Forum:Bioinformatics Software Developer job interview steps and what to expect?
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I have a job interview coming up, my first one as a bioinformatics software developer. Are there, as expected, 4 interview steps with different questions and tasks. What shall I expect from each interview call and how can I prepare myself best for each of those?

Thank you very much!

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Is this for academia or industry?

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academia actually

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as expected, 4 interview steps with different questions and tasks

Where are you getting these details from?

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I had other software development interviews and that was generally the expected number of interviews. Is it unusual in bioinformatics? that's actually helpful

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It depends. I've only worked in academia and the interviews I've attended were seldom multi-stage. It's been a while since I did a formal interview but usually I visit the location and meet with a team for a few hours. I was also asked to present my work "portfolio" at a place (this was industry, not academia). There were a couple of multi-step interviews of which I recall being rejected from one at the first stage and turning down another at the first stage (I already had an offer from a place closer to home).

There was one place that gave me a coding exam and I failed that one because I was really bad at parsing SAM and I felt that the exam asked for reinventing the wheel when a simple samtools filter command would have done the job.

Most of this experience was when I was fresh out of graduate school with a Masters. Interviews after that have largely been meetings.

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Thank you! Yes that is what I remember as well a never ending multi-stage interview process. That's actually really helpful so I know what to expect as well. I guess I am more used to industry related so I am curious to see what is the modus operandi.

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