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Amphastar Interview Questions

Updated Feb 22, 2017
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Amphastar.

    Interview

    Interview with two engineers, they did not seem interested in the answers. All other interview reviews on glassdoor are accurate, study the questions they ask the same ones. There is also a written quiz. Sample questions: mass balance, importance of mixing.

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    Assistant Shipping/Receiving Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Called me for an interview then did a face to face with the Hr representative and shipping/receiving manager.asked me basic questions on what I currently do and if I has any questions for them about the job

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    Chemical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Amphastar.

    Interview

    They have a test prepared for you.
    Then they will start asking your experience.
    Finally, the manager for your department will come and talk to you.
    They will then let you know if they want you or not.

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar (Los Angeles, CA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Two people, each one at a time. first one is HR ask about some basic information such like why you apply for our company or salary requirement etc. Second one is the director who check you background and ask your experience about engineering work

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I applied through Craigslist and then got a call. I briefly met up with someone from HR and then after speaking with her and going over my resume with her I then had a more technical interview with 2 people. They asked me specific questions about my skills and classes. After this there was an 8 question "Process Engineer" test with multiple sections.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the step by step procedure of scaling up.   Answer Question
    • What is a polymorph and how does it affect the pharmaceutical company?   Answer Question
    • What are the process limits of a centrifuge, an autoclave, and a vaccum?   Answer Question
    • Describe the basic engineering principles of how a fridge works? Why is it important to know vapor pressure equilibrium in a closed box that is heating up?   Answer Question
    • When you are scaling up why is it important to place special consideration to the heating up and cooling down process? Why is it important to pay attention to the mixing? Name 5 different mixers found in the pharmaceutical industry.   Answer Question
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    Chemical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The whole process took around more than 2 hours in total. Firstly, the HR manager asked regular questions such as expected salaries and explained the position. Then, the technical supervisor came in and asked technical questions about experiences on resume. Lastly it's one hour exam with 8 questions which requires one to memorize simple chemical engineering equations (Bernoulli equations, Navier Stokes equations, etc) and simple calculations.

    Interview Questions

    • U shape calculation using Bernoulli equations   Answer Question
    • Heat exchange calculations using energy balance   Answer Question
    • Technical explanations about flow chart and blueprint   Answer Question
    • Particle suspension calculation about the steady state velocity of falling particles   Answer Question
    • Phase analysis question about the super critical point of Nitrogen   Answer Question
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    Entry Level Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I talked to two Engineers of the group first, and then HR (about the benefit of working in this company and their health insurance). And then the Leader or the supervisor of the Engineer group.

    Interview Questions

    • Is all about my resume, my performance at school, the courses I like and the projects I did, and then how do you know about the company.   2 Answers
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    I applied to this position through Craigslist. After about 1.5 weeks, someone from HR contacted me about scheduling an interview. When I came for the interview all the security guards and receptionists were really friendly and helpful about any questions I had.

    When I checked in with the receptionist, I was given a job application to fill out which contains a reference section and all the other basic education and previous work experience sections to fill out, so be ready to do that and come a little earlier to your interview to fill it out. I waited about 10 minutes after I finished the application until a different HR person came out and called me in to start the interview.

    I was questioned by 3 interviewers who did not seem too ready for the interview because I felt that they never bothered to even look at my resume until the actual interview since the first thing one of them mentioned was that he just noticed I had biological sciences background and education. In the end they just asked me about basic computer skills and how I planned to use my education for a career in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Had a very short interview, and there were no difficult questions, they asked very basic questions about computer skills (Word, Excel, Acrobat etc.) and what I planned to do in the future.   Answer Question
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    QC Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar in October 2012.

    Interview

    After responding to a job posting via email and sending in my resume, HR called to set up and interview. Just before the interview filled out the official application and then was called in. Usually its the HR rep with the department manager or supervisor of the position. Went over a copy of the resume I brought. The manager will ask questions about experience and technical questions while the HR rep will ask questions about career goals and longevity of staying with the company. After interview is complete you take a quiz (depending on the position) that tests either knowledge or ability to use an SOP.(Standard operating procedure). After the quiz HR will call you to offer you the position and tell you what day to come in(this can take days to a few weeks). First day of work you fill out a bunch of paperwork, and start reading all the SOPs that are needed for your position.

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    Negotiation

    HR rep calls and offers the position and pay rate and I accepted immediately so not much of a negotiation.

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    Process Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amphastar (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in July 2012.

    Interview

    Saw an ad on Craigslist. Submitted resume via e-mail. I was contacted about an interview at their Rancho Cucamonga offices by phone.

    The interview was fairly straightforward behavioral questions. The process design manager gave the interview.

    This was followed by a short test involving a fairly simple mass balance question. While it seemed a bit complicated, there was just a lot of unnecessary information.

    Interview Questions

    • A false pharmaceutical synthesis process was described involving hemoglobin and iron. The question asked to track what % of iron was lost throughout the process, which involved filtration, washing, etc. The entire question was a simple mass balance that required the test taker to sort out only the necessary information and use a bit of linearization and extrapolation.   Answer Question
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