Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at UCSF Medical Center
- Manager, Non-Nurse (3)
- Engineer (1)
- Histotech (1)
- Programmer/Analyst IV (1)
- Psychologist (1)
- Director (1)
- Registered Nurse (1)
- Research Associate (1)
- Clinical Analyst (1)
- Student Research Assistant (1)
- Hospital Lab Technician (1)
- Administrative Assistant (1)
- Clinical Trials Coordinator (1)
- Hospital Assistant III (1)
- Privacy Analyst IV (1)
- Healthcare Navigator (1)
- Clinical Research Coordinator (1)
- Analyst II (1)
- AA (1)
- Administrative Analyst (1)
- Administrative Assistant (1)
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.
Applied online. Received an email by the hiring manager about 2 weeks later to set up a phone interview/screening for the follow week. Did well on the phone and was offered an in-person interview the same day by email for the following week. Went to the interview and met with the manager and it went very well. I was told at the end of the interview that they would like me to come back and meet with others in the department soon and that they would contact HR to do reference checks. I barely got out of the parking lot before I got an email from HR for references (a good sign I thought). A few days later I got an email with a schedule to meet the others, which was scheduled about two weeks after my first in-person interview. Went through the second day of interviewing with 4 other people and was told that they would be in contact with me soon.
Waited for 2 weeks and didn't hear anything so I sent an email to follow up. I was told that a decision had not been made yet and that they would be in contact with me soon. After 4 more weeks I still had not heard anything back and had given up on the position at that point. Its too bad because I had a lot of relevant experience and the ability to help them make much needed changes. The people were really nice during the interviews and I didn't feel like they were trying to trip me up on any questions. They seemed really interested in getting to know me more than just asking standard interview questions, which of course there were a few. I really got the impression that I was going to get the job. I spent $650 in travel expenses and 4 days traveling to and from San Francisco so the least that could have done was email me with a follow up and not left me in limbo for so long. I also wish that if they were not serious about offering me the position that they would have not wasted my reference's time by asking for references before making an offer. I only want to ask my references (all 5 required by UCSF) to spend time on helping me when an offer has been made or is in the works. If this were a high level position I would have understood that practice more so than for this position.
I have been on a couple interviews with UCSF now and they really like to know what your salary requirements are and don't back down without an answer. I really find this odd but I guess it the norm in California because it has come up in every interview I have been. I don't think this is a question that should be asked during an interview with a company that posts their salary ranges. I wouldn't have applied if I wasn't willing to be paid inside that range. I recommend knowing the salary range offered and don't give your previous salary information. I am strongly against organizations basing your pay off of your previous job. You should be paid for your experience and what you can bring to that position. I recommend knowing the UCSF salary range and making the min-to-midpoint of the UCSF salary range as your salary range. Expect to only be offered 10-20 percent over the minimum salary.
- Was asked about weakness, problem with a manager, problem with a co-worker and how I overcame all of those. Answer Question
- Declined OfferAverage InterviewDeclined OfferAverage Interview
I applied through other source – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in June 2014.
They asked the stupidest questions, for example they ask you things like "what was your biggest mistake," as though you're going to tell the truth or as though it's relevant to the position. They also ask questions that are literally unanswerable because they do not tell you the extent of your authority.
Reasons for Declining
The position was nothing like the description and after further learning about it I lost interest
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in May 2014.
I was contacted by phone shortly after applying online and asked to come in to interview in person. The interview was re-scheduled due to a time conflict with the hiring manager. The interview itself was formulaic and the two hiring managers proceeded to read off a series of 10-15 questions and write down my responses. Overall I felt the interview went really well, however I was told that UCSF's hiring process required them to go through all resumes before I would hear back. I followed-up two weeks later and was told they were still going through resumes. I followed up again an additional two weeks later and never heard a response.
- Nothing unusual that you wouldn't typically expect. Questions were rote and included "greatest strengths" and "describe a time when ..." Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAccepted OfferNeutral Experience
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in October 2011.
