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Updated Jan 6, 2015
Updated Jan 6, 2015
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    Electronics Technician VIII Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    The more you have to offer them that they can use and not pay you for the better your odds will be for getting the job. Strong computer skills are almost a must. Job could lead to a programmers position.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask the usual questions, above and beyond, difficult situation, standard questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    English proficiency for international student. Presentation was given during the English course required for people not passing the English proficiency test. The PhD annual review must be at least satisfactory to get the offer. But when the more positions are available than the number of candidates, one can get it without such requirement.

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Shipping & Receiving Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Getting through the initial cut was annoying. For Purdue's automated system, I had to submit a 5 page resume in order to make sure that I had all the keywords.

    Accepted Offer
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    Grad Student, Teaching Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    Part of acceptance package

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    I had no interview.. just an informal meeting with my advisor... was asked my interests and area of expertise.

    Interview Questions
    • I had no interview.. just an informal meeting with my advisor... was asked my interests and area of expertise.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Purdue University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied to the job online and was contacted about a month later to set up a phone interview. Phone interview was panel interview (4 people) and no difficult questions were asked. A few days later I was contacted and asked to come in for an in-person interview. I flew in from out of town the night before, and had a full day of interviews (panel and 1:1) and campus tours the next day. A few days later, I was offered the job.

    Reasons for Declining

    While the people I would have been working for were wonderful and would have been very supportive and collaborative, I felt the job was a "step-down" as far as responsibilities, instead of an advancement. The salary was also significantly lower than other similar roles at other universities.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview on the phone - 4 people on the call. Lasted about 45 minutes, I believe. Second interview was a "panel interview" lasting two hours - one with peers (6 people I'd be working with directly), one with the management team (3 people). Peers went first. They each took turns asking questions, and after I answered each one, they wrote notes down. They left, and the management team came in and did the same. It wasn't a bad or necessarily intimidating process. I enjoyed the people I interviewed with. But you should definitely eat beforehand, and maybe bring a bottle of water with you. My interview was first thing in the morning, and I kind of faded in the second hour.

    Interview Questions
    • "What does success look like?" It was kind of an oddly stated question.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Just an online application, no interview. Same application as all of the other schools. They inform the people who get accepted first around mid-February, and then it seems that they start to accept others until April 15 as they get some people declining their offers. This is pretty standard for most graduate programs.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Research Assistance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone called, and then asked for interest for PhD. Decide to go with PhD and get funding for RAship and TAship all those goof stuffs. Interview is not hard, checked what my interest was and asked if want to work together.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    My advisor and I were firstly communicating by emails. He asked me a few questions about my background. Later, he offered me an face to face interview and we had a breakfast together. He offered me the position.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question is that "do you have a girlfriend or wife"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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