MIT Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 24, 2014
Updated Aug 24, 2014
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at MIT in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Application for admission to graduate school needs to be completed online. It requires GRE score, 3 letters of recommendation (minimum), TOEFL score, SOP (statement of purpose). The deadline for submitting the online application is around December 1 for mechanical engineering department. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the admission committee. If successful in getting admission into graduate school, one can talk to professors in their field of interest to join their group as a research assistant.

    Interview Questions
    • Getting admitted into graduate school is the hardest part   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was slow, but my department was thorough. I had a phone interview, in person interview, then a meeting with the program director. MIT has a fragmented HR department, so it was difficult to get answers to questions that were HR related. Also, it was over a month between when I interviewed and got an offer for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with working in a small office environment?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate and regret that. Be sure to try!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at MIT in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    it was quite nice and informative and i really enjoyed that plus the environment was quite cooperative and comfortable. i made a good impression and i am quite optimistic about the result :)
    i will advise all to be confident and mature about their interview and by being mature i mean to say be prepared mentally and physically for the interview and don't try to be what you are not. its always the best choice.

    Interview Questions
    • what do you really want to do in your life   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    be confident and natural
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Undergraduate Research Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at MIT in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview is great!!! He asked me about my experience and different programs I can use. Overall, it's not a bad interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle the project if you work independently?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technical Associate - Sponsored Research Staff (Temporary) Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MIT in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I spoke with the supervisor while a fellow lab researcher listened in, and later the director of the lab group stopped by very briefly. They mostly asked me questions about my technical background based off of my submitted resume, and there was also a simple, open-ended question about the experimental problem the job entailed to assess my thoughts and approaches. Later, I was shown an experiment in progress similar to what I would be working on. The interview was mostly informational in nature, and took 30 minutes total.

    Interview Questions
    • Suppose the driver of a push-button ignition vehicle finds his/her vehicle is suddenly accelerating out of control. What would their first reaction be? What improvements need to be made to today's systems to address this?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at MIT in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Interview about prior research experience and academic interest. Discussions about future funding opportunities in various labs affiliated with the PhD program.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss: how the brain processes information.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation: this is an interview for a PhD program
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 days - interviewed at MIT in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    Based on prior presentations at conferences, one on one interview and advisor recommendations.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you decide on studying physics?   View Answer
    • Why do you want to move to the Boston area?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    As a postdoctoral candidate during a down economy, there was no negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at MIT in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Rule #1: Sign up with a staffing agency. Find out what agencies the school you want to work at utilizes and sign up with them. This was the key component of getting the great position that I have. The agency will help you tweak your resume, etc. Working with them really serves as a pre-interview.

    MIT is looking for people who know their stuff. Make sure you have some background in Academia and emphasize your ability to work cross-departmentally. Eventually everyone works together so you have to be a team player.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you really expect to make between x & y dollars?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I recommend finding out how much other people in a similar position make before you accept a salary offer because they like to low ball you. You can also negotiate other perks like "flex-time" in the summer and flexible hours during regular work weeks. Make sure the manager is very clear in what your job responsibilities will be before you accept the job. That way, if they want to add onto your duties later you can make sure you are compensated properly.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at MIT in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was an online application and telephone interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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