Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Interview Details – I am working as an undergraduate for a professor. If you find a good professor then the "hiring" process is very simple. I actually went to this professor to talk about something else and when I mentioned that I was interested in research he offered me the position. Later I expressed that I had workstudy and he said that he could afford to pay me then. The professor is extremely nice and has reasonable expectations. He assigned a post-doctorate to me and she is also very kind, has helped me with my research and with my grants. Overall my work is self guided but everyone in the labs has been very kind and helpful when I am in need.
Best way to get a job is to personally meet with a professor, they get emails all the time so an in person meeting is more personal and gives the professor a better idea of if you would mesh well with the group or not.
Interview Question – I guess his most unexpected question was what research project I would be interested in participating in, then he listed off some of his Graduate Level Polymer Engineering Projects, I am an Undergraduate Environmental Science Major! View Answer
Negotiation Details – I didn't think I would get paid at first, just do research as a credit project, but then I expressed that I had work study that could be used and that was accepted.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The University of Massachusetts Amherst in March 2012.
Interview Details – I interviewed with 5 professors for about 30 minutes each. I introduced myself and gave a brief educational history. After that the profs pretty much took over and talked about their research, upcoming projects. There wasn't much I had to do except ask pertinent questions. One important question they did ask was what I planned to do with the skills I would acquire there, my future plans etc.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in ten years? How do you plan to use your PhD to get there? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I just got a better offer
I applied online and interviewed at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Interview Details – Interviewed by the Assistant Residence Director and two current RAs. Questions include previous work experience, how you would handle certain situations between residents and what makes you qualified for the position.
Interview Question – Describe how you would respond to a conflict between two residents. Answer Question
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