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Updated Feb 21, 2015
Updated Feb 21, 2015
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    Programmer/Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    I applied and I heard from the months later but after that things moved a little faster. There was a background check I was a little disappointed that my went so fast I took it to mean that my background was kind of dull

    Interview Questions
    • There was questions about my prior work experience and whether I thought I would like working in that type of environment   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was more than happy with the offer so I didn't bother
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I send a letter and my resume to the PI saying that I would love to join the group. Got some friendly answer so I went to new york to meet in person. Interview was rather informal, just a short chat with the PI and lunch with the rest of the group.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received an interview a few weeks later. I had a phone interview which lasted about half an hour, and then a week later had an in-person interview. Pretty normal procedure and the basic behavioral interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What is something you wished we asked you in the first interview?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Marketing and Communications Coordinator Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my application I went through two interviews. The first was a phone screening and the second was an in person interview. The interview was essentially a conversation about social media and the ways that I have gained experience in this area.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to explain the ways in which I felt various Columbia properties could expand to new social media platforms.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was offered the maximum salary for the position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online by submitting academic CV. Then got a call from a senior professor in the department and an on-site presentation/interview was scheduled. I was expected to give 1 50-mi talk on my PhD dissertation and was asked a lot of questions about the research findings and field in general.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing in particular. Got grilled on my own research and thesis so I did not find anything particularly difficult.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. Salary is fixed by NIH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Client Solutions Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Not formal, needs a SOP fast. Depending on which HR Rep you get, it could be a good onboarding process or half done. I interviewed for one position and on day one, I was told it didn't exist and a new position was created.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Undergraduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Contacted the PI of the lab. He was not responsive after a week so sent follow up email, which was responded to promptly. Had one tour of the lab talking with graduate students and one interview with the PI. The tour was very informative and friendly and interview was informal.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly asked about my previous research experience and why I was interested in his research topic.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    Went from temp to perm. Interview was basic questions, nothing complicated. But I guess it depends on the department. My department was new and I was fresh out of college

    Accepted Offer
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    Business Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    straight forward process- was emailed to schedule an interview. Interview had standard questions. Was interviewed by 4 people and they were very polite and straight forward. Interview lasted aboiut 30 mins after which I was told to wait outside and was introduced to two other staff members. one of the staff members then gave me a tour of the floor.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Grading and Cirriculum Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interviews are with professors who you will be working for, so they will vary greatly. For example I was hired off of my resume, there was no interview process. Though others who had interviews say they generally focus on technical skills, previous experience, and knowledge of the topic that will be taught in the class.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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