UMBC Interview Questions

Updated Jul 9, 2014
Updated Jul 9, 2014
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days - interviewed at UMBC.

    Interview Details

    Knew the person prior to the interview, then interviewed members of the lab and finally presented my previous research. It was a basic interview but generally anticlimactic as the person had made the decision prior to offering the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at UMBC.

    Interview Details

    Mostly technical. Questions about previous research experience with emphasis on hypothesis testing. Assessment of level of motivation. They do not ask questions pertaining to coursework that you will take after joining.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Graduate Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    RA is supported by the advisor. So choose advisor wisely. Talk with his/her previous students. Usually advisors focus on their own publications. You do not want to choose who does not want to help the student.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Executive Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Catonsville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Catonsville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UMBC in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is like most. There is the initial paperwork, then testing depending on what position you are applying for. Then, the people that are considered "ideal" candidates are invited in for an interview, which may involve more than one person at a time.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    The negotiation phase was very short as I had been out of work for some time and needed to secure employment as soon as possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at UMBC in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I found out that my initial communications were a reflection of the overall process I would be going through after I was hired - meaning that because ambiguity was a part of the interview, it would also be a part of the job. Discovering the connection each of the employees has with each other was important because it meant that there was a way that I could reach out to respond later on for following up with a thank you note.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was about what I thought art was, and how I believed it applied to this position. It made me believe I was being asked to be too subjective, and it seemed off-topic to me.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation, it was a take it or leave it scenario.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Adjunct Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at UMBC in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met through a professional association meeting, presented at several functions and was offered the opportunity to join the faculty. Interview was informal. Application and evidence of background in research, writing, and teaching were based on actual examples, reference checks, and transcripts. Other faculty met with me informally as my background and theirs were similar and they wanted to learn more about my experience.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Salaries are based on formula tied to State of Maryland academic appointments.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    None, advisor has to have money to fund your research. So you research credentials and other academic performance is taken into consideration.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    none. its a fixed set amount specified in the graduate student handbook
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Executive Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Greenbelt, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greenbelt, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at UMBC in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    The preliminary step to the interview process for this position requires taking a typing test. The actual interview was not 1-on-1, but sort of a panel interview, but everyone made me feel comfortable. Afterwards, there was a series of emails. I even received emails about doing certain tasks before I actually started working.

    Interview Questions
    • The salary cut I endured was a lot more than I expected ($25K) -- nothing to take lightly, but I needed a job, so ... There really wasn't an unexpected or difficult question -- I just had to get past the 25K paycut!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much negotiation...I needed a job and they offered -- even though it was $25K less than my last job. I had to accept the fact that my last job was with a law firm and this job was with a state-run university. So, here I am ...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at UMBC in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone and Video conference call interviews.
    The phone interview was a 1:1 interview with my new boss, the video conference call was with all the memnber from the lab present.
    The interviews consisted in talking about my previous skills and waht the work was about

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Budgeting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at UMBC in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    They asked about my skills and strengths and weaknesses.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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