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Principal Scientist was asked...28 June 2017

career goals

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leadership opportunties


Are you a starter or finisher?

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I don't think there is a right answer to that, and it depends on the job responsibility. You have to think fast on whether they want a starter or finisher. On the other hand, honesty may be a best policy here. Less

American Superconductor

How do you approach a scientific challenge and come-up with a solution ?

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First review the literature, dont underestimate how others have approached similar problems and what they found; analyze the approach and results and learn form those results. Design a couple of experiments combining what has been done in the past and some "out-of-the-box ideas" based on scientific principles. Move on to the next level based on the results, either by staying 'inside" the box or "exploring" outside the box. Based on my experience, I conveyed that exploring outside box is more likely to produce "exceptional" results. Less

Twentieth Century Studios

Guy 1: Write a Python program that returns the nth number of the Fibonacci sequence.

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Correct answer.


when can I start with the job

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1 month after I quit my current job


Do you think you are a team player?

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I think I am.


What are the effects of L1 and L2 loss functions in ridge and lasso regression?

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I don't know as I am not an expert in ridge and lasso regression


Recruiter phone screen,ing, HR phone screen, Hiring manager phone interview, invitation for on site interview, all day on site, expecting you to use the hotel’s shuttle that was only avail hours before the start of the interview. Typical scientific questions of what, how did you solve it. Did you also do ..., look into ...,

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To the point


Give an example of working with a challenging employee and how did you deal with the situation?

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What are your current achievements?

Nektar Therapeutics

How do you feel about winter?

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I like it cool.

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