NIH Interview Questions

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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    Postbaccalaureate IRTA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by email about two weeks after my application was submitted. We set up a phone interview with 3 people from the lab and myself. The interview itself took about 25 minutes, during which I was primarily asked about my previous experience in scientific research. They also asked about my graduate school plans and what I hoped to gain from the internship. They contacted me the next day by email with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with a project no panning out as expected?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    I got a foot in the door through a staffing agency. I surely was a great place to have visited. Directors were nice highly educated but yet very humble and seemed easy to work with

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    Submitted application for IRTA fellowship online through the NIH website. Contacted people I was interested in working with at specific labs, then followed up with those who were interested in my application and came for one in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember any particularly difficult questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation involved.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    Typically you'll go through one or two days of interviews. You will probably have to give a presentation about your current research. The hiring process may take a little while if they are interviewing more than one candidate.

    Negotiation Details
    Since salaries and benefits are set by NIH guidelines there is not much room, if any, to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientific Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at NIH in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process consists of 3 steps. I appliedd to NIH through a headhunter, initially there was an interview with the HR of the headhunter. After the phone interview, I was given an assessment which consisted of some C programming, Mysql, and Python problems. It took me almost two weeks to finish it. The manager was nice, although he did not provide me enough hints, he gave me many chances to finish it. I did complete the assignment and then was scheduled a chat room interview. I was asked many hardware questions that I had no idea of and some simple programming problems like reverse the string, how many times a function is called. After this interview there was supposed to be an onsite interview, but I did not get any call after the chat room interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at NIH in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    contacted the OI directly and interviewed directly with the PI and his lab members
    gave a 30-45 minute talk followed by questions and answers
    flew in in the morning, spend 4-5 hours at NIH and flew out in the evening

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there is no negotiating. starting salary for a 1st year postdoc is set
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at NIH in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interviewer had dinner with me the evening before interview and some brief discussion about the area and family. Next day, no technical questions just went over the resume.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you feeling ready to help training others for Electrical Engineering work   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at NIH in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone call with senior researcher from my lab of interest. Discussed my background, previous projects, and what I was interested in working on. Learned about the lab and its current projects. Friendly and received the offer at the end of the phone call. Interview was not too long and straightforward.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult or unexpected. Questions were all on my background and previous projects.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at NIH in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Got called in December to interview for an announcement I applied to in October. I spoke with two people, the lady who would be my supervisor and another supervisor. They told me about the job, ask me a few questions and I asked a few questions. Got a call about a week or two later asking to set up another interview in January. That time I met with the supervisor and two Chiefs. They had a paper with behavioral interview questions on it and took turns asking questions. I got a call the next day with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • In your last job what would happen if you made a mistake?   View Answer
    • Tell me about a time you were able to influence someone outside your organization to do something for you when your other co-workers were not.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was told I could not negotiate since I had never been a fed before.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at NIH in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I contacted the PI I was interested in directly. This appears to be a good strategy and have since advised others to do so as well, with success. I found that it really helped that I had made contacts within NIH and had a reference from one of them. The interview process was pretty informal and conversational, fit/personality seemed very important as did general clear and logical thinking, specific skill sets were emphasized but not crucial, though some positions may be very focused on technical skills.General questions included the usual experience questions and "where do you see yourself in 5 years", "whats the ultimate dream" etc. Had to do a presentation of my doctoral research.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    standard visiting fellow package..not much room for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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