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In a research scientist interview, you will be expected to show that you have the necessary technical knowledge and expertise pertaining to the specific position you are applying for. Some of the common topics include basic statistical methods, machine learning concepts and case study analysis. Also, the interviewer will most probably assess your communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential for effective teamwork and funding acquisition.

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Top Research Scientist Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three of the top research scientist interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: What is X concept? What are its assumptions and how do you apply it?

How to answer: Basically, such an interview question asks for a textbook recall of a certain machine learning concept and its conditions and applications. Avoid overcomplicating it. Just give a simple and straightforward answer that shows that you have a solid grasp of the concept.

Question No. 2: Provide an example of a problem you faced in your previous role and how you solved it.

How to answer: The interviewer wants to evaluate your problem-solving skills. Carefully choose a challenging situation that best reflects your ability to solve problems and explain what you did to overcome it. Preferably, the problem should be one that is relevant to your desired position.

Question No. 3: How would you obtain research funding?

How to answer: If you had successfully secured research funding in the past, you can talk about some of the methods you used. If not, highlight the abilities you possess that can help you acquire funding, such as grant writing skills and networking skills.

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Samsung Electronics
Senior Research Scientist was asked...22 October 2016

What's your strengths for this position

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For this famous company it will lead to hundred percent

Gk question

India

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Amazon

Throw a fair die 100 times, what is the probability that you will get more than 75 tails?

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Umm...A die has six faces, so what's "heads"?

You add up the binomial distribution for k = 76 to 100, i.e. (100 k) * p ^k * (1-p) ^ 100-k for p=1/2, where (100 k) is "100 choose k", the binomial coefficient. The idea is to figure out how many paths lead to each of the 101 final outcomes of the "tree" (which is defined by the "100 choose k" coefficients") and multiply each one by it's probability. Pascal's triangle makes things easy to think about. Less

Approximate a Binomial distribution by a normal distribution.

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TotalEnergies

When can you start to work?

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Immediately

Now

After 2 months

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Amazon

How to build a dictionary in such a way that it'd be efficient to search for all valid words which are permutations of a given string?

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For each word in a dictionary as a value, build a key which is composed of lexicographically ordered characters. For example, value = apple key = aelpp. value = ocotopus key = cooopstu Then build an index from the keys, and you'll have all of the words that can be generated from re-ordering the elements. The result is efficient at run-time because it's constant run time. The construction of the index is also efficient because it only needs to run linearly, once. Less

Perhaps use a function of the sum of the string's char codes (and its length?) as a key in a first hashtable. This key should link to a second hashtable that would directly index each particular permutation of the word. Less

Hash table

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Toyota North America

In the Phone interview, they went through my resumes. In the on-site interview, I was asked to give a 15 min proposal presentation based on the topic they applied.

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After the onsite interview did Toyota contact you regarding their decision?

A week later, I got an rejection email...

A week later, I got an rejection email...

Amazon

A little rude to statisticians.

3 Answers

What is the point of writing this review, when you do not tell what questions you were asked? What do you expect a reader to take away (learn and use) from your review? Less

What is the point of writing this review, when you do not tell what questions you were asked? What do you expect a reader to take away (learn and use) from your review? Less

What is the point of writing this review, when you do not tell what questions you were asked? What do you expect a reader to take away (learn and use) from your review? Less

Aperture Science

Do you like cake?

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Yes, but i know for a fact that the cake is a lie

yes.

Defence Research & Development Organisation

Why do you want to work for DRDO

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blah blah ......

because it provide me a pathway for long distance

Amazon

What was the time you had to follow the group decision you disagreed with? What is the most innovative research worked on? What was the impact?

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The onsite interview was very very long. 5 interviews which took an hour each.

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IMC Group

Come work for us please

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yes

From this way of hiring people the company doesn't sound professional at all, if all that it takes is knowing the director and having dinner with him. Less

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