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

I will have the onsite interview next week, could you tell more about the interview details? Less


I asked if they thought I was a good fit

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The hiring manager said I was overqualified and suggested I apply for another position at the company. He facilitated that process and although the position was offered to another candidate it was a very positive experience. Less

Adaptive Biotechnologies

what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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African or European?


What is your experience with object oriented languages?

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I have a fair understanding of python but am not a trained software engineer.


What is fastQ stands for? What packages do you use for scRNA? How they work. Tell me how to build pipelines. etc.

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Honestly I messed up the interview by saying that I do not do these everyday but know how all of these works. I overtalked. Less

Deep Genomics

Questions about my experience working with machine learning. Questions about regularization. Probability questions /Bayes theorem. Python algorithms.

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Can you please tell us more about the coding part? Also how detailed were the questions about ML algorithms and techniques? Less


I was asked three questions, two about the company and one technical question ( write a function that computes the reverse and complementary of a DNA sequence).

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I wrote the script in R on a google doc, that the PI emailed me before the interview. The PI was really friendly and to peaky at all. They gave me extra 30 mins to finish it. Less

The Broad Institute

There were a number of questions ranging from what is the central dogma of biology to some basic CS interview questions

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Just need to showcase basic understanding of algorithms and general biology

The Broad Institute

Tell me about your research interests.

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Hi, how was the technical interviews? can you please explain the process in details? Many thanks. Less

BC Cancer

General questions are asked during the first round. Questions such as your knowledge of code management systems, various bioinformatics software, and etc. The actual technical part of the interview is a rather complex problem that will be emailed to you and further discretion on how to deliver the results.

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