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NIH Interview Questions & Reviews in Maryland

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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Average Interview

Human Resources Specialist Interview

Human Resources Specialist
Rockville, MD

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at NIH.

Interview Details – Contacted by an NIH recruiter inviting me to apply to the Pathways Recent Graduate program. Quick screening interview over the phone and an in-person interview a few days later. The interview was a panel with 9 or 10 managers at once who all had openings to fill. Given job offer shortly after.

Interview Question – I did not find the questions too difficult. Most difficult thing was juggling separate questions from so many interviewers but still try to make answers relevant to anyone since they were looking to fill multiple positions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. This is government so there are policies and legislation on how agencies set pay.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Facilities Program Specialist Interview

Facilities Program Specialist
Bethesda, MD

I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at NIH in May 2013.

Interview Details – The hire process is the typical goverment hiring process. The Interview was a panel of three personnel with situational questions. The personnel on the hiring panel did not have the same level of education as I do and were not aware of some of the information that I was giving them upon answering thier questions.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was, Why I felt I was the best person for the job?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Bethesda, MD

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at NIH in October 2010.

Interview Details – The hiring and Interview Process is Completely depend upon the area of specialization of the candidate and the prospective principal investigator at NIH. The interview generally happens with resume review, then a telephone (sometimes Skype) interview, next is on campus interview. International candidates may not have onsite interview. Generally straight forward; Hardly any behavioral questions. The candidates are asked to give a presentation and meet other section chiefs. Process may go unto 3-4 months

Interview Question – Generally straight forward; Hardly any behavioral questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Branch Chief Interview

Branch Chief
Rockville, MD

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NIH in March 2011.

Interview Details – The entire process took a very long time from start to finish. I was contacted after submitting an online application and attached my resume. I received 3 separate phone calls for 3 separate interviews. I was interviewed by a small team, separate individual people and then a large team and finally the Head of the Department.

Interview Question – What type of culture do you think we have here at NIH?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Accepted another offer from another company which was willing to pay me a higher salary.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Bethesda, MD

The process took 3 months - interviewed at NIH in November 2011.

Interview Details – Invitation to the laboratory to recieve a tour, meet the current lab, and give a 40 minute seminar on current research.

Interview Question – Very straightforward. Nothing too unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. The salary is "as is."


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Hsa Interview

Hsa
Bethesda, MD

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NIH.

Interview Details – Global application. Many interviews via phone, email and in person. Slow process, with many steps, so prepare well. Write detail resume and cover letter. Took several weeks to move on. Hiring process is long.

Interview Question – Why are you changing jobs. What do you think this job is about.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Little room for negotiation in the federal government. At least for me. But got more vacation time that most.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Fellow Interview

Research Fellow
Bethesda, MD

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

Interview Details – I was already a contractor and I got switched to an full time employee.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Post-baccalaureate IRTA Interview

Post-baccalaureate IRTA
Bethesda, MD

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

Interview Details – 2 interviews-1 over the phone, 2nd in person. They really tried to match me based on my goals and interests and if they felt they could provide a learning experience for me

Interview Question – Nothing tricky really. Perhaps why I never published in undergraduate studies when given the chance?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation really


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Summer Internship Interview

Summer Internship
Bethesda, MD

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NIH in March 2010.

Interview Details – Application online submitted in Winter. Phone interview in Spring.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions -- basic questions about your background and abilities.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Crn Interview

Crn
Bethesda, MD

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NIH in November 2011.

Interview Details – I interviewed w 3 leadership people 1st and it was about 45mins long. Next I interviewed
w 'peers' and it was like they were reading interview q's from google.

Interview Question – 'Tell me about a difficult situation and how you resolved it' Dumb   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – negotiations are solely thru HR and they are very tough

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