Charles River Laboratories
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Interviews at Charles River Laboratories

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Charles River Laboratories.

Interview experience

Based on 182 interviews
Favorable

Interview difficulty

Based on 220 interviews
Medium

Interview process length

Based on 181 interviews
About a week

Interview process at Charles River Laboratories

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 7.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 4.

Interview process length
About a week
24%
About a day or two
23%
About two weeks
20%
About a month
20%
More than one month
13%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
76%
Phone call/screening
64%
Background check
64%
Drug test
64%
Group interview
35%
Least reported steps
Other
3%
Take-home/sample work
1%
They have no interview
1%

What candidates say about the interview process at Charles River Laboratories

  • Relaxed and thorough.
    Shared on August 8, 2019 - Technical Support - Bethesda, MD
  • Pretty straight foward.
    Shared on February 17, 2018 - Embryology Technologist - Wilmington, MA
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Interview questions at Charles River Laboratories

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • How did you handle an employee who didn't respond well to training?Tell us a little about yourself.
    Shared on September 29, 2022 - Training Specialist - Shrewsbury, MA
  • How do you feel about laboratory work on animals?
    Shared on September 26, 2022 - Animal Care Technician - Shrewsbury, MA
  • Depends on position and depends on what supervisor/HR person is interviewing you. It’s different for each department.
    Shared on August 8, 2022 - Receptionist (05/2016-06/2018) Training Coordinator (07/2018-Present) - Reno, NV

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Interview tips at Charles River Laboratories

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)60%
  • Formal (business suit)18%
  • They didn’t have a dress code10%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)9%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)3%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Charles River Laboratories

  • Work slow in the beginning because they expect more and more out of you over time and fire you if you fail
    Shared on September 26, 2022 - Animal Care Technician - Shrewsbury, MA
  • Dress to impress.
    Shared on August 8, 2022 - Receptionist (05/2016-06/2018) Training Coordinator (07/2018-Present) - Reno, NV
  • Be energetic and nice
    Shared on July 20, 2022 - Laboratory Animal Technician - Sorrento, CA

The first interview at Charles River Laboratories

How candidates got an interview
  • Through Indeed32%
  • Employee referral22%
  • Other online job site15%
  • Recruiter contacted me15%
  • Other9%

How candidates received their first interview at Charles River Laboratories

  • Via a friend
    Shared on August 17, 2019 - Study Coordinator I - Horsham, PA
  • Mergis Group found me on line and set up the appointment, and I went there as a temp for 2 - 3 months, but they decided they wanted to keep me and hired me in February 2012.
    Shared on February 25, 2018 - Senior Accounts Payable Administrator - Wilmington, MA
  • I applied online at their career website.
    Shared on February 23, 2017 - Research Associate II - Formulations - Reno, NV

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