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Updated Oct 13, 2014
Updated Oct 13, 2014
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at National Cancer Institute.

    Interview Details

    Sent references, CV and statement of interest. Had a quick phone interview and then an in person presentation. Offered job on the spot.

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Found opening via LinkedIn (NIH discussion group) and submitted CV to PI directly. The PI contacted me within 2 days, followed by a Skype interview. That went well, so I was invited to give a talk about my dissertation in the Bethesda campus. I also interviewed with the department chairperson and had a chance to interact with the other fellows in the lab. It was a good fit, so the PI gave a job offer within the week, pending my recommendation letters (from thesis advisers, previous lab manager, etc.).

    Interview Questions
    • It was detailed questions regarding my dissertation project.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations (this is a postdoctoral fellowship).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow Interview

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

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I contacted first a Senior Researcher and she invited me to apply for a position. Everithing was easy and the paperwork process is running.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you looking for career opportunities at this time?   Answer Question
    • Please explain any gaps in your employment history.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    If you have been invited by some Senior Researcher, everything gets easy. They will open a position for you (if it already doesn't exist), and will ask you to apply. After that, the paperwork process starts.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    CRTA Trainee Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview and then an in person interview with the PI. Met more of the people after I was accepted, and I had accepted the offer. People were relaxed and very nice.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Student Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied as high school junior. mentors call you in for interviews. you rate your interviews and preference them, and each mentor does the same with the students he/she interviewed.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview is a lot more informational. Try to relate to, show interest or understanding of the work the lab is doing.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. Too early in career and never thought about it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by five tenure(d) investigators/staff scientists and each of them discussed their research interests/experiences at the National Institute of Health. They also were a bit more personal and described their life outside the office (e.g. how it was to live in DC, etc.) It was less of an interview, more of a meet and greet situation. It seems their interviews are not very vigorous, in general, because I've observed a few new interviewees go through similar interview processes since working here.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was very little room for negotiation.
    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 online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position via email and i was called for a personal interview. After the interview the principal investigator invited me to give a talk on my previous work. A week after the presentation i was offered the job

    Negotiation Details
    EASY
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Scientist Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    To apply for the position I submitted CV and cover letter and then had an interview with my direct report. The interview covered my research experiences, training, and future career goals. It was very helpful to come with ideas for the position I was interviewing for and talk about how I could contribute to the team immediately.

    Interview Questions
    • I think the biggest challenge was that I was not prepared to negotiate my work load in the interview itself. The position is a new one and therefore the manager was looking for someone who can define the position themselves to some extent.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Salary. It is not a very transparent process, so you need to be a good advocate for yourself.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I found a job posting in LinkedIn and submitted an application. Within 24 hours, the P.I. contacted me to set up an online interview. This consisted of sharing details on ongoing projects. Afterwards, I was invited to visit their lab and give seminar. I also had a chance to meet the current postdocs and other employees in the department. NCI/NIH seems a great place to work in, with friendly people and lots of resources. I look forward to working in this company

    Interview Questions
    • Explaining details from previous P.I.'s projects, especially on authorship issues   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at National Cancer Institute in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was asked to give a presentation of my PhD project and previous published papers. I was asked about career prospect, visa status, skill set i know and experience with mouse model.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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