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University of California Berkeley Interview Questions

Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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    Work Study/Help Desk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    I was a student and looking for a work-study job. I checked UC Berkeley's employment website and found the job. After mailing my resume, I got respond next day to set up an interview. The interview was held in one of their meeting rooms with two senior Liberians. They were intelligent and friendly.
    All interview questions were related to the particular job. No old school questions such as "what are your strength and weakness."

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Office Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    I found the position through workstudy.berkeley.edu and sent my resume and cover letter online. I received a call back within a week, and was basically given a phone interview right then and there. After the interview, the office manager (who was conducting the interview) told me to come in the next day. One of the other employees showed me around, and before I knew it, I was sitting in the HR office filling out my paper work. I didn't even have an actual in-person interview. It was probably because it was just for a work study position, but it was the easiest interview I've ever had.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    One interview with the library supervisor with a tour of the workplace. Questions were basic and behavioral. Mostly just questions about past experience. She also asked about your future plans and was hoping someone that could work for 1+ years. Other than that, they'd take pretty much who ever get interviewed.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Graduate Student Instructor Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The hiring process begins with an online application where you indicate your course preferences. There's also space to submit or upload your CV. After submission, professors choose students based on preference. Final assignments are formalized by the GSI coordinator. There isn't a formal interview, but professors talk to one another to see who might be a good fit. First time GSI's are often assigned to a general, lower division course.

    Interview Questions
    • You state why your background prepares you for that particular job.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Dependent on department. Application process was rigorous for bioengineering. Need research experience in undergrad or some time of summer research experience. Any prior publications are looked upon favorably. Rec letters are also very important, with research letters having higher weight than letters from a prof you just took a class with.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    They had a opening posted on their website. I emailed them my resume in an email explaining why I am interested in the position. I got a interview. I met with the PI and the Post- doctorate student who I will be directly working with. They asked about my previous experience and explained what the position was.

    Interview Questions
    • For me the hardest part was whether I can be there for the summer. I was applying for a part-time during the semester. They also asked me to not take a class and devote that time to the lab.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Recreational Student Facilities Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Submitted job application and resume. Contacted by manager within the same day and was asked to come for a group interview. The process was easy and straightforward, and was a good practice in interviewing for a student.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Management was unprofessional

    Declined Offer
  9.  

    Undergraduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The standard method of hiring for undergraduate research assistants at Berkeley is through their CalCareer Center portal. But I would suggest a better method would be to contact directly the professor at office hours. Once they establish there is room in the lab, I had an interview/walkthrough tour of the lab with my direct boss (the post-doctorate scholar in the lab) and then another interview after with the Professor whose research I would be working on.

    Interview Questions
    • Why should we hire you over the hundreds of other students who are better suited for this position?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Metrics and Reporting Analyst Interview

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

    interviewed at University of California Berkeley in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interviewers really focuses on the role's required specific skills. They asked intelligent questions and were focused on what you can bring for the group.

    The interview started on time and was roughly about an hour. 4 people interviewed me and each one asked questions in relation to what group they represented.

    Interview Questions
    • When asked to provide specific examples, hard to choose which scenario would best represent the question at hand.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I just need to submit the applications to the university. No interview at all. After consider my application, they give me an offer. Also, I have to submit some document like GRE, and GPA, etc.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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