Stanford University Interview Questions

Updated Feb 9, 2015
Updated Feb 9, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Safety and Compliance Assistance Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Stanford University in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through the Stanford Careers website. Several days later, I was asked to fill out an additional questionnaire. Notable questions included the two listed below, as well as a question that essentially asks for things you'd have put in your cover letter anyway.

    I had an initial interview with two supervisors a week later. A mix of standard interview questions (why do you want to work here, why are you leaving your previous job, what do you bring to the table), some old-school questions (what are your 3 greatest strengths? your 3 weaknesses?), and a discussion of what specifically the job entailed. This lasted one hour.

    The second interview lasted around 1.5 hours. First was a panel interview with the supervisors and 5 people in the position I was applying for. Again, very standard questions, with some behavioral "how would you react to X situation." One interviewer asked me to give an impromptu explanation of a chemical concept at a level understandable to novices to the field. I was also given the chance to ask the interviewers questions about their experiences in the position.

    Afterwards, I was given a Standard Operating Procedure to quickly look over and give my thoughts on it to the supervisors.

    Another week later, I had a third interview with the supervisors where they asked me to address some concerns they had about hiring me - mainly about the transition from an academic environment to a more rigorously scheduled workplace. Later that day, HR contacted me and offered me a position.

    Interview Questions
    • Two gave me some trouble.

      1. Give an example of a time when you had to work with a difficult individual. Describe what strategies you employed to deal with that person.

      2. Give an example of a time when you recognized a safety hazard in your work environment. Describe your process for evaluating the hazard and what you did to manage and control the hazard.

      In addition, Stanford apparently still uses hackneyed questions like "What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in the workplace?" I honestly wasn't expecting that and was caught off guard.
       
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    Negotiation Details
    My lack of prior work experience did not put me in a good position to negotiate. I was also desperate for work at the time and did not wish to push the issue. Stanford pays quite well anyway.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Encryption Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Stanford University in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Through a 3rd party Contracting Company - told go for an interview met with 5 people.

    Interview Questions
    • Ask about both apple and windows platforms and overall navigation of OS and settings.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation told all controlled via the 3rd party contacting company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Email your CV. If you are preferred, you can work here soon. There is no additional test, or interview. However, the recommendations are very important. The PI will call the recomender directly.

    Accepted Offer
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    Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Stanford University in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, then brought in for an interview. I did this for two different administrative positions

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think you will be bored in this position?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    One on One or One on group interviews. Everyone is invited as no one wants to be left out.

    Interview Questions
    • Many questions based on researchers experience which may not be relavent to job function.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Stanford University in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing process took about 1 month. Began with a phone screen, followed by an initial interview by the department recruiter and hiring director. I then returned a week later for the second round of interviews with the Associate Dean, a panel of 3 potential colleagues, and the person I would be replacing. My final and third interview was with the Dean. I interviewed with a total of 8 people. In the end, I didn't get the job as another candidate was selected. The interview process was very professional and all very nice and appropriate questions. I believe the interviews went well and I clicked with everyone on the interview team except with the Dean. For some reason, we just didn't seem to click and the interview just didn't seem to go as smoothly as the rest.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you setup social media and how do you maintain or keep it updated?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Stanford University in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was working at the museum as a volunteer. Once I met another volunteer who used to be an empolyee of the museum. He then referred me to a staff and I got the chance to be interviewed. The interview is not difficult, just asked about my passion about art, what I am learning at Stanford, etc.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There is no interview for my position as a math PhD student. It depends mainly on your past mathematical records.

    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    Just general questions about my interests, background in research, and general knowledge about the subject matter

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Peer Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview Details

    Hiring is done by the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. The interview process includes one personality interview to see if candidates are suitable and personable enough to be peer tutors. The second round is a role-play interview where candidates have to 'tutor' someone, typically an experienced tutor in the subject they are applying for.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me an example of a time where a student reacted poorly to your tutoring techniques and how you overcame the difficulty.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Hourly pay for this student job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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