University of Iowa Interview Questions

Updated Jan 27, 2015
Updated Jan 27, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Iowa.

    Interview Details

    In order to interview for this position I first had to go through an application. We had a short application process including references, information about involvement in activities, other jobs and organizations, and a few short answers. Once the applications were all received they narrowed it down and called in applicants for an in person 2:1 interview. It only lasted about a half hour and was the final step in the process. Final decisions were made around April. Nothing out of the ordinary. All questions were typical.

    Interview Questions
    • What past experiences make you qualified for this position?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Rhetoric TA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    There aren't really any interviews. Your department sponsors you and depending on the number of positions Rhetoric has received that year, you get it or you don't.

    Interview Questions
    • You will have to participate in professional development though.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Salary is decided by union and university.
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Catering Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    first receive an email from the supervisor concerning the possible time to conduct an interview; then during the interview I was asked about my expectation to the future work

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions indeed and not too much questions for this position   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Student Research Specialist Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very simple. I applied the week of finals during the Fall semester and then heard back the week before the Spring Semester began. Went in for an interview, they basically wanted to see my excel proficiency and how I made an ugly spreadsheet look nicer.

    Interview Questions
    • Most unexpected questions had to do with Adobe (because a lot of the work is in acrobat pro).   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    ESL Lecturer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Iowa in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    The entire interview process for this position was conducted over the telephone. After a standard application with CV, 3 letters of recommendations, and a cover letter, I was contacted within 6 weeks to set up an initial screening interview. This interview lasted approximately 30 minutes and was conducted with a panel of 3 people from the university's Intensive English Program. Most questions dealt quite specifically with trade based situations (e.g. When teaching pronunciation, do you focus more on segmentals or supersegmentals?) There was little in the way of questioning regarding me personally; it was almost entirely based on teaching practices. A few weeks later, I was contacted for a follow up / final interview. This also took place over the phone, and lasted only slightly longer than the initial interview. Again, questions were primarily based on classroom practice. An example would be, "How would you explain to a student in the simplest terms the difference between the present perfect and the past continuous?" All interviewers were cordial and professional.

    Interview Questions
    • If a student were to come to you during your office hours upset about a grade that he/she earned and was inconsolable (i.e. was not satisfied with your explanation of your grade), what action would you take?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation took place, but the salary is quite acceptable for a 9 month contract with a possibility to teach summers as well.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at University of Iowa.

    Interview Details

    After admitted by school, I send my former work to a professor and since it matches the lab work, I got the job without a formal interview. But I bet the school applying procedure covered this part already. Compare to RA position, applying school program would be much harder and important.

    Interview Questions
    • I have to write something to submit...but to be honest, grad school application is more about all the former experience and submitted documents. The hardest for me might be write out a ps that suitable for this lab.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  8.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of Iowa in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Pretty selective interview process

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to do research for the rest of your life.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation phase... this is graduate school.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Financial Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at University of Iowa in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is very bland. They ask you the stereotypical questions, "Why would you like to work here?" and "why you think you would be good fit with the Alumni Foundation?"

    Interview Questions
    • You don't have any previous finance experience and your not a finance major, so why should we hire you?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Dining Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at University of Iowa in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very casual interview. No real questioning. I walked in and I was immediately given an orientation of the place. There was a great sense of trust once I walking in the door. To be hired you apply online and usually get a call within the first few days. There are always shifts open.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Iowa in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I knew the hiring professor so did not need to interview - it was a specific contract for the semester. Had I needed to interview, it would have been different. The application process starts via online system and you get a call or you don't.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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