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Updated Oct 24, 2014
Updated Oct 24, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at RAND.

    Interview Details

    30-40 min interviews/ challenging questions about research

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Project Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at RAND.

    Interview Details

    Day long process with 8 30-minute interviews with current researchers

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    RAND does not really feel the need to negotiate with proseptive employees
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at RAND.

    Interview Details

    Informal initial enquiry led to interview with team leaders and 'meet the team'; also involved a 'values panel' which was a wonderful way to get to know the organisation's values and culture

    Interview Questions
    • What are the skills you would need from members of your team to complement your own? (v important as team working is a huge part of organisation)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation is possible - highly encouraged; even if they have little options on how much they can increase salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Contracts Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First contacted by a phone interviewer. Basic questions; describe your past experience, why are you the best candidate for this position? etc. I then received an e mail about a day later and invited me back for an in-person interview. I first met with a human resources representative, Again, same basic questions and she also went over the benefits and the rest of the interview process. Then meet with the Associate Director of Contracts. More detailed questions, not really about my experience or skills but more scenario based. Next people I met with were to co-workers, who I would be working directly with. One person was leaving to another position in the company and the other was taking her position. So, I imagined that I would be filling the open position. More of a friendly interview, some of my favorite hobbies and my negotiation skills and computer skills. Last person I met with was the Director of Contracts. The shortest interview of them all and very similar to the interview with the Associate Director. They informed me that they had another week of interviews left but I would definitely be contacted if I was offered the job or that they were no longer pursuing my candidacy. I didn't receive any correspondence for 3 weeks and even sent a follow up with the Associate Director. I then received a phone call from a human resource rep and she said that they were no longer pursuing my candidacy. They even mentioned that they didn't hire any candidates from the interviews and were going to do another round of interviews which I wouldn't be invited back to.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the unexpected questions came from the other contract administrators, which they had mentioned the found off the internet. One example is, What is your idealistic job and what is your realistic job?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at RAND in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    One primary interview, followed by three with researchers

    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Telephone Interviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at RAND in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Apply on line, then received telephone interview, then in person group interview with computer test. Don't spend a lot of time reviewing the area of research you are being hired for. This was a position for Medicare Research and they really did not care to much if you knew anything. I was friendly and outgoing as that is my personality after being in the counseling field for 30 plus years. I think it worked against me. The phone interview was like talking to a robot. The group interview had a panel of 3 people. The supervisor for the Telephone interview area was unfriendly, made no eye contact, uninterested in people, he made no comments and only asked his share of questions. It was apparent the three had split up what to ask. He was slouching in his chair and uninterested in the process at all. I may be wrong but he wanted people who ask survey question, type in data fast and nothing else. Interview lasted 1 1/2 hours. They did not tell you at the end how you would be notified of results but the training started the next week. I emailed the HR contact and she was nice enough to tell me that those who were hired had been call already. MORE than a week after the training started they sent an email stating I was not qualified!!! What I don't get is why tell me I am qualified for the group interview but then use lack of qualifications for the excuse of no hire. Awful people with NO people skills. Make you go through through all this for a low paying job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Applications/Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at RAND in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a technology recruiting firm for contract position. I was interviewed first by the recruiting company and twice over the phone with 2 of RAND's employees. I was hired within the week and started the following Monday.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no unexpected questions. All questions were aimed at my skill set and experience with IS applications and resolving issues and understanding of delivering specific projects.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The negotiation I had was with the recruiting 3rd party and my usual rate as a contractor was accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at RAND in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    All-day interview meeting with all levels of people, from HR to Research Assistants and Researchers. Everyone is very polite and encouraging and wants to see what you bring to the table and if you are a good fit with the culture. While everyone is very busy with their own work the atmosphere is very cooperative and you get the feeling that they love what they do.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about your research experience, educational background, etc. Pretty standard but thorough.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Sociologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at RAND.

    Interview Details

    The interview was held in the ASA conference. I was interviewed by a senior researcher. Interview questions are not difficult and within my expectation. He asked about my Ph.D. research, what kind of dataset I use. He also talked about what it is like working in RAND as well as the potential career path.

    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Project Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at RAND in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviews done with 4-6 people, including managers and peer groups. Peer groups are often a lunch interview. Slots are 30 minutes, interviewers ask whatever they want to get a sense of someone's personality fit, particularly whether they can work with RAND's internal labor market.

    Negotiation Details
    able to negotiate slightly higher salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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