UC San Diego Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
63 Interview Reviews

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    ER Tech Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego.

    Interview Details

    I had one interview. Very nice interviewers who were down to earth. Those two people no longer are involved in the hiring process, as they have moved positions. They asked basic questions, nothing too complicated. They value the ability to multitask well and to be on your feet all day.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were fairly basic. I asked them what skills that they value/look for and that seemed to impress them and allowed me to say "I have that!"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I called every few days until they gave me an answer. At first, they said I wasn't accepted because they thought I wasn't leaving my previous job. That wasn't actually the case, so I ended up getting hired.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    UCSD IR/PS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at UC San Diego.

    Interview Details

    no interview, respond to an ad online, process some emails. They're desperate

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Here's the offer, take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Student Involvement Leadership Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    - Group interview, make sure you get your points in on how and why you would be a great asset to the team

    Interview Questions
    • - There will be a mock group effort project that changes for every interview. Have quick wits and use teamwork to succeed.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    - You go through Fall training retreat
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Service Desk Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  La Jolla, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Jolla, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was emailed and asked to meet for an interview, met with the hirer,

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at UC San Diego in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    It took 3 months from sending my resume to getting my first email from them. The interview was a panel of 6-7 ladies in 30 minutes. It was very fast paced and next thing I knew it was over. The ladies were kind and they asked normal HR questions with some basic on the job kind of questions. Overall it was a great experience, but I was not ready to be interviewed by multiple people at once.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Copywriter/Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  La Jolla, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Jolla, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was called by one of the staff members. She asked me about my resume and qualifications and set up an on site interview. I arrived early and was interviewed by four women, all much older than me, panel style.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  La Jolla, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Jolla, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, then after several weeks got a call to interview in person. I had a group interview with 3 PhDs and 1 MD. The MD was constantly answering the cellphone. I felt like I led the interview instead of being interviewed.

    Interview Questions
    • Would transitioning from a large group to a smaller one be an issue?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Research Associate Interview

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    Interview Details

    Much of the interview process revolves around your past work. If you have a strong academic record, the interview pretty much falls into place. The PI will likely ask questions about why you want to work at the lab, what skills you could bring to the lab (this may be quite specific), and others.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Chemical Safety (Spec II) Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received an email from HR. Then a phone call. Over all the process was pretty quick. We scheduled the interview for the following week. The interview was pretty straight forward however I found out later that an internal candidate was already picked for the position and they were only interviewing out of protocol.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly regulation based questions. The kind of information you would need to know if you were doing a lab inspection. They did ask a weird question about handing complaints (accusations of interfering with their research time) from a lab when you were only doing your job. They must have some cranky labs there.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  La Jolla, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Jolla, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at UC San Diego.

    Interview Details

    It is more like academic application.
    I first contacted the future supervisor/professor by email, stating my interest and background, and providing my publications, academic GPA, etc.
    Then I had phone interview with the professor for a very short time, like 10 minutes. I did not visit because I was in another country.
    Then I was offered the work-study position, which will be renewed every year upon supervisor's approval. And I accepted it.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The university's compensation system is quite established.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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