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Updated Jun 18, 2014

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at MIT in December 2013.

Interview Details – MIT media labs contacted me after I applied online. I was extremely surprised that they even considered me. I thought I was fortunate to get this response from them. I was scheduled to talk to a staff member from the lab from the biological side. She spoke to me and asked general questions about my PhD, my interests, computer vision and machine learning. I did OK and I didn't expect a callback as a result.

Interview Question – What is my experience in biomedical/retinal computer vision?   Answer Question

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Human Resources Position Interview

Human Resources Position

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details – Pros:
-Speedy response after applying online. I received a call for a phone screen about 1 week after applying online

-Was invited in for an in-person interview less than a week after the phone screen

-Interview was very informative and gave great insight to the culture and the people itself

-People in the department were extremely friendly

Cons:
-Was told by the recruiter that my salary expectations were within the range but was told during the in-person interview that they were not anywhere near their range

-The in-person interview with director was extremely long; almost half the work day

-Even after sending a thank you & checking in a week later, I never received any sort of response or follow up as to the status and whether or not they had filled the position with another candidate. Very unprofessional, especially for an HR department.

Interview Question – I wouldn't consider this the most difficult, but they did as how to handle certain employee situations (performance issues, compensation, etc)   Answer Question

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Associate Director Interview

Associate Director

I applied online and interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details – Excellent process. Very professional.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

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Program Coordinator Interview

Program Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in September 2013.

Interview Details – I had a brief chat with the senior recruiter who advised me that she would recommend they interview me. About 2 weeks later I was invited to interview with two different people in one on one situations. About a week and a half later I was invited to interview with the Dean. The interviews were quite casual and informative.

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Development Associate Interview

Development Associate

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details – Very long process. From the time I applied, it took 3 months to receive any information about the status of my application. I finally heard back and had a string of interviews (5-6) in one day.

Interview Question – What is something new you learned today?   View Answer

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Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant
Cambridge, MA

Interviewed at MIT

Interview Details – I was first contacted and had a brief phone screen that lasted approximately 20 minutes. They asked me a few basic questions about my interest in the position, my prior experiences, and my salary expectations. I was invited in for an in person interview by email the following week, and I met with the associate director and director of the office I was applying to. Both interviewers were very friendly, and mainly wanted to know what skills I thought would be most valuable and how I believed my previous experience would lend itself to this position.

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Student Programmer Interview

Student Programmer
Bloomington, IN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT in February 2012.

Interview Details – I was applying for a student position at MIT. I was interviewed by a graduate who worked in cognitive science. I was in high school at the time and had no prior interview experience. I thought the whole experience was a bit awkward; we didn't find too much common ground to talk about.

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Technical Associate - Sponsored Research Staff (Temporary) Interview

Technical Associate - Sponsored Research Staff (Temporary)
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MIT in January 2012.

Interview Details – I spoke with the supervisor while a fellow lab researcher listened in, and later the director of the lab group stopped by very briefly. They mostly asked me questions about my technical background based off of my submitted resume, and there was also a simple, open-ended question about the experimental problem the job entailed to assess my thoughts and approaches. Later, I was shown an experiment in progress similar to what I would be working on. The interview was mostly informational in nature, and took 30 minutes total.

Interview Question – Suppose the driver of a push-button ignition vehicle finds his/her vehicle is suddenly accelerating out of control. What would their first reaction be? What improvements need to be made to today's systems to address this?   Answer Question

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Quantitative Analyst Interview

Quantitative Analyst
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT in May 2010.

Interview Details – It was an online application and telephone interview

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Executive Director Interview

Executive Director
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT in June 2010.

Interview Details – Experience, management style, personality and past salary matter. Especially past salary.

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