UC San Diego Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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    Stem Cell Biologist 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 in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Faculty assistant sent an email on 08/23/2013 (Friday) and scheduled a telephone interview. Interview held on Monday, 08/26/2013. Interviewer (Faculty who was hiring) called on time, stated that he/she is out of town (and therefore suggesting that he/she was calling from a location other than san diego. A search done after the interview showed that this telephone number belonged to one Brenda Johns of WA!!!). At the end of the interview, approximately 1 minute time was given for asking questions to interviewer. Interviewer mentioned that I will be contacted in 2 weeks time to inform whether or not I am selected for an on site interview. Duration of the telephone interview was 30 min.

    Interview Questions
    • Along the line of "have you repaired any instruments".   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Temporary Employment Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at UC San Diego in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my resume for multiple TES listings, I was contacted to set up an interview. This consisted of a fairly typical ~30min interview (focusing on administrative skills in my case) followed by a software skills test which took about an hour. It tests for proficiency in Word, Excel, and includes a typing test. At this point they run a back ground check (including a live scan). I came in about a week later for a group orientation, and then it was a waiting game for them to get a position that lined up with my skill set. So far I have only been placed once, and it took about 2 weeks for them to have something for me.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult part of the interview for me had to be the Excel proficiency test. I had always thought of myself as fairly well versed in Excel, and had taken a course on it several years ago and used semi-frequently in previous jobs. I did not expect it to be so in-depth, and they are looking for you to know shortcuts, as they are judging how quickly you can manuever the program as well.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation for Temporary Employment Services.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Laboratory Assistant 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 5 days - interviewed at UC San Diego in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Found the job online through port triton and got a response fairly quickly. Many labs on campus hire on a need basis so they will respond relatively quickly if you apply one or two days after they post the job. Interview was very straightforward, asked standard questions. Found out within a week if I got the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Box Office Senior Event Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at UC San Diego in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews, one with general manager of UCSD Box Office, and one with head of the entire student affairs department. Both interviews took around half an hour, and required essentially experience with management/a skill they can utilize for something else, i.e. website.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with a customer who just won't say no to your company policy, without asking a manager?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at UC San Diego.

    Interview Details

    Got contacted via email about an interview opportunity and had one via skype since I was out of the country. Typical interview questions about how you would handle situations in an office and previous work experience.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you came into the office when it wasn't your shift but saw that your co-worker was struggling to deal with a long line?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Operations Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone Interview. Resume Submission. The Standard protocol.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    College Ambassador Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at UC San Diego in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Group Interview
    -Everyone is asked to give an individual introduction of themselves as they might do while giving a tour
    -Next asked to describe a feature of the school (housing and dining, academics etc)
    -Last is a situational question

    Interview Questions
    • Situational question "A mother on you tour asks you: 'I hear when kids come to college they drink alcohol and have sex.' How would you respond to her question?"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    ESL Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had to submit my transcripts along with a lesson plan and fill out the on line application. The interview was informal and mostly just small talk.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They offer you the job right away but you don't know what your hours will be like
    Accepted Offer
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    Fiscal Assistant 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 2012.

    Interview Details

    one interview with three executives

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    -telephone interview
    -question on experience, background, urgent care, passion for counseling center work
    -will ask about your fit with rotations
    -6 postdocs are accepted
    -will call to offer position

    Interview Questions
    • Ask about your fit with the different rotations offered   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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