Questions and Answers about Illumina

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After talking with 10 to 15 year experienced coworkers in their field that have applied for skilled positions. The consensus from everyone's experience is Illumina cares little for applicants time. It seems they have a policy to interview 6 candidates for a position which they have zero interest in considering only 1. Step 1. you do telephone screening with recruiter, Step 2 Telephone pre interview with Manager. Step 3 Talent recruiter emails you for availability to interview. Consensus was everyone selected first available interview slots on Monday . The Talent recruiter then emails your Availability for Friday. Every candidate replied they could be available for Interviews Friday. Then the Talent Recruiter emails each candidate a schedule of the interview with 4 interviews names/titles with a 4 hour expected amounted of time. These interviews are always schuduled two weeks in advance. On Monday afternoon of the week of interviews you will get a email they are changing the interview schuduled and you are only doing a 1 hour interview total with the whole team. Then Friday comes you attend interview and three members of the team are not available for the interview and you only spend 15 minutes with a talent recruiter. Then after the interview is over with in two hours the first contractor recruiter that pretty screened you calls to inform you Illumina has selected another candidate but thanks you.


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Be extremely aggressive if you get hired on and be very flexible. If you like fast paced environment you may like it there. If you are used to a GMP environment it will drive you nuts. I have found that there is little room for growth and advancement. A PhD does not get you much advancement here.

Answered - Senior Analyst (Current Employee) - San Diego, CA

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You'll be interviewing with multiple teams, which can take ~4 hours. Focus on building connections with the people interviewing you. It's all about getting them to like you, so get comfortable with them and enjoy yourself.

Answered - Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) - San Diego, CA

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Search what the company is about and what position you are applying for and have questions prepared. Know what quality is and importance of following Procedures.

Answered - Manufacturing Technician 4 (Current Employee) - Hayward, CA

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Just go for it

Answered - Manufacturing Technician I (Current Employee) - San Diego, CA

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Questions will include things out of your background from technology to science.

Answered - Engineer Technician (Contract) (Former Employee) - San Diego, CA

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