MIT Graduate Student Researcher Interview Questions

Updated Jul 16, 2015
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Graduate Student Researcher Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at MIT (Boston, MA).

Interview

First got accepted to MIT. Then found a Research Assistant position. They were looking for a matching in interest, background and capabilities. Also the candidate should be open to exploring new areas, new datasets and be flexible if the project direction is constantly changed. Was required to handle projects with 3rd party companies.

Interview Questions

  • About by interest in machine learning. Also was asked about my programming and software development background, my interest in distributed systems.   1 Answer

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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I was admitted as a graduate student to one of the major departments. The department asked me what mu interests were and matched me to some professors, i.e., they made me go talk to a bunch of professors who acted like I was wasting their time for being there, felt really disrespectful and pointless.

    Interview Questions

    • They just made me talk to run down the clock, said a bunch of platitudes and that was it. Again, almost felt like sitting there and pretending to listen was a way for them to fulfill some quota, not seriously consider my candidacy. It took me about 3.5 years to get a stable RA (which, in my opinion, is ridiculous). But this was a good time to observe and realize the real reason -> they just hire each other -> the white professors hire white students (and some asians), the asian professors hire asian students (and some white ones), while I was told (I am a minority, not asian) "you just don't fit in here, good luck". A freaking joke.   Answer Question
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at MIT.

    Interview

    interview process was fairly straightforward. Met with several different professors who asked about previous research experience as well as research interests and goals. Not very behavioral. Just a summary of previous experiences.

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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at MIT.

    Interview

    Submitted application, was invited to an interview weekend, spoke with professors and graduate students, all of whom evaluated me (including, yes the graduate students, even during social situations). Acceptance email was delivered within a week of interview weekend. Most applicants were accepted, with a few exceptions, mainly due to inappropriate behavior during social situations.

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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at MIT (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    - Initial contact per Email (included resume, previous work experience, etc.) - three recommendation letters were necessary - followed by a Skype interview - after that personal invitation for an interview - The interview was relaxed and easy going. Mostly talking about former work experience and how this matches with the group. Evaluation of possible projects. No in depth scientific questions.

    Interview Questions

    • I am getting 8 applications each day. Why should I hire you over the other applicants?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Teaching obligations are negotiable.

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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at MIT (Cambridge, MA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Wrote an email with my cv; then skype interview about what they're doing and what I'm going to do there; had to provide 3 references that were checked; got applied after references were spoken to

    Interview Questions

    • I knew one person there that was interviewed before; I told him that I could conduct some research on a different university. He obviously told them about it, so they asked me what I would do there and why I would prefer to work here.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate

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