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Updated May 15, 2014

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Staff Assistant Interview

Staff Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Duke University.

Interview Details – I was emailed the day after I submitted my resume/letter to HR. The interview was set-up on a Monday (I submitted my application on the Thursday before). It was unclear via email how many people would be interviewing me. (FYI--I have interviewed at other Duke University departments before) The way this interview was done was different from previous Duke interviews: I was in a room at the head of the table with four people sitting in front of me. The four people did not really describe their roles and it was unclear (at first) who was the most senior. Their questions were clearly for someone with little experience as it was an entry-level position but, I have a lot of experience so responding to their questions was a bit more challenging. I was not ready for such basic questions as "Are you punctual?" So, be ready for some basic questions if you are applying for a support staff/entry level position. They asked for my references which I submitted the next day via email. They said they were traveling for two weeks but would be in touch in the coming weeks. When I followed up three-weeks post-interview I was told "things take time here at Duke, please be patient." Two days later I got an email saying I was no longer under-consideration for the position. In general I think Duke tends to ask the typical questions you find online for interviews.

Interview Question – Are you punctual? (seems simple but for someone with a lot of experience it was somewhat challenging/insulting to answer--I felt like they had not looked at my resume and I felt like considering our limited time, there are better questions to ask….)   View Answer


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Undergraduate Applicant Interview

Undergraduate Applicant

Interviewed at Duke University

Interview Details – Interviewed by an old lady who graduated decades ago. Accidentally miscommunicated the Starbucks at which we were planning to meet. Had to call her and reschedule, but the phone number she gave me was only for her home so I couldn't even call her until she had left the interview site and went home. Didn't get accepted, but probably not because of the interview.

Interview Question – I wasn't asked any difficult questions, and she seemed mostly interested in my experiences, etc.   Answer Question


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Assistant Director, Student Affairs Interview

Assistant Director, Student Affairs

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Duke University.

Interview Details – I had a 5 hour interview for a department where the position would be responsible for managing training events for faculty and students. I was required to prepare a 15 minute presentation on how I would go about the training and present it in a PowerPoint in front of 10 people from the department. I then met with nine people one-on-one. it went well and I got to learn a lot about the position.

Interview Question – Was there ever a time where you had to interact with different groups (ie. Students and faculty) and it didn't go over the way it should have?   Answer Question


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Communications Coordinator Interview

Communications Coordinator
Durham, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in October 2012.

Interview Details – Had an interview with the supervisor. I dressed up in business casuals. Interview questions were easy. Just show passion for the job and its bonus if you have a background in data analysis and marketing


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Teaching Assistant Interview

Teaching Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in April 2012.

Interview Details – Process was very formal and e-mail based. I learn of about the job through email. Employer requested references and we exchanged several emails before the interview. There was only one interview. Advice I would give is to think about how the job relates to your past and your future plans.

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Financial Analyst II Interview

Financial Analyst II
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in January 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by email about a date and time for the interviewer to call me. During the call, I was asked a few questions and given a history of the department, but figured out what they asked for isn't what they were looking for. I was told I'd be contacted in two weeks whether I was selected for a second interview or not, but I never heard anything. Not even a letter saying thank you for your time.


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Engineering Interview

Engineering
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Duke University in July 2010.

Interview Details – just like other interviews. no special stuff.

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Positive Experience

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Staff Assistant Interview

Staff Assistant
Durham, NC

The process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in August 2011.

Interview Details – I applied for the position through the Duke HR website but also sent my cover letter and resume to the hiring manager. About a week later, I received a generic email from HR stating that my information had been forwarded to the hiring manager. The next day I received an email from the hiring manager inviting me to a panel interview. I interviewed with the hiring manager and other department heads and staff assistants. Everyone was very polite and they went around the table asking different questions. Unfortunately I received an email one week later stating that I was not chosen for the position.

Interview Question – Tell us about a time where you had to work on a project but didn't have all the information you needed.   Answer Question


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Program Coordinator Interview

Program Coordinator
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Duke University in November 2010.

Interview Details – I submitted my application online and had an initial phone interviewed followed by a 2nd round in-person interview. The managers were very inappropriate at times and a few asked direct questions about my age and familial status. The business school seems to look down upon generation Y employees.

Interview Question – First, they ask you to review your resume.   View Answer


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Difficult Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Durham, NC

The process took 3 months - interviewed at Duke University in September 2010.

Interview Details – It is like any other university with SOPs, GRE, Recommendations.etc

Interview Question – What kind of research I am interested in?   Answer Question

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