University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Research Fellow Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Research Fellow Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at University of Melbourne.
Interview Details – allow sufficient time;
are conducted in a private and comfortable environment;
pose probing questions without creating undue stress;
have questions framed around the selection criteria;
have the candidates’ responses recorded;
will clarify each candidate’s interpersonal skills;
will explore gaps or discrepancies;
probe reasons for leaving previous positions;
where each panel member checks their assumptions and biases;
clarify that the applicant can carry out all aspects of the job.
Interview Question – canvas core topics agreed upon and asked of all candidates;
maintain control of the interview;
apply criteria in an objective and neutral way in their evaluation of the candidates;
have the ability to formulate probing questions that lead to a full, complete and accurate picture of the candidate;
are objective and neutral in their evaluation of the candidates and their employment situations;
have the ability to draw out examples of the individual?s attitudes, temperament, beliefs and experiences;
know about legal issues concerning discriminatory inference and/or intrusive questions that infringe on privacy;
are highly skilled at listening and evaluating what is being said and how it is expressed;
are professional but friendly, helping the applicant feel relaxed and comfortable enough to present in the best possible way. Answer Question
Research Fellow Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Melbourne in March 2010.
Interview Details – Internal referral within the University. Invited to interview with academic I knew and who knew my work. One on one interview concerning the possible position and the likely work entailed. The work was basically laboratory work/report & paper writing/supervision of research assistants and undergrad students. I was asked to give a proposal on the spot, as to how I would initially go about engineering/solving the solution to the specific challenges entailed for the position. I was also asked about my career plans. I was offered the job at the end of the interview - which I immediately accepted.
Interview Question – It was a technical question regarding the step by step process I would go through to synthesize particular chemical products? How I would design the chemical products ? why ? in what stages I would examine the different designs ? why ? Answer Question