Iowa State University Interview Questions in Ames, IA

Updated Apr 11, 2015
Updated Apr 11, 2015
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    Senior Director Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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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    Student Services Specialist I Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed 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

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed 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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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    I emailed a professor with whom I was interested in working. After discussing possible research projects and identifying where our interests overlapped, I was selected for the position. The interview process was informal as much was determined via email before meeting in person.

    Interview Questions

    • N/A. The initial step of identifying and approaching a professor was most difficult.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation regarding pay or benefits.

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Started with an online skype interview and got selected as i have good CV to support necessary research credentials for performing this job. Basic questions on behavior and problem solving abilities

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    NO

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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Sent an email to the professor. No interview needed. Looked at my grade in the class and hired me on the spot.

    Negotiation

    None.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Tell me about youself

    Interview Questions

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    Student Fundraiser Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in June 2009.

    Interview

    I applied on-line they called me with in the week to have a phone interview. He asked me some general questions, then we simulated what it would be like talking on the phone to alumni. He asked me why do I think it is important to get people to people to give money to Iowa State.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    none

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