Cornell University Interview Questions

Updated Aug 7, 2014
Updated Aug 7, 2014
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    Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cornell University in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Pursued my PI and asked for a job in person. Because he was so busy, I had to find his phone number online and call him to follow up because he didn't respond to any emails. After meeting for a half hour standard interview which was more like a conversation, I was hired. I wish every interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated salary a bit, but it was mainly dependent on grant funding
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Drafter III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Cornell University in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position of Drafter III with Cornell University in early April 2014 and was contacted by phone to set up an initial in person interview in early May 2014. I arrived at Newman Laboratory for an in person panel interview which consisted of myself and three other employees which included the hiring manager. The interview consisted of typical interview questions that were relevant to the position. The entire interview lasted approximately one hour. I wasn't given a tour of the laboratory or of any of the work areas. The next step in the process would have included a second interview. I knew that I was most likely on the short list for the first interview and was confident that my experience, education, and interview skills would lead to a second interview but it wasn't to be. I was contacted by the hiring manager by phone three weeks later to learn that I hadn't gotten the job.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Cornell University in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    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.

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    • 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 Details
    standard graduate school. There is no scope for any sort of negotiation what so ever
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Cornell University in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    There was only one interview which consisted of a talk I gave about my previous research followed by subsequent questions. I received an official offer shortly after that (maybe 2 weeks later). I accepted and started the job ca. 3 months after the interview.

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    • I do not remember the questions anymore, in general they were not really unexpeted.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I mentioned the $ amount I wanted at least, and that was the amount that was stated in the offer which I received, plus health and retirement benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Cornell University.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cornell University in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Went on two interviews, got the job offer a week later.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work here as an admin. with a degree from Cornell?   View Answers (2)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Cornell University in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Detailed CV, statement of purpose, interviews in several cases, GRE scores, thorough screening before selection of candidates.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Research Support Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cornell University in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    It is difficult to get into the Cornell hiring system as an external candidate, but once you are within the system, you are given preferential treatment. Depending on your qualifications and background, you may be able to be promoted within a department or across colleges.

    As standard protocol, even if a department considers you an ideal internal candidate, they will still need to post the position to the public and interview multiple candidates.

    The interview is conducted with select members of the employees you will most closely work with. This usually includes the internal HR contact, the project managers, and appropriate faculty members. The questions will go over the overall duties of the position as is expected within any position. They will also ask how you will handle specific problems or duties within the parameters of the job description. They may also ask questions regarding any additional skills you may have that can contribute to success within the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the publications you have contributed to and ways that you would assist the faculty in implementing their research   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Consider your experience. Since it is a fierce job market in Ithaca, NY, try not to settle on the first offer because of desperation. Use justification to negotiate a higher salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Technical Services Supervisor II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Cornell University.

    Interview Details

    Took three months or so to go through process of phone interviews, and live on location interview. Ask to see the SPD (Staff Position Description) as soon as you apply. Was two phone interviews and an interview on site. And monthly calls to keep in touch.

    Negotiation Details
    Get to know Cornell's job family groups and recruiting pay band ranges...then negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    PhD Student Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Cornell University.

    Interview Details

    Standard grad school application. Take the standardized tests (GRE and TOEFL), and submit letters of recommendation, transcripts, and statement of purpose. Unlike some schools there is no interview for the Computer Science department.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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