The process took 7 months - interviewed at Grand Valley State University.
Interview Details – Best described as a nightmare, moving at a snail's pace. The entire process was a full 7 months long, from application to computer-generated email from HR saying they weren't filling the job, even though it only consisted of 2 interviews. Attempts to get an update in between interviews proved fruitless even though I had direct emails.
Just incredibly passive communication and slow moving process, which was enough to make me not want to work there anyway. I received another offer while waiting to hear back from GVSU and accepted it (note: I applied to this job two months after I applied to GVSU). So in the end I wasn't *too* upset that they didn't offer me the position, but it was a huge waste of everyone's time, most importantly mine.
Interview Question – It's a university so be prepared for very general, open ended questions. You are going to put in a LOT more effort for these interviews than for a normal company, mostly because universities do everything, especially hiring, in committees of 10+ people. My specific tip for GVSU interviewees is this: answer with stereotypical answers. "How would you improve the program" --> more student involvement, alumni involvement, community involvement. This is more like Miss America than anything else. You need to show you have a personality yet not veer off the acceptable "world peace" track or you'll be scored negatively. Be prepared for personal life questions too and answer appropriately. They want academics so portray yourself as a future thought leader. Before your interview, find a book, movie, and musician that is a little off the beaten path but one that's highly regarded. Ex: don't say you read Orwell, say Kafka - or someone even more obscure. Find a classical or jazz musician and talk about how you like to unwind on your car rides or at home.
Otherwise the questions are all pretty straightforward, if not boring and uninspired (What are your strengths? Do you think diversity is important? When is a time when you were wrong and what did you learn from it? Why do you want to work for Grand Valley? Who is your role model?) Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Grand Valley State University.
Interview Details – Got a phone call for an interview, went in a few days later, very easy interview, pretty much just making sure you were sane, and they could trust you with a knife, since you would be prepping and cooking food. Offered job on the spot, started a few days later after I turned in paperwork and went into the computer system.
Interview Question – Was asked about allergies, which was confusing at first, but makes logical sense since you're working with food and may have food allergies which could affect what station you're placed at. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Grand Valley State University in January 2013.
Interview Details – Send in Resume, Interview-takes approximately 20 minutes, Training for a few hours then hands on experience for a few hours.
Interview Question – There were none. The interviewers seem to take it as they hire students so as long as they seem responsible, then that's all they need to know. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no room for negotiation. "This is our rate for students period" is the way it was portrayed, not actually said like that.
Very Easy Interview
The process took a day - interviewed at Grand Valley State University in February 2012.
Interview Details – Simple, showed up and I was hired on the spot. OK I am really honest, a great place to work made lifelong friends and still go up on occasion whenever i have time and slap a couple balls around on the course. Very fun, rewarding job. I also was very pleased with the benefit package allocated of being allowed to receive free golf whenever possible, and being able to have fun while you work is very important!!!
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Grand Valley State University in January 2008.
Interview Details – Two meetings with one individual
Interview Question – What is your guiding theory of student development Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I would describe the process as non-existent
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