Duke University Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Sort of haphazard depending on the lab you want to work in. Usually pretty basic questions and not a whole lot of pressure. One interview with a lab manager wound up with only a couple of questions asked and the rest of the time was him waxing eloquent about various scientific issues! Still, it was definitely just a relaxed atmosphere with a lot of very intelligent individuals. They are not interested in grilling you or making you sweat to earn the job. Pretty typical interview questions, plus maybe some based on the topic of interest that the particular lab is working on. I can't think of any real hard technical questions that they asked, most of it was knowledge I had as a result of my education in a related area. You can expect to speak with several individuals, but that's not that bad considering you'll probably be working pretty closely with them for however long you will be in the lab. Most of it is probably to determine if you'll be content doing lab drudgery and if you'll fit the culture of the particular lab in question.

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    Director International Projects Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    applied the job from posting. first round of on-site met with direct supervisors and other people who would work with the candidate. Second round on-site met with other people in the school.

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    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC).

    Interview

    I was emailed the day after I submitted my resume/letter to HR. The interview was set-up on a Monday (I submitted my application on the Thursday before). It was unclear via email how many people would be interviewing me. (FYI--I have interviewed at other Duke University departments before) The way this interview was done was different from previous Duke interviews: I was in a room at the head of the table with four people sitting in front of me. The four people did not really describe their roles and it was unclear (at first) who was the most senior. Their questions were clearly for someone with little experience as it was an entry-level position but, I have a lot of experience so responding to their questions was a bit more challenging. I was not ready for such basic questions as "Are you punctual?" So, be ready for some basic questions if you are applying for a support staff/entry level position. They asked for my references which I submitted the next day via email. They said they were traveling for two weeks but would be in touch in the coming weeks. When I followed up three-weeks post-interview I was told "things take time here at Duke, please be patient." Two days later I got an email saying I was no longer under-consideration for the position. In general I think Duke tends to ask the typical questions you find online for interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you punctual? (seems simple but for someone with a lot of experience it was somewhat challenging/insulting to answer--I felt like they had not looked at my resume and I felt like considering our limited time, there are better questions to ask….)   1 Answer
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    Campus Sustainability Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Application and in -person interview with Director of Environmental Sustainability

    Interview Questions

    • Describe climate change to a fourth grade student in three sentences   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No Negotiation

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    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC).

    Interview

    2 interviews, one phone and one onsite

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Fitness Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Duke University.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume through the Duke University HR department. Followed by a phone interview then came to an on-site interview where I met with the program manager, program coordinator, and other fitness specialist. Typical interview questions, nothing too hard, really just trying to get a feel for you personality and if you will fit in their team and participants at Duke.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were typical interview questions focused around exercise. Questions about training participants, costumer service, and flexibility.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was none, it was an entry level position.

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    No Offer

    Interview

    Interviewed by an old lady who graduated decades ago. Accidentally miscommunicated the Starbucks at which we were planning to meet. Had to call her and reschedule, but the phone number she gave me was only for her home so I couldn't even call her until she had left the interview site and went home. Didn't get accepted, but probably not because of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • I wasn't asked any difficult questions, and she seemed mostly interested in my experiences, etc.   Answer Question
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    Camp Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Duke University.

    Interview

    Word of mouth opportunity, but able to contact the WBB program to inquire about future camps. No traditional interview here. Wanted to know about collegiate playing experience, volunteer work, etc.

    Negotiation

    No negotiating. This was a "contract" type job for the duration of the summer camp.

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    ECE Master Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East China, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Duke University (East China, MI) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Online skype interview, 30 minutes. The questions are behavior questions to know my background and my communication skills. After about one week, I got the email that I was admitted.

    Interview Questions

    • just behavior questions like introduce yourself, why did you apply, what you will do when you face challenge....   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Duke University.

    Interview

    Everything is decided by the PI, not the committee because of the culture. First will be contacting the PI with emails, after you will have a personal meeting with the PI. If the background matches, you will get the oral admission in the same day. The official admission will arrive in a couple of months.

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