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Administrative Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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
Development Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at UCLA in August 2012.
Interview Details – After a phone interview, I interviewed in person with my direct supervisor and was offered the position about one month later.
Interview Question – I was asked to describe many specific examples of problem solving from previous jobs. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Be clear about what your compensation expectation is, they will negotiate with you if you are the right candidate.
Technician Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at UCLA
Interview Details – some basic questions about experience with cameras and audio visual equipment and windows and mac
Negotiation Details – none
Graduate Student Researcher Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at UCLA in September 2009.
Interview Details – Interviewed with potential PI's throughout department. Each interview went for ~30 minutes and ran through resume - talked about previous research experience and why I was interested in their specific lab.
Also met with all the post-docs and graduate students currently in the lab. Talked with each one individually for ~5-10 minutes and they explained their project at a higher level.
Interview Question – Why do you want to join my lab and not "lab x"? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
UCLA Housing Front Desk Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at UCLA.
Interview Details – Interviewed with a supervisor and follow up interview with the manager who asked exactly the same questions.
Interview Question – They basically ask you: 1. tell me about yourself. 2. something you've accomplished 3. who do you know at the desk? Answer Question
Desktop Support Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at UCLA in July 2013.
Interview Details – Phone interview by the IT Manager. Then a face to face interview with the same manager. Very relaxed and general questions
Interview Question – No questions were difficult. He was just trying to understand that i knew the IT schema they used. Answer Question
Account Executive Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
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
Administrative Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
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
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