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Physician Office Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in August 2013.
Interview Details – First receive a phone call about job offer and in person interview date. Next you meet with multiple interviewers. If approved another interview is arranged with a new interviewer. Lastly you get interviewed by the Provider you will be working under.
Interview Question – List three words that a friend would use to describe you. Answer Question
Physician Office Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Interview Details – Applied online, day after got a call from recruiter. She sent me an online assessment. As soon as I finished it she called me and we had an interview. A couple of weeks later I went in for an interview. She didn't seem very welcoming.
Interview Question – Name a time when you failed at something? Answer Question
Session Assistant I Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in July 2014.
Interview Details – I was first emailed by the HR recruiter with an assessment test, which contained a MS Word test, some math word problems, a personality assessment, and a few other things. I finished it up and he contacted me saying I passed and he wanted to schedule an in-person interview. We interviewed - a very informal, relaxing meeting - he just asked me a few questions and then told me I'd be interviewing with two managers. The interview with them was much more official and tedious, be ready to tell stories and have examples ready! This took about 1 hour. Afterwards, they told me I'd be interviewing with their manager, who asked me about half as many questions the first two managers did. They told me I'd hear from them and I got a phone call a few hours later with the job offer! Just be super friendly, make eye contact, shake hands and thank them for their time after the interviews. Be specific, have stories ready for their questions, have your strengths and weaknesses prepared and you'll be fine.
Interview Question – Tell us a time when you disagreed with something your coworker did and how you handled it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. For an entry level job, this is a great starting salary.
Research Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in February 2014.
Interview Details – Not the ideal interview experience.
I spoke on the phone with HR immediately after a current employee referred me. I had a brief interview with HR to discuss general details about the position and company. Afterwards, I had to go to a second campus and interview with the program manager. She was lovely and asked me to come in and speak with two more people, including the Dr. Later, I interviewed with the Research Coordinator and was asked a slew of general, behavior type questions from a guide. At my interview with the doctor, I learned she was out of the country. They let me speak with a current research assistant. She was insightful about the position pros and cons and it was honestly a helpful exchange. I set up another interview with the doctor and she mentioned the next step would be meeting more staff.
HR contacted me the next week to say that they were continuing ahead with other candidates, but that he wanted me to interview with different departments. I had two "blitz" interviews, where I met with up to three departments at a time. From one of the blitz interviews, I spoke with the incoming head doctor and followed up with the Clinical Research Coordinator.
A month later, HR sent an email saying the position was filled.
While I did feel HR was genuinely interested in adding me to the company, I felt really pulled around with the many interviews I had. At the end of the day, I had 8 interviews with MSK with varied departments/people, and in different buildings. That's a lot of time, stress, and energy spent to not get offered a position.
Interview Question – During a blitz interview with multiple departments, "why do you want to work with us?" View Answer
Research Study Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Interview Details – I applied online and used an employee reference. This got my an interview, which I did not get, but they passed my resume to another department, where I interviewed and did not get. THEN it was forwarded to another department, and I did not get the position! (Maybe it's time to give up!) Overall it was a good experience, just very slow. This whole process took four months.
Interview Question – Some interviewers asked basic questions off of a standardized sheet (strengths and weaknesses, experience working with difficult coworkers), while others asked more specific job related questions (what would you do if a patient did not want to enroll in a study?) Answer Question
Research Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in February 2013.
Interview Details – I submitted my application through a job recruiter that came to my University. She called me back right away after having met me at the job fair. Then for two months I did not hear back and called numerous times to find out she had quit her job as a recruiter and I had to start my process all over again. Eventually when I did get an interview it was 3-part interview, first over the phone to check my fluency of Spanish. When I passed that I had two more interviews with 4 different people.
Interview Question – Why do you feel that patients would feel comfortable with you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The contract is not negotiable.
Designer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Interview Details – After submitting a letter and resume I had a phone interview and then was called in for a 3/4 day of interviews. I met with my potential boss for an hour, had a Skype interview there with the person I would be replacing and then met with the two designers I would be overseeing.
Interview Question – Insistence (repeated questioning) on naming specific research methodologies. Even after describing and naming various methods I've used in the past for ethnographic and design research and discussing outcomes, the interviewer wanted me to assign vocabulary to these methods and seemed to be focused very narrowly on whether I got these names "right." Answer Question
Physician Office Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Interview Details – Was interviewed by HR first (very easy; essentially a practice interview), then by two Administrators simultaneously, then by the Administrative Coordinator, then by physicians if you pass all previous steps.
Interview Question – Give us one example of when you did not agree with your boss and what you did about it. Answer Question
Session Assistant I Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Interview Details – Campus recruiting, then interview, and then they sent an assessment test to see if you move on to the next round. I got past the initial interview, but didn't find out about the assessment test until later, and ultimately did not pass the assessment test.
Interview Question – Name a time where you had to go above and beyond. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in September 2013.
Interview Details – I had two interviewers. Both interviewer were very nice and welcoming. Interview was easy, but definitely be prepared and know the organization well. Interviewer asked a few questions and used the rest of the time to explain various programs and projects I would be working on. Arrive early since the buildings are located in a very busy area of NY.
Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness? Answer Question
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