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University of Minnesota Interview Questions & Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated May 20, 2014
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Info Tech Professional Interview

Info Tech Professional
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and 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 Question – 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

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Graduate Research Assistant Interview

Graduate Research Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2009.

Interview Details – I applied for the position through the graduate school and my specific department in late December and was contacted about acceptance in March, fairly early for a graduate school. The application included a personal statement and a statement of diversity (i.e. how I would contribute to the University's diversity). I got a competitive offer, visited the school in person (visit was paid for by the school) and decided to accept the offer. I started graduate school the following August.

Interview Question – I wasn't sure how to answer the diversity question because I am not a minority in most situations. I acknowledged that in the statement and discussed how my educational experience would give me unique insights, another type of 'diversity.'   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at University of Minnesota in September 2010.

Interview Details – After applying through the University's HR website, I was invited to interview before a 4-person selection committee, 3 members were from the office that was hiring with the 4th from a related office. They were obviously asking the same questions of each interviewee but the questions were applicable to the specific position that I was interviewing for. Because of the standardization, they didn't ask follow-up questions or give much feedback, and it was a challenge to show personality and make connections with each person but possible with conscious effort.

The second interview was much more informal and was basically a chat in a coffee shop to make sure I was a good fit for the office culture. I toured the office and was introduced to the full team. I believe they did this with one other final candidate.

Interview Question – Always ALWAYS have a specific answer to why you want to work at the U of M, school/department, and office.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The initial offer was fair enough and I was so desperate and inexperienced that I didn't even try to negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Visitor Relations Representative Interview

Visitor Relations Representative
Minneapolis, MN

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

Interview Details – Online or in-person application, on-site interview.

Interview Question – None out of the ordinary.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Student Development Representative Interview

Student Development Representative
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 days - interviewed at University of Minnesota in November 2011.

Interview Details – Was incredibly easy. Basically if they ask you to come in for a second interview after the phone interview you have the job.

Interview Question – Do you like telemarketers?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Accounts Assistant Interview

Accounts Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – tell me about yourself   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Cashier Interview

Cashier
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Minnesota in September 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process for the cashier position at the University of Minnesota- University Dining Services is fair and easy. To get the job, you have to be a student of the University, either part time of full time and then have good communications skills. Basic math skills are required too , for some positions.

Interview Question – background check   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Usher Interview

Usher
Minneapolis, MN

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at University of Minnesota in March 2009.

Interview Details – My initial communication with the supervisors at Ted Mann Concert Hall was via email, and soon after I was invited to take a tour and have an informal interview. The House Managers were courteous and well-spoken, and were very direct. The interview was short, and I didn't have a clear idea of how they felt about me.

Interview Question – What do you feel has best prepared you to work here?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate anything.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2011.

Interview Details – I initially applied through the UMN employment site, which allows you to directly upload all your documents (CV, cover letter, etc.). Within several days I was emailed to set up an interview time. Several days later I had my interview on site and was then given a tour of our building. Within a week I was called with notification that I was given the position! Email communication was always very prompt.

Interview Question – As I was working in a department within the medical school, many questions involved patient privacy within clinical trials, familiarities with HIPPA guidelines, etc.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Fellow
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in January 2009.

Interview Details – Submit your application, wait for an email invitation from the head of the clinic. They will ask you to fly in for a full day interview, where you will interview with almost every one of the full-time faculty. If you've made it to this point, they are mostly just looking at if they can get along with you and if you have a sincere interest in working for the clinic.

Interview Question – What is your theoretical orientation?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't try to negotiate, and I got the feeling that negotiating was not an option. The clinic does not have much income.

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