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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contracts Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What is the greatest challenge facing the UC Berkeley community?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Library Supervisor II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Asked to present for 5 minutes on a random topic of interest   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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
    Difficult Interview
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    Lead Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
  7.  

    MFE Applicant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • 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
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Student Services Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of interview: first with staff, second with faculty

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Research Assistant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Catering and Events Coordinator-Housing and Dining Services Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview went well. After that, everything went down hill. I was interviewed by a panel of 6 people. I wasn't aware that it would be a panel but, you have to be prepared for just about anything so that was fine. What I wasn't prepared for was what rude, lifeless, unengaging, less than hospitable people they were. The questions were broad and as an event planner, one always wants to drill down to the core of a detail--so when I tried to clarify the question, one of the women on the panel threw her hands up and proclaimed "perhaps I'm not making myself clear!" and shook her head. When I interviewed canditates at my last job, I went out of my way to make that person feel welcome so that I could bring out their best and hopelly get a good sense of them and their talents.. Nope! Just the opposite here. Part of me wanted to run for the hills as I knew I would never want to work with these people....ever. The professional in me knew I needed to finish the interview and then get the heck out of there. What a shame that they were the representatives of such a fine school!

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were unengaging and read from a piece of paper   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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