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The Broad Institute
Associate Computational Biologist was asked...November 30, 2017

Finding duplicates in list, tree type question, machine learning approaches for the problem the team is working on (very high-dimensional), statistics problem

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They seemed more concerned about thought process than correctness.

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Rapid fire questions where picture of a bird or plant species was shown and I had to identify.

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varies with pictures

WIL Research Laboratories

They gave me a table and asked if I could figure out what was "out of place"

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one of the values was significantly different than the others.

Sakata Seed

What is your current level of experience

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I have 4 years or research lab experience

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

The interview involved a panel of 2 biologists and an HR staff. They took turns reading a question and then all three had their heads down writing down my answers. At the beginning of the interview they asked me to "tell them a bit about myself". Another question If I remember correctly, was to tell them about a time that I had a difficult challenge that did not go well and how did I handle it.

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I was really honest with my answer about the challenge I had at another job and followed it up with what I learned from the experience. When I was done the interview I was a bit worried about my answer for that question and that I may not get a job offer because of it. However, I did get a job offer but I didn't accept it. Less


All the interview questions were centered on my qualifications, experience, and prior work history while ensuring a good match for personality. It is a close team. We discussed proper office educate and rules layer out in the company manual.

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I answered the questions professionally and with excitement. It is very exciting work. I discussed my background and how I could provide value to the company. Less


acid plus water mixture....which do you add first? why? hot or cold?

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Water first babe...It turns hot. BAM!

National Audubon Society

What is your biggest weakness?

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A quest to know more

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Why do you want to become a biologist.

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Love biological sciences.

American Type Culture Collection

Describe a time when you had a disagreement with a co-worker and how you resolved it.

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Make up your version of "we worked it out and came to an understanding of what each person needed" Less

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