University of Minnesota Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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    Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in July 2015.

    Interview

    This was for the position to be the division administrator for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Applied online and got an interview. It was a panel interview with HR, current GI physician, two different administrators and the interview only lasted about an hour or so. I was told there are three rounds total. Second round is with more people and final round is with the department head. I didn't get invited to move forward. My experience is only with first round of interviews. The questions were all situation based. More on team building and very high emphasis on problem solving. All types of problems: people, technology, grant etc. be prepare to come in with examples of how you solve problems.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your grant experience   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you worked with a difficult boss   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had to mediate with direct reports (i.e. they were not getting a long)   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a project that you owned and accomplished well   Answer Question
    • Tell me about how you implemented a system or process at a previous workplace.   Answer Question
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    Principal Accounts Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in July 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was about 45 minutes long in a conference room. This was a one on one interview and a fairly casual and laid back event. The interviewer was very kind and conversational. They ended up hiring another candidate but I appreciated that they got back to me (other people might disagree). I thought I was in the running for the position and I know they called one of my references.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a difficult co-worker?   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview

    The process took about 5 weeks. I applied online and got a call about two weeks after. Went through two in-person interviews. The first one was with three supervisors, who I would be working under if I was to get the position. The second interview was with a PI and one of the supervisors from the first interview.

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Series of interviews: phone, first and second interviews. Was contacted unsolicited through Indeed.com and cleared schedule on short notice for on-campus interviews, which took nearly 4 hours total plus a 30-minute phone interview. Brought writing and presentation samples. Studied website for a minimum of 2 hours. The process is lengthy and sometimes you're simply being interviewed for EOE purposes because they already have someone in mind.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in the position   1 Answer
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    Department Administrator (Assistant to) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Sent resume and cover letter directly to the department head late in the process. Was asked to a panel interview of 6 people--department head was not one of them. Learned from the HR person that it was more or less a courtesy interview because one of the people on the panel knew me and vouched for me. It was a regretful performance on my part.

    Interview Questions

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    Principal Secretary and Office Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in February 2013.

    Interview

    After applying on -line, I was contacted approximately 2 weeks later to schedule an interview . At my interview (friday). I was told that I would hear the following Mon/Tuesday if I would be called back for a second interview with director. Denial email sent 1.5 weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical questions... how do you resolve conflict, how do you prioritize work with upcoming deadlines... what would you do if you had 2 people come to you needing their work done at the same time....   Answer Question
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Morris, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Morris, MN) in November 2011.

    Interview

    At first it was with a phone interview. Then there was a 2 hour meeting in person broken up into 4 15 minute sessions with breaks in between. One meeting was one-on-one. One was with a small group, then a larger group, and a larger group. They showed me around and were very friendly. This was a different interview than I expected, but it was a very positive experience.

    Interview Questions

    • They described a typical situation that comes up for the administrative position and asked how I would handle it.   Answer Question
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    LEED Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in March 2010.

    Interview

    I found the interview to be straightforward. A duo of supervisors read through a list of standard questions recommended by the University. It was a wide-ranging discussion with plenty of give and take. By the end I felt like I had a good understanding of what they were looking for and my expectations were met.

    Interview Questions

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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in February 2010.

    Interview

    It was just an average interview. I think there were a lot of applicants.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any questions for us.   2 Answers
  11.  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2011.

    Interview

    They obviously had a certain type of person they were looking for. They spoke poorly of the current employee that I would be assuming duties of (she was retiring) so it seemed uncomfortable. They kept fishing for the answers they wanted to hear-I didn't catch on.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretend I called you on the phone, give me instructions on how to tie my shoes.   Answer Question
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