Penn State University Interview Questions in State College, PA

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview that lasted roughly 45 minutes. Emailed resume. Received email a day later with the offer. Did not receive an actual offer letter until the start of the position

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No, I was not able to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    I did a phone interview with my boss where we talked about his expectations for a PhD student and what we both expected to get out of my time at Penn State if I came to work for him.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were pretty much as expected. Mostly they were about what I expected the PhD experience to be like and what I thought I was going to get out of it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Administrative Assistant I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    Penn State is serious when they hire new staff. They plan the interview time and date and send a parking pass for your convenience. The interview team usually consists of 5 or more people.

    Interview Questions
    • There are many questions - the most difficult are the situational questions. How would you handle....; tell us about a time when... How have you resolved .....?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Systems Administrator I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is extremely long. I applied for a position with an immediate start and was not called for an interview until over two months later. I interviewed in front of a panel. I was asked many questions, some of which did not pertain to the position (were about me and my life).

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked if I was prepared to be in this position for the long haul.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I accepted what was offered, as I really needed the job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Academic Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    Internal interview as I was already employed at the university.

    Interview Questions
    • They gave examples of case studies and asked how I would handle the situation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much ability to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Penn State University in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    No "standard" interviews. Went directly to professor, talked about research and filled out paperwork to become an RA in the lab the same week. Had to complete a background check, which was completed in approximately one week

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University Park, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    Graduate student interviews vary depending on the department. Most interviews will be a basic conversation with a few faculty members and possibly visiting with some current graduate students. Some departments have fun, exciting people while others have faculty that are simply using graduate students to fulfill their current research projects.

    Interview Questions
    • What faculty member do you want to work with? In many departments, you must have an academic adviser picked out prior to being accepted.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much negotiation as a graduate student. You either get an assistantship or you don't. There are often other scholarships you can also apply for within departments.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Penn State University in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication led to an in-person interview where I signed documents. They conducted a background check, and when I was approved I was asked what times would be convenient for me to come in to shadow a current work study student.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions, I was just asked for the basics like current semester standing and how many hours I'd be willing to work per week.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Associate Director of Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Penn State University in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with the college staff, director and dean after being referred by a current development officer. I visited with upper management of the division prior to applying or and interviewing for a position. Applied in the past without much success.

    Negotiation Details
    A lower offer was negotiated up before being brought back to me. I probably could've negotiated an increase, but felt it was a solid offer and I accepted it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Department Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Penn State University.

    Interview Details

    It's a long process. I interviewed with ten people. I also had a group interview and because it was hard to get people together on the same day, there were weeks between interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • How would I change the department? This was on my first interview and it was not a management job. It turned out that the director had a huge ego and he didn't want people coming in and changing his department. I felt like I was a bug under a microscope.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There are no negotiations. An HR person uses modeling to come up with a salary based on education and experience. They sell their benefits package 6 weeks vacation plus other benefits. They will also try to place your spouse in a job on campus.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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