Case Western Reserve University Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
Updated Jul 10, 2014
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    Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Only talked to supervisor and 3 future colleagues in the lab. No difficult questions and even no presentation which surprised me. It was friendly overall. The process took several weeks which is faster than I thought since my previous boss did not want me to leave my job too soon.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions for me and overall friendly. Actually during the interview the interviewer talked more than me and introduced what they were doing. Rather than interview, it was more like chatting. The same style with the three people in his group.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
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    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received an email from PI. We have 4 phone interviews over a month and when I confirmed to set up a formal interview in Cleveland, he never emailed me back for another interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The person interviewing me had no organization and asked me to review a different published paper during each interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    CSA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Short and pleasant.

    Negotiation Details
    Straight forward.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
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    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Submitted application online, was contacted by HR, hired afterwards

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Dental Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took a day - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process can be a bit complicated as they usually go through a temp agency, so you may interview with them first. Very standard interviewing process. Once hired to usually stay on with the temp agency for 3 months. If your department wants to hire you onto Case's payroll, you then interview with your supervisor for the position.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiating as the college has a strict pay for each dept. They are not allowed to offer more.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    BSTP Graduate Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in February 2011.

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    I applied for Case Western's Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP) during my senior year of undergrad. I'm assuming whomever's reading this is a prospective graduate student, either at Case or elsewhere, since a lot of it's just general advice. Hope it helps someone.

    The application process is pretty similar to those of other grad schools - you need a few essays, some letters of recommendation, your transcript. Next, select applicants visit CWRU & Cleveland for a few days. During this time, you will interview with five professors (one at a time) in the department or field you are interested in and get a chance to talk with a panel of different professors. You also get plenty of time to mingle with your graduate student hosts, tour the lab areas, and check out Cleveland.

    Interview Questions
    • The biggest questions you should ask yourself as a prospective grad student is
      1) do I want to do research for the next 6-7-8 years here?
      2) would I be happy living here for several years?
        View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The only "negotiation" you'll probably do is choosing which labs to rotate in, and which lab you'll eventually join (or switch over for whatever reason).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Assistant I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    International Student Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University.

    Interview Details

    Three step process: phone, large panel presentation then candidate meets with individual office members

    Interview Questions
    • It seemed like a lot of protocol for a mere advisor/counselor position. This is typical for universities though.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    A Technical Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Case Western Reserve University.

    Interview Details

    No phone interview.

    1st interview with manager and a technical person. Went fine. Questions were both technical and about relating to people and managing priorities. I wasn't sold on the job at that point.

    2nd interview round included meeting with 2 more groups, and a followup walk-through. These went well. However they sugar coated the job. I had some direct questions about the responsibilities and about the people that I would work with, but I was essentially lied to because they were desperate to fill the position.

    Scrutinize this employer, and hope they are truthful. Look for hesitation in their answers, and don't ignore any other red flags.

    Additional advice: ask about parking? i.e. how much it costs per month and if it is a mile and a half away. Seriously.... nail it down.

    To be fair, in talking with many people some departments are far better than others, many do in fact like their work, but there are many departments that should be avoided. I have seen some colleagues in tears, literally! Based on talks with people avoid ITS, HR, Kelvin Smith Library, Controllers Office and Biology departments. Oh, I'd avoid the main executive office too, I hear they are a bit cranky in there.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Ok at first, but the manager showed some impatience and I should have seen this as a red flag.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview with the secretary in the department.

    Accepted Offer

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