Columbia University Interview Questions

Updated Aug 21, 2015
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    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted via email to schedule a phone interview with the Assistant Dean of the Department. The phone interview was great. I was called in for a face to face interview with the department which took 3 hours. I met with the hiring manager and other members. The kept asking me the same question over and over again which I felt was a lack of communication among each other with preparation. They didn't read my resume prior, however they had them printed and were asking me questions that could of been answered by simply looking at my resume. I didn't hear back from them for two weeks until I emailed the Assistant Dean as a follow up, finally the hiring manager emailed me with a response that they picked another person. I felt the interview was great but I personally don't think I would have fit in with that department. Some were friendly, while others were nonchalant, which made me feel fraught about the department interaction.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your interaction with faculty members? Did you have any experience with faculty interaction? How do you organize for an event?   Answer Question
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    Bioinformatics Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I met with the members of the lab. They were all fantastic. I would have taken a pay cut to work with this group. The Hammer Health Sciences building, however, is just atrocious. The floors were sticky, the ceilings were low. The ventilation was poor. The elevators were slow. Every inch of lab and office space was occupied and the hallways were used for storage. The drinking fountains were shut off from what I understand was some kind of Listeria contamination. The Soviet-style classroom they had reserved for my talk was occupied by some undergraduate who was studying. She refused to leave. I honestly don't see how they can attract top-notch talent until they improve these facilities substantially. Given this and the astronomical house prices in New York I wasn't willing to work on-site more than 2 days a week, which was (understandably) not acceptable to the director.

    Interview Questions

    • How many exomes do you sequence a week?   1 Answer
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Phone screen, in person interview with recruiter, then senior staff member, good probing questions. The good thing about this was that although I didn't get the job, the recruiter contacted me really quickly to let me know I was not moving on to the next step, many companies let you hang for a long time or never contact you so you don't know. On the downside, I always ask 'what could I do better?' in the interview, I did not get a response. I know it's a lot to ask, but if you're a dedicated recruiter, that's your job.

    Interview Questions

    • What one thing in your current job are you most proud of?   Answer Question
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Simple questions on work experiences and goals. Talked about why I want to research at columbia. Laid back but the interviewer seem distracted. They were disorganized. They were 2+ hours late to the scheduled interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What were your work experiences and what are your goals few years from now. What were the lab techniques.   Answer Question
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    Compliance Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    It was thorough and lasted approximately 3 hours. They asked a lot of questions and it was a pleasant experience. The employees were amicable and smart. They offer education advancement and the campus is beautiful.

    Interview Questions

    • strengths, weaknesses, tested knowledge of related job facts   Answer Question
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    Assistant Manager, Welcome Desk Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Was called initially in January 2015 for a phone interview. Heard nothing back and even sent a follow-up email two weeks later to hear back later in February it was filled. Was later called in March to come in for a f2f interview with same lady who said it was filled. Met with her and another lady the same day and had another interview that next week with the team I would have been working under. Heard nothing for almost three weeks. Finally got an email saying I was not selected. Very disappointing.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here? What can you contribute? Strengths & weaknesses?   Answer Question
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied at 4am one night, last job I applied to before going to bed. I just finished graduate school, so am just staying up applying to jobs. Am currently unemployed, as I left my previous job to attend school full time. Got a call for an interview at 4pm that day (I was very qualified for this position.) Interview was for 2pm the next day (Friday). I interviewed with three people (3 interviews back to back), with a department administrator, another coordinator I would be working with, and the director of the program. Each about 30-40 minutes. Generic interviews, each basically repeating what the last person said/asked. Generic questions (tell me about yourself, Strengths/weaknesses, how would you co-workers describe you, etc...) Pleasant people. We were getting along. I asked a lot of relevant questions, as I had had a similar role at NYU Medical Center. Typical, windowless, cold, hospital setting. Went well. Then it started getting weird. Got a call from the administrator on Monday morning that they wanted to call my references. She left a message, since I wasn't by my phone. Her tone of voice on the message seemed like she didn't really want to leave the message, or was annoyed that she had to leave a message.I called back pretty quickly. She wanted a list of names and numbers over the phone. Already felt weird because I it would have been better to e-mail a list for accuracy. I would expect this more from an older faculty member, not a younger administrative person. I started listing off names, and spelling them, but them stopped, laughed and said that it might be easier if I sent all of this in an e-mail, so she has an accurate list of names, numbers, and correctly spelled e-mails. She was hesitant to even give me her e-mail, but she pleasantly agreed with me that it would in fact be easier to send it in a text form, and gave me her e-mail. I still dont' understand why she didn't e-mail me in the first place for something like this. Scheduling an interview via phone, ok. But asking for a list of references? I would think and administrator would know a little better. What was also strange was that she only wanted references from my last position, not from any other positions I held, which really limited the amount of references I could give her. At the end of the week, I was contacted by one of my references and she said that they gave me wonderful references! (This is the administrator at NYU, btw, and she contacted me via e-mail.) They hoped I would get the job, and I ended up having lunch with them a few days later to catch up. She even said that if they had a job opening at NYU, they would consider me, but they don't at the moment. To me that especially shows that they gave good references to Columbia. The following week, I hear nothing from Columbia. I send a follow up e-mail to the one I sent with the references. A few days go by. Nothing, Ignored. Another follow-up e-mail. Nothing. I check the Columbia job portal, the position had been filled. But not by me. You would think they would at least send me a rejection letter, but, nope. A rejection letter is professional after an interview, and especially if you call references. Maybe if I called for a follow-up, the administrator at Columbia would have responded..... I thought the interview went really well, but the process afterward, completely unprofessional.

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    Career Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    Responded to an ad, the director called to schedue an interview. She asked three generic questions that did not have much to do with the actual job, and then said thanks for coming. I didn't get a chance to ask any questions. I'm not sure why they called me for an interview.

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  10. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    This was a first interview - I'd been referred by a recruiter for intermediate- to senior-level architect position. Met with an Associate, it turned out that we'd worked at similar offices - but at different times. It was a good, brief & informative interview

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about what you've worked on....   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Their email prior to my interview, ask me to create a Power Point presentation according to their briefing. I will present it at the interview to the department head and the team, and Q and A at the end of my presentation. After my presentation is over, I sat down with the hiring manager went through a couple very basic interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • As I said, the very basic interview question. “Do you have any question?”   Answer Question
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