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Updated Sep 4, 2014
Updated Sep 4, 2014
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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Interview Details

    It went very well. Nice friendly people. Nice location Just HR Takes a very long time.
    I didn't apply, was recommended so they emailed me and scheduled a day for me to come in. Everyone was nice to talk to and the questions were simple questions, nothing too trivial. Good experience,

    No Offer
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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Primarily over the phone. The hiring is ~90% related to your NRC post-doc proposal. Oddly, you can contact scientists who have NRC listings and go through the entire proposal and hiring process without having any great deal of contact with your future boss.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult part was waiting for a committee to approve your proposal. You will never know how you compare to others since funding is usually limited and different divisions split the funding. For some reason your undergraduate gap seems contribute a great deal toward your overall ranking.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 months - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted through my PI and sent over my CV. A phone interview was scheduled. Due to various travel arrangements, I visited the campus in MD for a day much later. I met with senior, mid-level, and post-doc level scientists. I presented a one hour talk attended by about 30 people. This was followed by a Q&A. At the conclusion of the interview, I did not hear a response for a few months.

    Interview Questions
    • It is highly unlikely that the NIST hires from within for project leader positions. Where do you see yourself after completing a postdoc?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to an opening by my adviser. Sent my CV and was asked to do an onsite interview. Onsite took a day. Met with a lot of people and learned about the groups work. Work wasn't in line with my interests.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Interview Details

    Through NRC committee review followed by on-site interview

    Interview Questions
    • How your previous research experiences can fit to NIST's interest   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Project Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was a very smooth process. First, I was invited to give a presentation and met with many people for interview. We talked about research and persons that we all know. I asked about the environment of NIST. After one month or so, I received an offer letter as a NRC postdoc. After two years, I became term and after 5 years I became permanent staff.

    Interview Questions
    • Not really. But the waiting time from a term to permanent was really difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Guest Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boulder, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    Present the previous research, lot of questions and drilling, ask intelligent questions

    Interview Questions
    • Technical question. How to solve the non-linear noise problem   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boulder, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Application Details

    interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed by the lab director.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Mathematician Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed with (Multimodal Information). First I had to submit all my job application materials online (as per usual). Then I was asked for a phone interview which consisted of one main interviewer and two others in the background that would add comments or ask questions sporadically. They told me they phone interviewed ten. I was then invited for an on-site interview. They paid all expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem) related to the travel. The on-site interview consisted of a presentation to a group of a dozen or so members of their group, and the rest of the time being spent with one or two main interviewers. They asked questions ranging from skills assessment to fit. They told me they brought three to interview on site. Pleasant interview experience, good group.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you any experience in developing benchmark tests for speaker recognition algorithms?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Physics Technician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at National Institute of Standards and Technology in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    I emailed lab directors directly for labs I was interested in working for (no one looks at the online application system). I met with lab directors directly in 1:1 interviews, discussing my background and the group's projects.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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