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Updated Oct 22, 2014
Updated Oct 22, 2014
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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Took about 2 weeks from job application (Taleo.net) until HR sent me an email asking me to update something on my application. A week later got a phone call from hiring manager to schedule interview for the following Monday. Interview was panel style with multiple members from the team.

    Interview Questions
    • First question was asked to draw a network diagram. Was caught off guard and unprepared.   View Answer
    • Was asked about familiarity with any routing protocols.   View Answer
    • Was asked about troubleshooting steps if a campus user's network connection was not working.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview on the phone - 4 people on the call. Lasted about 45 minutes, I believe. Second interview was a "panel interview" lasting two hours - one with peers (6 people I'd be working with directly), one with the management team (3 people). Peers went first. They each took turns asking questions, and after I answered each one, they wrote notes down. They left, and the management team came in and did the same. It wasn't a bad or necessarily intimidating process. I enjoyed the people I interviewed with. But you should definitely eat beforehand, and maybe bring a bottle of water with you. My interview was first thing in the morning, and I kind of faded in the second hour.

    Interview Questions
    • "What does success look like?" It was kind of an oddly stated question.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    Published ad led to a phone interview, then an in-person interview including the teaching of a sample class and meetings with the Dean and search committee. Offer was made a few days later.

    Interview Questions
    • How will you balance your research and teaching responsibilities?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfort, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfort, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process involved interviewing with 7 people. Each person would ask you a question.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were asked to update our website how would you go about doing that if you have no experience in website design?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Technical Support Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Wonderful staff, interview was scheduled promptly, worked around my work schedule. Interviewed twice, was informed how many candidates were left. Interviewed with 6 members of hiring committee first. Normal interview questions. Second interview was with team members I would be working with, as well as director, then met with directory one on one, and finally spoke with Dean. Culture was relaxed, and very entertaining.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions were expected, nothing threw me for a loop. Choose your references carefully, they will make, or break it!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Compliance Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Purdue University in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Showed up the night before the Interview and stayed at the University hotel (very nice) and the interview started at 8am the next day. The Interview lasted until 4pm and I met/interviewed with 6 different groups of people, students, faculty, administrators, etc. The interview went well with the exception of lack of experience for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you react to ________ situation. (Having nothing to do with the position)   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Applications Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hammond, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hammond, IN
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by the department secretary and scheduled an interview. The interview consisted of the whole department assembled in a conference room and they went in order where each person asked one behaviorial question. No opportunity for small talk or questions about items on my resume. I was told that was the only step, they had a few more candidates to interview and would get back to me late next week. I followed-up every 2-3 weeks and each time was told they were close. Finally after 8 weeks, I was sent a rejection Email.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation when a major project was late and how was it received.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    one whole day interview from morning to late afternoon, including an about one-hour presentation, 1:1 interviews with about 6-7 lab scientists and managers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Business Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hammond, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hammond, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    The University's Human Rescource Department notified me that I had been selected for an initial telephone interview. The questions were very generic asking if I liked to work with people, if I liked to work with numbers, explaining the hours, and salary. Next, I received a telephone call for a panel interview on campus. This was a joke. The panel members were very smug and seemed to look down on me. I finally realized why, they felt threatened.... I later found out through a contact in their Human Resource area that my qualifications exceeded most of the qualifications of those interviewing me. I have a CPA with prior University experience. Although the job posting required prior accounting experience, not one accounting question was asked of me. The questions were more of conflict resolution and performance problems regarding those I would supervise.
    This leads me to believe they really need a "referee" not a Business Manager.......not interested...playground stuff...

    Interview Questions
    • How would you go about getting an employee to show up for work on time or at all?   View Answer
    • What incentives would you use to get an employee to complete a project?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Selected professor, reviewed type of work he had open for me to work on for my master degree and decided that both the type of work and professor were not the best fit for me

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the 2 different pathways for yeast metabolism   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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