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University of California Interview Questions

Updated Oct 20, 2014
Updated Oct 20, 2014
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    Resident Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of California.

    Interview Details

    You have to do a group interview as well as a two on one interview. The group interview is about how you can work with a team and whether you can step up and also step down. The two on one interview is about your experience and problem-solving skills.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if someone gave you the answers to a test you were stressed out about?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Department was very communicative, faculty were great to speak with, students were very helpful in sharing information about the department and courses. Students were also very responsive by email. Department was very fast in making the decision and letting you know. Visit days are well-organized.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to do basic scientific research and why Berkeley?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Awkward, the colleagues seemed tense as if they didn't want to work there.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consulting Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of California in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    They went through a series of questions.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    pay

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Technical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of California in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied through UC Santa Cruz's Job Portal and I got hired.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no questions-- I got hired based off of my application.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Programmer/Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at University of California.

    Interview Details

    This was an internal transition. I recall that when I was moving to my new department, there seemed to be an overall anti-new-department sentiment amongst the colleagues I was leaving behind. In fact, one of my colleagues who was due to transition with me pulled out at the last minute. The then-director and his immediate managers were judged to be nepotistic, and people felt that they threw employees under the bus in order to boost their own image within the organization.

    Interview Questions
    • How will you compensate for your lack of knowledge and experience in this field?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of California in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Everyone in this office is very professional and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Renewal of Postdoctoral Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of California in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    There is no interview to get the position for the first year of tenure. Allocation of position is entirely based on some ordinary application requirements, research proposal, support of mentor in selected UC campus, and 3 letters of recommendation. To renew the position for a second year candidates present a personal progress report, justification of need to renew the fellowship, and a report by the mentor. While in certain cases candidates are selected for a 1:1 interview (or small panel interview), in other cases the renewal is granted simply after assessment of renewal application, and no interviews are required.

    Interview Questions
    • None. All questions were based on the ongoing research, progress report and academic plans for the future, so no surprises. The interviewee is always in control, as questions pertain to his own work. Interviewer was supportive at all times and offered good "mentoring" tips and advice.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not applicable. The fellowship comes with a closed salary amount not subject to negotiation. It is the same for all fellows across the board (except minor differences by discipline, especially in sciences --biology, chemistry, etc-- where fellows may have greater start costs, need for expensive materials, etc.)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Farm Advisor Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of California in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university website. contacted within 1 week for on site interview. Traveled to location, then had a panel interview followed by the director 1:1 interview. The interview panel were my peers in UCANR, had questions regarding the research I do. I presented a science presentation, followed by on-site writing sample over my seminar topic geared to grower perspective.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe how you would use a split plot design in your field of research.   View Answer
    • Describe the life cycle of 'such and such' organism.   View Answer
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No, they are strict on the compensation- at least with me. They wouldn't go up any more, because I didn't have any post graduate work experience. They at least said it was related to years of work experience. Ph.D automatically places at assistant level step III, more years work experience get higher steps. Tried to negotiate my spousal accommodation, but didn't work either. They hem hawed around on it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of California in September 2008.

    Interview Details

    Researcher was in need of a Research Assistant so I emailed him and he took me in right away.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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