University of Southern California Interview Questions

Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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    Lab Technician I Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    the lab professor asked about my future goal, my research experience, whether I can work with mice, etc. Every question was related to laboratory work, and all were expectable. The professor also asked if I have question about the job and research. Actually, I only prepared for answering the question, so it was little bit embarrassing. I think it is good to bring some questions to ask to the professor.

    No Offer
  2.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Southern California in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received an email about scheduling an interview. Interview went well asked normal questions about last positions and schooling. Asked for references. was told to email references after interview. waiting for job offer as we speak.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Interview Details

    I was referred by an outside consultant, who was assisting the organization with their search. Those present in the interview included: Drs. Besimon, Dowd, and Wong (the Center's founder and co-director, the co-director, and the executive director respectfully). It was almost immediately obvious that my CV/resume and cover letter were not carefully reviewed in advance of my interview. As a result, the interview lacked focus and direction. There was a lot of skipping around, and the interview felt more like they were simply interested in obtaining free consulting advice than filling a position for which they had a clear vision. Many of the questions were a colossal waste of time since the questions posed were simply basic information that were obviously reflected in the first page of the CV/resume. Within 10 minutes, it appeared that they were not entirely sure they intended to fill the position. I had a sense that not everyone was on the same page about why the position was created, what the vision for the position was, how the position 'fit' in the overarching organizational structure, could the responsibilities be met by an existing staff member. In the end, I do not believe that the position was every filled...confirming my initial suspicions. All in all, the experience was not unpleasant, but it WAS a waste of my time since it was obvious they were not truly committed to filling the position. On the positive side...everyone I met was polite and very professional.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Phlebotomist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    To obtain a position as a research phlebotomist with the USC-UCLA Center for
    Population Health and Health Disparities to use my medical science background as a
    Licensed Phlebotomy Technician I and Certified Medical Assistant. With over 8 years
    of experience supporting and executing the standards of phlebotomy practice and
    medical assistance, I am also reliable, punctual and able to work well with others, be
    flexible and provide a positive contribution to the USC studies.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Research Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    Received an email three weeks after submitting an application. Phone interview was requested and I was told to prepare for it lasting thirty minutes. When the day arrived for the phone interview, I was asked several basic questions and if I had any questions regarding the role. I asked several, and the interview ended. It lasted a total of eight minutes. I received a follow up email promptly the following week alerting me that they would be pursuing other candidates.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Dental Patient Services Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Southern California in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    1st was the 20 minute phone interview, 2nd in person interview. It was supposed to be a panel of 3 interviewers and only 1 showed up. He said they had something else to so they couldn't make it. I have a feeling they saw me in the waiting room and didn't want to waste there time with me. I have all the qualifications on paper and obviously over the phone but i feel they were looking for an image that I don't have because of my weight.

    Interview Questions
    • List me all of the job descriptions posted on the usc website.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Southern California in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    This is for PHONE interview only:
    Sent in online application for a Student Admin Assistant role and maybe a week later received a phone call for an interview. They wanted to fill the position quickly, and while it was kind of in the lower range of where I wanted to work I really wanted to get my foot in the door of a University campus.
    The lady who interviewed me was working from home that day and her baby was crying the whole time, I just thought that was funny.
    In the end it kind of seemed like it wouldn't work out because she mentioned she was looking for someone with University exp (I had none) and I even though I did have 3+yrs of growing admin skills, there were better candidates for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Very routine/expected questions, a couple situations thrown in, they were definitely looking for someone with experience working in higher education though. I had no background in that so try to emphasize heavily on your admin experience that is similar/could apply to the position if anything.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Business/Budget Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    submitted an application online and was called for interview a week later

    Interview Questions
    • none. the interview was plain and simple. this job isn't brain surgery, nor does the interviewer make it seem that way.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Plan and implement a comprehensive departmental and campus life orientation for incoming Asian Pacific American undergraduate students. Work with departmental programming and initiatives, including, but not limited to the PEER student mentoring program; CIRCLE leadership development program, Connections! career mentoring program and/or APASS Download weekly dialogue program. Please visit our website more detailed program descriptions. Compensation: $12-14/hour; work-study preferred Dates of employment: mid-August (3 months) - up to 15 hours/week from mid-August through mid-April (8 months)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  11.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Southern California in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    The process is fine, and I need more time to prepare for the interview

    Interview Questions
    • Reverse a linkedlist   Answer Question
    • Give an array and a target variable, find all pairs whose summation is equal to the target value   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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