University of Toronto Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2015
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview

    Once admitted to a graduate program, you will be assigned an advisor (if not already previously arranged) or you will meet with the department administrator. Based on your previous studies or current research interests, you will typically be assigned, rather than be asked to choose, a professor to work with. There's no negotiating this. Because of this, it's not uncommon for scheduling conflicts to arise between the undergraduate class you're assigned and your own graduate school courses.

    In some cases, professors will ask to meet you ahead of the class starting to judge the fit, but the likelihood of swapping assignments is slim. Show confidence so you're not taken advantage of by unreasonable work expectations, but do ask as many questions as needed to clarify the professor's expectations and avoid surprises later.

    Interview Questions

    • Professors will ask to meet you ahead of the class starting to judge the fit, but the likelihood of swapping assignments is slim. You may be asked how knowledgable you are on the subject matter be taught in class - if in doubt, ask the professor for material and/or suggestions on how to catch up.

      There was no mention prior to hiring, but all Teaching Assistants must join the union and pay dues. This also means deferring to the agenda set by the union and occasional strikes during contract negotiations.
       
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    Digitalization Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at University of Toronto in September 2008.

    Interview

    The interview was not very formal and the hiring process was quick. Interviewer was very direct and the questions were straight forward. Dress code was also informal as the position was meant for a student part time. Hence, interviewer was very friendly and was very approachable. The knowledge needed for this job was limited but there was a small learning curve when working there.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    You have to talk to the professor and let him know why you want the job. You have to let him/her know that you are in for the experience and you really enjoy the work. You should also mention that it will help you with the practical hours you will need to graduate

    Interview Questions

    • Why you want the position?
      What would you be able to offer to strengthen the team?
       
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    FOH Usher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)).

    Interview

    Professional attire and attitude, asked if you are able to take on this job as well as part or full time academic studies. Get your First Aid and Smart Serve training, apply early in your academic career and you can be promoted before graduation.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your availability?   1 Answer
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    one application, HR round, Manager Round, two interviews (one via skype/phone and other in person). Very lengthy process but well worth it. Could be much quicker... as it is not the most efficient method. Good solid interviews. One interview was one on one, and other was in front of multiple people. Would interview again with them if given an opportunity.

    Nothing else to say.

    Interview Questions

    • Name, Experience, Why you are better than others?, Work flexibility, overtime compensation, work expectations and future, expected salary.   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of Toronto in June 2014.

    Interview

    I was initially contacted by email to set up an in person interview.
    The interview was relatively short (about 20-25 minutes). They asked a some general questions:
    Tell me about yourself?
    Why did you apply to this job?
    Do you know what this department does?
    Do you understand what you will be doing at this job?
    Do you have similar experience?
    And afterwards they asked questions about the job/tasks in particular:
    Are you comfortable doing repetitive tasks? How do you keep yourself focused?
    Tell me an example of when you made a mistake at work and how you handled it?
    How would you ensure that you minimal technical mistakes?
    If you make a mistake in your work, what would you do?
    How would you handle a conflict with a coworker?
    Do you have any questions for me?

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me an example of when you made a mistake at work and how you handled it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There wasn't really a negotiation phase, it was a set hourly wage for the entire summer.

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    Research Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Simple questions regarding day to day jobs in a lab. Theoretical questions related to biochemistry. Practical questions related to carrying out experiments. General questions on personal history, interests, plans for the future, etc.

    Interview Questions

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    Summer Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Applied for to become a summer helper/ assistant for Continuing Studies Office. Job entailed some on the ground promotion and mainly administrative work (e.g. database management).

    Interview Questions

    • Typical behavioural interview questions along with some on key computer skills (access, coding), etc.   Answer Question
  10.  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Toronto in March 2014.

    Interview

    Basic Application Process - Applied Online first.
    Received a call for group interview with senior instructors, had to do activities in interview that tested your teaching and student handling capabilities
    After passing group interview, got a call for 1:1 interview with directors of the outreach office (2 people), Mostly behavioural interview (What does leadership mean to you? Why are you applying etc)

    Reasons for Declining

    Family reasons

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I emailed the professor my resume and transcript. He replied and invited me for interview. After the interview, he sent me a review article, and asked me to write a summary and some comments.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your previous research experience.
      Why do you chose my lab?
      Why do you like nano-technology and what can be improved and how we can apply it for cancer treatment?
       
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