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Graduate Student Researcher Interview

Graduate Student Researcher

Interviewed at University of California

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 Question – Why do you want to do basic scientific research and why Berkeley?   Answer Question

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Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Analyst Interview

Senior Analyst

Interviewed at University of California

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

Interview Question – Why did you move in high school?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Technical Assistant Interview

Technical Assistant
Santa Cruz, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of California in January 2011.

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

Interview Question – There were no questions-- I got hired based off of my application.   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consulting Interview

Consulting
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at University of California in January 2011.

Interview Details – They went through a series of questions.

Interview Question – set up a program   View Answer

Reason for Declining – pay

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Programmer/Analyst II Interview

Programmer/Analyst II

I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed 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 Question – How will you compensate for your lack of knowledge and experience in this field?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at University of California in September 2011.

Interview Details – Everyone in this office is very professional and helpful.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work here?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Renewal of Postdoctoral Fellowship Interview

Renewal of Postdoctoral Fellowship

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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.)

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Farm Advisor Interview

Farm Advisor

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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.

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – What experience do you have with electronic circuits?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Coordinator Interview

Assistant Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of California in August 2008.

Interview Details – I was first asked to apply for the job by a co-worker. After applying I was than called and given a choice for interview times. The first phase of interviews was with a large panel. They each took turns asking questions. I chose to answer concise, direct answers. I had prepared points to tie into their questions that would highlight specific skills and ideas I had to contribute. Second phase, second interview with a smaller panel of the directors. Interivew was very straightforward. I shared alot about myself, asked very few questions.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – offered given, I asked to be able to still have the few days of vacation already schedualed. offer accepted

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