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Updated Mar 25, 2014
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Accepted Offer

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MSC Student Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Oxford

Interview Details – Interviewed.

Interview Question – Microeconomics   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Fellow

Interviewed at Oxford

Interview Details – I am a British Academy postdoc, which does not have an interview procedure. It is a two-step process of writing an application and providing a writing sample, on the basis of which a panel decides to give the award. Prior to applying, one must seek support of the prospective employer (Oxford)

Interview Question – This does not apply, as there was no interview   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I could negotiate salary to be on the same grade, but higher scale point (made a difference of over £1000) based on my earlier experience. Negotiate!

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Account Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at Oxford.

Interview Details – I had one interview with Human Resource representative, the Team Lead and Manager of the department. Great interview. HR asked a behavioral question; such as, what do you know about our organization? The Team Lead asked a technical question and a behavioral question - How do you keep yourself organized?

Interview Question – It was an easy interview if you are well prepared. For example, please tell me what you know about are organization?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The negotiation phase was great. I was able to negotiate my start time and finish time.

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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

Postdoctoral Researcher

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Oxford.

Interview Details – Offered job internally. One interview with group leader.

Interview Question – Not difficult   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Salary on offer wasn't great. Chose industry instead.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Undergraduate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Oxford

Interview Details – writing test 2h, skype inteview, questions in pdf 4 questions

Interview Question – questions   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Part-time Clerical Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied online - interviewed at Oxford in March 2013.

Interview Details – Had worked for the University before, so I was not overly worried. I applied for the post through the University's website. I was shortlisted and invited to interview at the Medical Teaching Centre on South Parks Road. It was an interview panel with 3 people, two of whom were academics. I felt they were most unfriendly in their attitude; did not put me at ease at all. At one point I was asked a question but one of the interviewers kept interrupting me as I tried to answer. I felt literally bullied. The department did not even have the courtesy to tell me that I had been unsuccessful.

Interview Question – How would you persuade me to provide you with the examination questions that you need to print?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

PhD Student Interview

PhD Student

Interviewed at Oxford

Interview Details – Had to network to get in touch with my doctoral supervisor. Didn't really have to go through a formal application procedure. Was asked a few questions related to my work during the masters and bachelors program, and related to research area I'd work in.

Interview Question – Some tricky questions related to my research area.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Student Interview

Anonymous Employee

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

Interview Details – the regular application with a statement of purpose, recommendations and marksheets and you get into the system for shortlisting. Once shortlisted you present a short presentation on any recent original research and then face some questions on it.

Interview Question – Very easy questions and mostly predictable.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation needed

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Oxford in April 2010.

Interview Details – A very fast process (~1month) as I had gone directly through the research group leader. There were no problems with processing any paper work and the grant from my funding body came into effect the day I started.

Interview Question – I was asked what I wanted to do after my postdoc   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Database Administrator Interview

Anonymous Employee
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Oxford in November 2010.

Interview Details – Phone interview, online test, 1 to 1 interview, Skills based test testing your foreign language skills.

Interview Question – Translation of passages in French and German into English   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No room for negotiation as it was a contract position.

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