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Michigan State Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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Librarian I Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Michigan State.

Interview Details – Easy Job

Interview Question – Where are you from   View Answer

Negotiation Details – You have the job, ok thanks

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HP Assistant Professor Interview

Anonymous Employee
East Lansing, MI

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Michigan State in March 2012.

Interview Details – Hiring moved at a glacial pace. Several hoops to jump through. Lots of forced smiles and extreme egos bouncing off one another. Interview consisted of teaching a class, tons of meetings, phony wine and dining at a cheap college hangout where the faculty members gossiped amongst themselves about their terrible students peccadilloes. Yes! at an interview!

Interview Question – From a potential colleague: "How are you about handling an emotional crisis from students of a sexual nature?"   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – worst pay of the big 10 schools. I was offered a 3 year contract, so I knew that I had to negotiate before signing. Coming from the private sector with a salary history 3 times what their low-ball offer was, I managed to only get them up by 5K. They offered a meager 1k for relocation expenses.

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Student Team Leader Interview

Anonymous Employee
East Lansing, MI

I applied online - interviewed at Michigan State in October 2011.

Interview Details – Very relaxed interview process since I've already worked with everyone in my department.

Interview Question – Many "what would you do" questions for weird situations. But it's helpful because those situations do come up quite often.   Answer Question

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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Michigan State.

Interview Details – Used Venture.com to find out about position. Then I emailed my resume and cover letter to the PI. After about a day I heard back and was able to schedule an interview. The interview was very science based. She asked about my previous research experience and wanted a detail account of what I did. She also asked about a few of the techniques I was going to be doing and my level of familiarity. I knew some but the rest I only knew theoretically which for some odd reason made her excited. So, I would say be honest about what you know and what you don't know. They want to be able to teach you but it would help if you knew a little about the techniques before hand.

Interview Question – Questions were relatively easy. A lot of previous research questions and a few behavioral questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None. The job description had the pay rate.

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Consultant, Education Interview

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I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Michigan State.

Interview Details – The process of interviewing for this position was interesting. The entire interview was a three hour interview that included three segments. First, there was a group interview that was mostly traditional. Two people interviewed me and I was the only one in this interview. They were obviously using a rating system and it was very organized. Next, I was asked to go to a different room and I was to look over a wide variety of data and then asked to role-play with two school personnel about how I could help them improve test results. Finally, I was asked to go to yet another room where I was given a list of questions to pick from and I had to provide a writing sample by responding to the question I chose. A very large number of people were interviewed for the positions and many different people were involved in the interview process over a two week period. I found the process to be very organized given the large number of people interviewed and given the many different MSU people doing the interviewing.

Interview Question – Actually, nothing about the interview stands out as difficult or unexpected except the actual process.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. It was a contracted position that had been pre-determined. This was my first clue that this might not be a position that they were portraying it to be. In hindsight, I should have left then, but I was curious and decided to give it one year.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Michigan State in February 2012.

Interview Details – Application via email
got a phone interview after a few weeks
technical and tough phone interview with a professor
Skype interview and giving a presentation about my research

Interview Question – the interview was very technical and I did not get any unexpected question   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Student Book Organizer Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Michigan State in September 2013.

Interview Details – I found this job at MSU myspartancareer website and I applied using the system. I than get a interview which was about half an hour long. I was asked general behavior questions, for instance, how would you work effectively to meet deadlines.I was also asked about experience of training others.

Interview Question – If there's a chance to put you in charge of supervising others, how would you do?   View Answer

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Easy Interview

Communications Coordinator Interview

Communications Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Michigan State.

Interview Details – I submitted a resume and cover letter on the HR site. Once my cover letter got referred to department by HR, I contacted the department and let them know again of my interest in the position. I then heard from them a couple weeks later for an interview. I came in for an interview and within a week had a job offer from them.

Interview Question – They asked me about research that I have gathered and analyzed. Thankfully, for my senior project I had collected data using Survey Monkey and then analyzed the data using SPSS.   Answer Question

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Research Assistant I Interview

Research Assistant I

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Michigan State.

Interview Details – submitted my resume via online first, then send my official documents. Sent other documents for paper works and made an appointment for the interview. Attended 1:1 with the primary investigator and one of the co-workers showed me the data that I would be dealing with.

Interview Question – How the position would support my lifetime goal   Answer Question

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Graduate Research Assistant Interview

Graduate Research Assistant

Interviewed at Michigan State

Interview Details – There was no interview process. They know who they want and come after you.

Interview Question – Finding something that is not working properly   Answer Question

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