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# Computer Scientist Interview Questions

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### Associate Computer Scientist - (Information Directorate) at Air Force Research Laboratory was asked...

Mar 11, 2015
 What makes you a good researcher?1 AnswerAnswered by saying I enjoy learning how things work and diving down to the nitty-gritty details. And also, that I highly enjoy learning and experimenting with new technologies.

### Computational Research Scientist at Verseon was asked...

Sep 13, 2010
 You are given two ropes and a lighter. This is the only equipment you can use. You are told that each of the two ropes has the following property: if you light one end of the rope, it will take exactly one hour to burn all the way to the other end. But it doesn't have to burn at a uniform rate. In other words, half the rope may burn in the first five minutes, and then the other half would take 55 minutes. The rate at which the two ropes burn is not necessarily the same, so the second rope will also take an hour to burn from one end to the other, but may do it at some varying rate, which is not necessarily the same as the one for the first rope. Now you are asked to measure a period of 45 minutes. How will you do it?1 AnswerLight both ends of rope 1 and one end of rope 2 simultaneously. When rope 1 burns out, light the other end of rope 2. Sure, I'll hire someone on the basis of answering this gimmicky question.

Apr 29, 2011

### Computer Scientist at White Oak Technologies was asked...

Aug 6, 2010
 On the CMM scale of 1 to 5 what is the level you prefer to work at?1 AnswerThe correct answer is a negative number.

### Computer Scientist at White Oak Technologies was asked...

Aug 6, 2010
 How would you find a needle in a haystack (or for example a specific 20 byte string in files that are recursively archived/zipped to three levels) and let's say you can't find how to do this by researching the net?1 AnswerThere is no correct answer and the interviewer is just trying to assert his mental superiority.

### Scientist, Computational Biology at NeoGenomics was asked...

Jul 21, 2017
 How many golf balls can you fit into a 747?1 AnswerI explained the method I would use (equation-based due to ease of accessing parameters), then mentioned that had the problem dealt with for a mixture of balls of various sizes, then I would have modeled the situation and ran a simulation to find the best packing.

### Scientist, Computational Biology at NeoGenomics was asked...

Jul 21, 2017
 Have you had any difficult situations or conflicts in a work setting in the past? How did you deal with it?1 AnswerI discussed about an overbearing and micro-managing collaborator during grad school, with whom I dealt through my primary advisor.

### Scientist, Computational Biology at NeoGenomics was asked...

Jul 21, 2017
 How would you implement the task you would be hired to do? [this is a paraphrasing of the question]1 AnswerWhat ensued was more like a brain-storming session where while sketching out the pipeline, I asked a number of questions regarding missing details from the initial description and adjusted the pipeline to account for them. A number of "what if"-type follow-up questions were also asked of me that also necessitated slight alterations of the pipeline.

### Computer Scientist at Altus Engineering was asked...

Feb 27, 2017
 Describe your experience with web developmentBe the first to answer this question

### Computer Scientist at SPAWAR Systems Center was asked...

Oct 19, 2015
 What kind of work have you done during your time in school.Be the first to answer this question
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