They were looking for someone to start the very next week, encouraging me to quit my job on the fly for a contract position, almost implying that PacBio is superior and anyone with an opportunity to get in, should. Despite my experience, I moved to the next phase of interviews.

    The director didn't seem too excited about the interview, almost as if they were just following protocol. Asked basic questions; nothing out of the ordinary. Gave a string of Boolean Logic and asked what each one meant. A few questions after that, they ended it quickly with a "We'll give you a call after we review."

    No call back. Quite frankly, not sure I'd be able to work with the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Referring to Boolean string: (developer or engineer)

      Why would I do this?
        View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    R&D Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Perused the company website for positions and found one that fit my background and experience. Applied online, received email invitation for an on-site interview a week later. All correspondence with recruiter (scheduling) was all done by email. Online application system is great - must create an account, but site is easy to navigate and you can log back in at a later time to check how your application is moving along. The recruiting process appears to be done all electronically via this system.

    I was told they usually bring in local candidates for 1:1 interview with the hiring manager in-lieu of a phone screen. 2-3 favorites get invited back for a second round of interviews with the team. First interview was with HM only. The majority of the interview was behavioral based questions pertaining to "WILL you do the job" and "CAN". Folks, come in prepared and stay sharp (ie. don't let your guard down!). Such a bummer I messed up on one "innocent" question. Oh well, lesson learned, but I still feel bad I blew it by not being more careful.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Stay alert and be prepare. They really asked step by step what yours skills set.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Fairly informal. Phone screen followed by panel interview, 1:1 and then finally interview with the "C" level person. Lot of questions around core competence and background. Very little on personality and culture fit. Overall, pretty positive experience. Nothing bad.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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