Stanford University
4.1 of 5 654 reviews
www.stanford.edu Stanford, CA 5000+ Employees

Stanford University Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting the Interview 

59%
25%
5%

Interview Experience 

74%
18%
7%

Interview Difficulty 

Average Difficulty
75 candidate interviews Back to all interview questions
Relevance Date Difficulty

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Teaching Assistant Interview

Teaching Assistant

Interviewed at Stanford University

Interview Details – A call for applications was sent out to appropriate departments, and we were notified by our career counselor. There was an initial round of screening requiring both a resume and answers to specific questions. This was followed by an interview, which included creating and graphing a sample problem as if teaching a section

Interview Question – Come up with a sample problem that demonstrates a basic economic concept, and teach it while graphing it on the board.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable offer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Administrative Associate Interview

Administrative Associate
Palo Alto, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Stanford University in April 2013.

Interview Details – I had a fast pleasant experience getting hired at Stanford with my current position. I had interviewed for two other positions at different departments and never heard back from either and l months later I received an automated reply that the positions had been filled. Stanford is VERY decentralized and there are many issues with their hiring process. People never follow up, don't email, and they can take MONTHS to call back so don't hold your breathe. My advice is don't give up, they have great benefits so the trouble is worth it if you appreciate a good work/life balance.

Interview Question – They asked how do you deal with unresponsive faculty members?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, HR has set pay scale's and you simply accept.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

Postdoctoral Scholar

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Stanford University.

Interview Details – initial email communication, responded to a job posting through nature jobs. 30 minute presentation on thesis work to lab. this was followed by a series of questions regarding my personality, research and motivation for deciding to apply to stanfrd

Interview Question – What was the most difficult situation I faced during my PhD work and how did I handle it?   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

Postdoctoral Scholar
Stanford, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Stanford University in May 2012.

Interview Details – My future supervisor invited me for a two-day visit, flew me from New York City and got me two nights at a nice hotel. On campus, I gave a seminar in front of a somewhat large audience. I got to talk to some graduate students, some professor working in related fields, and some post-docs. A really pleasant experience overall. I was aware that I was the only candidate matching the profile, because the job had not been filled for two years and my future advisor told me so. He also knew that I had other options, so he had to work to convice me to come.

Interview Question – I did not get any questions really, it was more of a long ongoing discussion.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Being European, I did not think about negociating. I probably should have.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Communications Associate Interview

Communications Associate

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Stanford University in July 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online, and emailed/sent a hand written copy of my resume. That is my standard operating procedure in all job situations. I was given and interview 3 days later and and offer by the end of that week. I am told this isn't really customary for the university though. There are some people that the process takes up to 6 months for. In hindsight a year later my anger is difficult and the office culture not the best, so perhaps they were just desperate.

Interview Question – Nothing of consequence, most interviews at the university are straightforward and simple, no trickery. The university requires an extensive background check, I was already an on ca,pus employee and did not need this.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There didn't seem to be much room for negotiation but I was happy with the offer regardless

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Administrative Associate Interview

Administrative Associate

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Stanford University.

Interview Details – Was hired initially as temp to hire but temp status was long drawn out as administration was not in hurry to make full time with benefits. Interviewing was nice and they have you interview with many people who you will work with to not only hear about different aspects of work but to see if you mesh well with them.

Interview Question – How skilled are you with advanced social media?   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Graduate Research Assistant Interview

Graduate Research Assistant
Stanford, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Stanford University in September 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process begins when you are admitted as a graduate student. In order to be admitted you have to submit an application. Then if you're in the idea is to find an advisor willing to fund you. In order to get hired by a research group you will have to work on a project for a quarter and try to impress the professor.

Interview Question – I had to develop an advection code during the quarter that is able to account for shocks.   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Clinical Fellow Interview

Clinical Fellow

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Stanford University in March 2010.

Interview Details – Before I applied for a clinical fellowship, I did an away-rotation as a resident. This felt like a month-long interview as I was constantly under the watchful eye of my potential team. I ended up working a lot harder than most visiting residents because I really wanted to match at Stanford. Overall it was a grueling month and I did not have to come back to interview. Instead, I was pretty much told that they have been interviewing me all month long.

Interview Question – I was constantly asked very technical questions regarding pathophysiology of diseases.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Encryption Team Interview

Encryption Team
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Stanford University in February 2014.

Interview Details – Through a 3rd party Contracting Company - told go for an interview met with 5 people.

Interview Question – Ask about both apple and windows platforms and overall navigation of OS and settings.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation told all controlled via the 3rd party contacting company.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Stanford University.

Interview Details – Applied on Stanford Jobs website. No response. Found hiring manager by applying to another job in the same organization. Wrote to hiring manager and got interview.

Interview Question – Let me tell you why I don't think you're qualified for the job.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Had to negotiate salary; was able to negotiate an increase for six months after hire.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response
RSS Feed Embed
Interviews for Top Jobs at Stanford University

Worked for Stanford University? Contribute to the Community!

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Stanford University interview questions and advice. All 75 interview reviews posted anonymously by Stanford University employees and interview candidates.