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    Farm Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of California in January 2009.

    Interview

    Applied through university website. contacted within 1 week for on site interview. Traveled to location, then had a panel interview followed by the director 1:1 interview. The interview panel were my peers in UCANR, had questions regarding the research I do. I presented a science presentation, followed by on-site writing sample over my seminar topic geared to grower perspective.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you would use a split plot design in your field of research.   1 Answer
    • Describe the life cycle of 'such and such' organism.   1 Answer
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No, they are strict on the compensation- at least with me. They wouldn't go up any more, because I didn't have any post graduate work experience. They at least said it was related to years of work experience. Ph.D automatically places at assistant level step III, more years work experience get higher steps. Tried to negotiate my spousal accommodation, but didn't work either. They hem hawed around on it.

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    Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of California (San Francisco, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    They went through a series of questions.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    pay

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of California in August 2008.

    Interview

    I was first asked to apply for the job by a co-worker. After applying I was than called and given a choice for interview times. The first phase of interviews was with a large panel. They each took turns asking questions. I chose to answer concise, direct answers. I had prepared points to tie into their questions that would highlight specific skills and ideas I had to contribute. Second phase, second interview with a smaller panel of the directors. Interivew was very straightforward. I shared alot about myself, asked very few questions.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    offered given, I asked to be able to still have the few days of vacation already schedualed. offer accepted

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of California (Oakland, CA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Very well organized. Interview set up by phone with a detailed email - interview committee, location and interview format. Pleasant experience. I was taken aback at the number of empty cubicles and storage rooms. Still ramping up from a reorganization. Did not hear back after interview although followup was offered after the interview. Difficult to say what the office is like. Work culture I believe is - do more work with less - less resources and less time.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you were in charge and the outcome was not as expected.   Answer Question
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    Secretary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of California (Oakland, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewers are nice.

    Interview Questions

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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at University of California in May 2010.

    Interview

    I was contacted for a phone interview with someone in human resources. I did well and they called me the next day and asked if I could interview in person within a day or two. As I lived in the opposite end of the state, it was a stretch for me to be able to do that. I wanted the job, however, so I purchased a plane ticket and took a day off work to interview in person. The second interview consisted of a group interview with six managers and department personnel. They each took turns asking questions and were all very friendly. I felt I was in sync with what they wanted and they exemplified what I was looking for in a work culture. Lastly, I did a skills test which included internet research and composing mock emails to professors and students. I felt very confident that I had researched the information correctly and composed professional emails. Despite having purchased a plane ticket, hotel, and car rental (yes, they were aware of this), I never heard back from anyone. I sent follow-up emails, a voicemail, and was ignored.

    Interview Questions

    • A mother of a student calls you and is frantic that her son has lost his wallet while studying abroad. How do you handle the situation?   Answer Question
    • If you were a type of cheese, what type of cheese would you be and why?   Answer Question
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    Resident Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of California.

    Interview

    You have to do a group interview as well as a two on one interview. The group interview is about how you can work with a team and whether you can step up and also step down. The two on one interview is about your experience and problem-solving skills.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if someone gave you the answers to a test you were stressed out about?   Answer Question
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Awkward, the colleagues seemed tense as if they didn't want to work there.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of California in February 2010.

    Interview

    There is no interview to get the position for the first year of tenure. Allocation of position is entirely based on some ordinary application requirements, research proposal, support of mentor in selected UC campus, and 3 letters of recommendation. To renew the position for a second year candidates present a personal progress report, justification of need to renew the fellowship, and a report by the mentor. While in certain cases candidates are selected for a 1:1 interview (or small panel interview), in other cases the renewal is granted simply after assessment of renewal application, and no interviews are required.

    Interview Questions

    • None. All questions were based on the ongoing research, progress report and academic plans for the future, so no surprises. The interviewee is always in control, as questions pertain to his own work. Interviewer was supportive at all times and offered good "mentoring" tips and advice.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not applicable. The fellowship comes with a closed salary amount not subject to negotiation. It is the same for all fellows across the board (except minor differences by discipline, especially in sciences --biology, chemistry, etc-- where fellows may have greater start costs, need for expensive materials, etc.)

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of California in September 2011.

    Interview

    Everyone in this office is very professional and helpful.

    Interview Questions

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