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Updated Jul 17, 2014
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Assistant Director, Student Affairs Interview

Assistant Director, Student Affairs

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Duke University.

Interview Details – I had a 5 hour interview for a department where the position would be responsible for managing training events for faculty and students. I was required to prepare a 15 minute presentation on how I would go about the training and present it in a PowerPoint in front of 10 people from the department. I then met with nine people one-on-one. it went well and I got to learn a lot about the position.

Interview Question – Was there ever a time where you had to interact with different groups (ie. Students and faculty) and it didn't go over the way it should have?   Answer Question


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Postdoctoral Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Associate

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Duke University.

Interview Details – Very straight forward Postdoctoral interview experience.

Interview Question – Mostly science/research questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – NA


Accepted Offer

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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Duke University in April 2010.

Interview Details – There is no interview as such. One needs to apply to the Graduate School with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. The admission depends upon the academic background, relevant skills and prior research experience. Luck play a role here as well. The professor should have a vacancy in his/her group and availability of funds is crucial!

Interview Question – I am not working in that area anymore, would you still like to work with me?   Answer Question


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Communications Coordinator Interview

Communications Coordinator
Durham, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in October 2012.

Interview Details – Had an interview with the supervisor. I dressed up in business casuals. Interview questions were easy. Just show passion for the job and its bonus if you have a background in data analysis and marketing


Accepted Offer

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Research Technician II Interview

Research Technician II
Durham, NC

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Duke University in September 2009.

Interview Details – The interview process was straightforward, much the same, if not a tad less competitive than for similar positions at Ivy League schools (I interviewed and obtained a job at Yale as well). If you're sharp, and present yourself well, you'll get in. You have to be teachable for this job. Communicate that, somehow. If you lack experience, don't try to schmooze your way around that. There are plenty of labs around campus that can give you the experience you need. Don't make up anything/stretch things, and you'll do well. You'll be in there working with very bright/capable graduate students and post-docs. Look the part, act the part.

Interview Question – What is your greatest strength? How will your skills allow you to contribute directly to this research? And what are your goals for the future?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I negotiated a $2,000 salary increase above base offer.


Accepted Offer

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Duke University.

Interview Details – Technique questions, how long you wanna to work?

Interview Question – Some technique questinons in details, like what is cross linker   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Analyst, IT Interview

Analyst, IT
Durham, NC

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Duke University in March 2010.

Interview Details – Difficult and you must network in order to get your foot in the door.

Interview Question – Explain how you would handle a difficult manager   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, they made you feel lucky that you received an offer.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Postdoctoral Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Associate
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Duke University in November 2011.

Interview Details – give a presentation, discuss projects with Professor

Interview Question – everything is normal, all about research   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Academic Assistant Interview

Academic Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Duke University in January 2008.

Interview Details – Make sure your resume gets thru their giant HR system. If you can get an email to the hiring person directly, do so.

Interview was fine and normal. Had to sell myself to a few of the professors.

Interview Question – Typing a writing sample from a professor's handwritten notes that were barely legible and on a topic completely unfamiliar to me.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I negotiated because I had another job offer the same day. I asked to think it over and they came up to the amount offered by the other firm.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Teaching Assistant Interview

Teaching Assistant
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Duke University in April 2012.

Interview Details – Process was very formal and e-mail based. I learn of about the job through email. Employer requested references and we exchanged several emails before the interview. There was only one interview. Advice I would give is to think about how the job relates to your past and your future plans.

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