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SMU (Southern Methodist University) Interview Questions

Updated Nov 12, 2014
Updated Nov 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University).

    Interview Details

    SMU takes an ungodly amount of time to schedule a phone interview. Then once you pass that round, you go in for an in person interview. The in person interview is a breeze if you just smile and act very confident. If you're working in Student Affairs, the people interviewing you will not be very bright. They like to do everything in groups to make it appear to be more intimidating and like they make decisions as a group. Everything in SMU Student Affairs is very collective, but you will find that it is just a facade. The boss of whatever center, department, etc. makes the decision with a huge committee or panel of people under them that serve to create the appearance that their collective analyses of the information results in the decision. In reality, they do little to nothing but have meetings and take minutes...with each meeting not improving on the previous one and the minutes looking identical with a few minute changes. Whatever boss A decides to do will happen and the committee will simply create a sense that the decision was made as a group. It's very odd.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe some difficulties or negative experiences with your previous employer.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    SMU is notoriously cheap. I recommend sticking to the salary you want. Keep in mind that SMU nickels and dimes their employees with many fees that they don't tell you about in the interview process. For example, you will have to pay for parking which will come out of your paycheck. If you enroll in a Master's Program that is actually valuable (not the MLA -- now MLS program) you will have to pay taxes which come out all at once as the administrative team is slow about deducting your paycheck. I know a woman who had her last paycheck of the year (Christmas time) be ZERO dollars because the department that deducts your paycheck for the taxes from a Master's Program does not always break it out over the year and just suddenly, without warning, take out all of the taxes due all at once. I highly recommend you looking for a job at a public university or even community college in the area if you don't get the offer you want...as you'll make much more money. Many people leave SMU to go work for UTD, as they pay better.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Finance Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The Cox School has more than a dozen specialized centers and institutes to enhance your knowledge in a focused area while networking with practitioners and leaders in the fields of energy, entrepreneurship, real estate, retailing, global markets and more.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Senior Student Financial Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview was pretty standard. Had a pre-screening email. After I sent in my answers, about a week later I got an email inviting me to campus for an interview. There was a group of 3 people that interviewed me. They asked me about my related experience and some behavioral questions. Nice group of people.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negtotiation. I was aware of the salary ahead of time and that there was no room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    No the interview process , just work hard for a year as student and pass the exam and get it

    Negotiation Details
    No
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Student Clerk IV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University).

    Interview Details

    It was really easy. questions like why are you fit for this position? What are your past experiences?

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University).

    Interview Details

    very long wait about application; 3 interviews; computer testing; took a portion of 2-3 days

    Interview Questions
    • questions about future goals and dreams with no way of fulfillment as an employee of smu.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    this is what we pay, these are the hours, this is what you are to do....yes or no?
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Technical Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was a very good step by step process.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Teaching/Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    They asked me what courses I've taken in college and graduate school, what research I've engaged in and what results I've got, why I worked on the research topic I worked on and if I've got any results that proved my interest in it to be worthwhile.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Salary for teaching/research assistant is fixed. There's no room for negoniation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Fire Safety Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Process consisted of a phone interview asking about my knowledge of the University and about 5 basic interview questions. That was followed by an in person interview with a board of 5 members. This was more technical with each board member being a person I would interact with regularly on the job. Then I had a follow up in person interview with another 5 interview board members who comprised the office that I would work in.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview was very heavy on technical experience and ability to manage difficult situations. Questions change with each job opening.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The salaries are pretty set. I did get to modify my work schedule to fit my needs.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. The Professor recruit me. After one semester I was transferred to another professor who is very mean to me. There is no assigned computer. I have to use my own PC to do the research.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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