University of California Berkeley Interview Questions

Updated Aug 4, 2015
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    Postdoctoral Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview

    After contacting directly with PI, I was asked several questions about the research projects in the previous institute (through email). About ~2 weeks after interview, I was invited to a seminar with a small group. An offer was given after the seminar.

    Negotiation

    Not much room for negotiation.

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    CSS RA III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Phone and Skype interviews, I applied online and the first phone call was general and brief. Basically going over my resume and interest in the job. Second interview was a group Skype interview with several specific job related questions and hypothetical senerios. The overall process took about a month which seems standard for universities.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a professor that is trying to spend grant money on something that is not allowed?   1 Answer
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA).

    Interview

    Applied to an online job posting. Got a call for a phone interview approx. 2 weeks later. Phone interview was with two people who worked in department. It was a 30 minute interview and they asked me several questions about my past experience and how I would handle situations that came up. If you are well prepared it should be smooth.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the greatest challenge facing the UC Berkeley community?   Answer Question
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview

    once you get admitted to phD program, then you go talk to professors and find phD project that interests you most. After that, you go to the payroll office to finish the paper work.

    Interview Questions

    • you has to get very high GPA from prestigious undergrad programs, some research/job experience is a plus   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    it's a phD program, there's no negotiation.

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    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at University of California Berkeley.

    Interview

    Very pleasant experience, applied online, got call for interview one week later. Met with HR and got offer 1 week later. h. h. h .h. h . h . h. h . h. h . h . h . . h

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    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Human Resources rep meets with department and hiring manager for an intake process meeting. Advertised on in house and various well known job sites, recruiter sourced his/her files of relevant candidates, a hiring committee screened for "yes, no, and maybe" candidates, then had panel interviews with 5 finalists, then chose 2 most likely to get hired hiring manager interviewed both and choose candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your most difficult challenge and how did you resolve it?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Panelists' attitude.

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    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manchester, NH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (Manchester, NH) in May 2014.

    Interview

    They were pretty casual, mainly questions about relevant work experience. Sometimes they ask for references. Works differently for different departments. Need to go prepared to convince them why you are fit for the role

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to do this job?   1 Answer
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    Visiting Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    flew to california for a meeting, just went trough my cv together with my future advisor. Showed him some previous work I had done in the field. All very informal and easy.

    Interview Questions

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    Temporary Senior Custodian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I was interviewed over the phone, as I had previously worked there, and on-site interviews are only given to new employees. They asked me to talk about my past relevant work experience, then about 4 to 8 questions about janitorial work. I was informed that I would be contacted by email for further information.

    Interview Questions

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    Caller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA).

    Interview

    I sent in a resume and cover letter online. The manager immediately replied and said he would be interested in scheduling a phone interview. The interview was brief, easy and fun. I believe the manager wanted to make sure I was sociable on the phone. Afterward, a similar 1:1 live interview. I later heard back that I could come to a training on "getting in the door" and other sales techniques (paid to attend training). Once the training ended, I was brought on as a caller.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation where someone wanted to give to Cal, but simply "did not have the money"?   Answer Question

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