University of Southern California Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2014
Updated Aug 5, 2014
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    PC Analyst/Data Communication Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  City Terrace, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City Terrace, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at University of Southern California in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    There were one telephone interview and two face to face interviews. It was pleasant. There only one slightly difficult question. There was a manager two supervisor and senior technician. It lasted about 30 minutes. I header from them about a month later.

    Negotiation Details
    Pleasant and and calm.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    Graduate Application, this is a standard process. There is not an interview. You complete the application, and if you're resume and undergraduate work is good enough, you may get accepted ingot he graduate program

    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
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    Accounting Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at University of Southern California in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    It took about four months to get hire. I apply for the position through their website. Two months later I got an email from HR and had a one-to-one phone interview. Three weeks later I got another phone interview with 2 people from my department and another from the finance department. One month later I was called for the face-to-face interview, at this point they were deciding between 10 people and myself. Three weeks later I got an email from USC requesting 3 reference, at this point I think it had been boiled down to another applicant and myself. The interview process was technical, questions with regards to the use of computers, what would you do in this situation, why did you applied for USC, tell me about your self, how long do you plan to be here were common questions.

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn't any unexpected questions. I did my research regarding the regular type of questions you get asked in the interview. I was honest with my responses and I used example of work experience for each question. I think using work experience example made the difference because it showed I was a reliable applicant and could assumed the responsibilities of the position.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't have to negotiated anything. I was expecting a really low offer, but was offer a paid 30% higher than what I was expecting.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Data Communications Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person - interviewed at University of Southern California in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    It took approximately two personal interviews and telephone interview to finalize the interview process. In different interviews I met with different managers, senior employees and HR personnel. The questions varied from technical to personal ones. Some of the technical questions were not easy so I had to give elaborate answers. I was expecting questions of more personal nature than technical nature since you could always train personnel on technical issues but if they don't have social skills it will be slightly more challenging.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the most awkward moment with a customer.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Southern California in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Sent in initial application and cover letter via the large USC HR system online. Received invitation to first interview about 2.5 months after applying. Went to first interview, which was conducted by a department panel. Was asked to do a second interview a week or so later with just the department head.

    Interview Questions
    • Most unexpected question in the interview related to a previous project I had done working with students. Even if the position you are applying to doesn't include direct contact with students, they will ask you about it.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No real negotiation option because of how the position is funded.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Contracts Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at University of Southern California in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Questions are not anything out of the ordinary although there seems to be a preference for internal candidates. There is a phone interview followed by panel interview of the top three or so candidates.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation just an offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Laboratory Arts Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    I heard of the job from my boss at another company. He was teaching at USC at the time. Since I knew people, the process was smooth. One interview with the interested parties and the following week got an offer. This was over ten years ago and the process has changed. If you are applying from the outside and not knowing anyone, you will have a different experience. You may not hear back for a long while, or not at all. I have applied twice to jobs in other divisions and I did not hear back from one. And the other I got a courtesy interview after the job was given to someone else. USC will post jobs that they have already picked out an individual that they want. This is normal for all universities and most corporations. The new process is all online. You log in and create an account. The procedure includes uploading resume and cover sheet.
    The environment varies depending on the school. Few schools have a fun exciting work place. The experience differs if you are staff or faculty too. Most staff that have been there awhile are burned out. They are for the most part nice people. The college environment is fun.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. A dollar amount was offered, take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Adjunct Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    Somewhat informal, but the process still included interviews, submitting a CV, and submitting recommendation letters. By "informal," I mean it was more of a conversation than a QnA test with someone in administration. - Glassdoor demands 50 words minimum for this field, but brevity is the soul of wit and the balm for any busy person - which is every employer.

    Interview Questions
    • None. Advice: Don't keep talking if you don't have anything else to say, even if they just sit and stare at you... or volley with a question of your own. I.e., don't be afraid of silence. Be humble, but confident.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None. Competition to teach at USC is high. Unless you have major film credits, you have little or no weight for a negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact was by phone with immediate hiring manager discussing skill set. Was invited for an on site visit and spoke to other members of the lab before giving a lab presentation.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked technical questions regarding data on the lab presentation.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Clinical Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at University of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    Long interview with hiring professor. Standard interview type question, no behavioral questions. Described the position I applied for in elation to job duties, asked about previous experience. Was primarily one on one, another current employee joined briefly and asked a few questions also.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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