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University of Michigan Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Patient Service Assistant Interview

Patient Service Assistant
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Michigan in January 2011.

Interview Details – Quick interview, typing test, computerized listening test.

Negotiation Details – Not negotiatable


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Media Assistant Interview

Media Assistant
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at University of Michigan in December 2012.

Interview Details – Very relaxed interview process. I applied online through the University's student employment board, was emailed and had an in person interview with two people 2 days later and was hired 3 days after that. Questions were a mix of standard ("What are your strength and weaknesses," etc) and tailored to the position (experience with Adobe suite, etc).

Interview Question – They were all fairly standard.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Mine is an hourly student position so I didn't negotiate.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

Interviewed at University of Michigan

Interview Details – Interviewed for a semester-long research project with the School of Nursing. The faculty member there was very courteous and prompt with scheduling my interview. I was among a stack of around 30+ resumes for four positions. I heard back in a few weeks after she interviewed all of the candidates.

Interview Question – The interview was a straight-forward set of behavioral questions. Most were specific to the job description. For example: tell me about when you were assertive, or tell me about what's not on your resume. It was a good experience in interview practice as she used questions I've seen before. It ultimately came down to previous work experience as many candidates were interested in the learning experience the job provided.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Graduate Student Instructor Interview

Graduate Student Instructor

Interviewed at University of Michigan

Interview Details – The hiring process depends on the department. Officially, interviews are typically not required. The application process just consists of submitting a resume, cover letter, references, etc. If you are chosen to be hired, you then fill out all of the legal paperwork for taxes, health care, etc. Unofficially, prior to submitting an application, many people start networking the prior semester, a few months before applications are due. This involves emailing the professors, meeting with them to discuss their interests, your skill set, etc.

Interview Question – There weren't any interviews, and the application questions are all straightforward. No surprises, really.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The contract is standard; no room for negotiation.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Senior Marketing Director, Development Interview

Senior Marketing Director, Development

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Michigan in October 2013.

Interview Details – My experience mirrored the general lack of civility in hiring these days. I was invited to interview with the HR person for a senior-level role and was told it would last one hour. I arrived for my interview 10 minutes early. I was directed to a seating area to wait (pretty much a point-and-grunt direction). 25 minutes later, I asked the receptionist if the interviewer knew I was there. She sneered and said, "She's in a meeting. She'll be here when it's over." 15 minutes after that (30 minutes after the appointment and just as I was considering leaving), the HR person showed up and tossed off a cursory "sorry I'm late." Our conversation went well, and she said (as if she'd just thought of it), "Let me see if xxx available!" Xxx is the hiring manager, so they had apparently worked out this little charade ahead of time, that she would invite me to stay if I was worth the time. She asked if I had time to stay. Honestly, I didn't. I had planned for an hour, which was what they'd indicated. I was supposed to dial in to a conference call for my current job, but that would have been the wrong answer. So, I missed an important meeting and interviewed with the hiring manager.

After the interview, I sent thank-you emails to the HR person and xxx and attached references, because they indicated they wanted to make a decision quickly. Neither acknowledged receipt of my email. And I sent handwritten notes, of course. Over the next two weeks, I followed up with both and neither responded. At this point, I assumed I was out of the running, but then I learned the HR person was on a planned-but-not-mentioned medical leave, so, who knows. I followed up (twice) with the designated person handling her workload. Finally, she returned my call and delivered the bad news -- but didn't have any feedback for me because she "wasn't involved in the hiring decision."

It is most depressing that employers treat their candidates so shoddily, but, sadly, it is typical. Looking forward to the economy improving and organizations having to compete for employees again. (Sniff. I miss the '90s.)

Interview Question – No difficult questions. Honestly, the interviewing skills of U-M people are utterly sub-par.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Lecturer Interview

Lecturer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at University of Michigan.

Interview Details – Submitted my CV, interviewed with the Dean and got the offer.

Interview Question – there were not very difficult question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – very short. Through email. I asked for more, but they declined.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Registered Nurse Interview

Registered Nurse
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 days - interviewed at University of Michigan in April 2012.

Interview Details – Attended a Nursing Open House. Made some contacts, set up interviews for the very next day. Applied to recommended positions and was hired right away.

Interview Question – What are you looking for in the future?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. We have a nursing union that negotiates our salaries for us. The starting pay, benefits, and bonuses were generous and I willingly accepted the position.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Neuroscience Graduate Student Interview

Neuroscience Graduate Student
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 days - interviewed at University of Michigan in January 2010.

Interview Details – Everyone was extremely friendly. They made me feel i had become part of a family even before I was accepted. I felt welcome and taken care of from the very start.

Interview Question – I really didn't have any difficult or unexpected question. We talked about science and we all enjoyed our time spent talking.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Managing Director Interview

Managing Director
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at University of Michigan in March 2009.

Interview Details – Very well planned, was greeted in the lobby with a smile. Confusion about the salary process; could have been better.

Interview Question – Questions about the political implications of healthcare reform   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Terrible. I was misled about the salary for the position, but had already turned down the other offer I had received from another company. The people in interviewed with were not in charge of the salary process.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Michigan in July 2009.

Interview Details – I posted a resume with the university's Career Center, and a few days later a professor contacted me offering to come in and interview for a position of a Research Assistant. The interview went well, we went over my background and skills, and the professor emailed me shortly after offering the job.

Interview Question – I cannot remember exactly, but the professor was very friendly, so i think all the questions were rather easy.   Answer Question

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