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Updated May 15, 2014

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How IS the Hiring Process Set-up? Interview

How IS the Hiring Process Set-up?
Baltimore, MD

I applied through other source and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University.

Interview Details – After over 500+ resumes & job applications but never a call back or interview I am 100% confused with how JHHS & JHU handle the recruitment process. I could totally understand if I were applying for positions I'm unqualified for but that is so not the case here. I don't get it, am frustrated and am turned off.

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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

I applied online and interviewed at Johns Hopkins University.

Interview Details – I went through a round of interviews there and had an unpleasant experience with an hr person. I could tell she didn't see the value in interviewing me and told me, in fact, that some of the experience listed on my resume was irrelevant. Throughout the interview she never smiled and seemed confused/not open to anything I had to say. She even rated my responses on a numerical scale in front of me, in plain view.

When I was finally declined, the response I received was copy and pasted in different fonts. It was a pretty disheartening experience.

Interview Question – Tell me about an experience in which you had to challenge authority.   Answer Question

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Senior Associate Director of Development Interview

Senior Associate Director of Development
Baltimore, MD

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in October 2012.

Interview Details – Several initial screenings and phone interviews. Invited me for a full day (9am - 4pm) spent meeting with a dozen or so people at all levels. Felt it went very well. Everyone was very friendly and positive and encouraging. Was very surprised when I was told I was not moving forward in the process, based on my experiences during the interviews.

Interview Question – Tell us about a gift that you didn't close and why it didn't work out.   Answer Question

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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Baltimore, MD

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in June 2009.

Interview Details – They required two writing samples, one phone interview in French, followed by an in person interview in English in front of a panel. They didn't seem to know what it was they were looking for, and were stalling on hiring someone because funding for the project hadn't yet come through.

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Helpdesk Interview

Helpdesk
Baltimore, MD

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in November 2011.

Interview Details – Found the job through staffing agency. Great workplace, very kind staff and managers. An overall pleasant experience even though I didn't get the job. They kind of overdid it with an almost 2 hour interview, made me repeat the same things to almost all of the staff, since they interviewed me seperately, but I guess it's just how they work.

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  • Describe a situation where you had an unhappy customer on the phone. How did you deal with it?   Answer Question
  • Do you have any questions about this company?   Answer Question

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Engineering Intern Interview

Engineering Intern
Baltimore, MD

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in March 2012.

Interview Details – First half of the interview was behavioral asking mainly about experiences on my resume. Second half I was asked to answer a few questions on a whiteboard about some signal processing.

Interview Question – What does a pulse wave look like in the frequency domain   Answer Question

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Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

Clinical Research Coordinator
Baltimore, MD

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in July 2011.

Interview Details – The initial recruitment for this position came as an e-mail from the current clinical research coordinator to my academic program. I forwarded my resume and was asked to travel to Baltimore for an in-person interview with the current coordinator and the research supervisor. The interview was relatively brief, both interviewers stated that they hadn't gotten much sleep the night before, and concluded with a tour of the department. I followed up several times via e-mail and phone and was told that a decision was still being made. Two months following my interview and having heard nothing, I made another inquiry only to be told that someone else had been hired. The supervisor mentioned that several other research coordinator positions were available and encouraged me to apply for them. I traveled to Baltimore again and met with the supervisor and the principal investigator. I discussed the available positions with the Principal Investigator for 45 minutes and was told that a decision would be made by the end of the week. After hearing nothing at the end of the week, I inquired as to the decision timetable and was told that I would have a decision by that Friday. Again, I heard nothing and waited another week before asking again. I was made to feel that I was bothering them for trying to get an answer after being given a decision timetable and was told that I would hear something soon, that was eight weeks ago. Overall, it was a negative experience with extremely poor communication. I do not expect to be treated like a nuisance when I am following up after being given a decision timeline.

Interview Question – How would your previous employer describe you?   Answer Question

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Project Coordinator Interview

Project Coordinator

I applied through other source and interviewed at Johns Hopkins University.

Interview Details – Phone interview with 3 people... second interview over the phone is tomorrow- do not know if I received job yet

Interview Question – 1) How would we know if you were having a good day?
2) How would we know if you were having a bad day?
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Research Technologist Interview

Research Technologist
Baltimore, MD

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in May 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and received a response a month after applying. Interviewed directly with the lab manager, principal investigator, and hiring manager. The entire interview lasted 2.5 hours. After some mention that I was a top candidate for the position, I received a request for my references from the lab manager and never heard anything from HR or the lab after that. My references were never contacted, which was irritating and a waste of time. Overall, my experiences with the hiring process at JHU have been negative.

Interview Question – What negatives would your previous employer say about you?   Answer Question

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Administrative Coordinator Interview

Administrative Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Johns Hopkins University in October 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted an application through the online system. Was called in for an interview 2 weeks later. Met first with a representative from HR and was asked a series of 'tell me about a time when...' questions as well as expectations for the role, future aspirations and salary range. Then did a skills test on the computer including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a typing test. Then met with 4 would-be supervisors in a single interview. Pleasant group of people who asked typical interview questions. The experience was a nice balance of questions and conversation. Unfortunately, did not receive an offer. The whole process was very organized and very professional.

Interview Question – What is your greatest weakness?   Answer Question

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