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Vanderbilt University Interview Questions & Reviews in Nashville, TN

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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Positive Experience

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Graduate Student Interview

Graduate Student
Nashville, TN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Vanderbilt University.

Interview Details – Submission of application and interviews that was one day long. The questions asked was not out of the ordinary. Just a discussion regarding your previous research experience and interests similarly to what other schools would also ask during their interview process. The application is also free online so that the application costs are not prohibitive.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

VSA Proctor Interview

VSA Proctor
Nashville, TN

I applied online and interviewed at Vanderbilt University.

Interview Details – The interview process was painless. They want to know what experience you have working with kids and they ask you some hypothetical situation questions. The questioner writes down your responses and gives you an overall grade that you will never see. Helps if you attend school at Vandy but not required.

Interview Question – What would you do if one of the kids was falling asleep in class? (One of the hypothetical questions)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation necessary.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Interview

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Nashville, TN

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


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Analyst I Interview

Research Analyst I
Nashville, TN

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.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Assistant Professor Interview

Assistant Professor
Nashville, TN

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


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Nashville, TN

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.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Coordinator Interview

Research Coordinator
Nashville, TN

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.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Graduate Student Interview

Graduate Student
Nashville, TN

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Nashville, TN

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


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Help Desk Support Interview

Help Desk Support
Nashville, TN

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.

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