Iowa State University Interview Questions in Ames, IA

Updated Aug 19, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    It was just a small face to face interview. The professor asked few technical questions and asked about my research experience. I had to tell about my research, publications and projects.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic technical questions, publications and research experience.   Answer Question
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    Senior Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA).

    Interview

    Hiring process consisted of an initial phone interview with the VP. Subsequently invited for an onsite interview, which involved key executives from different areas of the organization--started with VP and ended with VP. Invited back for a third group interview with the individuals whom I would be supervising.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were standard fare, plus a lot of questions intended to measure whether there would be a cultural fit--one big happy team vs silos & importance of transparency.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    there was a little give on my compensation package & did receive a salary within my asking range.

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    I presented my PhD work and there was a brief question and answer session. They knew me already from my work and I had a collaboration with them, I also got a strong recommendation from my PhD supervisor, so I got the offer pretty easily.

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    Student Job Board Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    It was a formal interview with the supervisor and two student supervisors following a brief phone screen. The questions were very appropriate to the position. There were some challenging questions, but nothing unexpected.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your favorite aspect of being a student at Iowa State?   Answer Question
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    I sent my cover letter about the postdoc position. And after I got email back from my PI, I had a conference call with my PI. My PI asked me my background and my experiences in detail. After then, my PI introduced what this position was supposed to do in the current project. My PI asked me again about my feeling and how I could do this. So I think I answered quiet well.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your future plan in US? What if you get a trouble with your team members?   Answer Question
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    Lab Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Submission of current class schedule and resume/cover letter along with current transcript. After submission, I waited about a week to hear back for an interview. An interview date was set up. I went to the interview and was asked questions about my academic experience and then shown around the lab as well as the green house. I was then told there were more prospective interviews. A few days later i got an email saying i got the job!

    Interview Questions

    • What is your major and why are you interested in this lab   1 Answer
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    Student Services Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I applied for the position on the ISU website. It was more than a month before I heard a word from anyone at the University. Received a phone call to see if I was still available & interested in the position. Since I was they wanted to know where I expected to be salary-wise, to make sure that continuing the process wouldn't be a waste of both of our time. My demand was compatible with what they had available, so was told to expect a call to schedule an interview, which I did a week later. My interview finally took place a few days shy of 2 months after I originally applied for the position. Actually consisted of a 3 hour series of interviews with a total of 10 people: 1 on 1 with the department director, then a panel of several of the department staff, then with a few members of faculty & staff from other areas of the college, 1 on 1 with an associate dean, then back with the department director again. Mostly it seemed that everyone's goal was to see if I was a good fit. Didn't get many questions regarding technical abilities. More about why I wanted to work in an academic setting, what areas of my private sector experience would translate well, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think would be your biggest challenge in this position?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiation isn't really an option. The HR department authorizes a certain amount, generally within the lower 1/3 for that slot in the pay scale. That's what you get.

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    Structural Lab Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the Lab manager and asked to come into his office at a curtain date to discuss the job. After arriving, I had a short discussion with him about my past experience and how many hours I could work each week. Also, I had to read a short booklet on safety in the lab.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you lift 50 lbs?   1 Answer
    • Have you ever worked in a job like this?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I accepted right away.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in August 2011.

    Interview

    You meet with the prof you want to work with and discuss the work. You could do a rotation which would give a good idea of job description. This rotation also gives you a opportunity to impress your prof with your skills.

    Interview Questions

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    Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ames, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Interviews for faculty positions in most places are simply conversations in addition to giving a talk or two. That is also the case at Iowa State. Many meetings with faculty members. It does not need any preparation as such in my opinion.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No not realy

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