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University of California Berkeley Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014

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Library Supervisor II Interview

Library Supervisor II

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in March 2014.

Interview Details – Phone screening call followed by 4 hours of interviewing on campus with numerous members of search committee. Email notification sent in advance was very vague and general and did not prepare for what was actually expected. Initially met with a 4 member group, followed by meeting with approximately 10 staff/faculty members, followed by one on one with hiring manager/direct supervisor.

Interview Question – Asked to present for 5 minutes on a random topic of interest   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Contracts Administrator Interview

Contracts Administrator

I applied online and interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

Interview Details – Applied to their second round of job posting. Was contacted one week later by phone. This was a screening interview with a recruiter. He then set up a phone interview with the director of the department. She asked about my background and described the position. She then asked me to come in for a panel interview and case study. The case study was 30 minutes and tested my knowledge and background of the contractual issues. This was followed by a four person panel interview with employees of the other contract departments and the Chief of Staff. They had a long list of typical interview questions and took turns asking them. The panel interview lasted about 45 minutes. Immediately after the interview, I was contacted by the recruiter to set up another interview with director. I believe they chose two candidates from the panel to meet with the director who would make the ultimate hiring decision. This interview took place two days later. I expected the interview to be more of a meeting with the director to see if she liked me and would want to work with me since the last interviews vetted my background and consisted of typical interview questions. However, this interview was much like the panel interview and the hiring director asked around 20 interview questions with follow-up questions regarding my responses. It was a lot more difficult than I expected. She then took me to meet the rest of her department.

Overall the experience was positive and the recruiting contact was very nice. He followed-up with me after every interview to ask how it went.

Interview Question – All questions were very typical interview questions, but due to the large amount of them it was difficult to think of a different answer for each one.   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Berkeley, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

Interview Details – Applied to an online job posting. Got a call for a phone interview approx. 2 weeks later. Phone interview was with two people who worked in department. It was a 30 minute interview and they asked me several questions about my past experience and how I would handle situations that came up. If you are well prepared it should be smooth.

Interview Question – What is the greatest challenge facing the UC Berkeley community?   Answer Question


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Average Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Berkeley, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in January 2013.

Interview Details – They just asked me about hours, how familiar I was with the research (like classes I took that related). They asked about my workload and how much I was involved in campus because that could have conflicting time interests. It went alright. They also explained what I would be doing.

Interview Question – I didn't really feel like there was a ton, it was mostly the hours portion as I had class during that time.   Answer Question


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Difficult Interview

Program Assistant Interview

Program Assistant
Berkeley, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online for this newly created position in early November 2013, but was not contacted for a phone screen until early February 2014.

During the 15-minute phone screen, I was asked: my reasons for applying; specific questions about my most recent positions; my experience with research, strategic planning, and admin support; how I would work with staff who have multiple conflicting deadlines; my leadership and communication style.

They contacted me the next day, informing me that they would not be moving forward with a formal interview, which likely would've been a panel interview.

Interview Questions

  • What is your experience with strategic planning? Considering we're a growing organization, what steps would you take to implement this plan? What is your experience with short and long-term goals?   Answer Question
  • Describe in detail how you carried out XYZ job duties for this position.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Lead Accountant Interview

Lead Accountant

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

Interview Details – Phone interview was about a half hour long and the interviewer asked me to go over my resume that was submitted then asked if i had any questions of her. Thankfully i have my resume memorized so this wasn't an issue, but it did make me feel as though the interviewer did not review it prior to the phone call.

Interview Question – I have experienced the "what are your weaknesses" questions before but never in a phone interview. This caught me by surprise.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

MFE Applicant Interview

MFE Applicant
San Francisco, CA

I applied online - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in November 2013.

Interview Details – After applying, they keep on contact and are very quick to respond to any queries. About 4 weeks after applying I got invited to interview. It was a skype interview with a past student who immediately sets you at ease. Started with some standard for questions like why finance as opposed to background, asked 1 or 2 things about the resume and then straight into 2 brain teasers. One was bizarre with tigers and sheep on an island, other was a probability one. Then moved onto some portfolio management questions and stats questions. Next was black scholes, more concentrating on intuition, and then time to ask questions and a casual chat. Overall pleasant and professional.

Interview Question – One of the Black Scholes questions that came up was about the risk neutral pricing measure which isn't impossible but, if you aren't fresh on it, was difficult to convey verbally off the cuff and unclear how much theory to go into or intuition.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Student Services Advisor Interview

Student Services Advisor

I applied online and interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

Interview Details – 2 rounds of interview: first with staff, second with faculty

Interview Question – questions about scheduling classes   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Marketing Specialist Interview

Marketing Specialist
UC Berkeley, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in May 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process is with a panel of 3 to 4 people. They are very organized with a list of questions that they ask. The position required some PHP experience and a coder was present to determine my coding skills by providing some code and explaining what was missing in the code.

Interview Question – The example of code was missing quite a bit of characters and no real answer was given when asked what the purpose of the code was.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Program Coordinator Interview

Program Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

Interview Details – After applying online I was called for an interview two weeks later. I was given a number of scenarios to which I had to present solutions. The interview also gave an opportunity to understand more about the department, tasks, my role. I was shortlisted for a final interview a week later. More scenarios were given, I also had to explain why I wanted to change careers.

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