I interviewed at Vanderbilt University in September 2013.
Interview Details – Pretty basic, applied online, requested interview later that week.
Interview Question – Talk about a time you had a conflict with a professor. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University.
Interview Details – I only conducted one interview. The hiring processes was really quick. However, they are reluctant to hire anyone outside of the Vanderbilt community. Usually, If you see a job posting, it's just for show as they have already interviewed an hired their candidate that was either an existing employee or a graduating student.
Interview Question – I did not receive a difficult question. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None, but it was not for lack of trying. They were unwilling to negotiate and I desperately needed the job.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in January 2008.
Interview Details – Initial phone inrterview followed by in-person interview at academic conference, followed by visit to Vanderbilt.
Interview Question – Why do you want to leave your current position. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – not much negotiaion
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in February 2011.
Interview Details – Arrived from Spain. The professor didn't pay for the airfare to the US; instead, just paid from NYC to Nashville. She also did not pay relocation costs. On the day of the interview, I gave a seminar to the department. Then, met with several professors to talk about my project. In the evening, my soon-to-be boss took me out drinking....she ended up drunk and I had to carry her home.
Interview Question – To explain the specifics of my research project more as to how it relates to differentiation and proliferation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. The university uses a standard NIH payscale for postdocs which begins with a base salary and then increases with each year of prior postdoc experience.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in June 2009.
Interview Details – I applied on their job board and waited and waited. I had heard that the HR department was really slow, so I did not expect much. I went ahead and called a few of the departments myself, but it was no use. They are by the book to go by the usual process through HR. But I do believe that me taking the initiative did indeed speed up the process a little. I was called in to meet with 2 managers at the same time since they were hiring for 2 positions and were trying to decide which would be a better fit. After that interview, I met with 2 sets of co-workers on each team. The interview questions were very basic.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable, but I would at least fight for it. They try to get you in at a low to mid range and explain that you would need room to make more money.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in February 2010.
Interview Details – Was recruited at a career fair. Very open and emphasized the environment on campus. Applied online. Was invited to visit (paid for). Met with 4 professors who each interviewed me 1:1 for at least 30 minutes each. were looking for specific interests and how you would fit in with their lab and the department itself. Very open and laid back community but a lot of politics involved. Range of workers from very lazy to insanely busy.
Interview Question – In your past research or project experience, describe a time that something did not go the way it was supposed to and the steps you took to deal with the situation. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in November 2008.
Interview Details – Sent an email asking a postdoc position available and got an on site interview scheduled in a day.
Gave a presentation to group members and was offered.
Interview Question – Describe research interest. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
The process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in August 2008.
Interview Details – General tech questions. Just show interest and have good people skills. Questions were along the lines of if you have virus removal experience.
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Vanderbilt University in March 2007.
Interview Details – The BRET office spent a lot of time telling us general information about the university and medical center, background on the IGP program. We then had a series of one-on-one interviews with selected faculty members, who told us about their own research and asked questions about our experience. interests, and our applications. We were chaperoned by 1st year students who were available for questions and we had meals with other senior grad students.
Interview Question – How do you know you will be a good researcher Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
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