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Updated Jun 10, 2014
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Executive Assistant Interview

Executive Assistant
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in September 2013.

Interview Details – I received an initial phone call screening followed with an immediate request for an interview,. After the initial interview, there was an approximate 10 day wait, then I received another phone call asking me to come in for a second interview with my potential boss. This wasn't so much of an interview as a fact finding mission for both of us to see if we would be compatible. The final phone call offering me the position arrived about 2 days after.

Interview Question – No difficult questions, just be prepared, there were 2 people on the panel and they used a behavioral-based interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Difficult negotiation phase as this is a Union position.


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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of British Columbia.

Interview Details – work as a student assistant, then become a part-time worker, then become a full time worker.

Interview Question – how can I help to computerize the database.....   Answer Question


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Communications Coordinator Interview

Communications Coordinator
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of British Columbia in November 2013.

Interview Details – During the hiring process, I first applied to the position through the UBC career website. About a week later I heard from my now supervisor inviting me to come in for an interview. The interview was friendly and my supervisor is very nice, knowledgable and punctual. The interview included a description of the project I would be working on, and invited me to explain how I saw a fit. Only a few hours later my supervisor informed me that I had an offer.

Interview Question – I don't know if I could say there was a difficult question. I am very qualified for the position so all the questions flowed quite well.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation as it is a union position and the wage is determined by the job type


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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of British Columbia in November 2010.

Interview Details – I knew someone who worked there already. Interview was with a senior research coordinator with lots of years of experience, and then with the PI. was informed of their decision within a week

Interview Question – no difficult questions   Answer Question


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Marketing Communications Specialist Interview

Marketing Communications Specialist
Kelowna, BC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in August 2011.

Interview Details – I applied online and got a phone call a couple weeks later. I was asked to come in for an interview. In the end I had two interviews, both quite behavorial-based. Provided requested samples of my past work.

Panel of 3 people interviewing me both times. Very polite and professional.

Interview Question – All of the questions were as I expected them to be, and totally appropriate for the job.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The salary is pretty set, so you either accept it or you don't.


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Student Assistant Interview

Student Assistant

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of British Columbia in June 2011.

Interview Details – I applied online through the online forms and sent my CV, SOP, transcripts, three recommendation letters from my references and also standard language examination scores. I had phone interview once and got accepted. In the interview all the questions were technical and about the kind of research I was intended to carry out.

Negotiation Details – Ask for more funding.


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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in February 2012.

Interview Details – I was engaged with the supervisor during my previous study. And I established a strong connection with my supervisor. After my study, there is a need for me to continue working on a project because I had the most experiences and is more familiar with the project. Other than looking for someone else to work on the same project, my supervisor prefer to have me to continue working on it.


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Database Design Engineer Intern Interview

Database Design Engineer Intern
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of British Columbia in January 2010.

Interview Details – Applied through university co-op program, interview arranged by the coordinator.
Interviewer asked about listings in resume in detail, then certain questions about basic biology area, protein specifically. After that, some basic MySQL knowledge, how database is organized and how to access information from a database

Interview Question – Knowledge about bio-informatics
Knowledge about relational database design
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Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Interview

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

I applied online and interviewed at University of British Columbia.

Interview Details – Apply online. Wait for an email from administration.

Interview Question – Your grades.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Courses are assigned by administration. Pay is based on the union-negotiated rate.


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Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of British Columbia.

Interview Details – Applied for the job and submitted a CV, but the whole process was based on the recommendation of a prof. This happened in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate. The rate is fixed.

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