Stanford University Interview Questions in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Aug 24, 2015
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    Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Began with online skills test, then a phone interview. Next, was an in-person interview of a panel of 2. Next was the final, in-person, interview composed of 2, 30 minute interviews, both with a panel of 2. Originally another 30 minute interview with another staff was scheduled but later canceled due to timing conflicts. During these interviews, essays composed of answers to questions was submitted.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral type questions: Describe a time of conflict, How would you describe a good manager, How did you react to conflict from an insubordinate, How do you handle stress, Why do you want to work here, Describe how your prior work experience will benefit this position, How do you stay organized   1 Answer
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    Ergonomic Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    I was scheduled for an interview a few weeks after applying for the position. It was a group interview with the EHS Safety team. They were a really friendly and engaging group. The hiring manager followed up quickly to let me know what to exoect. All in all a really good process and interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What do I think my weakness is?   1 Answer
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    Social Science Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    First interview on the phone. Second interview via skype. A third person called me to interview and talk to me. They called my old mentor and emailed another former employee and then I got the job basically the same day as the skype interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Research background relates to work in the lab   1 Answer
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    Encryption Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    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

    No negotiation told all controlled via the 3rd party contacting company.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    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.

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    Student Outreach Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was told the interview would be a panel setup with possibly 3 people, it ended up being 6! For an entry level position. I think that was overkill, but they can get away with it. I was asked to explain how previous experience would serve me in this position? When was a time I had planned an event and volunteers had left me stranded? How would I keep students dedicated, and involved with events when their schedules are hectic? What would I do in the first three months of employment? What was a student involvement like in my university experience? How could I improve upon it?

    Interview Questions

    • What sort program would you plan to get students from different dormitories/dinning halls to interact with each other? They gave no feedback, or clarification when I asked.   1 Answer
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    Director, Purchasing Services Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    The worst experience ever: unorganized, long interviews, no action/follow up, lots of internal politics that comes through from the interviewers comments, arrogance (you should feel honored to be interviewing here -- don't waste your time. Employees and managers are not aligned or on the same page when interviewing. Management is not forthcoming/honest about the true working situation of the department, quality of the employees, or about the goals of the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Can we get more references -- after three references and complete back ground, credit, history check -- really?   1 Answer
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    Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    I had a fast pleasant experience getting hired at Stanford with my current position. I had interviewed for two other positions at different departments and never heard back from either and l months later I received an automated reply that the positions had been filled. Stanford is VERY decentralized and there are many issues with their hiring process. People never follow up, don't email, and they can take MONTHS to call back so don't hold your breathe. My advice is don't give up, they have great benefits so the trouble is worth it if you appreciate a good work/life balance.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked how do you deal with unresponsive faculty members?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, HR has set pay scale's and you simply accept.

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    It was a long time before they responded to my job application for this position, but I was happy that they did. First it was a phone screening and the manager asked me about my previous jobs and experience as well as how I would respond to certain situations. The phone screening went smoothly and the manager invited me for an in-person interview right at the end of the call. Awesome! I went to the campus and it was very beautiful. The buildings were iconic and the campus has the most beautiful landscaping I've ever seen. I met with the manager and 3 other people and they all asked me a series of IT realated puzzles and some logic puzzles as well. There was even a practical where you get a client and you have to solve their problem. Over all I pretty much nailed every question and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone and solving the puzzles. They said I would hear back from them in a week, but alas, that didn't happen... Despite me doing well in the interview, I think what I did wrong is that I failed to follow up promptly... or maybe I came off as too cocky as I was flying through the questions they gave me... Over all, Stanford would probably be the best place for me to work because I love to do IT at a place I really love and care about. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly. If any of you wonder if you should try to apply there, I say go for it. I didn't get my chance, but I will certainly try again later.

    Interview Questions

    • Many different questions about IT across a multitude of platforms   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    I enjoyed speaking to everyone in the group I was interviewing with. There was the initial phone interview that was pretty easy going. And then a couple weeks later I was invited for an in-person interview, where I ended up meeting everyone I would be working with. To prepare for the interview I had to do a case analysis which seemed easy to comprehend. I was invited back for a second in-person interview about two weeks after that to meet with those who are more senior, which I thought it went well. A week later they did a background check and called my references. They went through all that trouble of checking me, then offered the position to someone else. I felt led on by them.

    Interview Questions

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