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Illumina Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Illumina job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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When have you shown great integrity at work?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

Integrity and transparency are fundamental in the work that Illumina Inc. performs daily and engrained in the organization's culture. Your interviewers want to know that any candidate they hire joins their team with an open and honest approach in all they do on the job.

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30 Illumina Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. When have you shown great integrity at work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Integrity and transparency are fundamental in the work that Illumina Inc. performs daily and engrained in the organization's culture. Your interviewers want to know that any candidate they hire joins their team with an open and honest approach in all they do on the job.

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      How to Answer

      Integrity comes from honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about how you have shown integrity in the workplace in the past. Discuss why integrity and honesty are vital to the success of this role at Illumina Inc.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My current organization has a well-defined code of ethics and is built around integrity. My work must be accurate and the results transparent. I take these matters very seriously. This means consistency in my approach and reporting every minute of every day."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Always! Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing for the company, its customers, and its people. I don't take shortcuts in my work and am thorough in everything I do."

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  • Behavioral

    2. When have you had to be extra thorough in completing work tasks in the past?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Whether you are working in software, science research, or manufacturing with Illumina Inc., the ability to be detailed and thorough in your work with the organization will be vital to your success. To gauge your ability to be detail-oriented, your interviewer wants to hear you describe the scenario of a time you had to do just this.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss a time you had to be extra thorough during a work-related project or duty. Make sure to paint a clear picture of why being thorough was important and the step-by-step approach you used to ensure you didn't miss any details.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have to be extra thorough when I have especially detail-oriented clients. Often this will mean spending additional time on calls with them to highlight project changes. I am okay with being extra thorough when needed because it helps exceed my customers' expectations and keep their businesses returning time and time again."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am always thorough, but we have monthly team meetings in my current job to discuss our performance metrics. That reporting takes a little longer, and I take the time to comb through every detail to ensure it is correct. Our sales managers based new monthly goals on these metrics, and errors can lead to costly mistakes."

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  • Behavioral

    3. Tell me about your greatest work-related accomplishment up to this point in your career.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As a leading developer and marketer of world-class life science tools and systems for genetics, the staff at Illumina Inc. has many accomplishments to be proud of. Your interviewer will look to hire someone that will come to their team ready and willing to do what is necessary to achieve great things as part of their team.

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      How to Answer

      Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer an idea of where you place your values in your work. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

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      1st Answer Example

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating from University as an honors student while working full time in a related field. I was at the top of my class and working full time. This success showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and receive recognition for my dedication."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "As you can see from my resume, I worked in the agriculture field early in my career, and during my time there, I worked as part of a team that developed one of the first corn seeds to be resistant to invasive pests in the heartland. This development was a true game-changer for farmers. As part of this team, I helped lead the lab research, and the development took over two years of hard work and dedication."

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  • Behavioral

    4. Have you ever had to work closely with a difficult colleague? How did you successfully interact with this person?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Collaboration among all teams at Illumina Inc. is vital to their success. With this question, your interviewer wants to see evidence that you can interact professionally and constructively with others, even if they have a challenging personality or work style.

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      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer about a specific time you encountered a challenging boss, professor, or co-worker and successfully communicated with them. Outline the situation, describe why it was vital to communicate successfully with this person, and explain your actions to build a healthy relationship with the individual. Show the interviewer that you work well with a range of individuals. Your answer should assure the decision-maker that your communication style will be an excellent addition to their team at Illumina Inc.

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  • Behavioral

    5. When have you had to adapt to change in the workplace?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As you may have learned through the application process at Illumina Inc. or your research before your interview, the organization prides itself on pushing boundaries, being innovative thinkers, and dreaming as big as possible. The nature of their business and innovative mindset requires that all staff at Illumina Inc. can be adaptive to change in their work, and your interviewer would like to know about a time you were required to adapt to change in the workplace.

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      How to Answer

      Adapting to change in the workplace is an essential skill to possess because change is inevitable at Illumina Inc. Talk to the interviewer about a specific time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. Describe in detail how you handled the transition with a positive reaction and outcome in your work moving forward.

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  • Direct

    6. What are your salary expectations if you were to be offered this role at Illumina Inc.?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As your interviewer likely considers multiple candidates to join their team at Illumina Inc., they'll need to ensure that their top candidate will accept an offer if one comes their way. In asking this question, they expect an open and honest answer to what it will take to get you to join their team.

