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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Corvallis, OR).
Skype interview with Johns Hopkins professor and alumni of the program. Mostly behavioral questions and a few questions about my research experiences. Overall both interviewers were very friendly and easy to communicate with. Near the end they asked some tricky questions regarding the entrepreneurial aspect of the program and its ties to developing countries, which was the most difficult part of the interview
- How would you apply your past research to a developing country and why? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).
Initial interview via phone and then came in for 2nd interview. Met with about 5 people in the group 1:1. Had lunch with the division head to discuss the job and hiring process in detail. Standard interview with focus on my interests and future aspirations. Was on site essentially from early morning to mid-afternoone. Everyone was very nice.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your strengths? 1 Answer
Negotiation of salary was very difficult due to limited ability of the division head to offer more money; Was able to negotiate a starting bonus
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University.
I applied for 22 jobs and was contacted to interview for 1 about a month later. Everyone was extreme nice. The interview started out with HR telling me about all of the benefits. I completed a technical worksheet. After being interviewed by the HR I was interviewed by 2 lab managers. I walked through the lab for a tour.
- What 5 components do you need for PCR? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
This was an awesome opportunity. I decided to move out of state.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University.
One day interview process. General introductions of each field in the department was given in the morning. Candidates were taken to lunch by senior grad students to learn more about the department. Individual interview with professors of interest happened in the afternoon. The overall atmosphere was very friendly.
- Why did you choose this specific major? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).
Brief - asked about my previous research. They assumed they knew everything about me from my CV - this was a terrible assumption. They were more interested in telling me about what they do and everything I could become involved with. If I could go back, I would ask about previous post-docs (what they did, how long they were there, frequency of publication, why they left, and what they are doing now) and I wouldn't take the job without a career development plan.
- I was not asked difficult questions - explain this project, how did you do that, etc. Answer Question
I was offered the minimum post-doc salary. This was a 20% pay cut for me. I said I can't take a 20% pay cut and they came up to my current salary. I have received a 2% raise each year.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in June 2015.
Both interviewers focuses a lot on working with difficult people and it was apparent there are a lot of conflicts in the workplace, based on the questions, I decided not to pursue position. It was clear this office had a lot of issues working with other departments.
- Describe a time you disagreed with a colleague. 1 Answer
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in May 2015.
It was a one hour skype group interview. The study manager, statistician and PI interviewed me together. Most of the questions were about my previous analysis experience and they asked more details based on my answers. It was a nice and easy going interview.
- Tell us one previous work you were proud of Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in April 2015.
I submitted my resume through a recruiter. I was contacted for a phone interview. They asked tell me about yourself and why do you think you are qualified for the position. Then I had an in-person interview with the senior recruiter. I was referred to a full panel interview in Baltimore. They said they would call me about next steps within a week.
- In less than 5 minutes tell us about your background and how it led you here today. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in March 2015.
I was originally supposed to meet with 2 people for the interview; on the day of the interview, one of them was out sick. I met with the head of the department, but the questions asked were very vague. I enjoyed the interview though and thought it went well. I was told I would hear from someone to reschedule the meeting with the sick individual, but never heard back. A week later, I received a thanks, but no thanks email. Looking back, it sounds like they already had an individual in mind for the position, but were doing due diligence in interviewing others, who never even had a chance for the job.
- Tell me alittle bit about yourself. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in March 2015.
There were three phases--a phone interview and then two separate in-person interviews. The first was with the hiring manager, who described the job and asked questions about resume. The second was a panel interview. Was disappointed with the low-ball salary offered in exchange for skills/qualifications possessed. No opportunity for raises. Would have to answer e-mails in evening, which would dilute low pay further. Not to mention the costs of "benefits" which would also reduce net pay. Unfair. And, I had to decline.
- Tell me you resolved an issue at a previous job. Answer Question
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