University of Minnesota Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview

    Applied through online system. Got an phone interview in 1 month. the phone talk is within 10 mins. Mainly about my previous research experience. The interviewer is pretty nice, no tricky questions, pretty informal talk. I think that the phone interview is mainly about testing my communication skills.

    Interview Questions

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    Adjunct Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I was a Masters student when I was asked to apply for an adjunct assistant professor position. I think I was in the right place at the right time because someone else had just given their notice. I was offered the position before it was posted online. It was opened, I applied and the posting was closed.

    Negotiation

    Not much to negotiate in my department. Everyone who is adjunct makes the same salary. Perks are in the form of lighter teaching loads or release time.

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    Radiologic Technologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Hiring process was quick and easy. Be sure to show up on time, but not too early (10 minutes prior). Be prepared for any question asked, and in return be ready to ask a few of your own questions. Be engaged in the interview, show your interest in the company. Most importantly be yourself!

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    • Explain a time when you and a co-worker had a disagreement. How did it end?   1 Answer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview

    It was a quick and easy interview. Met with my direct supervisor/boss and it was a great way to get to know/feel what to expect from the company.

    Interview Questions

    • How comfortable are you using interpreters to obtain research data from patients/subjecst?   Answer Question
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Series of interviews: phone, first and second interviews. Was contacted unsolicited through Indeed.com and cleared schedule on short notice for on-campus interviews, which took nearly 4 hours total plus a 30-minute phone interview. Brought writing and presentation samples. Studied website for a minimum of 2 hours. The process is lengthy and sometimes you're simply being interviewed for EOE purposes because they already have someone in mind.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in the position   1 Answer
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    Instructor, College of Science and Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Duluth, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at University of Minnesota (Duluth, MN).

    Interview

    I was already familiar with the faculty and was offered the job without an official interview.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There is no real negotiation. The union negotiates your salary and raise.

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview

    Applied to program and selected based on undergraduate academic record

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    None

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    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN).

    Interview

    Met with the Graduate Program Director. Asked questions on motivation behind pursuing graduate studies.

    Interview Questions

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    Administrative Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in December 2013.

    Interview

    I submitted an application in November and didn't hear back until December. The interview process took 2 weeks, but once you hear back, it moves quickly. There are a lot of busy schedule to coordinate. So timing can be difficult. I applied online, did research, reached out via LinkedIn

    Interview Questions

    • It takes time to learn and get acclimated to the University. What are you plans here with the university? (i.e. will you stay for the long haul)   1 Answer
    • Because this is a new position, how do you see yourself in this position?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There isn't much you can negotiate because it's union. They have a formula they used to figure out what they can offer you. If I had to do it again, I would clearly ask what they used to consider into this calculation. Ask for specifics, like "did you notice my certificate in ____?" Or "did you see that I am a member of ___ and completed continuing education?" then from there start your negotiation. Research is BIG at the U. So really show that you add value to the U. The pay is lower than private sectors, but the benefits and job security is much better. You can only get a standard 3% salary increase per year afterward. Therefore, it's important to take time in negotiation and really get what you want. Ask for it. Other perks are available too. Working from home, flex time, start early, work longer days and take Friday off etc. just not salary. If they won't give you the salary you want. Ask for time to think about it. Then come back with what you want and re-negotiate. Don't cave. It's a lot of work just to get you to this phase, so even if you feel like you want this job, take time to think clearly. All they can do is say no to one specific request. Like no, you can't start at 6 AM, but you can at .... You won't know until you ask Figure out your BATNA

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    Info Tech Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in December 2013.

    Interview

    There was only one interview. It was with a full professor and two other post-doc graduate students. The interview was very friendly and lasted a little over an hour. Most of the questions were aimed at inquiring about where I see myself being the most effective. A lot of time was spent explaining the nature of the work I would be involved with. They gave no indication at the end about if they were leaning toward hiring me or not.

    Interview Questions

    • I found the most difficult question was simply: "What are your constraints?" It was harder to think about and answer that than a straight question about greatest weakness or shortcoming.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was essentially no negotiation. This employer sets a fixed hourly rate for part time positions.

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