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National University of Singapore Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Nov 6, 2014
Updated Nov 6, 2014
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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Interview Details

Met with Principal Investigator. Experiences related to project, what you can offer, explain experimental methods (i.e different type of PCR, some biology related questions etc). Took less than 30 minutes and was informal and easy going.

Accepted Offer

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There are two rounds of interview. The first one is a phone interview and the second is a face-to-face interview.

    For the phone interview, the professor required me to call him at a stipulated time. When I called him, he picked up on first ring so it came across he remembered but just did not want to call. I take it as poor interview etiquette and to mean he is not reachable unless by appointment if you become his staff.

    Throughout the interview, he was speaking meanly in a very nice way. He was asking for first authorship kind of work from me and asked about technical questions different from those used in his area of work and in his advertisement. He also asked whether I could write papers for grants which I came to understand it is his job scope as a professor. When I mentioned I did not have some of those I don't have (I knew about 70% of what he asked already), he went, "Oh, the kinds of job you had usually had your name on the publications last. People like you are good at analyzing things but had so much difficulty writing papers."

    To be reasonable, he is paying less than S$3000 for this RA position and he is demanding intellectual work which is more likely his job scope.Then he should have asked for first authorships in his job criteria.

    After I hanged up, I felt that he probably saw me a waste of time so he asked me to call him. Well, I have attended interviews in other universities to know things work in a better humane sense.

    He even commented how people from other industries came to his interview and he did not want to see those people. Hence, the phone interview. Well, to be fair, the job market is getting very bad for job seekers. People just want to put food on their tables. For him as a junior ranked professor to make such comments to stranger interviewees, it's very unkind of him.

    Interview Questions
    • Expect technical questions different from those he stated in his job advertisement.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The pay is too low and unjustifiable for the job scope he is offering.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Employer (Prof) would ask you about your inclinations and willingness to work past office hours (as expected for research related work). The prof would then describe his/her current works and the findings and he/she would ask you few questions on how would you be able to help out in the lab. They would bring you to meet their lab members and would allow you to have a small chat with them and let you have interactions with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Schedule a meeting with the professor. Talk with him during the meeting about your background. Sometimes he will ask for your transcript and determine whether you are suitable for the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at National University of Singapore.

    Interview Details

    I saw the opening on the institute's website. The next day I sent out the email, they contacted me, which is faster than I expected. They arranged a phone interview the next day for my personal details.

    The real face-to-face interview was the week after. I met the professor who needed the assistant. It was quite casual. We sat in his office on the couch and he asked several questions, like my experience, my career plan, etc. The whole interview lasted for about 40 minutes. Then he told me that I could go out to the office to mingle with people working in the office, which I didn't because they seemed busy.

    A week later, I sent a very polite email to the professor to thank him to give me the interview opportunity. On the same day, they sent me an email and told me that they decide to give me the job offer!

    (But it does take them long to get an EP for foreign employees)

    Interview Questions
    • What are your plans for your career development?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    interview with the principal investiagtor

    Interview Questions
    • N.A. Just read up and understand about the ongoing research/projects in the lab.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    recommended by my phd supervisor.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    not much. the salary is satisfactory.
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at National University of Singapore in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Questions about background

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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