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University of Michigan Interview Questions

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    nothing special. personality fit. be nice and be polite. don't be a jerk. be humble and be yourself. show that you have flexible schedule and great work ethics. be confident and be patient. one rounds of interview

    Interview Questions
    • do you have leadership experience? what are your special skills? What year are you? what are your previous jobs?   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Development Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Michigan in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Overall, the process can be summed up by "hurry up and wait!" As with most companies or institutions of this size, there are a lot of boxes that need to be checked and people that need to be involved in the hiring decision. Sometimes their schedules may not be easily aligned and that may require patience as you move through the process though there are often short bursts of a lot of activity and requirements for information from the applicant on short notice.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't many difficult or unexpected questions, though HR will ask a lot of "tell me about a time when you ... " questions on the spot. You'll need to be prepared to answer as best you can in the moment. Probably an exercise to see how quickly you can think on your feet more than actually getting the best, most accurate answer.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Academic Support Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Michigan in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Contacted via email for interview. Had interviews with 2 managers immediately followed by a group interview with 4 coworkers. Briefly spoke with Administrative Assistant afterward who was not sure if they were doing second interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you relate to College of Engineering students?   View Answer
    • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing students today?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Event Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    they put you in a large room then you filled out a form, and then you were sent to speak to two of the superiors. they then give you a position and email you a form, after filling it out, you attend training.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Marketing & Communications Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at University of Michigan in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online as an external candidate for a position that was closing in 1 day. I received an email the very next day saying that I had been chosen to move to the next step in the process which was a phone interview. The phone interview was scheduled for the following week and would end up lasting about 30-35 minutes. The interview was very standardized as with most public/government organizations. There were standard things the interviewer shared with me like the fact that in the event they chose me for the position I would have to submit to a thorough background check which would include reference checks and degree verification. What I like about UofM is that their hiring system is decentralized and you don't have to make it past an hr screening to get to the people you'll be working for. Resumes go directly to the hiring manager, so in my opinion you are more likely to get an interview if you have transferable skill sets that match the position rather than work history in a similar position. Smart hiring managers can read between the lines and will understand how your skills can translate. After the phone interview I received an email that said I would be moving on the second round which was a face to face interview that would last an hour. At the interview I was required to bring a portfolio and I was asked behavior based questions as well as questions related to the specific position. At the end of the interview I was told that I would hear back in a week. I heard back probably two to three weeks later letting me know that I would not be offered the position. I was told that I needed more experience but that they enjoyed my enthusiasm and my well put together portfolio.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementing it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    This was a stunningly unprofessional interview. I was invited to campus following a phone interview and then told they would only cover $500. No one told me that cab fare from the airport would be $60-70 (each way). Also, they gave me less than 2 weeks notice, so airfare wasn't cheap. I had asked for a copy of the full grant proposal but it wasn't emailed until late afternoon the day before I was to fly out, at 5 am. Upon reading it I nearly cancelled, because there were a number of red flags. When queried, the director gave answers that were plausible. I decided to go because I thought it would at least be a networking opportunity, because there were to be more people interviewing me than were at the phone interview. It wasn't. In fact, there were only a few interviewers, 3 I believe, and two had been on the phone interview. And, I had to do a presentation, which I spent time preparing. I flew in and out in one day for no more than a one hour interview. Had to find my own way around campus, find some lunch, etc. I did get a short tour of the building, but then of course had to call my own cab to get to the airport. The only thing I got from the interview was that (a) they already knew who they were hiring (not me) and (b) the director would be a terrible "boss."

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing terribly difficult or unexpected. All rather perfunctory and canned.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Applications Programmer/Analyst Intermediate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at University of Michigan in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact within 2 weeks of applying for the job. First interview via phone, second and third via videoconference. I was an out of state candidate and I think the second and/or third could have been onsite for local, in-state candidates. The interview chair kept me up-to-date on the various stages of the interview. All three stages of the interview were complete within 2 weeks and a decision made witihin a further two weeks for a total of 1 month since initial contact. Overall, very pleasant experience interviewing with UMich.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interviewed for a semester-long research project with the School of Nursing. The faculty member there was very courteous and prompt with scheduling my interview. I was among a stack of around 30+ resumes for four positions. I heard back in a few weeks after she interviewed all of the candidates.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview was a straight-forward set of behavioral questions. Most were specific to the job description. For example: tell me about when you were assertive, or tell me about what's not on your resume. It was a good experience in interview practice as she used questions I've seen before. It ultimately came down to previous work experience as many candidates were interested in the learning experience the job provided.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Campus interview from a professor. About 50+ students got this inteview. Ask about research experience in details, walk through cv, no other technical questions. there is a recorder as back up

    No Offer
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    Senior Marketing Director, Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Michigan in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    My experience mirrored the general lack of civility in hiring these days. I was invited to interview with the HR person for a senior-level role and was told it would last one hour. I arrived for my interview 10 minutes early. I was directed to a seating area to wait (pretty much a point-and-grunt direction). 25 minutes later, I asked the receptionist if the interviewer knew I was there. She sneered and said, "She's in a meeting. She'll be here when it's over." 15 minutes after that (30 minutes after the appointment and just as I was considering leaving), the HR person showed up and tossed off a cursory "sorry I'm late." Our conversation went well, and she said (as if she'd just thought of it), "Let me see if xxx available!" Xxx is the hiring manager, so they had apparently worked out this little charade ahead of time, that she would invite me to stay if I was worth the time. She asked if I had time to stay. Honestly, I didn't. I had planned for an hour, which was what they'd indicated. I was supposed to dial in to a conference call for my current job, but that would have been the wrong answer. So, I missed an important meeting and interviewed with the hiring manager.

    After the interview, I sent thank-you emails to the HR person and xxx and attached references, because they indicated they wanted to make a decision quickly. Neither acknowledged receipt of my email. And I sent handwritten notes, of course. Over the next two weeks, I followed up with both and neither responded. At this point, I assumed I was out of the running, but then I learned the HR person was on a planned-but-not-mentioned medical leave, so, who knows. I followed up (twice) with the designated person handling her workload. Finally, she returned my call and delivered the bad news -- but didn't have any feedback for me because she "wasn't involved in the hiring decision."

    It is most depressing that employers treat their candidates so shoddily, but, sadly, it is typical. Looking forward to the economy improving and organizations having to compete for employees again. (Sniff. I miss the '90s.)

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions. Honestly, the interviewing skills of U-M people are utterly sub-par.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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