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    Computational Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fremont, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fremont, CA
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    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Verseon in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    I had two phone interviews for a scientist position at Verseon. The first was with a recruiter who asked general questions about my scientific background and computational/mathematical skills. Following this I had an interview with the hiring scientist. In this interview I was asked in more detail about scientific programming skills- what languages had I coded in, how many lines was the largest code I had written, as well as questions about the types of simulations I had worked on (molecular dynamics, fluid dynamics). I was also given a number of puzzles. For example: suppose you have a lighter two ropes that will each burn for one hour if lit from one end. How would you measure a time of exactly 45 minutes?

    Interview Questions
    • You are given two ropes and a lighter. This is the only equipment you can use. You are told that each of the two ropes has the following property: if you light one end of the rope, it will take exactly one hour to burn all the way to the other end. But it doesn't have to burn at a uniform rate. In other words, half the rope may burn in the first five minutes, and then the other half would take 55 minutes. The rate at which the two ropes burn is not necessarily the same, so the second rope will also take an hour to burn from one end to the other, but may do it at some varying rate, which is not necessarily the same as the one for the first rope. Now you are asked to measure a period of 45 minutes. How will you do it?   View Answer
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