Washington University in St. Louis Researcher Interview Questions

Updated Mar 19, 2015
Updated Mar 19, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    Emailed and spoke to professors and discussed some projects that I worked on in the past. Explained who I was to the professor in terms of hobbies and interests. They gave me ideas of what their labs do and what I would do in their labs.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of your past experiences in research? What do you do?   Answer Question
  2.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Emails communications first (a few) to know the short-term and long-term goals for your career. Understanding the differences from the research work before and what they need you to do, got to bring something on the table to convince them you have a motivation and skill set to accomplish new things. Skype calls discuss projects and coding technical questions. Webex conference to present for the entire group and questioned.

    Interview Questions

    • technical details, coding abilities, relative algorithms; career developments, etc.   Answer Question
  3.  

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    I got interview 20 days after application. It was a panel interview. They asked very straighforward questions and spent lot of time on describing job and how I am lacking experience in that particular research area.

    Interview Questions

    • They did not ask any technical questions. It was a very basic interview   Answer Question
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Initially contacted PI by email also posted a CV on the DBBS website. I received interest from 4 faculty members and was given two offers before accepting one of the offers and informing the other two faculty about my decision. I went to visit and did two interviews on back to back days and received offers from both PIs. The interviews were both full days spent talking with various members of the labs and the PIs followed by a seminar and more chats with other lab members. At the end of the day I met with the PIs and received an offer on the spot from both of them.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation took place as I will be a postdoc on the NIH pay scale.

  6.  

    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Received an email for onsite interview 20 days after I completed job application. Hiring manager was very friendly but the other panel member never seemed interested in interview and kept telling me over and over that I do not have relevant experience. I may be wrong but it felt like that whole interview was just a formality by the department to complete the requirement of interviewing X number of candidates.

    Two weeks later Hiring manager notified me that they have chosen someone else but she is forwarding my resume to other hiring managers for other CRC positions.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard interview questions   1 Answer
  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Apply for PHD program

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in April 2014.

    Interview

    4 interviews, very friendly Professors, who are enthusiastic about their work.

    Interview Questions

    • Some specific details about what I did in my research previously.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted another university's offer.

  9.  

    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I applied on April 6th and got an on the spot phone interview (no prior notice) on April 25th. An interview was scheduled for April 30th during which I met the PI and a staff of coordinators. Everyone was very friendly and informative. I was being sold on the job more than I was being questioned about my abilities. Had to reach out to the PI two weeks after my interview to find out I was not offered the job.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were very straight forward. The most interesting one was, "If you could design your perfect study what would it be"   Answer Question
  10.  

    Research Patient Coordinator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    HR takes a long time to get info to the right places. I have a PhD and wrote papers, but they still made me take an office skills and typing test. Once your info made it to the department hiring manager, I received a call for the interview. I applied in May and was hired in October. Received a call in Sept from the hiring manager, so HR sat on my application forever. They are known for this.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were expected. Handling confidentiality. Can I learn to take blood pressure. How would I handle having to reorganize what someone else poorly organized.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. I was at the top end of the pay scale. I asked for what I made at a previous position and received it. However, not the typical salary for this position.

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    Clinical Research Coordinator II Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in March 2014.

    Interview

    I was notified via email by the School of Medicine Dept of Oncology that they wanted to interview me for an exciting opportunity but would not disclose the job. I managed to figure out through the external applicant site that I was being considered for a job that I applied to nearly 4 months ago, (late Dec 2013).

    I was interviewed over the phone the following week with standard interview questions, several of which were unrelated which is to be expected. The first question I was asked was why I wanted to work for WashU, and why I specifically wanted to work in a position where most people quit within six months of hire. The interview ran for a good 30min and I was asked when I could start if I was offered a job on (undisclosed) date. I was informed I'd be contacted in the next two weeks if they were interested in moving forward with me, which they weren't.

    A note about WashU, I'm a recent MPH graduate, and for the past year have applied to 70 jobs with this company. I networked at job fairs, was in direct contact with HR staff and was even offered help by the School of Medicine's chief of staff. None of this helped at all, and the hiring manger I spoke to seemed surprised that I had applied to more than one position with the University. (Note: I asked her what job I was being considered, and the response was "Oh, you've applied to more than one job?") I was also asked what salary I was looking for and stated I'm happy with the posted range. The hiring manager then asked me to provide the salary range for the job claiming (said person) didn't know what it was.

    I have no clue how you could ever get a job at WashU. Maybe you need to be famous, maybe you need to be a relative of a current employee, or maybe you need to have all the luck in the world.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want a job where most people quit within six months?   1 Answer

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