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Meso Scale Discovery Interview Questions

Updated Mar 3, 2017
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in October 2016.

    Interview

    Hand in the resume to hiring people in a career fair. Got contacted by hiring manager in about two weeks for a phone interview. Asked a lot of technical questions based on my resume. No behavior questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most recent project that you worked on?
      Tell me more about the xxxx (a technique in the resume)   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (7)  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I have never been treated more disrespectfully during an interview than I was when I interviewed at MSD. During the phone screens, HR and the hiring manager seemed very interested. I had viewed the overwhelmingly negative GlassDoor reviews from MSD, but I decided to interview anyway.

    On the day of the interview, it was clear from the time that I walked through MSD's doorway that I was not welcomed. My lunch was literally thrown at me in a paper bag lunch where I ate alone as the interviewer had already eaten his lunch. This is the only interview I have ever had in which I should have walked out! I was disappointed in myself for not doing so. It taught me a huge lesson regarding welcoming any candidate that interviews at my current company. Simply put....show some grace in your behavior when you are interviewing a candidate that you invited!

    Also, one of the women that interviewed me had been with MSD for almost a decade, had made significant contributions to the org, and was clearly qualified for the role in which I was interviewing.

    Interview Questions

    • All interrogative about my past.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Inside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in September 2016.

    Interview

    I had a phone screen with HR. After preparing for an interview one day, I got a call less than 10 minutes before asking to reschedule to the next week. We agreed on a day and time. The day before, he canceled again and asked to reschedule for Friday (several days away). To say the least I was annoyed. I withdrew my candidacy. I refuse to be treated so poorly. I may be the candidate, but I don't want to work with someone who clearly doesn't care about me from the very start.

    Interview Questions

    • HR asked the basics and availability to speak with the manger.   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (6)  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery.

    Interview

    the interview process was really good, chilled out. But what happened after that is the real issue. They are the most unprofessional people I have ever encountered. I was selected after my interview, my background check was done, they even verbally discussed my contract details. But after months of waiting my official papers for signing never came, when suddenly they mailed me that they couldnt hire me without even giving me a reason. this is such pathetic behaviour. I recommend everybodyto stay away from this place. You will all get better jobs

    Interview Questions

    • what did you do in your internship   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (1)  

    Quality Control Analyst III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD) in August 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted for interview after a brief phone interview. This was in August and I'm yet to even receive any update. The people interviewing don't understand the biochemistry behind what they do.

    Interview Questions

    • Why should we hire you?
      Tell me about your past experiences with ELISA.   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Research Associate II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Two technical interview over the phone, about an hour each. One in-person interview, consisting of approximately 5 hours of back-to-back technical interviews and concluding with a conversation with HR. I didn't hear from them for a month, then they made an offer over the phone. They fell out of touch after making the offer over the phone for approximately a month, and then informed me that they were rescinding their offer. They did not provide a reason. They seem poorly organized and minimally concerned with the fallout from their miserably dysfunctional recruitment process.

    Interview Questions

    • Where is the most likely point of signal saturation in the MSD platform?   Answer Question

  7.  

    Manufacturing Technician I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD).

    Interview

    Interviewed with several different groups to see where I would fit, met interesting people. A bit intimidating for a first job interview but everyone was very friendly. There are different areas they offer you to work in.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD) in February 2016.

    Interview

    After being approached by the recruiting company for a software engineer position, they setup a phone call interview for me with Mesoscale's technical director which was a very friendly and professional; he showed interest in knowing about my technical skills and background as well as my personality, this conversation lasted about 50 minutes. This led to them ask for an on-site interview in their HQ in Rockville, MD that the recruiter arranged with me for about a week later.

    The on-site interview consisted of 4 interviews with 4 different people; a VP, two senior software engineers and the technical director I talked to at the beginning. Everyone I met was easy-going and the interviews were more like friendly conversations rather then stressful interrogations. The interviews were scheduled to go for 3 hours, but it took us 4 hours to finish.

    The interviews with the technical director and the software engineers were more technical then personal, while the interview with the VP was more personal. The technical interviews included questions about the projects I worked on, the technologies I used, and the overall architectures. One of the software engineers asked me to layout the general design of a web service, and the other software engineer focused more on algorithms and data structures. The difficulty of technical questions was average overall.

    One thing worth noting is that the whole team was very secretive about the projects they were working on. I wanted to know more to get interested, but all I got was with the headlines and no details.

    A few days later the recruiter contacted me and asked for another on-site interview with a different team; he explained that the managers thought that I would be a better fit for that team as they needed a more senior SE, but I had to decline because I wasn't interested enough in their line of business. And this is where the process ended for me. We didn't get to the point where they would make a job offer, and we never discussed the pay early on.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: If you have 10 files of sorted content, describe an algorithm that would print out the contents of all files still sorted but without having to re-sort the whole contents again.   Answer Question

  9.  

    Quality Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery (Rockville, MD) in January 2016.

    Interview

    It took about a month from the time I was contacted by the recruiter until the the actual interview day and then another month for me to get a response.The interview lasted about 3 hours and I met with 5 different people, quality assurance (QA) associates, the QA supervisor, the QA director and finally the HR assistant. It was very pleasant process and everyone was very professional.

    Interview Questions

    • Why am I interested in the company, what are my strengths and weaknesses, any related experience from my previous employment,   Answer Question

  10.  

    Quality Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Meso Scale Discovery in December 2015.

    Interview

    Apply through online and then next day got an email to schedule phone interview.
    Phone interview was easy and it was 10min. Simple questions in general. But it wasn't clear sound from them.
    Interviewer was nice but a lot of questions can be done through online. After phone interview didn't get in person interview and got inform a month after that the position is filled.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Are you legally working in the US?
      2. What were your responsibilities in previous work?   Answer Question

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