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      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Research the salary for the role you are interviewing for at Illumina Inc. Be open and honest because transparency is the best choice when salary-based questions arise. If you are serious about this position, don't price yourself out of the job. That is where your research ahead of your interview will pay dividends.

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  • Direct

    7. Are you considering or applying for any other jobs?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It always puts a little fire under the hiring manager if they know you are actively looking for a new position. Your interviewer at Illumina Inc. also wants to get a feel for your timeline for a decision on a new role if you are considered their top candidate.

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      How to Answer

      Feel free to discuss your job search and where things may stand with other positions you are considering. If you have applied for, are interviewing for, or have even been offered another position, you'll want to toe a fine line of letting your interviewer know where things stand but not divulging any details about an offer or exactly where else you are considering. No matter where things stand in your search, ensure your interviewer that this role at Illumina Inc. is the one you most desire.

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  • Direct

    8. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      With an interview at Illumina Inc. likely being scheduled for a set amount of time, the back and forth dialogue between you and your interviewer can go in many different directions. They ask a question like this to ensure you don't have any questions unanswered and for you to clarify anything that you feel you may have missed earlier in the interview.

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      How to Answer

      This question can create feelings of stress and anxiety, so it's best to prepare. Be honest with the interviewer about how you feel the interview has gone so far. If you think you had a misstep during an answer to an earlier question, feel free to clarify things. If you believe your performance in the interview is going well, let your interviewer know that, and don't hesitate to ask if they have any clarification questions for you.

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  • Discovery

    9. Why did you choose a career in the Biotech industry?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Transforming human health and driving scientific innovation at Illumina Inc requires dedication and passion like no other industry. Your interviewer would like to know what drew you into your career.

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      How to Answer

      Show the hiring manager that you have a natural attraction to this particular career and industry and are here to stay. To do this, speak passionately about what drew you to pursue your education, career field, and this job at Illumina Inc.

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  • Education

    10. Would you further your post-secondary education to include a Ph.D. in your field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Some upper-level positions within Illumina Inc. may require a higher level of education. If asked this question during your time with them, your interviewer is trying to gauge your level of interest in furthering your education to help boost your future career with Illumina Inc.

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      How to Answer

      First and foremost, there is no right or wrong answer to a question like this. If you've thought about pursuing a Ph.D. down the road in your field, assure the interviewer that you would be willing to discuss enhancing your knowledge to grow within the organization eventually. If you are happy with your career path and see the potential for growth with your current degree, make sure to explain that to your interviewer and that the job you are interviewing for is your dream job.

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  • Education

    11. This position requires a minimum Bachelor's Degree in a science related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and explain how this has prepared you for success at Illumina.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your post-secondary career is significant in displaying your ability to complete a degree, multitask, and apply yourself. Even though your interview can get a good feel for your educational path by looking at your resume, they want to hear you discuss it in detail.

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      How to Answer

      Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience, highlighting any recognition or awards you may have achieved. It's a good idea to discuss why you pursued this path, what your favorite courses were, and even what struggles you faced along the way.

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  • Education

    12. How do you stay informed and educated in your career field?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The Biotech industry is fast-moving, and changes and developments happen all the time. The same goes for your particular field within the industry, and your interviewer wants to hear that you do what is necessary to stay educated and updated in your field when you join Illumina Inc.

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      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are engaged in your field. Some great things to discuss are any continuing education you participate in, any groups/associations you belong to, how you network with others in your field, and any reading you do within your field.

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  • Experience

    13. Do you have experience working among a diverse group of colleagues?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      At Illumina Inc., diverse perspectives are valued and needed to drive innovation, and the organization has been recognized for its efforts in hiring a diverse workforce. Assure your interviewer that you can thrive in the diverse and multicultural environment at Illumina Inc.

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      How to Answer

      First, talk about your experiences working among a diverse team of individuals. Highlight how that environment brought out the best in you and your team. Be sure to give your personal experiences and feelings about working in a diverse environment to sell your interviewer on this question.

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  • Experience

    14. How many years have you worked in this industry, and what keeps you interested in our line of work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While your interviewer can see the experience listed on your resume, they will want to hear you talk in detail about that experience and how many years of experience you will bring. They'll also want to know what keeps you motivated and inspired in this field.

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      How to Answer

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your work history, highlighting the most relevant positions and skills. Talk to the interviewer about your desire to work for Illumina Inc. long-term, and stress that the fire for success still burns inside you.

