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Updated Dec 8, 2014
Updated Dec 8, 2014
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  1.  

    Library Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    The interview went well and the interviewer was not only helpful on breaking down the fact that Columbia University departments are not centralized directly to Human Resources. Meaning that the individual departments have their own choice on new hires and human resources does not pick the candidates. When you are sending your resume it goes directly to a department first and then to human resources.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Development Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    two online assessment tests. One is coding test, the other is sort of logical test. Two question for coding test. The first one is that given a string, delete all 'a,e,i,o,u', and return the new string. the second one is that given two string, check if one is the other's rotation. "cdefab" is the rotation of “abcdef" the logic test is hard to describe, but I suggest you to convert all a-z to 1-26 as a list and have that list at hands when you are doing the test.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Business School - Client Development Role Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through the traditional 3 rounds of interviews for this role: phone interview, first in person with potential boss; second interview with potential boss' boss; third interview with 3 team members. I applied online to a posting that was about 10 days old, and got my first contact from them about a week later. The next 2 interviews came fairly close together (4-7 days apart each). I sent references after the second. I was told I was one of three finalists and after 9 days, I had to ask for an update. The reply from the hiring manager took 4 days- never a good sign. They "considered me very seriously", but offered it to another person who was a better match and thanked me for coming in 3 times. The HM and I had different styles, so it was probably just as well I didn't get the role.

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    • The most awkward question was what three things would you do in the first 60 days, when my potential peers were in the room. They were not currently doing my suggested activities, which made them look a bit bad and created an awkward moment.   View Answer
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Various Research Positions Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I've interviewed for four positions at Columbia in the last year and none of them were particularly great experiences.

    Interview #1 - hiring manager asked typical interview questions and was extremely rude (even more so on the phone, I shouldn't have bothered with an in-person interview). Then she introduced me to various team members and they were all very awkward and disengaged. I was never contacted again, but HR website said the position was filled. Then it was relisted a few months later. It sounded like a high turnover job and I wasn't surprised.

    Interview #2- an admittedly bad fit. It was just obvious. People were nice though and I received a polite rejection email a week or so later.

    Interview #3- met with a very nice departmental administrator and was told second interviews would be conducted in another month. That was 6 months ago and I never heard anything else, although according to HR the position is still open.

    Interview #4- met with former person in the position (who was promoted) and departmental administrator. The first person was nice and answered questions and we had a nice conversation. She gave me a good sense of the job. The departmental administrator was a total jerk. He barked at me when I wouldn't answer my salary requirements (I said I was open to hearing their range) and kept asking me in different ways. If he hadn't been so persistent I would have probably just told him, but I found him to be really rude. Then he asked a bunch of extremely negative behavioral questions that were just bizarre. At the end he said he would have a sense within a few weeks what 'direction they would be going in,' and whether they would need to repost the position and get more candidates. Uh… I guess that was my rejection because I never heard from them again.

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    • Negative behavioral questions- i.e. tell me about dealing with difficult people, times you've faced adversity, etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    Applied for part-time developer in CUIT. Sent a email with resume and got replied in 2 business days. Then got a onsite interview with some of their development team. People are nice.

    Interview Questions
    • No coding questions. Asked something about projects and some SQL questions.   Answer Question
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    CUIT Part-time Developer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    I'm a graduate student in Computer Science in Columbia University. I applied the job of CUIT part-time tech developer in 2014. It was an unexpected interview and I was badly prepared for that.
     The interview mainly focus on the past experience for the projects. And something with the database management. So for about the SQL grammar.

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    Average Interview
  8.  

    Research Technician B Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had four interviews. Asked mostly about my research history. First few rounds were very personal and comfortable. Showed me the lab and discussed the research they were doing. Were concerned primarily about work ethic.

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    • Questions were not very difficult. Most difficult question was whether or not I felt like I was a good candidate for md/phd programs.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Columbia University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    First stage: Phone interview with HR, which includes a salary screen. I didn't fit in their range and they told me so and told me what the ceiling for the position is. We agreed to proceed.

    Second stage: An interview with HR and the head of the research team (1/2 hr), followed by a 1/2 hr with an associate director. The HR and head of the team created a good impression on me. They asked general questions about my current work and said little about what skills are needed for the position. That made it tough to show them that I have the skills needed.

    The associate director was a little strange. He was newly promoted and had no interviewing skills. Appeared unable to describe the company culture and his management style.

    The time limits of both parts of the interview were enforced strictly; they actually cut me off to say we are out of time.

    There was zero follow-up on their part, although they promised they will be in touch in "a couple of weeks." After a while, the HR person wrote to me that "we are still recruiting." No closure.

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    • Frankly, the most unexpected part was how little they asked me.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    At Teachers College, Support Position Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    I had one phone interview, and a promise made to come in-person; then, was asked for references (phone numbers, email)...references were contacted for on phone interviews. Was able to discuss with one of my references what was asked; interviewer kept pressing them to say something negative about me..was then contacted by the interviewer and told they were going with another candidate; then had to tell my references I was not hired...which I'm afraid now makes them wonder why, which may hurt in future job interview situations. Also, the interviewer was puzzled why I wanted to get a more advanced position.

    Interview Questions
    • Discussing why I want to change jobs...it seems, if you have a job, it is not understood why you want to leave; if you don't, it is wondered why you do not...   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Human Resources Coordinator Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    Interviewer was nice, asked basic questions about experiences and education. Followed-up with them after the interview and again a week later as I had not yet heard anything. About a month after I had my interview I checked my status on JAC and noticed that the position had been filled.

    Interview Questions
    • What thoughts do you have on the future recruitment for our school?   Answer Question
    No Offer

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