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Multiple stages of phone interviews regarding combination of technical background and soft skills. Final interview was an all-afternoon virtual video interview which involved a 30 minute presentation followed by several panel interviews.

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For the interview, I was asked to prepare a presentation for a 45 minute talk and answer questions for 30 minutes. There were several 45 minute mini interviews/discussions with various groups throughout the complex to probe my experience.

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  • If you had to do project, X, how would you go about doing so?
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Interviewed by seasoned team of DBAs. Their main concern was production support and tuning. A hypothetical problem was a slow running query. After meeting the team, I was interviewed by management, who were interested in my strengths.

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The process was simple and short but it may take a while to get there from the time that you apply. Interview was a basic interview that went over your experience, relevant skills, and some conceptual technical questions.

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  • They asked me quite a few SQL questions though this varies massively depending on the team.
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) in Oct 2022

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Green flags - such a breath of fresh air after doing the Silicon Valley interview dances. A single call with a recruiter, a single panel interview with the team, then a decision made. I’m used to a ridiculous amount of hoops to jump through in the Bay Area. This interview process was highly organized, to the point, and fair. After the panel, I received a call from recruiting with feedback on my interview. An offer was extended 5 days after, which I happily signed. Call with recruiter (30 mins), panel interview with HM, two stakeholders, and recruiter as facilitator (1 hour).

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  • Experience with technical teams? Review process? Experience with conflict management? Experience with sensitive information? Can you travel occasionally?
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It was a very simplified process moving quickly and I got through the human resources bottle-neck quickly to speak with group leaders and team. The interview did not feel like a formal interview either.

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Over zoom. Took around 1 hour. Mostly they described their available research projects and ideas on each project. Asked my previous research works and if I have submitted any paper or not.

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I applied online. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) in May 2022

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1) Section manager reached out to conduct a 30-min screening Zoom call with one other staff scientist to go over my resume. Said the interview went well and we'd be in touch. 2) Waited ~4 weeks to get a confirmation for an on-site interview. Scheduled the on-site interview 3 weeks in advanced. 3) Before the on-site interview, a "pre-interview" was conducted via another Zoom call with an additional 4 staff scientists, debriefing me about the projects that are going on in the lab, and which ones would interest me. ~1 hr call, nothing difficult, just a conversation. 4) On-site interview was a 45 min presentation + 15 min questions (basically my PhD defense slides). After the presentation was the actual interview where all the scientists (15+ people in the room at the same time) asked you basic interview questions. Afterwards I toured the facility of where I would be working. The entire process started at 7:30 am and ended at 4:00 pm. At the end, the section manager said I had the position and to expect an offer some time in the coming week. 5) Waited another week for an (unofficial) offer. Total process took ~4 months from submitting the application to getting an offer. Overall, nice experience. Majority of the people were professional, but some of the older staff can come off as aggressive when asking questions.

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  • For the presentation, basic questions about your research and slides; not many technical questions, more or less clarifications on your projects. The main interview took place after the presentation where they asked soft skill questions. 1) How do you handle working with a difficult coworker? 2) Have you ever been faced with a situation where you had to make a decision without all the immediate information? 3) What is your approach to solving a problem? 4) Describe a time where you had a disagreement with your advisor. 5) How do you prioritize projects and your work flow?
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I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Ottumwa, IA) in May 2022

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Conversation-based with questions focused on geometrical optics and the basic foundations of the scientific application of lasers. What class did I learn the most in, strengths & weaknesses, and where I saw myself in ten years.

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  • How would I design an optical set up for a desired result (e.g. polarizing light).
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) in Apr 2022

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The interview was a panel interview with the design team. I was asked to submit examples of my work and projects from school prior to the interview. I was asked to present my work and then answered any questions the panel had.

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Glassdoor users rated their interview experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as 85.0% positive with a difficulty rating score of 2.91 out of 5 (where 5 is the highest level of difficulty). Candidates interviewing for Engineer and Postdoctoral Researcher rated their interviews as the hardest, whereas interviews for Mechanical Engineer and Intern roles were rated as the easiest.

The hiring process at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory takes an average of 50 days when considering 221 user submitted interviews across all job titles. Candidates applying for Intern had the quickest hiring process (on average 25 days), whereas Postdoctoral Researcher roles had the slowest hiring process (on average 47 days).

Common stages of the interview process at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory according to 221 Glassdoor interviews include:

Group Panel Interview: 20.23%

Phone Interview: 18.56%

Drug Test: 15.89%

Background Check: 13.21%

Skills Test: 10.87%

Presentation: 10.37%

One on One Interview: 6.52%

IQ Intelligence Test: 2.17%

Other: 1.67%

Personality Test: 0.50%

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This summer, we’re excited to welcome over 700 interns to the Lab, on-site and virtually. Interns help us push the limits of science, technology and research in an effort to better understand the world and protect the people in it. We welcome our #LLNLinterns to the Lab and encourage them to innovate, collaborate and explore while with us. If you’re a student seeking an #LLNL internship or post-doc opportunity, learn more about our student opportunities: https://www.llnl.gov/join-our-team/careers/students Photo: This summer, our Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA) provided stuffed animals to our students. Every summer, students are randomly sorted into a team for the LLESA Summer Student Cup. These teams allow students to network with other student interns in different areas of the Lab. The four animal mascot teams include: foxes, labradors, raccoons and owls. Throughout the summer, student interns have the opportunity to earn points for their team by participating in various planned student activities.
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