University of British Columbia Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2015
Updated Mar 26, 2015
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    Residence Advisor Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of British Columbia.

    Interview

    The application opens in late December/ beginning of January, and interviews happen at the end of January- February, and acceptances early march. Interview consisted of groups of 10, we had a group interview which consisted of several stations. One station to build a puzzle as a team and an event planning station.

    Interview Questions

    • Building a puzzle and being asked what you could have done better   Answer Question
  2.  

    Work Learn Student Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I applied through Career Services for quite a few work learn positions before summer hit. Positions I applied for did not have any phone screening process (all positions within IT). 2 of them were simple 1-on-1 interviews with the direct supervisor. One of them had two interviews, with the first being for fit and the second being a deeper dive into your experience. All interviews were around 20-30 mins in length.

    I was surprised that all three interviews were not at all structured as a typical corporate interview. It was an incredibly open-ended. There were of course the general questions at the beginning but it always led to them asking you to select something from your resume and doing a deeper dive into why you did it, what you got out of it, what you contributed and why it's relevant; be prepared for that.

    Interview Questions

    • No questions were particularly difficult, most questions were quite easy to answer as long as you have prepared meaningful points on the experiences you have listed on your resume.   Answer Question
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    Special Projects Coordinator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at University of British Columbia in August 2014.

    Interview

    Initially I applied for a different position within the University and was referred to this position as it would be a better fit for my experiences and skills. Was contacted by the manager and asked to come in for an informational interview (guessing that my previous 2 interviews with the other position was seen as a good initial screening). After the information interview, was contacted by email two days later to schedule a second interview with inbasket testing. The second interview felt very relaxed and the team members that interviewed me were very easy to talk to and I felt very comfortable.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no exceptionally difficult questions here. I always have difficulty with the "tell me about yourself" question but I seemed to impress them with my answer.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was expecting to have to negotiate my wage and vacation time but found that what I was offered was well above what I was hoping for through negotiating.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC (Canada)).

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

  6.  

    Finance Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at University of British Columbia in January 2014.

    Interview

    1 1/2 hour interview with 3 panel interviewer ask 5question each. Behavioural based questions. For example, describe the time when you have a conflict with your supervisor and how to resolve this conflict.

    Interview Questions

    • No specific question was difficult. But there was a numerical reading test and basic counting knowledge question with in-house excel files   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    non-negitiable

  7.  

    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at University of British Columbia.

    Interview

    Apply online. Wait for an email from administration.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

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

  8.  

    Communications Coordinator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in November 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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

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

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    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC (Canada)).

    Interview

    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

    Did not negotiate. The rate is fixed.

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    Research Technician Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC (Canada)).

    Interview

    Process included an initial interview with various members of the lab and a subsequent second interview with the PI and Lab Manager.
    The first interview was mainly focused on technical experience, while the second was more of a personality screening exercise.

    Interview Questions

    • In the past, describe a time that you made a critical mistake and how do you deal with mistakes that you make at the workplace?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was not room to negotiate at the time as it was an entry level position that was grant funded.

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in September 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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

    Negotiation

    Difficult negotiation phase as this is a Union position.

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