I applied online - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in August 2013.
Interview Details – They conducted a phone interview first. Make sure you have your resume next to you. They grill you from top to bottom so make sure you have explanations.
Interview Question – The women who called was very nasty and mean. She made the interview very uncomfortable. She actually made me feel that every answer i gave her was not good enough. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in June 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and roughly a month later I was contacted via email to schedule a phone interview. When the day of the phone interview came, I sat by my phone and waited for the recruiter to call. She never called. After that I reached out to the recruiter by both email and telephone to see what happened, and ended up rescheduling the interview.
Now, one would think a recruiter who missed the first interview would not miss the rescheduled interview, right? Wrong. This recruiter totally did not call me on the scheduled day, but instead called me two days later. Since I really needed the job I ended up doing the phone interview at the unscheduled time (which I should add was difficult because it was during a time I really couldn’t talk on the phone for an interview). The phone interview questions were pretty basic. They were things like: “Why do you want to work for NYU?”; “Tell me about your background.”; “What are your salary requirements?”; etc. After the phone interview, I was asked to come in and do an in person interview. I accepted and headed to NYU a week later for the interview.
Overall, I would say the interview went ok. A junior/mid level analyst interviewed me for the financial analyst position I applied to. It was a one-on-one interview that lasted roughly 20 minutes. I guess my biggest complaint about the interview was that the guy interviewing me didn’t seem to have a lot of experience conducting interviews. He seemed nervous while talking to me and also seemed like he didn’t know what types of questions to ask me. In fact, now that I think about it, a lot of the questions he asked seemed really random and totally unconnected to the position I was applying for. I’ve been on a lot of other financial analyst interviews recently, and usually I am asked questions like “How do you handle budget inconsistencies?” or “What types of financial controls have you worked with in the past?” This guy was asking things like “What class would you take if you could take any class?” and “Do you like to travel?” In sum, very few of the questions I was asked were actually questions that would measure and determine my ability to perform the tasks of this position.
Once I left the interview, I received a computer generated rejection email several weeks later letting me know I did not get the job. There was no reason given as to why I did not get the job in the email.
Lastly, I want to mention one useful thing for others who may interview with NYU. It seemed to me that NYU really emphasizes that you must have previous experience using their proprietary software. I think this is completely unrealistic. In my interview, I mentioned that while I didn’t have experience using their exact software, I have had experience and training using very similar software. The interviewer seemed concerned that I didn’t have this exact experience. Also, I was asked if I could use Excel during this interview. This is such a dumb question, but one you should be prepared for. I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that they are really, really picky about finding an exact match for the technical skills they’re looking for and they place significant value on having exact experience that matches the job duties.
Interview Question – What class would you take at NYU if you could take any class here? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in October 2012.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with the HR rep who asked basic questions. She advised that the process would take quite some time. I heard from the department director 2 weeks after to schedule an onsite interview.
The onsite interview start with the Director giving a presentation. Then she went through a booklet of behavioral questions categorized by topic (i.e. technical skills, customer focus, etc...).
This interview lasted approximately 1.5 hours.
I was invited back 1 month later for an interview with the hiring manager (who was recently hired). The interview seemed rush, and I had the impression from the start he had already selected his candidate.
Approximately 2 weeks later I received and email from the hiring manager letting me know I was not selected for the job. He offered to provide any references if I needed for future opportunities.
Interview Question – How do you handle working with someone who is not pulling their weight on the job? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in October 2011.
Interview Details – I heard from the hiring manager about a week after the I submitted an application to NYC Wagner School of Public Service. The open position was for an Administrative Aid postion in the admissions office. The initial interview was rather pleasant -- it was two staff members and me, talking back and forth about my professional experience. They seemed very interested and
Interview Question – After explaining my passion for working in the field of higher ed and how my qualifications precisely meet their needs -- I was asked to give a 30 pitch on why they should choose me over other candidates. I didn't want to sound repetitive, but it kind of caught me off guard because it was the very last question asked. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in March 2012.
Interview Details – Application was sent in January, heard nothing for 2 months, then suddenly a request for a phone screening interview from HR. I believe this person is a contractor, not a direct employee of NYU. Was told I would hear from Hiring Manager if he was interested, but no time line was available. Never heard anything back, almost 1 month later
Interview Question – If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Answer Question
The process took 2 months - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in March 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed here in 2011. Was strung along for two months and 5 interviews for two different positions. At the end of it all, they didn't even have the decency to inform me of their decision- I had to call the office numerous to get a hold of the HR manager who was dodging my calls.
Interview Question – They put you into a scenario where you are trying to get a high dollar donor to give money to the university. You play the development person and they play the donor. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in April 2011.
Interview Details – I submitted my application with resume and cover letter in February 2011. I was then contacted in mid-March for a phone interview for 30 minutes when I was asked a series of questions from the hiring manager. I was then invited to a 1:1 in-person interview with the hiring manager for a 45 minute interview. I was then asked to come back a couple weeks later for a series of interviews with 5 Directors and VP's which took a total of 2+hours. I was then asked to come back the next day for a 1.5 hour Excel and Writing test to prove my skills (I have an MBA from NYU, the hiring school). On the same day as the skills test, I had a conversation with the hiring manager during which time I asked for more detailed explanation of what my daily responsibilities would be, instead of answering the question, I was asked "Well are you going to take the job or not and if you do, are you gonna leave after 6 months which would bring us back to square 1." Alarmed by the hostility, I simply answered "I am still very much interested in the position but not knowing what the salary or benefits are, I would really need more information to take all things under consideration." I was then asked for 3 reference checks and after providing contact info for each, two and a half weeks later, I was told that my references would have to include my current manager even though I had not even received a job offer yet. After expressing that I cannot allow NYU to contact my current manager without an offer of employment, I was then emailed a job offer in May 2011 2+months after my initial phone interview in March 2011. When I asked if the salary and start date were negotiable (10% increase of offer salary and 1 week later of start date), instead of being told that the terms were not negotiable, the job offer was completely rescinded without explanation but the hiring manager made sure that I knew that a hard copy of the "rescission letter" would be sent to my home via USPS even though what had been the offer letter had only been emailed to me (not mailed) just 3 days earlier. I was never referred or given access to an HR PROFESSIONAL through this entire process. The manager who I would have reported directly to if I got the job was my only point of contact for employment negotiations. After taking 3 days out of my current job over the course of 2+months to interview with NYU and take excel/writing tests, I was given an offer of employment and 3 days later it was rescinded without explanation because I reasonably tried to negotiate my terms of employment. I am an NYU alumnus with an MBA from the Stern School of Business. I have never been treated with such disregard and have never wasted my time recruiting like this before.
The process took a day - interviewed at NYU (New York University) in August 2010.
Interview Details – I emailed my resume and called to follow up. I was granted a phone interview. I was asked specific questions on investment strategy and compensation. We also discussed investing in a higher education setting relative to with a traditional asset management firm.
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