I contacted approximately 40 research scientists at UCSF Medical Center, and 3 people responded back to me. I had 3 years of molecular biology research experience (benchwork and field work), but I found competition to be very steep for someone without a degree. The first two scientists I interviewed with were extremely intimidating, and made it clear that all they cared about was publishing papers. I wanted more of a work-life balance, and didn't feel comfortable working for people with such a one-track mind in the workplace. The third scientist I interviewed with was highly accomplished, but seemed to be a well-rounded person. They spoke about their team, the "vibe" around the lab, their research goals, etc. I made it very clear that I was interested in a position, and wanted to follow up with this scientist as soon as possible.
Overall the process was very intimidating.
- What kind of research experience do you have? Answer Question
- What was the goal of your research project? How did your team accomplish this? Answer Question
- How will working in my lab help you achieve your goals? Answer Question
- Have you been an author on any publications? Answer Question
- Explain why you contacted me for a position in my lab. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in June 2011.
I applied online and was called by a recruiter shortly after I submitted my application. I completed a short phone screening with the recruiter to clarify my background and set up a interview with the hiring manager. I completed an interview with managers I would be working with as well another analyst. Questions asked were the typical behavior questions (ex. How do you determine priorities in scheduling your time? Give examples.) The process was quick, as they were looking to hire immediately. The company is going through lots of restructuring so although the position was stable the work was going to change. The manager was to call to let me know if I needed to come in for second round interviews. The managers did not let me know I was no longer as they said that would. I received a call from HR a week after I should have had the second round interviews to make sure I knew I was no longer a candidate.
- Tell me about your weaknesses. 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 2+ months – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in February 2011.
The process started with me first talking over the phone with a partner of theirs. Once approved they then set me up with a panel of 6 interviews, 3 of them couldn't even make it to the building and had to be done via the phone. Once then, they asked me to come back and meet with more people several weeks later. They knew that I had a deadline and provided no feedback or contact even though I tried emailing and calling both HR and the Hiring Manager.
- Please describe your management style Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in December 2010.
I had a phone interview with the head of the psychology department. He asked me basic questions about my careers goals, graduate school training, internship and postdoctoral training. After passing this hurdle I was asked to come in for an in-person interview. I met with 4 individuals 1:1; 2 psychologists, a psychiatrist, and the clinic director who was not a clinician. The questions asked were similar to those asked over the phone, and of course they wanted to know why I was interested in the position. All were very friendly except for the clinic director who I felt was trying to give me a hard time, by asking repetitive and irrelevant questions.
- How would your best friend describe you in 3 words? how would you describe yourself? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took a day – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in February 2010.
It was a first round interview
- This job is quite different from your previous job. How do you see yourself in it? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in January 2010.
straight forward, welcoming, easy, large corporate procedure. It's your typical hiring and interviewing process, phone screen, in person interview, third round of meeting people, drug test, back ground check, offer, accept or decline.
- why are you interested in ucsf Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA) in August 2009.
I was called for a phone interview and we agreed to speak at 2 p.m. that day. The woman interviewing me said they chose 10 people for a phone interview from 400 applications and would narrow it down to 3 finalists. She asked "What kind of environment do you thrive in?" I said "I thrive everywhere I go" which did not satisfy her. She then asked, "What kind of people do you work well with" and I said that I don't have pre-determined ideas about who I can work with or who I can't...that I take people as they are. She said that she just wants to make sure the person they hire will work well with the various personalities there. So I said that is a hard thing to judge in a phone interview. So she then asked what is my work philosophy. I said I wasn't sure I understood what she meant by that. She repeated the question and so I told her about a poem I read recently about work, about hands, heart and mind all working in unity....and that I put my heart into every job I do. She asked if I had questions and I asked what she was looking for in the phone interview that would lead her to choose the finalists and she said she that just by talking to people, she could get a "feel" for who were the best candidates (totally subjective I thought). So she wrapped things up and I said well am I going to be one of the finalists? She said she didn't know, that she had to talk to the others first and I should wait. I asked her what she thought my chances were and she was noncommittal and offered no reassurance which made it obvious that I would not hear from her again.
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