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Cepheid Interview Questions

Updated Jan 5, 2018
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cepheid.

    Interview

    Interview process was pretty standard until the in person.

    I met with the head of the department and one of the associate PMs.

    The head was fine - he seemed like he really knew what he was talking about.

    The associate PM interview was. a. joke. She thought that IT infrastructure is similar (or the same) as sprint planning and deployments. When I tried to correct her, she was adamant, and it really poisoned the pot.

    Needless to say, I didn't hear back, but it's probably for the best.

    Interview Questions

    • no questions to share, pretty standard (what's the most technical thing you've ever done, how long are the timelines for your projects, etc)   1 Answer

  2.  

    Buyer/Planner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Cepheid.

    Interview

    Was interviewed in person by the Director of Procurement. Very pleasant review and interviewer read the resume and knew my background well. Straight forward and offered
    the position on the spot. This was the first time I had an on the spot offer.

  3.  

    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cepheid.

    Interview

    Applied online, after two weeks got an email from the hr for scheduling a phone interview. The phone interview was just a walk through the resume. after a week got an onsite scheduled, again rescheduled by the interviewer. The onsite interview was bit tough.

    Interview Questions


  4. Helpful (2)  

    Product Transfer Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cepheid in February 2017.

    Interview

    Phone interview then onsite interview. Fairly quickly setup for phone interview. The interviewer could not give an answer to how quickly they are looking into filling this position. If you have only a BS degree, interviewer was a little condescending too. No answer back from them after the interview, even after I sent a thank you follow up letter.

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Cepheid.

    Interview

    Received a phone call (that I missed) and email late at night; I called back and responded to the email and didn't receive a response for approximately 3 days. The HR rep called me back and
    was far too concerned with what I made at the time and what I made in the past, however she did ask some situational and experience questions. After revealing what I made, she had commented that my salary was within the ballpark of what they were willing to pay, but in the end, they offered me $10k less than I was making what what I wanted to make. The onsite interview was pretty straight-forward; a presentation as well as individual meetings with potential coworkers. The coworkers all seemed great and all of their questions were a mix of situational questions and technical/experience questions. Only had one sort of quizzing question about chemistry.

    However, I need to comment on the two HR reps I was in contact with; they were terrible at communication. They wanted me to interview less than a week away after initial phone screenings but I was travelling across the country to interview and I was currently employed; a little lead time is great to plan work vacation time around said interview. After the interviewing, the background check was a tedious process, with HR constantly asking for W2s and paystubs, which I duly blacked out all numbers outside of my SSN, EIN, and name. Ultimately, the HR people were the ones that convinced me to not accept their offer even though the offer itself was borderline offensive. The whole process took approximately 16 weeks to reach an offer stage from application submittal and 8-10 weeks to reach an offer stage from initial contact with the HR rep.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Explain a conflict you previously had with a coworker and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (5)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cepheid.

    Interview

    Took 4 weeks overall. Started with a phone screen, followed by a 1-1 interview, and another group interview. Hiring manager seemed interested and engaged in choosing a quality candidate. Recruiter/ HR team were a bit unresponsive sometime, but overall a positive experience.

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    Field Service Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cepheid in July 2016.

    Interview

    Very long. 2 months passed between the time I applied and the time I had an interview. The interview itself was kind of disjointed; it appeared the hiring manager and his colleague were in a rush and I didn't have the opportunity to answer the usual interview questions that should have 45-60 second answers the way I wanted to.
    Then they hung me out to dry. I was told I would get a call soon regarding next steps; I never got it. I expected a call, email, or letter whether I was selected or not. I decided after a week that if I got no responses from my emails or phone calls that I would turn down the position if it was offered. I tried to follow up with everyone I talked with; multiple people in HR, hiring manager, applications specialist. The applications specialist was the only one that returned my email message, and she said she didn't even talk with the hiring manager about it.
    So I'm glad I didn't get the position; reliable and timely communication is very important in field service, and this outfit at this company failed in my opinion.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you were faced with a difficult situation.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Cepheid (Sunnyvale, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    All day with 6 people one half hour to hour each.....including the Hiring manager ......had two good phone interviews ......
    ......Nice company with clinical focus...HR was in disarray ......no lunch while they promised a lunch.......They down graded the position to 2 Project manager from Program Manager ....Did not get an offer .....

    Interview Questions

    • What is your management techniques ? On a more general level, I believe I bring the broad "soft" skills you can have confidence in with a candidate that will fit in your team. I trust you would find me to be well-spoken, energetic, confident, and personable, the type of person on whom your company will rely on. I also have a wide breadth of experience of the type that gives you the versatility to place me in a number of contexts with confidence that the level of excellence you expect will be met. In most situations technical decisions must be made within the context of larger business constraints. Throughout my career I have strived to keep business and technical issues in the forefront, be it as a researcher implementing a test framework in Immunology and /or Molecular Biology, Regenerative Medicine stem cell to capture defects as early as possible, or as the researcher for an enterprise system, allocating resources and prioritizing enhancements to meet strategic objectives. Focusing on business imperatives is a core value of mine, one that I bring to every project on which I work.   Answer Question

  9. Helpful (2)  

    Product Test Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stockton, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Cepheid (Stockton, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    The process is not like a typical interview, they just provide baisc description about what their job duties are, Not too much for interview questions, no behavior or technical questions. They did not bring too much information or questions based on our background but just provide basic information for the job requirements and nothing special. I think it is just a phone screen actually.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Cepheid (San Jose, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I applied to the research associate position on their company website. The process took 4 days and then I got a phone interview with the hiring manager. It took about 20 mins. The talk was very friendly. The hiring manager asked about my previous project and my experience for the specific skills they need.

    Interview Questions

    • (1)Tell me about yourself
      (2)Discuss about my background
      (3)According to my project, I was asked about how to design the primers for my exp.   Answer Question

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