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Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Nov 25, 2013
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Postdoctoral Research Scientist
New York, NY

I applied online and interviewed at Columbia University.

Interview Details – The interview took one entire day plus dinner. I presented a 30 minutes talk of my former work.
Afterwards I talked to everybody in the lab. The whole process was very intense, but very informal. There were no unexpected questions.

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New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Columbia University in August 2013.

Interview Details – I got an interview invitation within a day after I submitted my application. The first stage of the interview was with a fellow post-doc. It was very lengthy (an hour and half) and we discussed also very technical details of my knowledge of the specific subject and of the work I will be doing. The second stage was with the PI, I gave a presentation, it was liked very much and interrupted halfway.

Interview Question – I was asked my family status, and whether they need to do something about the 2body problem. (Vary positive but it came out of the blue for me)   Answer Question

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The process took a day - interviewed at Columbia University in September 2009.

Interview Details – Slow.

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The process took 2 days - interviewed at Columbia University in March 2009.

Interview Details – It was a casual and easy experience. During the first day, I gave a presentation about what I did during my phd, followed by QnA. Then I was assigned to talk to each postdocs in the lab. Especially the ones in the area that I'm interested in. Got home, wrote a thank-you letter to the PI and express that I'm interested in working there. And got invitation of 2nd interview right away. This time I was mainly talking with the group that I will be working in. At the end of the day, the PI has offered me the job!

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