University of British Columbia Interview Questions

Updated Aug 11, 2014
Updated Aug 11, 2014
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    Work Learn Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied through Career Services for quite a few work learn positions before summer hit. Positions I applied for did not have any phone screening process (all positions within IT). 2 of them were simple 1-on-1 interviews with the direct supervisor. One of them had two interviews, with the first being for fit and the second being a deeper dive into your experience. All interviews were around 20-30 mins in length.

    I was surprised that all three interviews were not at all structured as a typical corporate interview. It was an incredibly open-ended. There were of course the general questions at the beginning but it always led to them asking you to select something from your resume and doing a deeper dive into why you did it, what you got out of it, what you contributed and why it's relevant; be prepared for that.

    Interview Questions
    • No questions were particularly difficult, most questions were quite easy to answer as long as you have prepared meaningful points on the experiences you have listed on your resume.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I received an initial phone call screening followed with an immediate request for an interview,. After the initial interview, there was an approximate 10 day wait, then I received another phone call asking me to come in for a second interview with my potential boss. This wasn't so much of an interview as a fact finding mission for both of us to see if we would be compatible. The final phone call offering me the position arrived about 2 days after.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions, just be prepared, there were 2 people on the panel and they used a behavioral-based interview.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Difficult negotiation phase as this is a Union position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    professional, good structure, offer to provide information about experience, skills and qualifications, department representation and human resources, questions about work related pressures and on the job performance, future plans and goals, former employer, experience

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    No Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 months - interviewed at University of British Columbia.

    Interview Details

    work as a student assistant, then become a part-time worker, then become a full time worker.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Communications Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of British Columbia in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    During the hiring process, I first applied to the position through the UBC career website. About a week later I heard from my now supervisor inviting me to come in for an interview. The interview was friendly and my supervisor is very nice, knowledgable and punctual. The interview included a description of the project I would be working on, and invited me to explain how I saw a fit. Only a few hours later my supervisor informed me that I had an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't know if I could say there was a difficult question. I am very qualified for the position so all the questions flowed quite well.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation as it is a union position and the wage is determined by the job type
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at University of British Columbia in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    I knew someone who worked there already. Interview was with a senior research coordinator with lots of years of experience, and then with the PI. was informed of their decision within a week

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Marketing Communications Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kelowna, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a phone call a couple weeks later. I was asked to come in for an interview. In the end I had two interviews, both quite behavorial-based. Provided requested samples of my past work.

    Panel of 3 people interviewing me both times. Very polite and professional.

    Interview Questions
    • All of the questions were as I expected them to be, and totally appropriate for the job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary is pretty set, so you either accept it or you don't.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Student Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at University of British Columbia in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through the online forms and sent my CV, SOP, transcripts, three recommendation letters from my references and also standard language examination scores. I had phone interview once and got accepted. In the interview all the questions were technical and about the kind of research I was intended to carry out.

    Negotiation Details
    Ask for more funding.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of British Columbia in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was engaged with the supervisor during my previous study. And I established a strong connection with my supervisor. After my study, there is a need for me to continue working on a project because I had the most experiences and is more familiar with the project. Other than looking for someone else to work on the same project, my supervisor prefer to have me to continue working on it.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Database Design Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at University of British Columbia in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university co-op program, interview arranged by the coordinator.
    Interviewer asked about listings in resume in detail, then certain questions about basic biology area, protein specifically. After that, some basic MySQL knowledge, how database is organized and how to access information from a database

    Interview Questions
    • Knowledge about bio-informatics
      Knowledge about relational database design
        Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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