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Updated Feb 23, 2015
Updated Feb 23, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    I met with the initial hiring managers and then I met with the Project Manager at the client site in order to determine skill/education level as well as personnel fit.

    Interview Questions
    • When faced with a difficult employee who is neither coachable nor receptive to constructive criticism how would you deal with them?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated my salary once I was given the initial offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at NIH in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Pray that a veteran doesn't apply, because you wont make the cert. The first process is they only interview people with the longest time in grade. Just cross your fingers and hope.

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Industrial Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at NIH.

    Interview Details

    Had a 30 min. phone interview to explain the position and go over the hiring process followed by an in person interview with the department manager. No technical questions were asked, just basic interview questions like "Why do you want to work at NIH" and " Describe a time when you were obligated to do something you did not want to do."

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time in which you were forced to become a leader to get a task done and how did you go about it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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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
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Employee 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Management Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at NIH in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    One on one interview and then a panel interview. The process is lengthy and takes few months. I applied in September and didn't get hired until December

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    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 Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee 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
  11.  

    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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