American Public University System Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2015
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    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at American Public University System in August 2010.

    Interview

    I was sent a few question that I had to write a response for and email back. I was then contacted for a phone interview, with pretty standard interview questions. I then had an in-person interview, where I had additional basic interview questions and detail questions based on my phone interview. They then gave me basic office software to assess my knowledge (word, excel, ect).

    Everyone was very down-to-earth and friendly. They were having a birthday party for another department while I was there and I could hear them socializing. It seemed like everyone was getting along well.

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    Associate Vice President - IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charles Town, WV
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at American Public University System (Charles Town, WV) in May 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process started out rather standard. Very generic emails generated out of recruiting system to setup a time for phone interview. Had interview, very easy back and forth conversation discussed my background, told me about the position, etc. 2 days later got another generic email from recruiting system to schedule an in-person interview. After providing dates and times, received an invitation for an in-person interview scheduled for an hour. The day of the interview I met with the CIO first, then the hiring manager. I was there for over 3 hours which was fine, but unexpected. I was told after that interview that they should have a decision made within a week. I followed up with recruiting, and a few days later got an email from an HR person saying that they're going to send me an email to provide names for an automated recruiting system.Provided the information and within 2 days had all my references provide feedback. Nothing heard for about 2 weeks then got an email that they wanted me to meet with 3 senior staff and 3 staff that would report to me. The interview with the most senior person was very interesting - she walked through my resume from college, through every job. Feedback received later was that I sure moved around a lot. (interesting because I've been with my current company for 9 years). I was told they'd have a decision by the end of the week. I followed up the following week and kept getting responses that we can talk tomorrow, we can talk the next day. This went on for over 2 weeks with me waiting around for her call. Finally I get a call from the CIO and VP of IT telling me that leadership wanted to go another direction with the focus of the position and I wasn't a fit. However, they both felt I was a great fit for their organization and they would find me another role.
    2 weeks later I get an email asking me if I was still interested in that position - to which I replied I was. I came in the next day and spent about 1 1/2 hours discussing the position. Next we setup 3 30 minute phone calls with the staff who would report to me for the next day. I asked whether they were the decision makers and was told they weren't. The following day i called into a conference bridge and had the calls with the 3 managers. I thought the calls went very well.
    Was asked Friday whether I could talk Tuesday (Monday was a holiday) and answered that I was available all day. No call on Tuesday (which I guess is just the norm). Wednesday AM get an email asking if we could talk in the afternoon. Well after being 10 minutes late calling me, i was told that the staff didn't feel a connection with me. Now I'll be honest with you - in my entire career the one thing I bring to any job is my ability to connect with people and build relationships with them. So basically - the staff didn't want this position filled (new position between them and the VP) so they decided to block me. What's interesting is the connection I had with both the CIO and Hiring manager was very strong and they both admitted that to me. The staff was obviously successful, but was very surprised that the VP would let them make the hiring decision.
    I'd really watch out with this place - especially in the IT department. If you are coming into a senior position you are at the mercy of the lower level staff.

    All in all it was a waste of time and energy. I would have rather them say no, no thank you early on and let me move on. Instead they dragged it out and wasted an incredible amount of my time.

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    Academic Advising Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manassas, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at American Public University System (Manassas, VA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Interview panel with a essay exam portion at the end. Essay covers student situations and how you would handle them.

    Interview Questions

    • Case of sisgruntled student who wanted to be disenrolled. How do you keep him in the school?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was transferring from another department within the company so there was no negotiation.

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    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charles Town, WV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Public University System (Charles Town, WV) in August 2012.

    Interview

    It went very well, a little bit of waiting but very pleased. Started out as a standard e-mail response from saying they sent my information to a hiring manager. A week later had a phone interview. Another week later had a three hour interview. A week later, got a phone call from the manager and then a follow up call from HR about offer detials. Another week later, I was sitting in orientation. Took a little time but went very smooth.

    Interview Questions

    • Group Interview - Just tough to think on the fly when you are nervous.   Answer Question
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    Financial Aid Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charles Town, WV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Public University System (Charles Town, WV) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Group interview with 15 other candidates. We met with all the managers in the Financial Aid department, including the VP and CFO. Each candidate had one on one time with a manager. After the interview, the manager called me and said she was interested in bringing me back for a second interview to meet with the director and VP. After the second interview, HR emailed me a typing test and a reference check to complete. The whole process took about 2 weeks.

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    Negotiation

    There were no negotiations with this job.

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    Financial Aid Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Public University System in March 2011.

    Interview

    I was interviewed in a group setting with a bunch of other people. The interviewers gave an overview of APUS and what the position was about. Then divided us up and took us in individual rooms to do individual interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a complicated scenario you previously experienced and how did you handle it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, salaries are preset with no wiggle room

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    Online Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at American Public University System.

    Interview

    Applied online and received an email a couple weeks later. Did a phone interview with a faculty director and another online instructor. Was offered the job a few days later. Went through several weeks of unpaid training before beginning work.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you maintain rigor in the classroom with adult learners who have busy lives with family, work, and other obligations?   Answer Question
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    Transfer Credit Evaluator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manassas, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Public University System (Manassas, VA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    There were 2 people in a small room that asked questions. They were not hard at all. They were really nice and down to earth so I was not that nervous.

    Interview Questions

    • difference scenarios from your previous work experience.   Answer Question
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    Financial Aid Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at American Public University System in October 2013.

    Interview

    Very basic. Interviewer asked generic questions regarding past experience. Went into experience with customer service and how you would handle certain situations with students. Asked if there were any other people that you know within the company.

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    Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charles Town, WV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at American Public University System (Charles Town, WV).

    Interview

    The interview was actually really nice, quite informal. I went in, spoke with the manager for about a half hour, and then joined the rest of the team for questions. In all it was about an hour.

    Negotiation

    Be expected to get offered a VERY low salary and there will likely be no negotiation or wiggle room.

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