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Updated Nov 18, 2014
Updated Nov 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    I heard back very quickly and had an interview within the week. I was interviewed by the main heads of the department. The people were pleasant, but it took a long time to hear back after the interview.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Freshman Admission Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    Met with an alumni who interviewed me and was friendly. Had the interview at a coffee shop not to far from where I live I connected well with the interviewer as we shared similar backgrounds. Asked pretty basic questions about why I chose MIT, why I chose my respective field, and future career plans.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a scenario that didn't go according to plan   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Taken into the office and talked to about my accomplishments and goals. What I'd done in the past and what research I'd taken part in. Overall nothing too out of the ordinary. They did ask in detail about previous research.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at MIT in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for job posted end of April. Phone interview 2 weeks later, on-campus interview 2 weeks after that. Long interview on campus, about 6 hours, including a presentation for a just above entry-level position. It was several weeks before I heard a decision and I had to reach out to them. Was told by one employee that a decision would not be made for another week but received another reply from different employee same day saying they had selected someone. Hmm. Several months later I found out they didn't hire anyone. Would have liked a little more transparency...

    Interview Questions
    • Question regarding student development theories. I had not been in grad school for over two years at this point and couldn't recall specific names or publications.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • I wouldn't consider this the most difficult, but they did as how to handle certain employee situations (performance issues, compensation, etc)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What is my experience in biomedical/retinal computer vision?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    Excellent process. Very professional.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What is something new you learned today?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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.

    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    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.

    Interview Questions
    • What three skills would be more important in this position?   Answer Question
    • Where do you see yourself within the next ten years?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

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