Stanford University Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 18, 2014
Updated May 18, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director, Purchasing Services Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Stanford University in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    The worst experience ever: unorganized, long interviews, no action/follow up, lots of internal politics that comes through from the interviewers comments, arrogance (you should feel honored to be interviewing here -- don't waste your time. Employees and managers are not aligned or on the same page when interviewing. Management is not forthcoming/honest about the true working situation of the department, quality of the employees, or about the goals of the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Can we get more references -- after three references and complete back ground, credit, history check -- really?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Academic Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Stanford University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Day-long interview with job talk. Multiple stakeholders are scheduled for 45 minute sessions. Unstructured questions. Lunch with unit staff. Dinner afterward. Very friendly atmosphere. It can be difficult when being interviewed by multiple staff whose internal dynamics come out in questioning. Endurance and diplomacy are important for the interview day.

    Interview Questions
    • Staff complain about lack of formal policy to govern their responsibility area and ask what you would do to fix it.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Housing Building Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    Put candidates through six panels of twelve interviewers per panel in one day. One panel offered lunch but was unable to eat as I was being interviewed with non-stop questions while the 12 panel members ate their lunch. Questions from all panel sessions consisted of similar canned interview questions. Very unprofessional and disrespectful. The best interview session was with the Director of the department, one-on-one. Very good interview with her. She was very respectful and asked relevant, real life questions. I would have been honored to work for her. For the other 72 people that interviewed me . . .

    I hope by now that they have since changed their interviewing format.

    Interview Questions
    • Each set of questions throughout the day were pretty much the same so by the end of the day creativity was an absolute necessity.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Stanford University in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, then brought in for an interview. I did this for two different administrative positions

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think you will be bored in this position?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Stanford University in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing process took about 1 month. Began with a phone screen, followed by an initial interview by the department recruiter and hiring director. I then returned a week later for the second round of interviews with the Associate Dean, a panel of 3 potential colleagues, and the person I would be replacing. My final and third interview was with the Dean. I interviewed with a total of 8 people. In the end, I didn't get the job as another candidate was selected. The interview process was very professional and all very nice and appropriate questions. I believe the interviews went well and I clicked with everyone on the interview team except with the Dean. For some reason, we just didn't seem to click and the interview just didn't seem to go as smoothly as the rest.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you setup social media and how do you maintain or keep it updated?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Student Outreach Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Stanford University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was told the interview would be a panel setup with possibly 3 people, it ended up being 6! For an entry level position. I think that was overkill, but they can get away with it. I was asked to explain how previous experience would serve me in this position? When was a time I had planned an event and volunteers had left me stranded? How would I keep students dedicated, and involved with events when their schedules are hectic? What would I do in the first three months of employment? What was a student involvement like in my university experience? How could I improve upon it?

    Interview Questions
    • What sort program would you plan to get students from different dormitories/dinning halls to interact with each other? They gave no feedback, or clarification when I asked.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sustainability Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    I had my first interview with one of the Managers of the Office of Sustainability. She was smart, a great pleasure to speak with, and was a respectable character.

    Interview Questions
    • My concern would be that the job is not too challenging for you, how do you feel about that?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    The first communication was a phone call from an HR representative. This was followed by a 1-hour phone interview. The questions asked during the phone interview where very basic computer architecture questions followed by a simple brain teaser. After this, an on-site visitation was arranged where I had eight 1-hour 1:1 interview with the different member of my new team. The questions varied, but mostly I repeated the quick presentation of my graduate research and answered questions related to that. Most of the people where very interested in the answers.

    Interview Questions
    • The first communication was a phone call from an HR representative. This was followed by a 1-hour phone interview. The questions asked during the phone interview where very basic computer architecture questions followed by a simple brain teaser. After this, an on-site visitation was arranged where I had eight 1-hour 1:1 interview with the different member of my new team. The questions varied, but mostly I repeated the quick presentation of my graduate research and answered questions related to that. Most of the people where very interested in the answers.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    It was a long time before they responded to my job application for this position, but I was happy that they did.

    First it was a phone screening and the manager asked me about my previous jobs and experience as well as how I would respond to certain situations. The phone screening went smoothly and the manager invited me for an in-person interview right at the end of the call. Awesome!

    I went to the campus and it was very beautiful. The buildings were iconic and the campus has the most beautiful landscaping I've ever seen.

    I met with the manager and 3 other people and they all asked me a series of IT realated puzzles and some logic puzzles as well. There was even a practical where you get a client and you have to solve their problem. Over all I pretty much nailed every question and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone and solving the puzzles.

    They said I would hear back from them in a week, but alas, that didn't happen...

    Despite me doing well in the interview, I think what I did wrong is that I failed to follow up promptly... or maybe I came off as too cocky as I was flying through the questions they gave me...

    Over all, Stanford would probably be the best place for me to work because I love to do IT at a place I really love and care about. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly.

    If any of you wonder if you should try to apply there, I say go for it. I didn't get my chance, but I will certainly try again later.

    Interview Questions
    • Many different questions about IT across a multitude of platforms   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Stanford University in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted quickly and quickly brought in for interviews that lasted 3 hours. But then I had to wait several days for a response about whether I would get another interview. The hiring manager was only responsive when he was interested in me. I asked for feedback about how I could have done better in the interview, once I was rejected, but received no response.

    Interview Questions
    • "Which sites do you think do a good job with presenting information?" I wasn't asked to think about that before, but I was told to prepare other ways.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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