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Princeton University Interview Questions in New Jersey

Updated Nov 8, 2014
Updated Nov 8, 2014
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton Junction, Mercer, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton Junction, Mercer, NJ
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Princeton University in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, resume sent, nice people very nice work environment. Lots of interactions and very fun place to be great town and close to NY very smart people all around many einsteins everywhere with long beards. really enjoy the place and think of smart people best for future progress and greatest school in country

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Princeton University in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Contact with professor via email, first step: recommendation letters, second step: skype interview. Received Job offer immediately.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Librarian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Princeton University in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview for this position was an entire day with meetings scheduled with different individuals and with various groups. In addition, I had to give a presentation that was open to all staff.
    Most of the day went well. I met with the University Librarian, with the person to whom I would report, with some faculty members, and with various other staff and librarians with whom I would work or interact. A very grueling day.

    While most of the people were professional and seemed to want to give a good impression of the workplace, there were a few staff members in particular who were almost belligerent in the way in which they asked questions or addressed me. I understand the need to give a real perception of the workplace, but this was a little too real and I would not want to have to work with people such as those. The job may be at Princeton University, but it seems they have some internal housecleaning to do before they can expect to attract some qualified people.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you change your teaching style for a different audience (graduate vs undergraduate student or faculty)?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I declined the offer because of the profoundly negative experience I had with some of the staff members who currently work at the Library. In fact, I withdrew my candidacy at the end of the interview day. The interview process/structure itself was fine but the people are not necessarily so.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    A junior staff member gave me a tour of the office. She was very nice and geared the tour towards the position's responsibilities. The interview followed with the senior staff. The questions were basic but detailed. The interview took about 60 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioral questions such as "What would you do in certain situations." They wanted very detailed responses.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    interviewed at Princeton University in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied through normal process and got an admit from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Postodc Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Princeton University in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    standard postdoc interview drill. good papers and manners and you are in.

    Negotiation Details
    we will let u be part princeton cult. u shud work for free and feed on ur passion for science, but nih says we should give u 30k a year, we being generous will give you 35k a year. now go and publish papers.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Princeton University.

    Interview Details

    Typical interview with the head of the lab and the lab members. You give a presentation in the morning, meet with 4-5 lab members individually, go out to lunch and conclude with a meeting with the boss. An offer can them be given in person by the end of the day or you may be told you will be contacted shortly.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Princeton University.

    Interview Details

    Jobs for students are posted on the Student Employment Website. I submitted a resume and cover letter, followed by a short 20 minute interview about my resume. I worked for a politics professor and was able to work about 8 hours per week, whenever I wanted. We met once a week to discuss my research progress, and I self-reported hours into the payroll system.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. Salary had been posted on the job site already.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Princeton University.

    Interview Details

    Resume sent online, phone call, brief chat, loooong 2 hour interview with Staffing HR, Department Manager, another manager, and 3 other Administrative Staff. Was pretty stuffy with HR and DM - but other staff more friendly. Got the feeling some tension within the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Not so difficult, but recurring question regarding "how do you handle difficult personalities?"
      A lot of "behavioral" type questions.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

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