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Updated Dec 4, 2014
Updated Dec 4, 2014
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    Administrative Assistant III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

    Interview Details

    Usually, a phone interview and 1 or 2 group interviews. My experience, because I had over 10 years admin experience, was just 2 group interviews, the first with the admin group (my future supervisor, another admin supervisor and an admin employee) and the second interview, was with the group head I was supporting, plus 2 of the group members.
    I interviewed in Berkeley, CA

    Interview Questions
    • It helps to have worked in the military, or have some sort of technical background - where you have worked in a hospital or government office.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I got a phone call notifying me of their offer, and then received the offer letter with salary in the mail, for my signature.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

    Interview Details

    Vero long and elaborate application process: required 5(!) reference letters, one phone screening, then you make it to the big dance. The F2F interview was a full day event. Had to give a seminar in front of a committee, followed by one hour of questioning by them. The questions were pre-planned, with members taking turn asking them to you. Very rigid format. Then I had to come back twice to talk with two deputy division directors to make sure they are ok. By the I knew I was the anointed one, so I was just making sure I don't screw it up.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't think these questions were difficult for anyone who had been through many interviews before. They are typical: how do you deal with a difficult colleague, etc. you just need to put yourself in their shoes and say what they want to hear.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very tortuous. The HR person is a pro. She basically draw a red line for salary, so I just steered myself to just under the number. That was all unofficial. Then after that, it took them another month to prepare the official offer letter. Everything takes a long time. Be patient.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    My interview was unconventional. I had a telephone interview where they asked only HR-type questions, "weakest quality", "what would you do if you saw a co-worker violate safety", that sort of thing. When I arrived to the in-person, still no technical questions, just a few more HR questions. They asked me to prepare a 5-10 minute presentation of my work, and although the media was set up, they never asked to see it during the course of the interview. It seemed they were just going through the motions to satisfy HR. They do a background check, but I'm not sure who conducts it, I think it was the hiring manager, so you need professional references who have time to answer 10--15 standardized HR questions. There are general training and safety "courses" to take online before you can start work or receive a badge, after hire there are more online safety courses to take within the first 10-30 days of employment. The first day at work is at least 50% hiring intensive. There's an orientation where they make sure you've filled out all mandatory pre-employment paperwork. There's an orientation, then a long picture/badge ordeal. The orientation class started at 9am, and didn't get to my office until after 1pm.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions. These were very standardized, scenario based, questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, I told them what I was looking for and they paid it. They actually have a pay structure for positions buried in their online HR services, but it's wide and entirely at the discretion of your direct supervisor.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was very smooth and fast. It was onsite 1:1 discussion style interview. Overall people who work in the lab are very intellectual and yet down to earth.

    Interview Questions
    • My Principal Investigator asked me about my experiences with different chemical analytical equipments.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Web Developer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got a call for a telephone interview with two people, one was technical one was admin. The questions were standard designed HR type questions. I was invited to interview for a panel of five, two were from the telephone interview.

    I was asked to give a 5-10 minute presentation about myself and my work background. They had all the AV equipment to do anything. They had no questions. It was very casual, and the bulk of the interview was more of those standard designed HR type questions which they all have on a form, and write your answers in the space provided.

    They asked for scenarios like: What would you do if one of your co-workers were an obstacle instead of a resource. Nothing out of the ordinary, but having scenarios prepared would be helpful.

    I would say that 95% of the interview was behavioral, and maybe 5% superficial technical, but not in the form of questions, more in the form of, "tell us what you've worked with".

    The interview was very positive, ended with a tour of the work space, and no second interview was necessary.

    Then my hiring package was handed off to HR, who had me fill out more online forms to facilitate a rather superficial background check. They wanted to talk to 3 peers or supervisors as references. As far as I can tell, they did not contact former employers to verify any employment information provided on the application.

    After they extend an offer letter (email), they give you a few days to think about it, and you accept the offer via the HR portal online. Then you give consent for them to check your credit and criminal history.

    Working with HR has been friendly, although impersonal. Once the final background checks are complete, you get a congratulatory email stating your employment status and asking for a start date. You can choose your start date, and they were very flexible about that. Once the start date is determined, they send you the New Hire Orientation letter (email), which tells you what to do on your first day.

    Interview Questions
    • "Why did you apply for this position." It seems like a no-brainer, but they asked it anyway!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Acceptance did not come easily for me due to some pre-employment interactions with a specific non-HR employee and the experiences my references had with this person. A little throw of the dice, and I accepted.

    During the first in-person interview, we talked about salary expectations, and they warned me that they do not pay like private industry, but the offer they made was nearer the high end of my general expectations, so I didn't negotiate.

    The peripheral terms of employment with the UC are incredibly high, no negotiation took place.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing process was moderately easy and quick

    Interview Questions
    • come up with a database design for a real-world problem   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met with the manager and probably the number 2 and number 3 of the department. Pretty basic interview, no technical questions, and mostly went over my resume. It seemed like they were more interested in knowing what kind of person I was, not sure if I got my job because I'm skilled.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Post Doc Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Sent in resume and cover letter first. Waited for about three back to hear back from the HR. After a quick phone call with the hiring manager, I was offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I just sent an email to one of the group leaders stating I would like to do research for a thesis there.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was conform the standards for the job type.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Presentation of my work in front of a group of people.

    1:1 interview to each team member and have lunch with them.

    Advice:
    Just to spend more time on preparing your presentation. They want to see whether you're knowledgeable and logical.
    Also, they are testing you whether you can get along with other team members by allowing you to have informal meeting with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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