UC San Francisco Interview Questions

Updated Jun 20, 2015
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  1.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at UC San Francisco.

    Interview

    The interview process was easy but the hiring process was cumbersome. The on boarding process was not very informative and at SF General Hospital--far from where I would be working.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you be able to handle not just making corrections but making sure that others do not keep making the same mistakes--and learn from the corrections?   1 Answer
  2.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at UC San Francisco.

    Interview

    Straightforward, phone interview with a recruiter, followed by in-person with direct manager. Friendly, job-related questions

    Interview Questions

    • Detailed questions about how to do a specific task in the job   Answer Question
  3.  

    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at UC San Francisco.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview to determine fitness
    Panel interview typically among line staff
    Final interview with hiring manager and peers

    Interview Questions

    • What are your leadership qualities and how you develop high performing teams?   Answer Question
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    CO Solution Center Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Very straight forward process. Applied initially online via the UCSF website, contacted about two weeks later to schedule a phone screening with the direct supervisor and the individual who previously held the position prior to promotion. (1st PLUS: internal opportunities for lateral/horizontal growth).

    Phone interview consisted of: (1) UCSF and departmental context e.g. recent achievements, intra-office growth; (2) reiteration of the position; (3) detailed description of my professional and academic profile, as it relates to the opportunity. Very personable, concise answers, direct (2nd PLUS: effective communication, knowledgeable about the position, confident/clear expectations going forward).

    The in-person interview was scheduled about two to three weeks after the initial phone screening. Panel interview consisted of the two individuals who conducted the phone screening and the Controller's Office Customer Service Manager. Interview was refreshingly straight forward. All three individuals were generous with their time, communicated and answered questions mindfully. At closing, each shared an example of a personal interest/hobby, which I enjoyed hearing about. I left with a clear understanding of the position, what the department sought to do going forward with the position, as well as the expectations of all involved. Well worth the afternoon of lost pay to make these connections. Gave me some insight to the hiring process at least.

    Interview Questions

    • Again, pretty straight-forward questions:
      (1) Walk me through your resume;
      (2) How would you describe your work style;
      (3) How do you prioritize your work-load;
      (4) Speak more in-depth about your relevant experience (AKA 'why should I hire you?');
      (5) Speak more in-depth about your academic background (How are your degrees relevant?);
      (6) What are your career goals;
      (7) Why do you want to work for UCSF; why do you want this position?
       
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    Analyst V Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Thirty minute phone interview consisting of 4 questions. Advanced to in-person interview with future boss and several others on the team. Following that was a second interview to meet one other member of the team and show some of my work. The interviews went well, but then it took quite a while to get the offer. I was on my third interview with another employer when my offer came through from UCSF.

    Interview Questions

    • Instead of showing the 250% improvement that you documented for the learning material you created, how would you have responded if instead students performed 250% worse on their final exam?   1 Answer
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    Staff Research Associate II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    My undergraduate mentor collaborated with this UCSF lab and asked them to meet me for an informational interview. They did not have an opening at the time, but they agreed to meet me anyway. I went to UCSF, where they showed me around the lab and introduced me to the whole team. I casually spoke with the principal investigator and managers. Then, to my surprise, they offered me a job at the end of the tour. I think my mentor had talked me up beforehand, planting the seed in UCSF's mind that I may be worth creating a job opening.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your experience in this field. (This was not a difficult interview)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Since I had another offer elsewhere, they sort of did the negotiating for me. They bumped up my salary without me asking.

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    Postdoctoral Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    1st Step - Phone interview. Topics covered research interests, availability/timeline for start, reasons for being interested in the particular lab
    2nd Step - In person interview. Some people are brought in person or can interview via Skype if distance is a problem. A one-hour research talk is standard followed by 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 meetings with members of the lab. Usually grad students and other postdocs take you out to lunch. Day usually ends with PI. Offer followed in a couple of days

    Interview Questions

    • Detailed questions will be asked during the research talk. Be prepared that if your audience has a different background they are going to ask questions relevant to their interests.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.

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    Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) in December 2013.

    Interview

    Short and rushed but group interview was thorough. It is difficult to get your foot in the door but once in, you can make a career here. Transferring departments or even campuses. All salary grades are listed online as public record; I recommend taking a look at this before applying. As a general rule, you will start at the bottom of a range and work your way up. Raises were hard to come by.

    Interview Questions

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    Programmer/Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at UC San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    The interview went well. The interviewers were all very professional. The questions were very technical and varied. The interviewers were upfront about about where I my background was falling short, and they spent extra time telling me how to go about getting the knowledge and experience to fill in the gaps. They also came to my school and spoke to our programmers club about what they do there.

    Interview Questions

    • My background was in programming and database, but they were looking for some internet experience as well.   Answer Question
  11.  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UC San Francisco.

    Interview

    After an initial phone interview I was scheduled for three interviews with various department directors. The interview process was planned over a three week period. Two of the three
    interviewers were prepared the third interviewer was not at all prepared. The process wound up taking over three months to complete.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected questions came from the interviewer who was not prepared. The questions revolved mostly around academic credentials as opposed to lengthy work experience.   Answer Question

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