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Emerald Cloud Lab
Scientific Developer was asked...4 June 2020

What type of jobs are you looking for?

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What other questions were asked by HR?

tell me a little bit about your experiences and journey. at which stage of job search are you right now and which other companies are you considering/applying? what are your career goals and where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? do you prefer big companies/mid-size/start-ups? Less


Asked to extract numbers from a list of alphanumeric strings. For example if string is "qw34rt56", new list should contain 34 and 56. New list should have unique numbers and should be in ascending order. They requested write complete code and tell over the phone.

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1. User regular expression to get the different numbers from the string, something like ([0-9]+)[^0-9] 2. Add the numbers to a main array 3. Sort the array. 4. Remove duplicate entries. Less

I have used TreeSet data structure from Java to accomplish the task.

Design a game of tic-tac-toe

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Pseudo code, talked through the problem

Modern Electron

Validate an expression: a string containing just the characters '(', ')', '{', '}', '[' and ']', determine if the input string is valid.

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It can be done by using stacks.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Why do you want to work here?

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Can't remember the exact answer but it was definitely focused on the technologies used at the company (antisense drugs) and seeing it as an interesting and highly viable path for treating a variety of diseases. Less

Science Systems and Applications

They use Python so I was asked if I used Python for codes.

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I said Python was an interpreted language that can be easy to read but slow. One replied: so is Java.....I said Java was compiled using Just-In-Time techniques targeting "Hot Spots" (hence the name of the Sun/Oracle compiler) so it's not as slow as Python........he didn't like my explanation. Less

Emerald Cloud Lab

Will you complete a take-home test type challenge

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Emerald Cloud Lab

Are you willing to complete a take-home test?

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What is polymorphism in oo?

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See the book ;)

Science Systems and Applications

They went through my resume, but it was basically a way to find an excuse to not hire you.

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The manager said "I did well" in the interview but I was not hiring due to the fact I used "so much Java in the past" (sic). Less

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