University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Updated Jul 30, 2014
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Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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Apply through University admission website. Requires a moderate to high GRE. A good GPA is also required along with 100+ TOEFL score. Publication records are always adding extra value.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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    Phone/skype interviews...will ask about your past experiences and research

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    Accepted Offer
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I was given an small project before the offer was made. The project was related to the research I gonna do when I joined the lab. The professor made the offer after I delivered the results.

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    • The professor gave me a programming project and expected me to complete within a week. He also had me to complete a literature review and make a powerpoint presentation on the research topic I will begin with in his lab.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The GRA stipend was standard.
    Accepted Offer
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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    High GPA, especially in the coursework of your major.
    Good recommendation letters from at least three professors.
    Good research experiments recommended.

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    • no unexpected questions. Bring your resume to professors. Read their papers beforehand.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2012.

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    Number of Interviews: 1
    Method: Skype, after being accepted by department, that was the interview to be accepted into research group to be funded with tuition waiver and monthly salary
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Content: previous experiences in the related research area, honors, GPA

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    • How do your experiences make you a good fit for this position?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    First got admitted to the department based on academic standing (mostly GPA and some research background), and then chose an advisor. The choice was fixed after an individual interview with one of his students to inspect my knowledge background. It was not hard to find an advisor after being formally admitted to the program.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Interview Details

    Getting this position requires having an advisor (or finding one) who needs graduate students to do the work. Already being a part of the University is "bonus points" as the faculty already know who you are and are familiar with any other work you may have done. This does not mean that coming from outside the University is a detriment, it just may take a little more work at proving your worth.

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    • I did not have an unexpected question as my interview was pretty much me asking my advisor if he needed work, he said yes, I asked if I could do it, and he said yes again.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation phase in the department. You get the same rate as all the other grad researchers. Those of us who worked at the sattalite lab out in Rantoul also got a gas bonus.
    Accepted Offer

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