I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco).
Interview Details –
The interview process is slow and plodding, which generally reflects the manner in which the whole system works. The following is SOP for most open positions within the organization.
Ten days after I submitted my resume online, I received a phone call inquiry and 10 minute phone screening.
The first interview was with that person and one of her supervisors in a joint, one-hour interview, which was friendly and thorough. I received a tour of the department and a fleeting introduction to some of the staff, and a second interview was scheduled the following week.
I received an email notification requesting contact information for up to 5 references from the assigned recruiter from the HR Department. An evaluation with a graduated scale is sent to those individuals to complete, along with a few free form questions like: What are the candidate's three strongest attributes? allows for more personalized descriptors.
They do contact your references directly and have a conversation with them. If you work within a large organization, it is required that they have some feedback from direct supervisors and not other departmental supervisors, even if they worked closely with you.
The second interview is for the final top 2 candidates, and is always a panel interview. This one was conducted in 3 different sessions with a total of six employees with roles ranging from support - supervisor.
A week after the second interview, I received a call with their decision to hire the other candidate and thanking me for my time.
If you are asked for a second interview, you will receive updates, questions and decisions via email and phone. If you're not asked for a second interview during the first one or within 48 hours of it, most likely they are moving on with other options.
I applied as an outside candidate for this management position, which is difficult to do at this level, but not impossible. Priority is given to internal candidates, and most employees acclimate to the system and don't often leave, so the culture shock can be jarring.
Interview Question –
There were no difficult questions, just a variety of standards and common sense, general inquiries. If you know your field and are qualified for the first interview, it's rather uneventful. No roleplaying; but some situationally specific scenarios are usually presented.
What do you do if not everybody plays together well in the sandbox?
What is your management style?
How do you handle patients who are upset? Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in October 2011.
Interview Details – Email response to application, followed by initial phone interview of about 30 minutes with the Director. This was followed by an in person interview with the Director and Divisional Administrator of around 1 hour. The interview was cordial and also fairly standard - I was asked about gaps in my resume, achievements in past jobs, etc.
Interview Question – No questions were unexpected. The most difficult was perhaps a variant of the "what's your greatest weakness" question. I was tempted to answer, "Flying into a rage when asked in interviews about my greatest weakness." But I answered honestly... View Answer
Negotiation Details – The negotiation was limited. It was claimed that salaries were fixed by HR, on a set scale with position on the scale being determined by complete employment and salary history. It would probably be helpful to have a comprehensive lists of jobs, dates of employment, and salaries to introduce into the negotiation at that phase. I was able to get a $2000/year increase.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in September 2010.
Interview Details – The hiring process is smooth and easy. The interviewing manager is very kind and honest about what she expects from this position. She arranged time for me to meet with the current employees, so I have an idea of the job duties and the people I would work with. There was no uncertainty prior to accepting the job offer
Interview Question – There was no technical question for me. The interview was very laid back Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in September 2009.
Interview Details – I was courted for this position; there was no real interview. The PI knew me from years ago and cold-called me. He applied for a special exemption for my academic appointment based on my "highly specialized skills." I wish there *had* been an interview. It would have given me a more formal, structured opportunity to ask questions like, "What's your supervision style?" and get a sense of his people skills.
Interview Question – "Our grant money is coming from federal stimulus funds. Is it ok if we document your disability status in the paperwork regarding our study team? It will increase our chances, and your chances of getting/maintaining a job." View Answer
Negotiation Details –
There was zero negotiation.
Q: (unexpected phone call out of the blue) "I am a co-PI for a grant that just landed in my lap with no effort. I know nothing about the subject matter and you are an expert in the area. How about you come work as Project Director on the grant?"
A: (inner voice: Thank God, I've been unemployed for months.) "Why yes, that's sounds like a great match."
I filled out a form re: past employment experience along with salaries for those jobs. NOTE: HR will use your previous salaries as part of their formula to determine the step and rank within your classification. Be thorough and exhaustive in completing the form -- every job, accomplishment, award, publication, presentation, professional affiliation.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in May 2012.
Interview Details – Sent in my resume, received a phone call interview, followed by an in person interview with the Clinical Research Coordinator. Relatively standard questions: where do you/did you go to school, major, related job experience and related courses taken while in school.
Interview Question – nothing really unexpected, standard questions Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in June 2012.
Interview Details – They read from a default list of generic questions, leaving very little room for you to ask any questions.
Interview Question – why should we hire you? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in March 2012.
Interview Details – Temporary position for former boss, so the process was streamlined.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you developed a supervisory curriculum Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Only a bit.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in May 2010.
Interview Details – I have gone on many interviews at UCSF, and most of the time, the position is already filled by an internal candidate, and the people interviewing you are just trying to meet a required quota of people to meet with before they can go ahead and offer the position to someone that they have in mind. This was incredibly frustrating, because you are basically wasting your time; some of the interviewers were kind enough to let me know what was going on. Please ask if the interviewer already has a candidate in mind for the position before taking a lot of time and energy to interview for the position.
Interview Question – Why are you interested in this position? Answer Question
The process took 3 days - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in June 2010.
Interview Details – Meet with hiring manager, and 3 people who worked with the group. Each had their own concerns and needs
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for UCSF and are you willing to tough it out for at least a year? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation on salary, scales are set by contract. But hours were flexible.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) in December 2011.
Interview Details – THE UCSF was difficult for me mainly because I am new to the health field. They were really looking for an individual with at least a year of experience. Even though this was an entry level position. The culture of the hospital is very professional and I thought the person who interviewed was very professional and extremely nice. This hospital is extremely busy and fast past in comparison to many other hospital in the bay area.
Pros: “Lots of events and seminars with prominent speakers to attend. Get the sense that the faculty really care about the research associates/analysts/graduate students/postdocs in their lab. Faculty are attentive to concerns of their lab members. I feel like I have a project that could someday lead…” – Full Review
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