American Institutes for Research Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 10, 2015
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    Health Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and heard nothing. I met a recruiter (PhD Researcher) who came on-campus for an info-session and finally got in touch with an HR person. The whole process was not what was described during the info-session. The HR called out of the blue for a phone screen without prior notice. After the phone screen, it was another two weeks before I had a 2 hour interview with 2 researchers. They mostly wanted me to describe a previous projects and asked if I had questions for them. The second interviewer didn't seem to be interested, and didn't ask many questions. Around 2-3 weeks later, the HR got in touch with me to schedule an on-site interview. We had set the date for two weeks later, and a week before the interview, I received a rejection email (which seemed to be mass-mailed). I was confused to why this happened and reach out to the HR person and found out that she had left AIR. I reached out to the PhD Researcher who only told me that everything over in the HR side is confidential, and even though I followed up with another HR person, I never heard back. Overall, their HR seems to be pretty disorganized and unresponsive.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    applied online Contact by HR 4 weeks later. HR contact was very professional. Flew in 2 weeks later, hotel and flight paid. Met with a handful of people: direct boss, colleague, phone interview. Since it is a research institute, I was expecting very bright question and meeting ivy-league level people. Wrong math notation. Unaware of new methods. I asked to see the project, it's something I could do in a day with coffee. Data analysis is equivalent to 3rd year college level. They sensed I am not too excited, asking for high pay. No offer next day.

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    Finance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with HR/ 1:1 Team interview

    Interview Questions

    • Excel Test General questions related to work and previous experience. Behavioral questions and some of job technical skill question Be prepared for job technical skill questions. For example, when do you think you would use pivot table, graphs and charts, etc. Interviewers were nice and very professional. Interview difficultly was above average. I did not get an offer but it was a great experience.   Answer Question
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    Statistical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Initial communication was via email. This was followed by a phone conversation. The conversation went well. The recruiter said she will have the HR Manager get back in touch with me to set up a face to face interview which never happened. After sending a few emails in the next couple of weeks, I was told that I wasn't selected for the position.

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    Software Engineer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    interviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Data structure and Java questions. All 5. I feel very difficult. After which I get a denied email immediately. Data structure and Java questions. All 5. I feel very difficult. After which I get a denied email immediately.Data structure and Java questions. All 5. I feel very difficult. After which I get a denied email immediately.

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    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in March 2013.

    Interview

    I got the job information at my college's job fair. About half a month later, I received a call from a Recruiting Assistant and ask me to sent her a resume. After I do that, about three days later. I received an email and schedules time for the first phone interview.

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    • For the interview, there are three interviewer with India accent. Because my English is not very strong, so I hardly understand their questions. Basically they just ask some questions relative to my resume. They asked me to describe the merge sort, some Jave network questions, and so on... I can't remember, mostly I can't get the whole question because of cannot understand their English.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in February 2013.

    Interview

    two rounds of technical phone interviews, and then one on site interview A non-tech recruiter asked all technical questions in first round of interview. Question about the programming language you pick. - declare a pointer, where is the pointer stored, on Stack or heap - transient (Java)

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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Perhaps the most unprofessional interview process I've ever experienced. I applied for a job through the online system, but also had a mentor forward my CV to several hiring managers in the organization. Within 24 hours of my CV being sent to contacts in AIR, a recruiter called me to set up an initial phone screen for the next day. The scheduled interview time came and went with no call. The next day, the same recruiter contacted me again to set up a phone screen. When I explained that I'd had an phone interview scheduled, but no one called me at the designated time, the recruiter said that she "couldn't remember" if she'd set up an interview with me and that she must have missed it on her calendar. The phone screen was rescheduled for the next day and actually happened this time. The interview lasted about 30-45 minutes and went very well. The recruiter contacted me the next business day to set up a phone interview with 2 hiring managers. She also asked me to send a writing sample and sent an email to confirm the scheduled interview time. However, like the initial phone screen, the scheduled interview time with the hiring managers came and went with no phone call. I contacted the recruiter to find out what had happened, and she said that the hiring managers "got really busy and forgot to call" me. Once again, the interview was rescheduled. This time, only one of the hiring managers called, but the interview went on as planned. It went very well, and I was told that they were interested in bringing me in for an on-site interview once they were certain that they would have enough funding to hire another researcher. Almost two months have passed, and I still have not been contacted to schedule the on-site interview. While it is possible that they are still trying to work out the funding situation, I've basically given up on AIR and do not intend to continue the interview process with them if I am contacted. I'm just amazed that an organization of this stature thinks that they can continue to get the "best and brightest" to work for them when the hiring process is such a mess. I got along well with the hiring manager who interviewed me, and I think I would have enjoyed working for him, but just about everything else in the interview process suggested huge problems with the organizational culture at AIR.

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    • No difficult or unexpected questions. Everything was pretty basic - asked about my dissertation research, background and training in quantitative research, experience with statistical analysis programs, etc.   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in August 2012.

    Interview

    I submitted an application online. Within a month, I got a screening call or pre-interview from an HR assistant, asking basic questions like my interest in this position. I had a phone interview shortly after with a senior research associate. A few weeks later, I had an in person interview with 2 other research associates. Everyone I spoke to was courteous and informative. They asked about my research experience in detail, my future goals, and what I wanted from this position. I tried to answer questions as fully as possible and convey my enthusiasm for working there. I called 2 weeks later to check on my status and was told they would call if they were moving forward. I never got the call.

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