University of Minnesota Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2014
Updated Aug 31, 2014
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview Details

    Applied to program and selected based on undergraduate academic record

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Info Tech Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was essentially no negotiation. This employer sets a fixed hourly rate for part time positions.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    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)   View Answer
    • Because this is a new position, how do you see yourself in this position?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First an application comparable to other graduate engineering programs. No further feedback until acceptance. Then prospective weekend (fun, boozy).

    Interview Questions
    • Resume-based questions from a few profs when most were courting you.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Nonexistent.
    Accepted Offer
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Simply fill out a form of your preference for application. Soon or later when positions are available, you will be contacted and asked if you are still interested in being a TA. The position of which course is highly based on your course grade.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a transistor and how it works? (for semiconductor course)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Marketing Intern Interview

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    Interview Details

    Online application, followed by in-person interview

    Accepted Offer
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    Accounts Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Minnesota in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The job interview process is very smooth. This job involved interview process starting with screening interviews, followed by in-person interviews.They emailed me to have an interview with the manager. I did, and they told me result the next day.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the job online after seeing a paper posting in my research area. I talked with one of the interviewers prior to the actual interview in regards to what the job entailed and what their perspective of the job, the boss and the university was. I was notified that I was going to go through a personal interview about 6 weeks after applying for the job and received an offer about 4 weeks after that. The interview was a two person panel and they asked me questions about what I wanted out of this job and what I could provide for this research unit. There was nothing really difficult or unexpected about the questioning.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were all pretty straightforward in regards to the job expectations on my end and the employer's end, as well as what I wanted out of this job.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Visitor Relations Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Online or in-person application, on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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