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UCLA Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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Software Development Summer Intern Interview

Software Development Summer Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at UCLA in May 2010.

Interview Details – Got an email from coordinator one week ago. Go the the on campus interview office. Sign in and then two round back to back interview.

Interview Question – Print the result of 2to(i)*5to(j) from the smallest one to the largest one without the upper bound.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at UCLA in May 2009.

Interview Details – Interview was ok. Some technical questions, some questions about general work ethics or "are you a fast learner", "good team player", etc.

Interview Question – Details about WebSphere application server   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Administrative Analyst Interview

Administrative Analyst
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at UCLA in September 2008.

Interview Details – It was weeks after I applied online before I was contacted about an interview. Then there were more weeks before the second interview, this time with two other people. Then another week passed before I was told about a phone interview with yet another employee, this time for specific details about a particular area of my experience. Finally, nearly three months after I applied, I was offered the position. The hiring manager told me that HR was very slow in getting to the phase where the job could actually be filled.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work here?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was told that the high end of the stated salary ranges are not available to new employees, that they're the highest pay that can be offered someone in that position regardless of their length of service. No idea whether that's true, but be prepared. I was caught off guard by that and ended up with a lower salary than I wanted. (But the benefits are great.)


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Accounts Payable Interview

Accounts Payable
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at UCLA in May 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview with a woman who had the personality of a wet mop. Lasted about ten minututes with her continuing her coldness and barely talking. I wish interviewers realized how bad this felt. As an interviewee, you are already nervous and on edge and it can be overwhelming at times. Then, people like this have a cavalier, unfriendly attitude that makes everything worse and you feel like you've had the wind knocked out of you by the end of the interview. Phone interviews in general are a joke and should be done away with. This interview was awful. WASTE OF TIME!!

Interview Question – -   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Administrative Specialist Interview

Administrative Specialist
UCLA, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UCLA.

Interview Details – Weirdest interview ever. Wore a suit with tie to the interview and was told to never do that again. Was insulted by one of the 4 interviewers - later I was told that she wanted her friend to get the job!

Interview Question – How do you feel about being insulted over the phone?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Ask for more than what they offer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Account Executive Interview

Account Executive

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at UCLA in May 2013.

Interview Details – The phone came right on the dot and my interviewer, James from UCLA, started off by giving me a brief overview of the position. Questions were simple as he just asked "What do you know about Yelp/the position?" "Why do you want to work here?" His questions were fine, but he was EXTREMELY rude on the phone that took me very much off guard and nervous. Especially in terms of tone and attitude, which was a bit unprofessional, in my opinion. If you interview with him, just beware!

Interview Question – He asked me if I knew who some basketball coach was from UCLA and when I answered no, his tone of voice became even more derogatory.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Administrative Specialist Interview

Administrative Specialist
UCLA, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at UCLA in November 2013.

Interview Details – I was hired by a temp agency for a 2 month assignment.

Interview Question – They asked me the website address and to interpret acronyms that I was unaware of during the interview. They also tested me on a type of software they use in the office.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Teaching Assistant Interview

Teaching Assistant
UCLA, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UCLA in April 2013.

Interview Details – Interview usually start with introducing the professors, requirements of the class, and the time requirement. Then professor will ask about academic background and motivation for the position. The second part would be previous teaching experiences, such as experiences with grading, leading discussion, holding office hours. The last part to ask questions about particular position.

Interview Question – How do you think about sustainability.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Set salary no negotiation.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Institutional Research Analyst Interview

Senior Institutional Research Analyst
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at UCLA in February 2014.

Interview Details – I heard back from them about a phone interview about 3 weeks after I submitted my application. I had to complete 3 essay questions about problem solving situations before the interview. The position seems to be very IT focused, rather than research oriented.

Interview Question – When you are communicating data to people who are not experts in the field, what is the most important thing?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Administrative Analyst Interview

Administrative Analyst
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online - interviewed at UCLA in March 2013.

Interview Details – It was months after I applied online before I was contacted about an interview. Then there were more weeks before my first interview, this time with two other managers. Then another week passed before I was told about a phone interview with the department supervisor, this time for specific details about a particular area of my experience. She asked technical question regarding the position. Can I do the job, have you done this kind of work before. Can we count on you, how well you work with others and can you work along with a lot of interruptions. Finally, nearly three months after I applied, I was offered the position. The hiring manager told me that HR was very slow in getting to the phase where the job could actually be filled; And HR will be contacting me to submit supporting documents.

Interview Question – Why did you leave leave your last employer without given management or supervisor a negative review. What salary are you expecting based on your skills and experience within the salary range posted.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – My salary based on experience was not approved by supervisor, although it was in the salary rage posted. Management responsed it was a budget issue.

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