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Updated Jun 6, 2014

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Event Management Interview

Event Management

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – situational   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Applications Programmer/Analyst Intermediate Interview

Applications Programmer/Analyst Intermediate

I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – None actually.   Answer Question

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Research Director Interview

Research Director
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – Nothing terribly difficult or unexpected. All rather perfunctory and canned.   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Program Manager Interview

Assistant Program Manager

I applied online - interviewed at University of Michigan in June 2012.

Interview Details – Was contacted via email to come for an interview the following week. I met with the Director and two high-ranking employees in the department. They asked me many questions about my work history and education, and experience preparing and writing exams. They were very concerned with the fact that I did not have teaching experience, which was not required for the job. I felt that I was very qualified for the job and they didn't like the fact that I wasn't a Michigan alum.

Interview Question – Why did you not have any teaching experience in graduate school?   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

Interviewed at University of Michigan

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 Question – 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

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Senior Marketing Director, Development Interview

Senior Marketing Director, Development

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – No difficult questions. Honestly, the interviewing skills of U-M people are utterly sub-par.   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Graduate Student Interview

Graduate Student

I applied online and 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

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at University of Michigan.

Interview Details – Was asked simple questions about my resume, previous work experience, what my long term goals were. I was asked if I have any long term ambitions, whether I wish to advance in the department. I was honest and said that was my long term goal and that starting as an administrative assistant was a way I imagined to get my "foot in the door"

Interview Question – There was no unexpected questions, it was a pretty straight forward interview.   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Graduate Student Research Assistant Interview

Graduate Student Research Assistant

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at University of Michigan in April 2011.

Interview Details – application online with essay and recommendations from academic/industrial experts

Phone interview

Interview Question – why do you want to work with us?   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

CAD Graphic Specialist Associate At the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Interview

CAD Graphic Specialist Associate At the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Michigan in August 2012.

Interview Details – Applied through their online system, received a Confirmation of Successful Application back to my email. About 10 days later I received an email to schedule an interview. Had the interview with 3 people (concurrently) that worked at the media center, one of them a manager of same.

The job was much more straight forward that the description of it in the job posting, it boiled down to printing graphic files on large HP plotters, supervising student doing self-prints, and, working in the coffee shop that was part of the media center. No mention of the coffee shop was in the job posting though it would not have been a deal breaker for me. Very proficient familiarity with current Adobe graphics programs and a very good graphic arts background were in the job listing as was 3D software experience. I had all that though it turned out the 3D experience was not needed at all, hands on assistance for students printing was not part of the job, I assumed it would be. If the student screwed up their printout (low-res files, missing links, etc) they would only be told how to fix the issue, not actually given help on how to do that hands on, if you know what I mean.

A little bit of an attitude from the manager towards the students though all three principals at the interview were quite nice. The HR rep who was the point person through emails, was not actually at the interview, though that's probably inconsequential. Got a phone call about a week later, from the Media center manager, telling me I didn't get the job. I thanked her. All in all it was very congenial.

Interview Questions

  • I was shown 3 examples of "bad" printouts to diagnose, that is diagnose the root cause of why they turned out looking bad.   View Answer
  • Why do you want to work at the U of M?   View Answer

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