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American Institutes for Research Research Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 13, 2014
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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in February 2010.

Interview Details – I interviewed with 5 separate people--it was a surprise to me that they interviewed me for 2 different positions. They have you talk to someone around your level as well as your potential boss(es).

Negotiation Details – They didn't let me negotiate.

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Interview Details – applied online
Contact by HR 4 weeks later.
HR contact was very professional.
Flew in 2 weeks later, hotel and flight paid.
Met with a handful of people: direct boss, colleague, phone interview.

Since it is a research institute, I was expecting very bright question and meeting ivy-league level people. Wrong math notation. Unaware of new methods. I asked to see the project, it's something I could do in a day with coffee. Data analysis is equivalent to 3rd year college level.

They sensed I am not too excited, asking for high pay. No offer next day.

Interview Question – Difference between fixed effect and random effect?   Answer Question

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I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in April 2013.

Interview Details – Initially, two interviews were conducted at the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology Conference, followed by a phone interview and a series of interviews at the headquarters in Washington DC. In DC, I met with a series of workers at different levels of the organization who each had their own specialization within the organization. It was a very thorough and professional experience.

Interview Question – Please describe the three types of validity and how they are different.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – For personal reasons - I wanted to stay in Los Angeles for my girlfriend's career and had another opportunity already lined up.

AIR seems like a great organization with smart and friendly workers. I wish they had an office on the west coast!

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Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in September 2012.

Interview Details – Professional from start to (almost) finish. Courteous in terms of scheduling.

A lot of repetitive questions from phone to in-person interviews.

Interview Question – Demonstrate your qualitative research skills. What (specifically) is your domain of interest and why?   Answer Question

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Interview Details – Three rounds of interview, including two phone interviews and an on-site interview. Be sure to read their publications, especially those written by your potential interviewers. I feel this is the most effective way to impress them. Be prepared for both behavioral questions and technical questions.

Interview Question – What's your plan in five years?
Difference between quasi-experimental and experimental design?
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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in February 2011.

Interview Details – I was able, through networking, to meet someone who worked within the organization. After an initial telephone conversation my resume was forwarded to HR who then set up a formal interview. Due to timing and internal evaluations, it was five months before an opening was available for me.

Interview Question – Detail the ways in which you showed competency in qualitiative and quantitative analysis.   Answer Question

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Research Associate
Washington, DC

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research in July 2011.

Interview Details – First there was a 30-minute HR interview, followed by two separate phone interviews with Research Associates that lasted about 30 minutes each (about a week later), then another phone interview the following week with a manager/senior associate, then an in-person interview at the D.C. headquarters with 7 different individuals (some were with two at a time, and a couple were on the phone to the other AIR locations). Overall a very nice interview process, they paid for flight and accommodations to D.C. and were very friendly.

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  • What is your approach to qualitative research and data analysis?   Answer Question
  • What challenges do your foresee coming from an academic environment to a non-profit research environment?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The pay was not high enough for the D.C. area.

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Interview Details – The interview process is extensive. The first round I interviewed for two hours with about 5 or 6 different people. All very friendly and open, and easy to read. They called me back for a second interview within a couple business days. The second interview was scheduled within the week, also took about 1.5 to two hours with several people. The next day I got the job offer!

Interview Question – Since the position is very heavy on stats I had to explain my experience working with statistical programs, which was hard to do on the spot. A little preparation before hand would have helped.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very competitive market, wasn't able to negotiate at all, but the offer was fair, and the benefits are amazing.

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I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Institutes for Research.

Interview Details – I applied for the job via idealist or indeed.com. HR called me a week or two later to do a preliminary interview. The HR rep asked me a few questions about my interests. She asked me what salary I was looking for. Then she said she would call me back if AIR wanted to move forward with the interview process. I got a call a few days later, and I scheduled an hour-long phone interview with my would-be supervisors. After that, I got another call asking if I could come in for an in-person interview. That interview lasted from I believe9am to 11:30 am. I met with several people in the division in which the position was available. I met with the HR rep twice. Then they told me that they would call me shortly if they were interested in offering me a position. They e-mailed me the next day asking for a writing sample. I provided that and then it was a day or two before they called me to extend me the offer. They did not require a drug test.

Interview Question – They asked me to explain why I had moved around so much in the recent past (I had moved several times within the past several years due to grad school and then consulting jobs).   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There wasn't one. I asked for an exact salary during my phone interview and they gave it to me. I should have asked for more or at least have asked how long it would take to receive raises and/or promotions,

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