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University of Washington Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014

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Patient Care Technician Interview

Patient Care Technician

Interviewed at University of Washington

Interview Details – straightforward, the process was very informal. The interviewer was reading from a preassembled questions. Typical questions. interview was with the assistant nurse manager so it I had to very detailed, articulate and precise so she can relay this to her boss.

Interview Question – Describe a characteristics about you that you don't see but others do. Why is this ? And how do you bring it your advantage.   Answer Question


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Average Interview

Program Coordinator Interview

Program Coordinator
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Washington in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online Aug 1, 2013. First contact was Aug 27th boilerplate email, "Dear Candidate...we're conducting 15 minute phone interviews over the next 3 days, if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please choose a time from one of the following 4 hour blocks and we will call you. 15 minute phone interview on was with the Administrator of the department, mostly feeling me out about the (low) pay range. An email followed that day requesting an in person interview the following week.

Parking is challenging, get a ride if possible. Interview was approximately 1.5 hours long with 3 people, the Administrator I'd been emailing/speaking with previously, and 2 Department Heads. Questions were very standard, read from an HR form, "Describe a time when you faced a conflict with a coworker and how you handled it", "If you were given an assignment and a deadline that you found was impossible to meet...", etc.

Overall it seemed to go very well. Both Department heads seemed very interested and impressed. Administrator was quiet.

Got a form email on 9/25/13 that another candidate had been chosen.

(The position had been eliminated a year previously due to budget cuts. It felt as though I may have been one of several required competitive candidates, so they could bring back the person who'd previously held the position. But this is only a guess.)

Interview Question – No unexpected or difficult questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Director Interview

Assistant Director

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Washington.

Interview Details – I applied for the position online, at which point my resume was forwarded to the department and then I was contacted for an interview via email. I was not given an email update when my resume status changed, though it was updated on the UW job website.

The interview itself wasn't bad, though I was underqualified for the position and it showed. I found the interview panel (three people) to be professional and friendly. The questions were mostly related to the job, but they also tried to get to know me as well. It was a pleasant experience even though I didn't get an offer.

Interview Question – How will you handle working with and assisting people who have more experience than you?   Answer Question


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Data Specialist Interview

Data Specialist

I applied online and interviewed at University of Washington.

Interview Details – Interview process was first a phone screening and then an in person interview. Enjoyable process. Questions were reasonable and they really seemed to want to find a good fit for both the employee and employer.

Interview Question – No trick questions here - just good old fashioned "tell me about a time when..." types of scenarios.   Answer Question


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Macy's Sales Associate Interview

Macy's Sales Associate
Seattle, WA

I applied online and interviewed at University of Washington.

Interview Details – intervied in a small room, the guy read questions off a paper, about 6 then picked a few more from another sheet; he seemed nice and said that he would have to check with the managers who were hiring. i got the impression i was going to get hired, but then got the rejection email

Interview Question – all said on this site   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Student Worker Interview

Student Worker
Seattle, WA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Washington in September 2012.

Interview Details – Applying through husky jobs. I waited for a month and a half. I got an interview. They interviewed me for about half an hour. They were very nice and listened perfectly well. They asked very good questions and very apt too. The office was very nice and I never felt even a bit of strain or nervousness. It was amazing.

Interview Question – Tell us something about yourself.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Technologist Interview

Research Technologist
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Washington in August 2012.

Interview Details – Had a one-on-one interview for a research tech position in a biomedical research lab. Interview was the P.I. asking about my previous research experience, quizzing my knowledge on various experimental techniques, and inquiring about previous academic coursework, the latter of which was difficult to recall as several of the courses had been taken several years ago.

Interview Question – N/A   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Operation Intern Interview

Operation Intern
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Washington in February 2012.

Interview Details – This is an interview for the operation internship for Goldman Sachs. It is a two-round interview. One round is half hour, so it was one-hour long in total.

Interview Question – Given a scenario, say, you need do a presentation for your client. The presentation is supposed to last for at least 2 hours. But your clients have to rush to another meeting, so you only have 20min left to get this presentation done, so how can you deal with this situation?   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Student Affairs Position Interview

Student Affairs Position
Tacoma, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Washington in June 2011.

Interview Details – Through an employee referral, I applied online. Within three weeks, I was invited for a 20-minute phone interview with a selection committee. They asked a variety of questions, including but not limited to student development, event planning and diversity. The following day I was invited for an on campus interview, which was planned two weeks later. The on campus interview was a day long process, where I invited with different members of the campus community, individually or in groups. However, I did not hear back regarding my candidacy following the interview. I found out that the position was offered to another person online. However, the campus is small but growing and has strong ties to the surrounding community. Mostly everyone I interviewed with loved the work that they, which all was in support of the students.

Please know that I am a very mellow and calm yet collection kinda guy, but one interview, in particular, from my campus visit left a bad taste in my mouth. It actually changed my mind about the position, and after walking away from that, I realized I didn't want to work for a senior level administrator, who was really aggressive, not welcoming, and too proud. This is not a reflection of others.

Interview Question – Please describe your diversity philosophy, and how you incorporate it into your work.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Program Coordinator Interview

Program Coordinator
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of Washington in December 2009.

Interview Details – To get an interview at the Univ of Washington, an individual needs to submit an application for a specific position to the UW Human Resources Department. The Department reviews the application to ensure it is appropriate for the position applied for. If the applicant meets the job criteria, the application is rated by and HR person for appropriateness for the position applied for. They select the top applications and forward them to the requesting supervisor. The supervisor selects the candidates they wish to interview from those forwarded to them, and contacts the application. An interview is set up. The applicant may have to pass specific tests within each dept, depending upon the position. The applicant gets an opportunity to ask any questions he or she may have. The hiring person hires the candidate they think is the best for the position. The candidate may leave their application on the HR site, and forward it to other open positions they are interested in, as these positions get posted.

Interview Questions

  • Do you have any qualms working in a Department which performs research on lab animals?   View Answer
  • Why do you want to work in this department?   View Answer

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