Cornell University Graduate Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Apr 4, 2015
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Graduate Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornell University.

Interview

Simple and straight-forward. Since I was an undergraduate at Cornell, the interview process was painless so I don't really have much to say. Just know the field you are applying to and be professional. Take the time to read research on the faculty or department you are going to be working for.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I applied via the standard application process. I believe I had emailed with a faculty member or two in advance of applying, and perhaps had a phone call, but nothing sticks in my mind. I know I visited and met in person with several faculty, including the person who would later be my chair, after I was accepted but before I agreed to come.

    Interview Questions

    • There was more emphasis than I expected on long-term career goals. Also, for applying to a graduate program, I was surprised at the specificity faculty expected with regard to what I will study -- after all, isn't grad school where you figure out *what* to study? I had broad ideas, but I was surprised how specific some of my fellow students were when they arrived.   Answer Question
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    The process is by applying for PhD. For this you need to go the cornell universities website and apply online. Typically you need to submit your grades for undergraduate studies, a resume, a research statement. But the process is very competitive and only the best students with the best grades and good research background get in.

    Negotiation

    None

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Cornell University.

    Interview

    phone interview

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in December 2010.

    Interview

    No interview, just a chat with professor. They take you if you appear enthusiastic (also willing to spend long hours on the job). So please be eagerly reading papers and asking questions in the meeting. You have to appear enthusiastic and make an intelligent conversation.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you proud of your achievements (don't know what thats supposed to mean), proud of your achievements is such a relative question not sure what he was expecting as an answer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    standard graduate school. There is no scope for any sort of negotiation what so ever

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in January 2009.

    Interview

    This job consisted of one one-on-one interview and mostly was casual, about my skills. It had limited questions about my Excel capabilities.

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    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornell University in March 2007.

    Interview

    The response I received to my initial inquiry was positive and quick. It was clear the people responsible for hiring were organized. Also, after speaking with a few of the researchers it was clear to me they had an encouraging culture. Furthermore, the people in charge of hiring gave each applicant that reached the interview stage serious consideration.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Cornell University in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was formal via Skype. He asked me questions about my experience, my MS thesis, and my future plans. He asked me what is special about our school over other schools in the US? I did not answer it in the way he wanted so he smiled and gave me the answer he expected, he is a very nice guy. Then he gave me details about the project that I will be working on for my PhD with some discussion. The project is very challenging and I am too excited about it.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to join Cornell?
      Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
      What are the most challenges scholars face in our field?
      Why did you choose this methodology to solve your problem in your MS thesis?
      What is special about our school over other schools in the US?
       
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornell University in July 2008.

    Interview

    Very interesting interview... all sorts of questions. Mostly regarding bifurcation theory. Asked to find the normal from of a hopf bifurcation. Prove the andronov hopf theorem. Poincare bendicson theorem. Question about dynamical systems and stability. Hartman gorbman theorem. Some personality questions. More questions on nature of science and universe.

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