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National University of Singapore Interview Questions

Updated Nov 6, 2014
Updated Nov 6, 2014
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    PhD Candidate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    This was for the PhD position at YLL School of Medicine. Regular PhD questions of why, what are your interests, post PhD plans; relocation to Singapore, potential lab interests. Easy enough. They specifically asked about the techniques I have learned. They also asked about grades.

    Interview Questions
    • One particular technique I had done two years ago. I managed to say the basics, but I honestly couldn't remember the details; as I'd done it only two.three times.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    Know the employer's work well, be very confident with our niche expertise and how our expertise could be amalgamated to their work. Be vocal, ask questions and give relevant input.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you face more failures than successes in your work?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Met with Principal Investigator. Experiences related to project, what you can offer, explain experimental methods (i.e different type of PCR, some biology related questions etc). Took less than 30 minutes and was informal and easy going.

    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There are two rounds of interview. The first one is a phone interview and the second is a face-to-face interview.

    For the phone interview, the professor required me to call him at a stipulated time. When I called him, he picked up on first ring so it came across he remembered but just did not want to call. I take it as poor interview etiquette and to mean he is not reachable unless by appointment if you become his staff.

    Throughout the interview, he was speaking meanly in a very nice way. He was asking for first authorship kind of work from me and asked about technical questions different from those used in his area of work and in his advertisement. He also asked whether I could write papers for grants which I came to understand it is his job scope as a professor. When I mentioned I did not have some of those I don't have (I knew about 70% of what he asked already), he went, "Oh, the kinds of job you had usually had your name on the publications last. People like you are good at analyzing things but had so much difficulty writing papers."

    To be reasonable, he is paying less than S$3000 for this RA position and he is demanding intellectual work which is more likely his job scope.Then he should have asked for first authorships in his job criteria.

    After I hanged up, I felt that he probably saw me a waste of time so he asked me to call him. Well, I have attended interviews in other universities to know things work in a better humane sense.

    He even commented how people from other industries came to his interview and he did not want to see those people. Hence, the phone interview. Well, to be fair, the job market is getting very bad for job seekers. People just want to put food on their tables. For him as a junior ranked professor to make such comments to stranger interviewees, it's very unkind of him.

    Interview Questions
    • Expect technical questions different from those he stated in his job advertisement.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The pay is too low and unjustifiable for the job scope he is offering.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at National University of Singapore in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was given and Early interview. Arrived and told to read a report, prepare the slides and give a presentation.
    Reasonable length of interview and was told the hiring process is long. No specific time frame given.

    Negotiation Details
    No official offer yet. Told that hiring process was long.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Executive - Student Affairs Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    1 interview
    Fun culture, but cliquish. People don't take the effort to make newcomers feel welcome

    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate with justifications for pay increase
    My first request for pay negotiation was rejected by the HR staff. Only when I listed my full justifications was I taken seriously.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    the interview is really very technical. You just talk with professor or project PI.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    just during the talk with project PI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    2 interviews. 2nd interview involves presentation.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at National University of Singapore in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Since this is an out-sourced temporary contract position, the interview position was really fast. I did not email/correspond with the company myself, all was done through the recruitment agency. When I was asked to go for the interview, it was done by a Senior Executive whom I would report to directly. I think all he/she needed to know was if I were able to do the work required or not.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing at all. Just the simple question of me being qualified, why would I want a temp job.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None, all done through the recruitment agency.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Employer (Prof) would ask you about your inclinations and willingness to work past office hours (as expected for research related work). The prof would then describe his/her current works and the findings and he/she would ask you few questions on how would you be able to help out in the lab. They would bring you to meet their lab members and would allow you to have a small chat with them and let you have interactions with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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