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Illumina
Technical Applications Scientist was asked...18 August 2011

What would you do if a costumer calls and did everything like the protocol said and wants his money back?

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I was asked the same question. The answer should be be calm and walk him through the procedure after asking him the steps he followed. I everything is correct, report the problem to the supervisor ! Less

try to figure out what the problem with the kit was

Stemgent

What do you want to do?

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Interact with other scientists

ProteinSimple

Why do you want to work with the company in this position?

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I said I liked science and helping people trouble-shoot their problems. I form a good rapport with people and enjoy hearing their thoughts and discussing out where they are having issues. I thought the company provides a novel technology and would be interested in showing other people the utility of the technology. Less

Promega

What do you consider yourself an expert in?

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I talked about a specific technique I felt highly qualified in using and tried to explain how various aspects of the overall technique applied to other related techniques. Less

Invitae

Provide an example of a time when you had to troubleshoot a scientific problem.

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Case specific.

LUMICKS

What would you do to make this product acceptable to broader biology?

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Hi, could you post more technical interview questions?

Sartorius

What would you do first if a client came to you saying that their unit wasn't working?

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I would first find out if there is anything physically wrong with their unit by having them run a demo experiment that I know will work. If it does, then we would move on to examining their protocols and determining if there is an issue there. If the demo doesn't work then we would set up service for their unit. Less

PerkinElmer

What was a difficulty you recently faced?

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I had a terrible PI in my graduate school and I overcame it by accepting his problems were not my responsibility and getting a new advisor who believed I could succeed and graduate. Less

Johnson Matthey

Take us through the components of a lithium ion battery.

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Took the opportunity to use the board in the room to draw out a schematic rather than just describe it. Less

Illumina

Do you have experience with RNA expression profiles?

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I do not have any expression experience. This was tough for me to admit, but I did. Then I said "But I am very interested in learning new things, and I am a quick study." Less

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