American Institutes for Research
American Institutes for Research Interview Questions & Reviews in Washington, DC
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- Popular Job Titles:
- Research Associate (9)
- Research Assistant (5)
- Software Engineer (5)
- Researcher (3)
- Project Specialist (2)
- Manager (1)
- Quantitative Researcher (1)
- Statistical Assistant (1)
- Software Engineer Internship (1)
- IT Operations Manager (1)
- Senior Engineer (1)
- Finance Associate (1)
- Software Engineering Intern (1)
- Director (1)
- SAS Programmer (1)
- Research Analyst (1)
Project Specialist Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in June 2012.
Interview Details – the actual interview wasn't long
phone, on site, presentation, panel
the hiring process was too long
the project director was very nice and asked professional questions. by the end of it, he told me he thought I was a good fit and will move me to an onsite interview. (but unfortunately this person was a victim of internal politics and was let go)
Interview Question – mostly just research related questions Answer Question
Research Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at American Institutes for Research.
Interview Details – This process took a long time for me. I applied at the end of a month (the posting had only been up for about two weeks). I checked every day to see if my application status had changed and then about three weeks later I noticed my application was under review and that they had taken down the job posting. Another week passed and then I received the screening call from HR other reviewers have mentioned (keep in mind this is a month after I applied). The call went very well and I was told that my information would be passed on to the hiring manager.
Two weeks after that I was contacted again and asked to schedule a phone interview with two staff members. The questions were all standard and a eight days later I was asked to come to DC for an interview. The interview was intense; I met individually with six people, some of my interviews were done over the phone. At the end I was told that they planned on moving quickly and would hear from them in a few days. Well, two weeks later I was offered the position with an above market average salary.
It was a long process and it was a little unnerving at times, but it was a pleasant overall experience.
Interview Question – What do you like to do the least? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation, but that was because they offered me $5,000 more than I had anticipated.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research.
Interview Details – Typical software interview. Phone screen by HR, followed by phone interview with an engineer, followed by a full day of interviews at the office.
Interview Question – none were difficult., nor easy, just your typical software questions. ex. what data structure would you use to store this data?, or how would you find the nth number in a sorted list of integers and what is the run time? Answer Question
Research Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in April 2013.
Interview Details – Initially, two interviews were conducted at the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology Conference, followed by a phone interview and a series of interviews at the headquarters in Washington DC. In DC, I met with a series of workers at different levels of the organization who each had their own specialization within the organization. It was a very thorough and professional experience.
Interview Question – Please describe the three types of validity and how they are different. View Answer
Reason for Declining – For personal reasons - I wanted to stay in Los Angeles for my girlfriend's career and had another opportunity already lined up.
AIR seems like a great organization with smart and friendly workers. I wish they had an office on the west coast!
Research Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in February 2013.
Interview Details – Was contacted initially by a recruiter requesting that I participate in a phone interview. A phone interview consisted of speaking with a couple of researchers and about my experience. Was asked whether I had any questions and the phone interview was very friendly.
About a week later I was contacted for an in person interview in the Washington office. Spent an entire day at the office speaking with HR, the team I would be working with, and meeting other colleagues. Very positive experience in-person.
Interview Question – Describe your research experience in detail. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate start date but not salary.
Research Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in February 2011.
Interview Details – I was able, through networking, to meet someone who worked within the organization. After an initial telephone conversation my resume was forwarded to HR who then set up a formal interview. Due to timing and internal evaluations, it was five months before an opening was available for me.
Interview Question – Detail the ways in which you showed competency in qualitiative and quantitative analysis. Answer Question
Director Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in February 2009.
Interview Details – The interview and hiring process were well handled by the HR department. They moved things along at a fair pace and communicated well with the executive recruiter who set up the interview. They did everything they said they were going to do. They were generous with the flight cost and hotel cost reimbursement. They repaid the expenses very quickly too. They did a good job explaining the role to the recruiter. They answered every question that I asked and didn't dodge any issues. They painted an accurate picture of the work and the environment. When I asked to spend some time with some of my future colleagues, they didn't freak out and the people I met with were gracious through the process.
Interview Question – None, they were all pretty standard View Answer
Negotiation Details – They were as flexible as I would expect. They gave me adequate time to consider the offer and then agreed to extend my notice period for my former employer from the tradition 2 weeks to 4 weeks (so I could offer better transition assistance).
Research Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in July 2011.
Interview Details – First there was a 30-minute HR interview, followed by two separate phone interviews with Research Associates that lasted about 30 minutes each (about a week later), then another phone interview the following week with a manager/senior associate, then an in-person interview at the D.C. headquarters with 7 different individuals (some were with two at a time, and a couple were on the phone to the other AIR locations). Overall a very nice interview process, they paid for flight and accommodations to D.C. and were very friendly.
- What is your approach to qualitative research and data analysis? Answer Question
- What challenges do your foresee coming from an academic environment to a non-profit research environment? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The pay was not high enough for the D.C. area.
Research Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in May 2008.
Interview Details – I applied on-line. A recruiter contacted me via e-mail. Then, I had a phone-interview. Then I was invited for on-site interview. I had an interview with a hiring manager and few more people. Interview process was smooth and people were very nice and friendly. Then, I talked with a HR staff about benefits, etc.
- What was the most proud of yourself? Answer Question
- What kinds of work experiences relevant to a job do you have? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate the date I would begin to work.
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