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Sakata Seed
Research Molecular Biologist was asked...March 16, 2021

What is your current level of experience

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I have 4 years or research lab experience


Tell us about yourself.

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I highlighted my education and research experience. Talking about all relevant skills. Less

Argonne National Laboratory

Tell me about your thesis project.

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I did not elaborate on the techniques and I forgot to mention undergrad work that I did because it has been a while. Less


"Tell me what do you know about a DNA preparation"

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I have worked in molecular biology for a long time, and I could be talking about DNA preparation methods for a long time (extraction, purification, shearing, amplification...), so I asked for some clarification. What do you mean by DNA preparation, can you be more specific? Preparation in which context? Do you mean preparation from samples (i.e. purification) or to perform other techniques (i.e. RT, or shearing, or anything...)? To my puzzlement, the answer was repeatedly ´just tell me what you know´. Very strange. I have had other phone interviews and the recruiter directed the questions to know about me, and to extract the information to properly assess my skills and critical thinking. In this case, though, I felt that there was no communication and a week later I was notified that they were not continuing with my application. All in all, friendly and polite, but I do not understand how they did the skill assessment. The interviewer said he would get in touch with the molecular biology experts to perhaps arrange another interview. That said, it was just a first skype interview screen and I did not get feedback, so I do not know which was the reason for the rejection, whether just personal match, skills or gut impression. I wish them all the best though, since the technology sounds exciting, with a clear niche and full of possibilities. Less


Not applicable at the moment. Was just invited, seeking recommendations

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Not applicable at the moment. Was just invited, seeking recommendations

Dow University of Health Sciences

What have learn/practiced in you field? Why you left your previous job? how was your experience in teaching?

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Studied and then practically learned and experience different molecular biology skills and techniques. It give me high level of satisfaction as diagnostic molecular biologist and then as researcher. Less

Aster DM Healthcare

DNA extraction for clinical purpose

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Automated or semi automated method using bioer for efficiency


How many times have you done PCR?

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I estimated based on how many times I had done it typically in a week/month.


Where do you want to be in 10 years?

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Make sure to have a convincing personal answer that is relevant to the position. Be prepared for a hostile interviewer to press for a better answer. Less

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Q) Tell what you knwo about NGS?

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I explained what I knew and vouched to learn more before the intenr

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