Stanford University Interview Questions

Updated Sep 26, 2014
Updated Sep 26, 2014
81 Interview Reviews

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Individual meeting with prinicipal investigator and other lab members, including other postdoctoral fellows, graduate researchers, and undergraduate students; Oral presentation consisted of work I performed during graduate school and ideas for projects I wanted to pursue in the new lab.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Social Science Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Stanford University in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position of Research assistant through the Stanford portal as well as a posting for the same job on Idealist.org. I was contacted a fews days later from a leader in the research department through email. I was invited to participate in a phone interview. The phone interview was very open ended type questions (e.g. tell me about yourself, what are strengths and weaknesses, why do you want to work here?) followed by an informational portion where the interviewer explained the research being conducted. It ended well with a few questions about pay range, potential start date and the interviewee telling me about the next steps in the process. I was not told whether or not I made it to the next round. The interviewer explained I would be contacted through email in a couple of weeks to inform me of their decision. That evening I received an email stating I had made it to the next round and was requested to go in for an in-person interview.

    The in-person interview was at the Stanford campus with four different employees (including the director of the program) from the research lab. They asked more direct questions about my knowledge in research methodologies and previous experience gathering data and analyzing statistics. The interview took 2 hours. At the end of the interview I was asked to send references and they would be in touch once they received them.

    One week later I had two other phone interviews testing me on the research material that was being conducted. Applicants, know all the research, read it and study it before hand.

    At the end of the interview I was offered a job!

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me the research papers you've read about our work here.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
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    Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • What was the most difficult situation I faced during my PhD work and how did I handle it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Anonymous Quantitative Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Stanford University in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact via email, followed by phone screen, then several in-person interviews. The whole process was very drawn out (2.5 months.) The immediate team was great, but the university hiring process (driven by HR) felt very dysfunctional.

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions. These were fairly technical interviews, and everything was appropriately challenging.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I declined because the salary offer was delusional. It was less than 60% of the market rate for the position in the area.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview with 3 different faculties first. After that, I was invited onsite to meet more faculties and other postdocs.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    contact Professor directly and did independent research with him in order to be qualified

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    Directly Contact Boss. Asked him for job. Initially met at conference, then he flew me in to interview in person. He knew my previous boss, so that got my foot in door.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

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