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Thermo Fisher Scientific Interview Questions

Updated Oct 12, 2014
Updated Oct 12, 2014
137 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Inside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Management wants to see how you can differentiate Thermo Fisher from competitors and that you have a customer focused attitude. They are looking for go getters who can close sales and build long-term relationships with customers.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you differentiate yourself from a competitor that sells the exact same products and services as you? Essentially the Wal Mart vs. Target conundrum.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Product Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Interview Details

    Initially applied in late July and was contacted the same week for an HR/recruiter phone interview. Very simple and pleasant conversation.
    A week later I phone interviewed with the hiring manager. Very technical oriented questions in which I did not have all the answers but admitted what I did and did not know honestly.
    A couple weeks later I was contacted for an on site series of interviews. Overall, I interviewed with 5 other people, and most were product managers/directors, one was with an HR person. Interviews were a good mix of technical and behavioral questions and all were fairly pleasant. No one was trying to grill me, but they were interested in what I knew and who I was as a person.

    About a month passed until I was contacted once again with an offer. Overall, the process took awhile, but to me they were trying to be very diligent with this hire. 3

    Interview Questions
    • Different chemistry related questions related to separations of different analyte molecules in HPLC systems.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    12 weeks from start to finish.

    Contacted by recruiter. Several weeks of back and forth questions to align cv to profile. Phone screen by recruiter.

    Phone interview with hiring manager. Phone interviews with five more potential colleagues. Informed I'm the leading and likely candidate.

    No activity or feedback for several weeks.

    In person interview with hiring manager. Same feedback. Leading candidate, no new candidates being seen.

    No activity or feedback for several weeks.

    Asked to fly to another location for a full day of in person interviews with the same six individuals. Arrived to find at least four other candidates new to the process.

    All scripted behavioral questions (two per person).

    Informed by recruiter via a one sentence e-mail that I wasn't selected. Follow up e-Mail and calls not returned.

    Summary: Over 25 hours invested over 3 months. Almost impossible to maintain communication or visibility, what little feedback I received did not align with how the process was actually progressing.

    Overall a disappointing experience and expensive lesson.

    I do believe the company, it's people, and products are good .. This process reflects poorly on them and I sincerely hope it improves.
    Informed

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    MBA Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Interview Details

    [This concerns the final round interview at HQ outside of Boston. My first round on campus was very short and normal.]

    Boring and uncreative. I interviewed with four people from different areas, and each of them just had a stock sheet from HR with questions on it that they were supposed to ask - a script, basically. Why even bother? I felt like I could have just filled out an online questionnaire and saved these people some time. More than one of them started off with, "Okay, so I have this list of questions I have to ask you..." The people themselves were perfectly nice, and one even seemed surprised at the end when I asked her some questions about her specific job. There was a group case with the other candidates, which was pretty awkward, but I guess that's the point. A couple of T-F people sat in the room the whole time (while we prepared the presentation and while we gave it) to evaluate us.

    Most of the other candidates that interviewed on the same day seemed bored too. I'm usually a quiet guy, but on multiple occasions, I felt like I had to carry a conversation. Even in between interviews, when we'd all be waiting in a hallway with an HR rep, everyone was just standing around looking at their shoes or something. It was kinda bizarre - like no one was even faking interest. The office seemed completely dead too. I can't remember seeing a single employee other than the ones on my schedule (we didn't get a tour) - it might as well have been an empty building for all I know.

    I had to wait a month after the interview to get a response from them. I sent two followup emails to HR inquiring about the status of hiring for the position that went unreturned. Ultimately, I didn't get an offer. I honestly feel a bit like I dodged a bullet there because the structure of the program is ideal for me and I might have been tempted to take it if they'd offered me a position.

    Interview Questions
    • See above. All of the questions were painfully, excruciatingly expected. Just read off of a script.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Design Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Logan, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Logan, UT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    HR out of California contacted me initially. The HR person new very little as to what the specifics of the position or the actual manufacturing being done at the facility. Next phone interview with engineering manager over division. Second phone interview by engineering manager in a different division. Then on sight interview with mass interview with engineers.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were prepared and documented. Cases dealt with what have you done when you encountered a situation A,B,C and down the line. Such as - what do when given a task which is beyond abilities, How deal with decisions that you don't agree with, Dealing with dead-lines etc. Basic character situation and examples on how you handled them.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    R&D Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Current employee referred me for this position through the company's website. Received a phone interview with recruiter, followed by hiring manager a few days later. Went for an on-site interview the following week and received job offer 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your biggest challenge in your present position, and how did you solve this problem.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Material Handler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview was brief and went smoothly. However, the in person interview was intimidating, lengthly and didnt go so well. If you are one that is outgoing and easy to talk with BUT cannot answer hard, unexpected questions off the top of your head, be prepared.

    Interview Questions
    • It had something to do with making up a scenario and acting out how I would handle it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Interview Details

    Good experience, interviewed with five managers, all asked about work experience and a few behavioral questions. Nothing really out of the ordinary. I would recommend be prepared for any type of question

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a difficult situation you had , and how did you deal with it   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockford, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockford, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    There are little "exercises" during the interview that are designed to put the candidate on the spot. Though I do understand the purpose of this, I felt as though it could filter out extremely qualified candidates because the intent is to get a quick response, I guess, as opposed to a quality thorough analysis. I believe some people are quick on their feet whereas others are more careful and thorough before presenting ideas. I believe the latter would be a more appropriate trait for an Analyst position.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Planner/Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, I received an email from a recruiter within 1-2 weeks received an email requesting a phone interview. A couple days later had a fairly basic half hour interview with a recruiter mostly talking about my recent positions and filling me in on the job. A few days later had another phone interview of about an hour long, this time with a supply chain manager (not the hiring manager for the position, but similar), again discussing employment history, and the job . Finally, after another week had an in person interview for about 2.5 hours, including 1 hour with hiring manager, and half hour each with 3 colleagues.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions in both phone and in person interviews pertained to my job experience, and how it related to the position applied for, including knowledge of MRP systems, methods of forecasting and ordering, etc. There were a couple questions asking to describe projects led, or difficult situations that I had to deal with.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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