University College London Interview Questions in London, England

Updated Aug 9, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    applied via the UCL web-page, got an e-mail with invitiation to interview with a specific date and time. It took place about 2 weeks later and lasted for about 40 min. The interview panel had 3 people- everyone working in the lab. They asked about my previous experience, plans for the future and why am I not doing a PhD. I got an e-mail with comments a few days later. I didn't get the job, but the professor said I did a good job.

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    • previous experience and working with various molecular bio techniques   1 Answer
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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Interview round with principal investigator plus two additional independent panel members. 15 minute presentation given followed by round of questions. the process finalised by candidates being passed onto other lab members for a mini tour of the actual facilities and research area. overall a pleasant experience which made it less daunting and even enjoyable.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Application through online system. After a first shortlisting I was invited for a first interview (in person - but could have been via Skype if too far away) consisting of a presentation of one of my last projects, questions around two publications I was asked to read a couple of weeks before the interview day, and an attention to details test. After a second shortlisting, I was inviting for a 2-hour data analysis task to perform after a discussion with a mock collaborator.

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Funding position was advertised on a external website. Applying required submission of a general CV along with a personal statement and two references. Applications were whittled down to a few and were asked to be interviewed by the supervisors. The interview involved giving a presentation of current research (recently submitted Masters thesis) and general questions on the presentation followed by a discussion about the PhD research.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions related to by presentation, pretty simple ones. I think the main idea was to make sure I had an actual understanding of my thesis and the ability to convey it to a non-specialist audience.   Answer Question
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    Ph D Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in July 2012.

    Interview

    it's not difficult, just asked about the research proposal. Two professors asked me questions about my research proposal, what your plan is in the future 3-4 years, what your methodology is, how you can get the data, ect.

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    Negotiation

    Nothing

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in September 2014.

    Interview

    I sent in a CV and covering letter and got an invitation for an interview within a week. Very quick turn-around. The interview was with a panel five of future supervisors. I was asked to give a short presentation about my work and was asked skills questions (see below). The interview was mostly technical. But it was a good experience. Very friendly people.

    Interview Questions

    • "How would you address this problem"/"How would you go about solving this problem"   Answer Question
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    It was a panel interview with four professors including the head of the department and head of year. All the usual questions were asked, such as why do you want to do this? Why would you be a good candidate, as well as more personal and detailed previous experience questions.

    Interview Questions

    • How many hours do you think the typical PhD student works a week?   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted via email with interview offer 3 days after submitting application. Interview scheduled two weeks later. Interview in front of panel, with 10 min presentation. After the interview, contacted later that day by email with job offer, contingent on reference checks. Formal offer made one week after interview. Not much more to say really. Don't really understand why there is a requirement for fifty words minimum? Surely what I have already written is sufficient?

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    - Online application (CV, personal statement, research proposal etc.) - Assessment center type interview - Interviews are conducted by several potential supervisors - Final stage of interview is to give a 20 mins presentation of a research project or proposal and followed by 10-20 mins of questions However it varies from department to department. Some of my colleagues had only one interview with the potential supervisor.

    Interview Questions

    • Overall everyone is very accommodating. The process is very competitive. Questions can be very specific.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The starting time was negotiated

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    Teaching Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University College London (London, England (UK)) in August 2009.

    Interview

    Submission of CV and letter of interest - shortlist invited interview with panel of 3 faculty members (line manager, dept director, outsider)

    Interview Questions

    • How will the position help you achieve your long-term goals? and What can you contribute?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is little negotiation for this level position at UK universities. Salaries stick very close to determined scales.

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