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Associate Director Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Houston in December 2010.
Interview Details – I saw the position advertised through a professional association. The closing date was that day so I took a chance and emailed the hiring manager about whether I should still apply since it was a sure bet that they already had a lot of applicants. The manager sent back an immediate reply that the department would welcome my application. Soon after I sent my resume and cover letter, I was invited for an interview cycle.
Interview Question – Most of the questions were standard behavior-based interview questions ("Tell us about a time when...") with a couple more hard-hitting questions about why I wanted to work at UH. One interviewer didn't seem satisfied with my responses and no matter what I said, she kept asking the same question but phrased slightly differently each time. I was starting to get frustrated but I stayed calm and later I found out that she recommended that I be hired. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation but the offer was fair.
Associate Director Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Houston in October 2009.
Interview Details – Met with the Department Head and discussed the advantages of the position and how I could best perform the duties. It was important to have a clear view of where the program was and where it should be going. Specifics weren't needed just a clear plan for overall program growth. Networking was a key to getting into this interview.
Interview Question – Why do you want this position? View Answer
Negotiation Details – In academia money is usually tight and negotiations were limited for pay. Consider other resources you may want... ie. office with window.
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