University of California Berkeley Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jun 6, 2014
Updated Jun 6, 2014
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    Student Library Employee Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    There is a single interview with the supervising staff of the library. This employee is straightforward and has to do with past experiences in customer service. Some work study is often required to be eligible for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever had experience saying 'No' in a professional setting?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation phase for this position, either one accepts or one does not.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Student Assistant Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very straight forward. Simply just asked me about questions regarding my past experience.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Academic Center Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Took a couple of weeks. Applied online, followed by an in person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How does student diversity affect how you would do this job?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Caller Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    I sent in a resume and cover letter online. The manager immediately replied and said he would be interested in scheduling a phone interview. The interview was brief, easy and fun. I believe the manager wanted to make sure I was sociable on the phone. Afterward, a similar 1:1 live interview. I later heard back that I could come to a training on "getting in the door" and other sales techniques (paid to attend training). Once the training ended, I was brought on as a caller.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle a situation where someone wanted to give to Cal, but simply "did not have the money"?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Administrative Assistant III Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing there usually involved a panel of people, although in the beginning of my employment there (1980) I only had to speak to one person.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing more or less difficult than the usual interview questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I accepted whatever was offered initially; later on my performance dictated my salary increases, and at the end my being at the top of my salary range limited my increases.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Outreach Representative Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Easy application process of handing in your resume online. Recruiter will call you randomly (mine was in the evening) and ask you a series of questions related to UC Berkeley, customer relations experience, and scenario questions. If you are selected to go on to the next round, you will have a group interview with about 5 other people.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you feel comfortable asking a very low income family for a donation to UC Berkeley?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Apply to the school, to the department in which you want to study. Make your application as competitive as possible. In our department, you specify a few PI's who you'd want to work with, and they get a copy of your application (if you make some initial cut). Then, they will decide if they want to have you come in for an 'informal' interview. This was my experience.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do to help us with this problem we're trying to solve?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    "we hope you can join us"
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Front-End Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    The process consisted of a traditional in-person interview at the CET's headquarters (located at the 11th floor of the Chase Bank building outside the Berkeley BART station). Since I interviewed for the Front End, I was mainly asked design questions about how I'd improve certain features of their layouts, followed by a slightly unexpected more technical question about text formatting. Before making their decision, they followed up by making me code up a static page about showcasing a company, which also wasn't that bad. Overall the process took less than 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you implement a "see more" functionality in Javascript if all you're given is a long string from the backend?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Postdoc interviews are specific to the lab to which one applies, so the experience will vary. My experience was great. I was put up at the Hotel Durant, which is very nice and fits with the quirky vibe of Berkeley. I met with my prospective PI in the morning, with various lab members throughout the day, gave a 1 hour seminar on my thesis work, and then met with my prospective PI again at the end of the day. I also got free lunch and dinner with lab members at Berkeley restaurants, which was a great opportunity to talk shop without the PI there. Overall, it was a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked several in depth questions about my thesis work, but that's what I was expecting, so it didn't surprise me much.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't much to negotiate; my postdoc started after I was done finishing up a paper in my thesis lab, and the salary is set by NIH standards.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Instructor Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of California Berkeley in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Relatively smooth process. I directly asked for a TA position from the instructor prior to my first summer TA'ing. I TA'ed for the class for three years. I was then offered the co-instructor position the following year after continued strong display of effort.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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