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    PhD Student - Stipend Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Max Planck Institute in May 2011.

    Interview

    Three rounds in the application - online application, panel presentation and one to one interview. Quite tough and they generally ask questions related to your past project and CV. Mostly looking intelligent people with high level of motivation for research. They generally look for good research experience. Apply to the researcher, which suits your past research experience. Please don't apply to everyone. In one to one interview, mention them how you will be useful to the research group and why you want to join them.

    Interview Questions

    • technical questions and feedback to your past research projects   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    please negotiate about salary and stipend, if you get selected.

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    Forschungsassistent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cologne (Germany)
    Accepted Offer

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Cologne (Germany)).

    Interview

    Sehr offenes und ehrliches Bewerbungssystem. Alle Kandidaten, auch Betriebsangehörige, mussten vor versammelter Mannschaft Gruppenpräsentationen in einem Seminarraum halten, der Bewerbungsprozess war hart, aber fair

    very open and honest system. all candidates including the internals and externals gave presentations in a seminar room together, with all present
    interview process was thorough but fair

    Interview Questions

    • Wie sehen Ihre Pläne für die nächsten 5 Jahre aus?   what is your plan 5 years on?   1 Answer
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    Doktorand Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart (Germany)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Ich habe einfach eine Mail geschrieben gefragt, ob es eine freie Doktorandenstelle in dem Unternehmen gibt. Und nach zwei Tagen erfuhr ich, dass sie mich zu einem Gespräch mit dem Firmenchef einladen wollen. Ich bekam zwei oder drei Routinefragen gestellt, zum Beispiel "Erzählen Sie mir bitte etwas über sich!" und "Warum möchten Sie Ihre Forschungen auf diesem Gebiet fortführen?" und "Warum haben Sie sich gerade für unser Institut entschieden?" Hinterher wurde ich per E-Mail informiert, dass ich für das Forschungsprogramm zugelassen worden sei und sofort meine Arbeit aufnehmen könne.

    I just sent an email, asking for an available PhD position in the group. And, after 2 days I was informed that I am invited for an interview with the head of the group. There were two or three routine questions that I was asked e.g. "tell me more about yourself" and "Why you like to continue your studies in this area" and "why would you like to choose this institute"? thereafter, I was informed by email that I am admitted to the program, and I can start my work immediately.

    Interview Questions

    • In meinem Fall gab es keine Fragen, die man nicht hätte erwarten können.   There was no unexpected question in my case.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Ich wurde nach meiner Verfügbarkeit gefragt. Über das Gehalt wurde ich nicht informiert. Es ist immer gut, für Transparenz zu sorgen und selber zu fragen.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Max Planck Institute in March 2012.

    Interview

    I made an online application. Then had a telephonic interview a week later, and was invited for a face to face interview. Before the interview I made a short presentation about my research till date, and then had a discussion with the PI and some others in the group. It was pretty informal, they were happy to answer my questions. I was told they would inform me if I was to come back for a second round, but I had no message from them at all after the interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Doktorand Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Max Planck Institute (Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Es kommt auf die Gruppe an, oft nehmen sie von den Doktoranden und den Master-Studenten so ziemlich jeden, sie haben auch keine andere Wahl. In Einrichtungen, wo die Leute kaum wissen, wie man ein Interview abhält, halte ich eine Einschränkung bei der Anzahl der Wörter im Interviewprozess nicht sehr hilfreich.

    Depending on group, in many cases for PhD students and master students they take pretty much everyone, not that they have much choice. I do not find useful limits on number of words, concerning interviewing process in the establishment where people loosely have any undertsanding how to interview.

    Negotiation

    Man bekommt ein Test-Projekt zum bearbeiten. Es ist zwar schwer, da durchzufallen, aber in einem Fall habe ich es schon gesehen.

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    Doktorand Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Garching b.München (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Max Planck Institute (Garching b.München (Germany)) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Das hängt sehr vom Supervisor ab. In meinem Fall war ein Interview mit ihr ausreichend um herauszufinden, ob meine Vorbereitung angemessen war und ob das Thema der Dissertation meinen Interessen entsprach.

    This strongly depends on the supervisor. In my case, an interview with her was enough to understand whether my preparation was appropriate and whether the topic of the thesis matched my interests.

    Interview Questions

    • Die Fragen drehten sich um meine Interessen, also gab es keine unerwarteten Fragen.   The questions concerned my interests, so no unexpected questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Keine Verhandlungsphase.

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    Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Max Planck Institute in November 2009.

    Interview

    Mostly it's your prior experiences and publications which are important.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Fair

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