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Updated Oct 29, 2014
Updated Oct 29, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview was for a undergraduate research position that opened up for the duration of the summer quarter at UCLA. I found a listing for the position online and emailed my resume and cover letter. I received a request for an interview within the week. The lab where I interviewed was affiliated with the Brain Research institute. The interview was non-formal and was conducted by the lab's PI.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was about my experience with fMRI. Since my experience was limited and my exposure to the technique was limited to the classroom setting, I struggled.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Faculty Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at UCLA in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online as that's the only way to apply nowadays. If you want to work at UCLA, go to their careers website. I was called 2-3 weeks after I applied and was given no indication that a phone interview was going to take place at the moment. It took 20-30 minutes. I never got a call or email back about the status of my candidacy.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Accountant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at UCLA.

    Interview Details

    They use an outside company as the first point of contact and will conduct a phone interview initially.

    Interview Questions
    • You just need to know your experience well and make it relate to the job you are interviewing for.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Institutional Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at UCLA in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I heard back from them about a phone interview about 3 weeks after I submitted my application. I had to complete 3 essay questions about problem solving situations before the interview. The position seems to be very IT focused, rather than research oriented.

    Interview Questions
    • When you are communicating data to people who are not experts in the field, what is the most important thing?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UCLA.

    Interview Details

    Applied on-line in June, and received phone call from HR manager in Sept. Three rounds of interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Desktop Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at UCLA in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    1 interview he ask technical question regarding the position. Can I do the job, have you done this kind of work before. Can we count on you, how well you work with others and can you work along and get the job done. would you accept a full time job if offer after the contract is over.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Administrative Specialist Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at UCLA in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was hired by a temp agency for a 2 month assignment.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me the website address and to interpret acronyms that I was unaware of during the interview. They also tested me on a type of software they use in the office.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Desktop Support Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at UCLA in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview by the IT Manager. Then a face to face interview with the same manager. Very relaxed and general questions

    Interview Questions
    • No questions were difficult. He was just trying to understand that i knew the IT schema they used.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at UCLA in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Saw a job posting for a senior software engineer position at one of the research labs at UCLA. Applied and received an email asking me to give them a couple of availability to go on-site for the interview. I showed up at the agreed upon time all ready to go.

    The person I had been in contact with was not available that date. Another staff member there asked me to wait so she can find someone to interview me. After 10 minutes or so, one of the software engineers came out to greet me and took me to a conference room.

    He started out by asking some standard questions like the type of work I've been doing and that type of software I've been working on. Towards the end of this part of the interview, he asked me what kind of salary was I looking for. Their job posting had a range from 80k to 150k and my range was right in the middle of that. I was pretty honest about what I wanted and what I'm making right now. He then threw out a number was way lower than my range and lower than what I am making right now. He then went out to explain because I didn't have Spring Framework experience, they couldn't offer me the senior software engineer position (by the way, Spring Framework wasn't even mentioned in the job posting). I came back by saying that it would be difficult to take a pay cut to take another job.

    The atmosphere turned sour pretty quickly. He ended the questioning part by saying that he wanted me to write some code on paper to solve a graph problem. I sat there working on my code while he stepped away. I turned in my code after 15 minutes and had a little discussion about the part that I didn't get right. He then gave me a test consisted of 16 questions on paper and asked me to work on them, again, while he stepped away to do his things. At that point I felt like it wasn't much of an interview. It for sure felt like I was back at school taking a test. I answered all the questions, but didn't put too much efforts into making the answers as best as I could. I had a feeling that I wasn't going to get the job anyway and taking that test was just a formality. Maybe he needed something on paper so he can show that he did performed the interview.

    I turned in the paper and thanked the interviewer for his time and that was the end of the interview.

    The next day I wrote thank-you emails to both the person who initially contacted me and my interviewer. In the thank-you email to my interviewer, I wrote some addendum to my answer to one of the 16 questions, trying to make that particular answer more complete. Less than 10 minutes after sending that email, I got a reply from my interviewer basically saying that I wasn't a good fit for the position because I didn't answer all the questions right. But if I'm willing to accept a lower position (more importantly lower pay), he'd willing to continue the interview process. The person who initially contacted me never replied.

    Again, I felt the entire process didn't show a lot of respect to the interviewee. There was no discussion and focus on my leadership and project management skills. The job description on the posting was either misleading, or my interviewer didn't know what they are. Another example: the post mentioned that PHP is one of the language that will be used. And I was told by my interviewer that PHP won't be used.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Accounts Payable Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at UCLA in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with a woman who had the personality of a wet mop. Lasted about ten minututes with her continuing her coldness and barely talking. I wish interviewers realized how bad this felt. As an interviewee, you are already nervous and on edge and it can be overwhelming at times. Then, people like this have a cavalier, unfriendly attitude that makes everything worse and you feel like you've had the wind knocked out of you by the end of the interview. Phone interviews in general are a joke and should be done away with. This interview was awful. WASTE OF TIME!!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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