Palo Alto Research Center
Palo Alto Research Center Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Palo Alto Research Center in February 2012.
Interview Details – I applied for the position online and was contacted for an interview within 2 weeks. It was a 45-minute phone interview to find out how my experiences matched the needs of the position and included a brief brainstorming session. The questions were not unexpected since I had applied specifically for this position online.
Interview Question – Questions were expected and related to the job description. Answer Question
Scientist, Postdoctoral Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Palo Alto Research Center.
Interview Details – 1. oral presentation of my PhD research for 1hr. Getting and answering questions during the presentation.
2. lunch meeting with a small group of researchers who are interested in detail discussion.
3. 1:1 meetings with hiring manager and some technical managers
Interview Question – Most questions are reasonable. Answer Question
Research Interm Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Palo Alto Research Center
Interview Details – I was for the summer research interm position by a research staff and a fellow. There was only one interview. It was short and involve a broad spectrum of knowledge, particularly about machine learning and statistics. After that, I was asked to describe my current research work. I nailed both and, after a few casual questions, I get the offer.
Interview Question – Machine Learning Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Member of Research Staff Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Palo Alto Research Center.
Interview Details – I was assigned a design problem one week before the interview, which involved making 3D models (either in CAD or by hand; I chose to do it with CAD) and 2D drawings. I had to make a 45-minute presentation for a group of 20-30 people about the design problem or previous projects; I chose to talk about previous projects because I was warned that if I had talked about the design problem and answered it incorrectly, then I would have had little chance to get the job. I was interviewed initially by a project lead on the phone, and then on site I interviewed with 10 scientists and engineers who mostly asked challenging technical questions. Overall, one of the most challenging interview processes I've ever experienced.
Interview Question – The design problem was challenging, and in general, the interviewers' technical questions were challenging. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate the salary some.