Columbia University Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2015
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    Staff Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I am very organized n my work ethic is very sufficient . Can be very social able with others.will go out of my way to make the customer or staff feel comfortable and help them no matter what

    Interview Questions

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    Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in September 2014.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by the HR and the office that was hiring me all in one day. First I went to the HR office and talked with the recruiter and then was sent to the office and talked with everyone in the office 2 at a time. Total of 4 interviews in one day.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Columbia University.   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University in September 2014.

    Interview

    I went through the traditional 3 rounds of interviews for this role: phone interview, first in person with potential boss; second interview with potential boss' boss; third interview with 3 team members. I applied online to a posting that was about 10 days old, and got my first contact from them about a week later. The next 2 interviews came fairly close together (4-7 days apart each). I sent references after the second. I was told I was one of three finalists and after 9 days, I had to ask for an update. The reply from the hiring manager took 4 days- never a good sign. They "considered me very seriously", but offered it to another person who was a better match and thanked me for coming in 3 times. The HM and I had different styles, so it was probably just as well I didn't get the role.

    Interview Questions

    • The most awkward question was what three things would you do in the first 60 days, when my potential peers were in the room. They were not currently doing my suggested activities, which made them look a bit bad and created an awkward moment.   1 Answer
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I made three separate trips to campus, and interviewed with six people combined. I also completed a test assignment (not terribly challenging). I not once met an HR representative, and still (after having worked here for two months) have not met her. Everyone along the interview process was kind, understanding, and personable. Onboarding is ridiculous, but that's another story.

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    Negotiation

    I negotiated on salary and on title, and was successful in both areas.

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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in August 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process was relatively easy. I was interviewed directly by the professor who was teaching the course. I was asked about the technical knowledge, weekly availability, and my willingness to lead course discussion. After that, she was just giving me information about the duties as a teaching assistant.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you do on XXXX courses? What did you learn from XXX courses? Did you have previous teaching experience?   Answer Question
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    Data Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Received an email from HR rep asking to arrange an in-person interview. In-person interview with hiring manager (lasted about 1 hours) and then an in-person interview with epidemiologist. Hiring manager requested 2-3 references (all professional references)

  8. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I've interviewed for four positions at Columbia in the last year and none of them were particularly great experiences. Interview #1 - hiring manager asked typical interview questions and was extremely rude (even more so on the phone, I shouldn't have bothered with an in-person interview). Then she introduced me to various team members and they were all very awkward and disengaged. I was never contacted again, but HR website said the position was filled. Then it was relisted a few months later. It sounded like a high turnover job and I wasn't surprised. Interview #2- an admittedly bad fit. It was just obvious. People were nice though and I received a polite rejection email a week or so later. Interview #3- met with a very nice departmental administrator and was told second interviews would be conducted in another month. That was 6 months ago and I never heard anything else, although according to HR the position is still open. Interview #4- met with former person in the position (who was promoted) and departmental administrator. The first person was nice and answered questions and we had a nice conversation. She gave me a good sense of the job. The departmental administrator was a total jerk. He barked at me when I wouldn't answer my salary requirements (I said I was open to hearing their range) and kept asking me in different ways. If he hadn't been so persistent I would have probably just told him, but I found him to be really rude. Then he asked a bunch of extremely negative behavioral questions that were just bizarre. At the end he said he would have a sense within a few weeks what 'direction they would be going in,' and whether they would need to repost the position and get more candidates. Uh… I guess that was my rejection because I never heard from them again.

    Interview Questions

    • Negative behavioral questions- i.e. tell me about dealing with difficult people, times you've faced adversity, etc.   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (1)  

    Clerical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    I applied online. I forgot I applied for that position because the hiring process can take some time before hearing anything back. I received a call from hiring manager, interviewed, then was also interviewed by supervisor. I received an offer a week later.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked lots of questions about my old gig. Interviewer was fascinated that place.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation. Entry level position.

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Manager of Marketing Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The position was to manage digital marketing initiatives for the Business School. Applied in July and got a call and phone interview in September. ( you can imagine I'd nearly forgotten about it by this time) After the phone interview it was requested I provide a design solution to a current challenge under a constricting deadline. From this I flew in for an in-perosn interview in October. By then the position title and responsibilities had changed a bit. Hiring here can take a looong time as most legacy institutions have long processes for inducing any sort of change. I stayed in touch with hiring contacts through November and was offered the position in December. Once paperwork got going I relocated to the city in January with a start date towards the end of that month.

    Interview Questions

    • It wasnt about questions it was a matter of endurance, I interviewed for a full day 9am-4pm meeting with all levels of the department sometimes individually and other times in teams. in total I met with 7 diff people for 30-45min at a time. I focused on keeping energy positive and engaging- I knew they were testing my stamina.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very little room for negotiation with HR manager but the offer was what I desired going in.

  11. Helpful (1)  

    Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Must apply via online system, however, system is cumbersome therefore it also makes sense to reach out directly to those hiring.

    Interview Questions

    • We've talked about the positives regarding bringing you on board, what is the bad news when it comes to you?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Was asked for a range.

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