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Updated Dec 17, 2014
Updated Dec 17, 2014
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  1.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Duke University in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    interview was professional and cordial. Interviewed with three different faculty members and several graduate students. Duke paid for a nice meal as part of my visit.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation for a doctoral program
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Bio Statistician III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Duke University in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Started off with a phone interview to discuss my background and relevant experience to the job being applied for. A few days later, I received an email requesting a 1:1 interview, which ended up lasting 2.5 hours. Met with 4 people individually. Basic statistical questions, but nothing complex at all.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you familiar with Bayesian methods and Factor analysis?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Duke University in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Email, onsite job talk

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Web Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Duke University in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview is a pretty straight forward process. If coming from the outside the interviews are usually 1/2 day. Duke is big and individual departments have some discretion so a lot depends on where you are interviewing specifically. The hiring process is nothing out of the ordinary - they make an offer and you go from there.

    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate. Shoot high, as you will likely not get a substantial increase for a while, if ever if you stay in the position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Academic Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Duke University in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    Make sure your resume gets thru their giant HR system. If you can get an email to the hiring person directly, do so.

    Interview was fine and normal. Had to sell myself to a few of the professors.

    Interview Questions
    • Typing a writing sample from a professor's handwritten notes that were barely legible and on a topic completely unfamiliar to me.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated because I had another job offer the same day. I asked to think it over and they came up to the amount offered by the other firm.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Postdoctoral Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Duke University in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    give a presentation, discuss projects with Professor

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Analyst, IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Duke University in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Difficult and you must network in order to get your foot in the door.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None, they made you feel lucky that you received an offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Research Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Duke University in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was straightforward, much the same, if not a tad less competitive than for similar positions at Ivy League schools (I interviewed and obtained a job at Yale as well). If you're sharp, and present yourself well, you'll get in. You have to be teachable for this job. Communicate that, somehow. If you lack experience, don't try to schmooze your way around that. There are plenty of labs around campus that can give you the experience you need. Don't make up anything/stretch things, and you'll do well. You'll be in there working with very bright/capable graduate students and post-docs. Look the part, act the part.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your greatest strength? How will your skills allow you to contribute directly to this research? And what are your goals for the future?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated a $2,000 salary increase above base offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Duke University in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    There is no interview as such. One needs to apply to the Graduate School with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. The admission depends upon the academic background, relevant skills and prior research experience. Luck play a role here as well. The professor should have a vacancy in his/her group and availability of funds is crucial!

    Interview Questions
    • I am not working in that area anymore, would you still like to work with me?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Postdoctoral Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Duke University.

    Interview Details

    Very straight forward Postdoctoral interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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