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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) May 2011 – Reviewed Apr 15, 2013
Interview Details – Interviewed over Skype while at my previous position. Interview consisted of a 20min presentation and the rest was fine. Hired from that, without setting up an in-person meeting, which was possibly not a good idea as I should have had the chance to see the place in the flesh.
Interview Question –
Outside of work, what interested do you have?
Yes really, the only question I stumbled on as I wasn't prepared! View Answer
Negotiation Details – Got everything I asked for. Pretty straight forward.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Mar 24, 2013
Interview Details – there is no interview or standardized hiring process. The coordinator makes a judgement, sometimes in consultation with other senior invigilators, as to who should be promoted from the regular invigilator staff. There are no criteria specified. Invigilators are not asked. There are no performance reviews. It is a very haphazard situation.
Interview Question – There were no questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – THere was none. You either accepted the conditions or you did not.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Feb 22, 2013
Interview Details – Contacted through university website, got an email saying they'd like to talk to me. Interview was one on one, with 2 of their employees. One was their lab manager at the time, the other one was working on a project at that lab. Had a quick conversation about how I like to get work done, how I organize everything, how am I with deadlines. Overall, very nice and fair interview.
Interview Question – There was a question on calculating concentration of something, but units were not known to me, so I couldn't convert. But it wasn't a big deal to them, I just explained the logic and my understanding of the question. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) – Reviewed Feb 22, 2013
Interview Details – Most positions at the University of British Columbia are union positions and, as such, priority is given to individuals who already work at UBC. Once they have gone through any internal applications, they will start considering external applicants. They will do an in person interview, usually with a small panel of interviewers from the department that posted the job ad.
Interview Question – What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Feb 15, 2013
Interview Details – Consisted of a one-on-one interview with the professor for around 30 minutes. Asked about relevant experience and expectations of the job.
Interview Question – Please go over all your research experience. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) Sep 2012 – Reviewed Nov 13, 2012
Interview Details – Initially it was a phone call for a five minute chat concerning why I applied and to schedule an appropriate time for the interview. The interview itself was about an hour and fifteen minutes, with 35 minutes of questions, and 40 minutes problem solving and skill testing. The problem solving and skill test was specific to the job in question. Basic communications skills via email were also assessed. The interview wrote down everything I said, but was very friendly and gave guidance during the interview.
Interview Question – Searching for a particular case and using/navigating their internal database. We were provided with basic instructions on a single sheet of paper and was expected to simulate a part of our everyday function. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The hours were negotiable and fairly flexible based on my own schedule.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) May 2008 – Reviewed Sep 6, 2012
Interview Details –
3 rounds of interviews - one to two week lag in communication between rounds.
Questions are more situational than technical.
Interview Question – Networking concepts and specific Q&A including TCP/IP and OSI reference models comparison. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation room.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) Apr 2011 – Reviewed Oct 9, 2011
Interview Details – Personal contact requested I apply to posting. posting then came through on online HR site. Process included an informal phone interview/conversation, a panel interview with Directors and then a 1:1 interview with immediate superior.
Interview Question – You have lots of experience being an entrepreneur, and being your own boss, how will that expereince translate to a large organisation? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Vancouver, BC (Canada) Jul 2010 – Reviewed Sep 28, 2011
Interview Details – First interview with two managers from the team and one other staff member. Standard behavioral type questions. 2 Days later a second interview with one of the same managers, and two others from the team. An "in basket" test was also given - I was placed at a computer in the office and had to answer some questions/use some data. Basically they want to see samples of your writing as the position was heavily email based. I received a phone call offer the next day from HR person who had not been at any interviews. Prior communication had been via email with the office's receptionist.
Interview Question – Imagine that you had 60 seconds to make your last pitch to us about why we should hire you. What would you say? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was only able to negotiate the start date - they wanted me to start right away (in 2 days) I asked to start the following week. The position was unionized so there was no possibility to negotiate any other aspect.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Port Coquitlam, BC (Canada) Jun 2009 – Reviewed Mar 8, 2011
Interview Details – Basically, you get scheduled for an interview, then you show up and find out that it's a group interview with 5-10 other people. In the interview, the group asks questions as you try to stand out. Then the manager will call you in one by one to give you the results. It is pretty clear that some people don't stand out and they get the job anyways (they'll hire about 90% of all people). For those that don't get hired, it almost feels fake like they were paid to be there so it seems like not everyone gets the job but don't really know if that is really the case although many have said that is the case.
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