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Updated Jan 11, 2015
Updated Jan 11, 2015
23 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Echange Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    The Interview process was very well structured and friendly. The collaboration with ETH Zurich worked impressively well such that paper work was reduced to a minimum. The instructions on how to get different regustration forms and meeting times were clear and easy to find. The the interviewers were friendly and were focused on the skills. All in all a very good experience.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was short: one hour personal discussion, presenting my Ph.D. in form of PPD presentation. And then I had a lab visit, knowing my colleagues and having a look of the equipment lab

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    Sent PI an email with CV, he responded asking for reference letters.
    Got a response asking to meet me, was flown to Lausanne for a few days.
    Had one day worth of meetings and lab tours with PI, PhD's, and PostDocs.
    Gave a presentation to the group on my PhD research.

    Interview Questions
    • None, it was all pretty straightforward. Basically... "what do you want to do here"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Doctoral Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There is no interview process. You have to submit you application and they will inform you whether you are accepted or not. For you application it is required that you fill a regular form with question regarding your resume. You also need to submit your resume as well as to send 3 recommendation letters either from former professors or former employers.

    Interview Questions
    • There is no question that you have to answer as there is no interview procedure.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    I have contacted and made a 1:1 interview with the professor

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Doctoral Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    The interview was mainly technical, with the Head of my lab. Once you get past the lab’s boss, it’s done. The doctoral school should take note of it, and in particular take note of the fact that it’s the boss who’s going to pay your salary: in this case you’ll be automatically hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at EPFL in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    E-mail the professor directly, got an answer soon. Then exchange several more e-mail, send CV, 3 references and cover letter and arranged an interview date (December 15). Got offer 3 days after the interview. After that, needed to do the entire formal online application which took ages but it was just a formality. Signed contract around March, starting day August 1st.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you expect to achieve after you have completed your PhD/by completing your PhD.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Master Thesis Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    They like you to be open and expressive about your interests. Relaxed environment and people. One thing I really liked there that Switzerland is already world famous for its beauty and high living standard Swiss people are also talent loving. They need people to get the work done no matter where they come from.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    Some years ago, when I have been hired as a PhD student, the interview was mainly technical, with the Head of my lab. Once you get past the lab’s boss, it’s done. The doctoral school should take note of it, and in particular take note of the fact that it’s the boss who’s going to pay your salary: in this case you’ll be automatically hired.

    Interview Questions
    • There should not be difficult questions if you show a good academic cv.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  11.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at EPFL.

    Interview Details

    Standard application process through website

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

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