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Illumina Technical Applications Scientist Interview Questions

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Technical Applications Scientist Interview

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

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Illumina (San Diego, CA) in March 2016.

Interview

I submitted my application on line and I got 3 days later a phone call from the hiring manager to schedule a 30 min phone interview. I was referred by a friend that works at the company.
The manager was nice and made several behavioral questions and a few about my experience.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me what have been doing and why you applied for this job.
    What was the biggest challenge you face in your job?
    What are your best technical skills?
    How do you troubleshoot an ELISA experiment?
    Do you have team work experience? What did you like better of working on a team?
    What do you think is important for successful team work?  
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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Illumina in October 2015.

    Interview

    First interview was with the hiring manager, surprisingly. He was very nice and professional. Asked me a few questions about costumer service related questions. Overall, this interview is very focused on how do you communicate and help costumers. The second interview was with HR. She is also very nice. Several behavior questions, several technical questions like how do you do trouble shooting.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you apply this job?   Answer Question
    • Give me a example of how you trouble shoot a instrument?   Answer Question
    • When you think of a ideal job for you, what would be the top three things/qualities of that job?   Answer Question
    • Please give me a example of one time that you helped someone to trouble shoot a problem?   Answer Question
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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Illumina (San Diego, CA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    2 phone calls and an afternoon in person with role playing, answering mock customer questions, assessing problem solving skills. Everyone was nice & the department manager seems strong. Waited 4 weeks after interview for a decision. Tried to check in periodically with talent acquisition but phone calls and emails were met with silence.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how sequencing by synthesis works   1 Answer
    • Explain 260/280 ratios   Answer Question
    • Give an example of trouble shooting/teaching/teamwork   Answer Question
    • A customer calls in with what they say are bad bioanalyzer readings. What do you do?   1 Answer
    • Explain the difference between Illumina seq by synthesis and Iontorrent   1 Answer
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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Illumina in August 2015.

    Interview

    The phone screen lasted approximately 30 minutes and the hiring manager quickly went through behavioral/prior experience questions into very specific technical questions he would expect someone in this role to answer.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Explain how the chemistry in our (xxxxxxx) kit works for a scientist who is not getting the results he expects.   1 Answer
    • Q: Explain how you handled a major behavioral problem experienced in the workplace.   1 Answer
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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Illumina in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and got a call a few days later from a Hiring Manager. No HR screen prior to the interview. He asked a lot of rapid-fire technical questions about somewhat obscure areas. He was pretty brusque.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to be a technical applications scientist?   Answer Question
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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Illumina in May 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online. Got an email from HR after about 3 weeks to schedule a phone interview. Had about a 1/2 hour phone interview with HR, mostly covering general qualifications and company hiring and training procedures. Was told that they will determine if I get an interview with the hiring manager in a couple of weeks.

    Interview Questions

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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Illumina (San Diego, CA) in August 2011.

    Interview

    I had a phone and two personal interviews. Most of all, they were looking for an excited person that fits in the team. The second interview was very hard with role-play and what would you do when and how. Also what expertise can you bring to the table. I was not sure if they liked my answers, but apparently I did good otherwise they would not have given me an offer. The people were VERY nice.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if a costumer calls and did everything like the protocol said and wants his money back?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate.

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    Technical Applications Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Illumina (San Diego, CA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    Had an initial phone interview with HR that was pretty brief.

    A few days later there was a phone interview with the manager of the department that included some technical questions and a role play of a customer service situation.

    Lastly, there was a half day interview at the company that included 30 minute interviews with the head of the department, managers, and one person currently in the role.

    A week later I received a call from the HR person thanking me for my time but that they chose another candidate for the position.

    Overall, it was a pretty thorough process. They were good at explaining the role and asking questions very focused on the job in particular.

    Interview Questions

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