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  • General

    15. How would you define success here at Illumina Inc.?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Success in a job can mean many different things to each person. While this is an open-ended question, your interviewer is trying to see that you understand the overall function of the job you are interviewing for and how it impacts the greater good of Illumina Inc.

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      How to Answer

      To successfully answer this question, you'll need to carefully read the details of the position you are interviewing for at Illumina Inc. and think about what success means in the job. Tell the interviewer how you see success and describe the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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  • General

    16. List three qualities that make you the best candidate for Illumina.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As your interviewer and their team began the recruitment process for a new staff member to join Illumina, they have likely weeded through many great applicants and invited only their top candidates to interview. While they will send many great questions your way to determine your ability to perform the job at the highest level and your fit with the team, they ask this question to allow you to give your best sales pitch for the job.

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      How to Answer

      After researching Illumina Inc., you should have a firm idea of the qualities they admire most in their candidates. Discuss the attributes that will help you stand out as a top candidate for the role and name specific duties from the job you are interviewing for.

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  • General

    17. What sources do you look to when to solve a complicated problem on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In the fast-paced and rapidly changing environment at Illumina Inc., all staff needs to be flexible in their work and be creative problem solvers when things come up on the job. Your interviewer wants to know that you can think outside the box or even ask for help when you are stuck on a complicated problem.

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      How to Answer

      Maybe you look to a mentor or boss for advice. Perhaps you have handbooks, manuals, and systems you turn to for help. Offer some relevant examples based on your career field. If you work in the medical field, you may turn to textbooks, online research, colleagues, or even a patient's history to find the right solution. If you work in customer service, you may ask the customer what they need to find the best way to solve the problem. Show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and equipped to handle these types of scenarios on the job at Illumina Inc.

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  • General

    18. What strengths will you bring to this team at Illumina Inc.?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You will discuss most of your on-the-job strengths during your interview at Illumina Inc. Your interviewer now turns the tables on you to give your best sales pitch on why you are ultimately the best candidate for the job as they likely face a difficult hiring decision following their interview process.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview with Illumina Inc, think about the personal advantages that make you excellent at your job. Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why they will help you to be successful in this role.

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  • General

    19. Who would you say inspires you in your career?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A majority of your interview at Illumina Inc. will focus on the skills, abilities, and experiences you will bring to the table for the role you are interviewing for. But it's equally important that your interviewer gets to know you and your motivations, so they ask you to discuss who has been an inspiration to you to get to know you and your motivating factors a bit better.

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      How to Answer

      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, an author - anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

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  • General

    20. How does this position at Illumina Inc. fit into your career goals?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Biotechnology companies seek goal-oriented and driven employees to drive innovation, and this is no different at Illumina Inc. In asking this question, assure your interviewer that the role you are interviewing is what you are ideally seeking to hit your career objectives.

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      How to Answer

      Before applying and interviewing for this role at Illumina Inc., you hopefully have determined that this particular position is a good fit for your career goals. Assure the interviewer that this position will be challenging for you, is a step up in responsibilities, and fits your overall career goals.

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  • General

    21. Do you feel that your career should have advanced further to this point in your career? Why do you feel that way?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If posed a question about your career progression during your interview with Illumina Inc., it can be difficult to determine what your interviewer may be looking for. If your interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will want to determine whether this is by your own choice, outside circumstances, or a lack of motivation to grow in your career. They're ideally looking to hear that you have a plan for your career and that this move to Illumina Inc. is the right move for you.

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      How to Answer

      If your career has progressed slower than you wish, you should be honest with the interviewer when discussing this. As you explain, be sure to talk about any roadblocks you've had along the way and why working at Illumina Inc. is the best path for your career trajectory. If you are happy with how your career has progressed, confidently explain why.

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  • General

    22. If you could research any particular disorder, disease, or illness, which one would you choose, and why?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      At Illumina Inc., the development of genetic variations and genome sequencing positively impacts many areas of modern medicine. Your interviewer would like to get to know you and your particular interests in specific diseases or illnesses.

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      How to Answer

      While this is a hypothetical question thrown your way, your interviewer wants to know what specific disease area within your field you would like to focus on someday if you are hired for this role. Be sure to show your passion for your career path and tie your answer into an area of focus related to Illumina Inc.

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  • General

    23. In your opinion, what has been the biggest development in Biotechnology in the past three years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The biotech field has been through tremendous growth in recent years, and the changing technology will continue this trend. Your interviewer needs to know that you've done your homework and recognize the greatest developments that directly impact the business at Illumina Inc.

