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Updated Nov 29, 2014
Updated Nov 29, 2014
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    Personal Assistant Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview Details

    Received invitation to interview within 2 weeks of submitting my application through the online university system. There was more than enough time to study up on the department and the expected interview questions. The staff were very professional, polite, and friendly when I arrived for the interview. I met with the primary administrative person I would be reporting to as well as 2 of the 4 Professors I would be supporting in the PA position. all the questions were standard - why do you want the job, what do you think will be the most challenging aspect of this position, what would friends say are your strengths and weaknesses, who does your CV demonstrate your fit to this position, do you have experience updating webpages, do you have experience with Microsoft Office (particularly word and excel), etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Please tell us about a time when you had to involve a supervisor in order to complete an important task.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Oxford University in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had one skype interview after I submitted two or three references, transcript, CV, one letter about me and completed one form. The first interesting thing is that they do not require master, it suffices bachelor. The interview was quite informal, they do not ask math questions, but rather which subjects I attended and what I did in bachelor thesis. They was impressed by amount of subjects I did.

    Interview Questions
    • How do I plan gain money, because in March they do not have any money for me. All grants are in January.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Part-time Clerical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Oxford University 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 Questions
    • How would you persuade me to provide you with the examination questions that you need to print?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Oxford University in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied using the UK online application system, and wrote a personal statement for this. In retrospect I have been told that this should only be focussed on the chosen area of study. Had two interviews for taking biochemistry.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens to bacterial cells vs red blood cells when placed in water? Write and solve an equilibrium equation for the reaction between (two given chemicals). Do you think the high humidity in rainforests is good or bad for plants?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there was none...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Oxford University in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied to University on a charge of £50. That charge is a very useful filter to make only those apply that really think they've got the skills. Interview was in Biochemistry department in Oxford, 5 people in panel, listening to my 10 minutes presentation. 10 minutes question after that, some questions about my research, some personal questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Oxford University in November 2010.

    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    • Translation of passages in French and German into English   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No room for negotiation as it was a contract position.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Wed and Database Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Oxford University in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Normal interview questions, the building is a hidden from the main campus and about 3 miles from the city Centre.
    The interview had some strange questions about scripting when you normally do not memorize the scripts that you do a couple of months old.

    NOTE: This was the first employer that does not refunded the travel expenses, I had been in much more important interviews and I had my travel, hotel and even personal expenses reimbursed.

    Interview Questions
    • Please write a shell script that you had done in the last months   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford University 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 Questions
    • I was asked what I wanted to do after my postdoc   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    MSC In Computer Science Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Oxford University in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    it was a 75 minute interview based on three mathematical questions.

    Interview Questions
    • how many words can you make from the letters of COMMITTEE?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Oxford University in November 2008.

    Interview Details

    You send a CV and Cover Letter, they call you back and invite to arrive to Oxford for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • They give you a scientific paper to read and ask question about the date published.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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