University of California Berkeley Interview Questions

Updated Oct 25, 2014
Updated Oct 25, 2014
120 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

72%
23%
3%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

64%
19%
6%

Interview Difficulty

2.6
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Candidate Interview Reviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Fairly standard. Phone interview, scheduled interview with panel, one on one with hiring manager. Then references and background check.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Yes - but there was not much room for movement.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Applied through their portal. It took them couple of weeks to get in touch. The job, I would say, depends on the department you hired in and the project you get hired for. Interview is a round of technical review, followed by an HR. The technical interview follows a standard questionnaire format. Each question would need you to dig out an answer based on your experience. There a few direct technology related questions as well.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Lead Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview was about a half hour long and the interviewer asked me to go over my resume that was submitted then asked if i had any questions of her. Thankfully i have my resume memorized so this wasn't an issue, but it did make me feel as though the interviewer did not review it prior to the phone call.

    Interview Questions
    • I have experienced the "what are your weaknesses" questions before but never in a phone interview. This caught me by surprise.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Front-End Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    The process consisted of a traditional in-person interview at the CET's headquarters (located at the 11th floor of the Chase Bank building outside the Berkeley BART station). Since I interviewed for the Front End, I was mainly asked design questions about how I'd improve certain features of their layouts, followed by a slightly unexpected more technical question about text formatting. Before making their decision, they followed up by making me code up a static page about showcasing a company, which also wasn't that bad. Overall the process took less than 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you implement a "see more" functionality in Javascript if all you're given is a long string from the backend?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    MFE Applicant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of California Berkeley in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    After applying, they keep on contact and are very quick to respond to any queries. About 4 weeks after applying I got invited to interview. It was a skype interview with a past student who immediately sets you at ease. Started with some standard for questions like why finance as opposed to background, asked 1 or 2 things about the resume and then straight into 2 brain teasers. One was bizarre with tigers and sheep on an island, other was a probability one. Then moved onto some portfolio management questions and stats questions. Next was black scholes, more concentrating on intuition, and then time to ask questions and a casual chat. Overall pleasant and professional.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the Black Scholes questions that came up was about the risk neutral pricing measure which isn't impossible but, if you aren't fresh on it, was difficult to convey verbally off the cuff and unclear how much theory to go into or intuition.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Apply online and submit your resume and transcripts as well as TOEFL and GRE. No interview process. The application deadline is very early, and you must be aware of that. You'd better find some recommendation letters from a famous scientist or professors since that will be very helpful. There are number of fellowship opportunities in UCB.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Academic Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    Involves just one interview, with both behavioral and technical questions, largely behavioral though. 2-3 interviewers, at least one of which is a current tutor.

    Questions:
    - Why do you want to be a tutor?
    - Any teaching experience? If so, why do you want to continue?
    - How would you describe your teaching style?

    Then there's 2 role-play sessions which involve you tutoring one of the interviewers, largely to gauge response to difficult and/or unexpected questions. After the first session you get feedback and get to incorporate it into your second "tutoring".

    Done. Deadline for contacting back will be specified at the end of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you faced trouble in your studies.

      Role play: really depends on the tutor
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was initially referred by a friend for the position and given an interview after forwarding a resume through him to the manager. I interviewed directly with the manager rather than a hiring manager, basically reviewing my available hours and qualifications for the position. It was not until I accepted a verbal offer that I was required to fill out any paperwork to apply to the position and work with HR.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Assistant Coach Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had previous relationship with staff so interview process was them recruiting me via phone.

    Interview Questions
    • There is a salary freeze (and you're taking a paycut to start with)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None - salary freeze at the time
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Fundraiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview Details

    First is a phone interview where they asked some difficult questions where you had to think and respond fast.
    Second is an on-site interview with a small group of about 4-5 people. The manager gives a presentation on the company and what to expect, then interviews 1-on-1 asking some basic questions.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had a good conversation with one of the prospects but they refuse to donate the $2000 you asked for, how would you respond?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation, salary is base $10.00/ hour with bonuses
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

See What University of California Berkeley Employees Are Saying

 Current Anonymous Employee

Pros: “Good to practice teaching and communication skills if you feel like teaching.” Full Review

Work at University of California Berkeley? Share Your Experiences

University of California Berkeley

 
Click to Rate
or

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.