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UC San Diego Interview Questions & Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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San Diego, CA

Interviewed at UC San Diego

Interview Details – I contacted professors saying I was interested in applying for a fellowship to work in their lab. I came out for an on-site interview and then worked on the proposal back at my home institution. I asked whether they would support me even if I did not get the fellowship and I was promised 1-2 years of support, so I took the offer, and ended up getting a fellowship that provided three years of funding.

Interview Question – are you interested in solving crystal structures?   View Answer

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UCSD IR/PS Interview

Anonymous Employee
San Diego, CA

I applied online and interviewed at UC San Diego.

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

Interview Question – none   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Here's the offer, take it or leave it

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Student Involvement Leadership Consultant Interview

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San Diego, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – - 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

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IT Service Desk Technician Interview

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La Jolla, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – Do you prefer slow or fast-paced jobs?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – Tell me what you know about statistical programs?   Answer Question

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Copywriter/Editor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
La Jolla, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – Explain your experience with social media.   Answer Question

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Project Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
La Jolla, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – Would transitioning from a large group to a smaller one be an issue?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.

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Graduate Student Researcher Interview

Graduate Student Researcher
La Jolla, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – Why you want to come to UCSD?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The university's compensation system is quite established.

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Stem Cell Biologist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

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 Question – Along the line of "have you repaired any instruments".   View Answer

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Laboratory Assistant Interview

Laboratory Assistant
La Jolla, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – What is your biggest weakness?   Answer Question

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