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      How to Answer

      Biotechnology refers to using cells and molecules to create a product within medicine, genetic testing, or even agriculture. Before your interview with Illumina Inc., do your research and come to your interview prepared to discuss what you see as the most significant development that has happened in the past few years.

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  • General

    24. If you could choose any special area of focus with Illumina, which would you choose?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      With many different divisions and research & development areas, working for Illumina Inc. could open many career options for you. By proposing this question, your interviewer wants to ensure that you've done your homework on their organization and any particular areas of interest of growth you may have if you are hired.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview with Illumina Inc, do your research and think about which areas of their business intrigue you and you could see yourself growing and thriving in. Talk to the interviewer about where you'd like to see your career path go with Illumina Inc.

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  • General

    25. What industry-related changes do you foresee for Illumina in the next 12 months?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Innovation in technology and research happens as rapidly as the setting sun in Illumina's industry. Your interviewer needs to know that you would join their organization with great foresight into coming changes. This specific question will prove that you have the insight or have done your research on Illumina and the changes coming within the next year.

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      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you have a keen and honest interest in Illumina by discussing the growth and change you foresee in the next year. If the organization has any upcoming news or changes, mention these as well. The best way to win your interviewer over with your answer to this question is to conduct as much research as you can before your interview.

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  • Management

    26. Describe your ideal employer.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Throughout the candidate application and interview process, your interviewer at Illumina Inc. will get a good feel for the job skills you would bring to the table if hired. But they also want to know that you would be a good fit for their corporate culture because that often leads to a long-term fit for the organization, and this question allows them to gauge if you are a match.

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      How to Answer

      A job search isn't just a one-sided hunt. This role must also be a good fit for you. Tell the interviewer about your ideal employer. It is a great idea to read about the mission, values, and culture of Illumina Inc. before your interview. Be specific and keep the conversation positive. As you research Illumina Inc, you'll find that the organization prides itself on being innovators, optimists, and collaborators, and these are values they look for in new staff.

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  • Operational

    27. When a problem requires a quick solution on the job at Illumina Inc., how will you respond?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When it comes to complex problem solving on the job at Illumina Inc., the decisions do not always arrive quickly. It takes practice, experience, and confidence to learn what sorts of decisions yield the best results. With this question, your interviewer wants to hear that you would rely on your knowledge and resourcefulness to be decisive in a quick fashion when the situation calls for it.

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      How to Answer

      Problems that require you to act quickly can range from emergencies, such as knowing where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it or being asked to take on a new responsibility and only given five minutes to decide if you are prepared to take it on. Going with your gut is a skill, and the more you learn to trust your intuition, the easier it becomes to make these decisions. Demonstrate that you are confident and able to react swiftly when the need arises by talking about a time you had to do just this on the job.

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  • Operational

    28. How do you determine priorities in your work when you have multiple projects due?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In this role at Illumina Inc., you may have to juggle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. Assure your interviewer that you would come to their team with the ability to multitask efficiently and effectively without missing important deadlines.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview with Illumina Inc, think about how you prioritize your tasks when working on multiple things at once. To assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when assessing your priorities in this role, talk about your methods for prioritizing your work and any resources you use to help keep yourself on track with deadlines.

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  • Operational

    29. How will you handle the day-to-day stress on the job here at Illumina Inc.?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      At times, any position at Illumina Inc. can become stressful due to the profound nature of the sequencing work done and the large workload. Your interviewer would like to know if you can appropriately handle the stress related to this job healthily and efficiently.

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      How to Answer

      Discuss how you can thrive in this job, even during the most stressful times. Keep your answer brief. If you can, provide an example of a time you implemented a stress-management technique in your current or previous role. It's also a good idea to talk about the measures you take to maintain a work-life balance to avoid burnout in your work.

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  • Teamwork

    30. In your opinion, why is it important to develop great relationships with your coworkers?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      No matter what role you are interviewing for at Illumina Inc., working effectively as part of a larger team will be vital to your success. Your interviewer needs to know that you would prioritize fostering respectful and collegial relationships with your new colleagues if hired for the job.

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      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about how you develop relationships with coworkers when you start a new job. Think about what is important to you about these relationships. As you answer, discuss how you get to know your coworkers, allowing them to get to know you, and how you build trust with them.

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