Rice University Interview Questions

Updated Jan 14, 2015
Updated Jan 14, 2015
28 Interview Reviews

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Rice University.

    Interview

    The talk went well. the communication was quite friendly. the campus is beautiful. office people is nice. everything went very well, nothing went wrong. meet with students, faculties. Have lunch and dinner together.

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    Recruiter Coordinator Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Rice University.

    Interview

    Called by their HR dept for a phone interview. Phone interview lasted less than 10 mins. All the questions were negative and no amount of practice could of prepared you for this interview. At one point, I heard the interviewer sigh with disapproval when she asked me about the salary (keep in mind the application asked for my salary expectations so I don't understand why it was such a surprise to her). After the interview was done, was told I would hear about the next steps.

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    • This is exactly the order of negative questions I was asked: 1. Why are you leaving your current employer? 2. Salary expectations 3. Your weakness (never asked about my strengths) 4. Name one thing you don't like about your job and etc.......   Answer Question
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I had no interview process since I applied for my PhD program online.The online fee was around $100 if my memory is correct. Staff in the department was pretty helpful and friendly to answer all my questions before I attended to Rice. GRE requirement is not quite high for perspective students in Engineering School.

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    • If the professor's funding is cut, you probably need to find your own financial support. There is no guarantee that you can always receive the financial support until you graduate from the department or your advisor. This situation might make your life more stressful.   Answer Question
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    Graphic Designer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Rice University (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    I submitted an application and then went in for a single interview. I interviewed with the entire administrative staff first (roughly 12 people) and then with the directors. I then received a call about a week later and was offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Every question was a standard interview question, i.e. "how do you handle stress?".   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was not able to negotiate a salary. Being a non-profit, they were limited in their budget. (I probably could have negotiated a little bit.)

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    Accounting Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Very smooth process, gave great direction and set clear expectations

    Interview Questions

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    IT Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Rice University.

    Interview

    Very straightforward.
    A few technical questions to access skill and a few behavioral questions. Job offer was prompt.

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    Assistant Professor Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    The recruiting/hiring process followed the pretty standard iter of academic jobs, at least in science department. No surprises. Being one of the smaller top-tier universities, and being in the Houston, the experience was somewhat less formal than in other places. The department is smaller than elsewhere, which makes the interview visit less hectic.
    Once the interview were over the offer, second visit, and negotiation parts were quite smooth and uneventful, and moving in a timely fashion.

    Interview Questions

    • We are talking about faculty hires, so most of the interview revolves around research (match, promise, etc...). It's hard to mention any specific example because the hardest questions tend to be about fairly candidate-specific points.
      Overall in faculty hires there is the concern with the likelihood that the candidate will develop a robust (and well funded) research program, attract students, cultivate collaboration opportunities.
       
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    Negotiation

    Pretty straight. I did not have much requests and the initial offer was quite satisfactory, considering in its entirety (that is not just the salary by "start up" package, etc.)

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    Summer Counselor Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Rice University (Houston, TX) in March 2014.

    Interview

    You begin by turning in an application, then you should respond to emails regarding the interview. After setting it up, you should go to the interview, and then wait for an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you dealt with frustrating circumstances.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I couldn't find living quarters near the university in time to respond to the job offer with confidence.

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    Tour Guide Interview

    No Offer
    No Offer

    Interview

    Turn in application. Everyone accepted for the next round interviews on the same day, 4 days later, in 15 minute intervals. Learned whether you are accepted by the next week after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • If your group contains students from every division, how do you fit all of their department building locations on the same tour.   Answer Question
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Rice University (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    you have the chance to work as a T A when you are a PhD at Rice. you work in the department in which you are a student. There is a process that you get a chance to select which course you want to TA. It's basically an evaluation form which includes instructor and requirement.

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