American Institutes for Research Research Associate Interview Questions

Updated May 26, 2015
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Research Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research in March 2015.

Interview

The first round was a short phone interview with HR, followed by a short phone interview with a Senior Researcher from the team. This was within a short time frame, and followed by an in-person 2.5 hour interview: meeting local HR, a three person panel interview with the team, a one hour analytical task and a short debrief with HR. I was told that I would be contacted within a week but I heard nothing. I followed up by email to HR twice after two and four weeks and received no response. I would have appreciated even a template rejection email given how long the in-person interview was and really soured the interview experience which would otherwise have been positive.

Interview Questions

  • All situational questions at the panel interview: give us an example of a time when you had to work with a dysfunctional team, when did you have difficulty communicating with a client, what is an example of a complex project you managed   Answer Question

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at American Institutes for Research.

    Interview

    Phone interview, self introduction, past research experience, research projects that I have been involved in, what role I played, one or two behavior questions, ask if I have any other related experience that might contribute to the position, if I have any questions for the company. Briefly introduced about the position, the team, location, but never really heard back from the recruiter.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I met a PhD level researcher from AIR at APHA (American Public Health Association's annual conference) in November. We had a brief informational interview. Afterwards, she introduced me to one of their internal recruiters, and they both encouraged me to apply for the open position in the Health Policy department at their DC headquarters. I submitted an application, and they invited me for an onsite interview. Because of the holidays, that process was a little lengthy, and I didn't go to DC for the interview until the end of January. They paid for my flight and hotel. I spoke to 6 people in 2.5 hours, beginning and ending with HR reps. They mostly asked me to describe my experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as various data management and analysis software packages. There weren't any particularly intense technical questions. After that, it was 3-4 weeks before they contacted me with a job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your experience working with qualitative data.   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Chicago, IL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    First got a call from HR for a screening interview. Then had an in-person interview that lasted a few hours with several members of the team the position was with. The in-person interview was at AIR's offices downtown. The meeting had a polished and professional feel; it's clear that they do a lot of interviews and their HR team seems to be organized, though a little slow (but so are most HR departments).

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were straightforward and about experience in the different skills required for the position.   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research.

    Interview

    I found the interview process to be straight forward and thoughtful. I received a call from Human Resources to review my interests and then had two phone interviews with various members of the leadership. The phone interviews were followed by an in-person interview that was quite congenial. It seemed like a great place to work.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    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.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in April 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Please describe the three types of validity and how they are different.   1 Answer

    Reasons 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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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • What's your plan in five years?
      Difference between quasi-experimental and experimental design?
       
      Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Chicago, IL) in September 2012.

    Interview

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

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

    Interview Questions

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

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) in July 2011.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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

    Reasons for Declining

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

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