I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at RAND in June 2011.
Interview Details – Phone interview, then back-to-back meetings with 6 staff members. The staff were good listeners, asked smart questions and let me know that it was a great place to work. I set some boundaries early on by saying that I needed work-life balance and that was very much supported.
Interview Question – Describe the process you would undertake for this specific project and they system your would put in place to carry it out. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I named a price and they countered with something very close. Plus, the benefits are amazing. 4 weeks vacation with bonus pay for actually taking the days, plus they contribute 10%-14% of your salary to retirement!
The process took a day - interviewed at RAND in December 2010.
Interview Details – I applied for the RAND Web Producer position by answering an online ad. Over a month later, I was contacted by their HR manager to schedule an in-person interview. She was very personable and helpful in letting me know where the office was and what I needed to do to get signed in and registered.
I wore business formal (suit) to the interview, which was appropriate for this interview. The employees were dressed in "nice" casual and informal business casual. The HR manager got me prepared in the conference room and gave me a packet about their benefits, and then we went through the interview process. It took about two hours. I had several conference calls with managers in Santa Monica (corporate headquarters), as well as a panel interview, 1:1 interviews, and a chat with the HR person in California.
Most of the interview questions were easy. However, there were several I found difficult to answer. They kept asking why I voluntarily changed duties at my current job, and seemed concerned that I was at a higher management level than the position required. The man who interviewed me also chose to ask many questions that were more fitting of a stress interview. He seemed to also feel the position was a bit low-level for me. He questioned several times whether I was able to work independently, since I was so used to being a manager.
The job didn't sound appealing in the end. It had a strict 8:30-5:30 or 9-6 schedule, with an hour for lunch. The duties were also not in my area of interest. I was in a creative position at that time, and the described job duties were very heavy on analytics gathering and reporting, which don't interest me. I also didn't appreciate the inflexibility of the role, or how quiet and sterile the office environment seemed. There wasn't a lot of room for growth or upward mobility, and the youngest employee there was around 35. (This may be a Pittsburgh thing more than a RAND thing, though.)
For the last interview, which was a private conference call with the HR lady in Santa Monica, they left me alone in the room. I could see my college apartment from the conference room window, and halfway through our call, I realized I was straying far from my major and from my career goals in taking this job. At this point I realized the job was not for me, but I finished out the interview to be polite. No one remembered I was in there, so I had to come out and find people to conclude the interview and show me out.
I wrote a series of thank-you notes the next day, in which I announced I was withdrawing my application. A month later, they sent me a rejection form letter by e-mail.
Interview Question – Describe a conflict you had with a co-worker and how you solved it. Please be specific. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at RAND in September 2008.
Interview Details – Had interviews with HR, several peers, some senior associates and the hiring manager who is a part-time manager-part time researcher. Also gave a 1 hr presentation on my research to anyone at any RAND office who wished to attend. Fielded questions from the audience--mostly about methods.
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Interview Question – Most of the difficult questions were methods questions about my presentation--so those are easy to prepare answers. Some of the harder questions were challenges from the presentation audience on my findings because they found something different to be true. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was offered the position and didn't really negotiate because I thought it was my dream job and I was assured my salary would quickly become commensurate with others'. It did. I got several salary increases just because an assessment had been done and mine was too low about 6 months into my time there.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at RAND in July 2009.
Interview Details – I applied online in December 2008 and got a call from RAND in the spring of 2009. I was interviewed over the phone, then had to pass a computer-based test on my skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, typing, proofreading, etc. I passed and got a second call to come in for an interview. Three researchers interviewed me, each separately; all three of them were very enthusiastic and cordial. A few days later I got an offer which I couldn't refuse. RAND offers great benefits (health insurance, 15 vacation days a year, retirement plan) and has a very friendly work environment.
Interview Question – How do you keep up with current events/politics? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – Talk about your research experience, educational background, etc. Pretty standard but thorough. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at RAND in June 2011.
Interview Details – Had a phone interview, a lunch interview and an all-day interview with over a dozen people. Very cool and very smart people, and seems like a good culture there. I didn't get an offer, but would definitely work there if I did.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for RAND Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at RAND in January 2009.
Interview Details – I was contacted by the department head and interviewed by two within the department
Interview Question – Why I wanted to move to that specific city View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at RAND in December 2009.
Interview Details – Professional acquaintance called and pitched the position to me, invited me to send a resume and writing sample. I did so. I was invited to fly out for day-long interview (standard in my field) with seminar and several interviews including a lunch interview. Just a minor complaint: for a coast-to-coast flyout they should have offered to take me to dinner too but did not.
Unique to this organization is participation in teleconferences with offices in other locations. Teleconference equipment was state of the art and very effective, almost like being there.
All the travel arrangements and logistics were smooth and professional.
Interviewees should mainly do their homework on the organization and the position, like with any job.
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