McGill University Interview Questions

Updated Jul 9, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Presentation of your recent research paper, the professors asked the theory of the paper, the contribution, and the results of it. The paper contributed itself to the finance world, using big datasets and quantitative analyst.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the data source and how do you manage your data?   Answer Question
  2.  

    Administrative Secretary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview

    Received a call from HR a couple of weeks after submitting an application online. Went in for an interview a week later, and had an offer that same day. Overall, was a very pleasant experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have experience dealing with disgruntled clients?   Answer Question
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    Interim Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at McGill University (Montreal, QC (Canada)).

    Interview

    A joke since I was and am over-qualified and underpaid. Like vultures they figures they could get someone witha decent head on their shoulders and pay them less than $10-$15 000 than other universities are paying for similar positions.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There wasn't any. It was take it or leave it.

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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Will be question about the applications area and required skills to develop solutions. Then the professor will ask about the area of specialty and a couple of challenging problems solved.

    Interview Questions

    • About numerical methods, linear solvers, convergence rates and alike.   Answer Question
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    Faculty Lecturer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview

    Was first contacted by department coordinator, 2 interviews followed. One with the department coordinator, the other with the head of the department. My offer received within one week.

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    BI Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview

    Interview process is quite tedious, too many peoples in the interviews room, interview last for 1H30 and a 1 hour academic test immediately after this long interview that test should last for 2 hours as it is almost impossible to complete within one hour The atmosphere in the interview room where also quite cold

    Interview Questions

    • This is a Bi , and was asked question about network stuff ...   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Work environment too strict.

  8.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at McGill University in December 2014.

    Interview

    The first approach was a phone interview that started explaining the fact that although this was a position of responsibilities the hour wage was quite low. Then we passed to general matters, such as are you currently working, how much time will you need to change jobs, what do you know about McGill and the question of why do you want to work for McGill was posed twice. The second call was to set an interview with HR and the person leaving the job. The interview with HR was quite long, almost 1 hour. They pose a lot of questions including: what do you currently do, explain your tasks, what are your strong points, what are your weakness, give an example of how who'll you get a long with a difficult colleague, what computer skills do you have. The same day they asked me to have an interview right away with the head of the department. Many of the questions already answered were repeated and some new added: why do you want to work for Mc Gill, where do you see yourself in 5 years, why leave your current job were you have been for x number of years. I got to question back both HR and the head of the department. I emphasized that the first reason to change jobs was to have a better balance between work and family. That seemed to be an issue with the interviewer who expected full availability beyond the regular working hours. I agreed to a certain degree, but not as my current job were extra long hours is the rule and not the rare occasion.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do I see myself in 5 years and after I explained by career ideal, why haven't you contacted directly the person for whom you want to work at McGill?   Answer Question
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview

    I found the Professor whose research interests is same as my M.S thesis, so I send him an email. I was contact by him in 2 months by phone. He asked what courses I took during my master and some details about my thesis work. After very short discussion, he offered me the position. I think the critical point here is that there is very good matching between my thesis and his research.

    Interview Questions

    • None. All questions are very basic, if you really did the work.   Answer Question
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview

    I was looking into professors webpages that interest me, and found an interesting research topic. The professor was looking for graduate student, and posted the requirements. I contacted her by email, and sent my CV. She asked me to present my previous research work via Skype.The interview went well, and I sent my application to the university. Eventually, I got accepted by the department under her supervision.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were relevant to my previous research work.   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at McGill University (Montreal, QC (Canada)).

    Interview

    They don't contact you unless they're interested, and even then sometimes the hiring process can be dragged out over several months. Super standard interviews. Nothing outside of the box. HR is still very old-school when it comes to interviews (for the most part; some departments are more creative). Make sure to do some research into whatever department you're applying into as there are generally a question or two that you'd score better on if you had that additional knowledge.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Make sure you negotiate your salary from the start, because it is really difficult to get much more after the fact (unless you change positions)

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