University of Michigan Interview Questions

Updated Sep 26, 2014
Updated Sep 26, 2014
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Email, Recommended asked from advisor, then phone interview, finally visited on site. Met group members. Gave a seminar. Got an offer in two months.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Anonymous Interview

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    apply on common application and get admitted. High Gpa and TOEFL helps. nothing big deals.

    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Graduate Student Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Campus interview from a professor. About 50+ students got this inteview. Ask about research experience in details, walk through cv, no other technical questions. there is a recorder as back up

    No Offer
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    Housing Worker Interview

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    Student starting wage of $9.00/hour
         - Schedules that work around your classes
         - Discounted student meal
         - Potential for advancement to student manager positions
         - Valuable work experience to your resume
         - Chance to meet new people and have fun at work
         - No experience necessary!
         - Work Study and Non-Work Study positions available

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    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Marketing Director, Development Interview

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    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • No difficult questions. Honestly, the interviewing skills of U-M people are utterly sub-par.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Event Management Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Michigan in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my application last September, interviewed about a month later on the phone, got called in for an in-person interview a couple of weeks later. The interview lasted about 45 minutes and was pretty intense. There were two people interviewing me, but they were really nice and friendly so even though it felt intimidating it wasn't too bad. They asked pretty standard questions, and then ended up referring me to another department. I did another interview with the new department and got the job a few days later.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you have been innovative in a job.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Group interview with other coordinators in that therapeutic group, then 1:1 with hiring manager. Approximately 1.5 hours in length.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you did not meet or almost did not meet a deadline and why.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    One back and forth. Salary negotiation room ~$1500
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Was asked simple questions about my resume, previous work experience, what my long term goals were. I was asked if I have any long term ambitions, whether I wish to advance in the department. I was honest and said that was my long term goal and that starting as an administrative assistant was a way I imagined to get my "foot in the door"

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    • There was no unexpected questions, it was a pretty straight forward interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at University of Michigan.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by email. Interview with all the graduate students, postdocs and research scientists in the group.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of Michigan in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I found the description of the job on the employment posting website dedicated to Umich openings. I specifically used the filters to narrow down the posting options to those most relevant to me and my career interests. After submiting an online application, i received an email within a week from one of the Outreach Coordinators within the department asking me to send over a letter of interest and resume. A week later, I was contacted over the phone by the same coordinator to schedule an interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview process isn't too difficult or stressful, so long as you come prepared to discuss your personal strengths and areas that you would like to improve on as well as why you are interest in the position and what you have to offer the department.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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