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Financial Systems Director, BUworks Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Boston University in August 2012.
Interview Details – Initial 1-hr interview with 4 people. Prior to interview I was given link to web site, but most access required a BU account. Softball questions; the interview started by their asking me if I had questions. Odd vibe in room as interviewers exchanged glances after each question I posed, as though they were afraid of revealing too much.
Second round of interviews were 3 hours with 10 people. No hard questions; purpose was to find "fit".
Interview Question – How would I encourage resistant business offices who wanted to redesign the system yet were unable to translate their needs into technical requirements. View Answer
Reason for Declining – Got an offer for another job that aligned more closely with my career goals.
Research Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in March 2012.
Interview Details – There were 6 different interviews, back to back. Each interview was 30 minutes long, and there were 8 prospective employees being interviewed. There was a series of questions that most of them asked, many being the typical interview questions. This got tiring and repetitive because nearly every interviewer asked the same questions.
Interview Question – If you could erase one characteristic about yourself, what would it be? Answer Question
Postdoctoral Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in January 2010.
Interview Details – I applied for postdoctoral position by e-mail and soon get call from the professor. He talk with me about my career goals and proposed to come for interview. At interview I made presentation of my research accomplishments for the lab members, talk with lab members 1:1 and with professor.
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – When I got an offer 1 week after the interview the salary proposed their was too small. I calculated my possible expenses for living in Boston and send to the professor my estimation of what salary I will need to survive. By this I was able to get 5K more.
Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in January 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process was relatively standard. Basic questions about what you envisioned to be your career path. What were your major strengths and your major weaknesses
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? Answer Question
Communications Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in March 2010.
Interview Details – I was searching for jobs on the university website. Found the job at the Office of Disability Services that required someone who could interact with customers. Sent in my resume, and recieved a call the following week to come in for an interview. Went in and had a one-on-one interview with the director. Following week I recieved the job.
Interview Question – How would you deal with a student who came that had a speach impediment that you were unable to respond to? Answer Question
Assistant Director Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston University in January 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed 1:1 on the phone screen with the hiring manager. In addition, did a phone screen with what would have been two peers and a direct report. Also did two panel interviews three higher ups to which the hiring manager was late. Did another panel interview with the same people that would have been peers and a direct report. Overall, the questions were easy. The information sharing was exceptional. Discussed position and salary with the HR member. However, they never got back to me after four interviews. The position had been open five months before my round of interviews occured. Perhaps they do not know exactly what they are looking for? For that much time and energy invested - a negative response versus no response would have been appreciated.
Interview Question – Tell me how you would integrate a new system when you will receive resistance from the current group of developers? Answer Question
Wordpress Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in October 2010.
Interview Details – The person interviewing me was not familiar with programming and I felt he wasn't able to properly gauge my answers. I heard back that they were interested and then never heard back again. I've been contacted by 3 different people since the interview who had no idea I had already been interviewed.
A simple yes or no would have been fine.
Interview Question – What's something I've worked on in the past I am proud of and why? View Answer
Lab Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston University in December 2010.
Interview Details – I was a graduate student at BU and I just talked with one of the professors, so my case is not very general. The reviewer was rather nice, and mostly asked general questions.
Interview Question – general questions like name, GPA, etc Answer Question
Human Resources Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston University in December 2009.
Interview Details – Interviewed in person on 3 different times each time asked to squeeze interview in before the Christmas break which I accomodated. They wanted to make a decision and have an offer out before the break. I was told multiple times that I was the lead candidate. Then no response
Interview Question – Reviewed work experience Answer Question
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