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Lugano (Switzerland)

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ETH Zurich in September 2009.

Interview Details – Sent a mail enquiry, sponsored by an internal known employer.
Got an interview on site. Seminar to the group. One-to-one interview with the members of the lab. Final interview with the head of the lab.

Interview Question – technical question on the seminar   Answer Question

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I applied online - interviewed at ETH Zurich in January 2013.

Interview Details – Apply by email. I was selected mainly because of my good references

Interview Question – Technical questions, which approach would I follow to tackle a given problem   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase, simply you accept their conditions or not

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Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at ETH Zurich in February 2013.

Interview Details – My initial plan was to stay at my current department for a PhD (ee@ETHZ) , but my current thesis advisor insisted that I apply for multiple positions to increase my chances. By chance, I stumbled upon a opening for a project on synthetic aperture radar, one of my secret passions. Since the opening was almost two months old, I contacted them via email to see whether the position was still available. They encouraged me to apply, I had to write a motivation letter and a brief statement of my research interests. After two weeks, I was contacted via email for a interview on site. I happen to be a EE student at the same school, so it was no problem to meet the whole research group for a afternoon. I first met the professor and a senior scientist. Very nice people, we briefly discussed my current situation, my motivation for pursuing a PhD and my plans. I was already told that being the only student from the ETHZ my chances were good. Afterwards, I gave a brief presentation of my previous research experience and we had a very stimulating question time. Finally, I had the opportunity to discuss with some PhD students and Post Doc. on their current research. I was told to wait a week for a decision, and afterwards I got an offer.
Overall I had a very good impression. Needless to say that I accepted the position
Update: we have discussed the terms of my employment. The projects starts from june. I'll write a review as soon as I start working.

Interview Question – Why do you want to pursue a PhD? Are you aware that as an engineer there's plenty of well paid jobs in the industry?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The salary is standard as advertised on the opening.

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I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at ETH Zurich.

Interview Details – direct employement after graduating from Eth masters

Negotiation Details – none

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Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ETH Zurich in November 2010.

Interview Details – Usually, all the candidates needs to come here in Zurich to face their final interview.

Interview Question – The most difficult part of Zurich or ETH Zurich is to resolved the housing problem.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate anything, because I found my offer was quite good compare to other offer what I had before.

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Interviewed at ETH Zurich

Interview Details – I first contacted directly the professor, as I got to know him during a lecture at another university. After some email exchange where I also sent my grade transcript, we agreed to meet for an interview. I had to prepare a short presentation about what I have been working on in those years.
As the interview went well, he confirmed after a week or so that he would hire me. From that point, everything went really fast and I signed my contract a few days afterwards.

Interview Question – Why do you think you may be a good candidate as a PhD student?   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at ETH Zurich in March 2009.

Interview Details – online application sent to the professor along with research interests and CV.
skype interview: background, some technical questions
on-site interview: presentation of previous work, interviews with all team members (half technical, half generic)

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