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Updated Jan 19, 2015
Updated Jan 19, 2015
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  1.  

    Faculty Lecturer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.

    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    BI Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Senior Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    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)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    you have to submit your application online and talk to your department secretary. Write down your preferences for types of courses and most of the time, they will accommodate with your preferences.

    Interview Questions
    • there wasn't a formal interview as each registered graduate student is expected to take a position like this. If they think your previous working experience is ok enough, you will get the offer.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Boursier Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paris (France)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paris (France)

    (Translated from English)

    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at McGill University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Tout le processus d'entretien a duré environ deux mois, mais parfaitement organisé lorsque je vois où je suis rendu(e).

    The whole interview process took about 2 month but was perfectly arranged when i consider how far i am.

    Interview Questions
    • Qu'allez-vous apporter à cette équipe de recherche ?   What are you bringing to this research team?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The first step was a brief telephone interview. Then, there were two proficiency exams. One was to test Microsoft Office skills, the other to test basic reasoning and math. Both were average tests, like the ones found online. The last step was a panel interview with two managers. The questions were standard behavioural questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at McGill University.

    Interview Details

    I applied online - interviewed at McGill University in September 2011. I knocked all the professors in my field of interest. My current supervisor asked me to apply to the university program and then after getting my offer letter my current supervisor enrolled me as his graduate research assistant.
    - Interview lasted for about 20 minutes
    - Went through resume, discussed relevant experience, and answered fairly standard questions

    Interview Questions
    • I applied online - interviewed at McGill University in January 2011.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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