University of Pennsylvania Interview Questions

Updated Jul 11, 2014
Updated Jul 11, 2014
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    As with many higher education institutions, the interview process moved fairly slowly. My main contact was always willing and happy to provide me with an update hen I asked, and I was pleased to find everyone I interacted with so pleasant. I had a phone interview, a 2nd phone conference interview with two people and an in-person group interview with five executives. I didn't feel any of their questions were particularly unexpected or unreasonable, though they were insightful and thought-provoking. I was concerned I would feel outnumbered at the in-person interview but each person made an effort to make me feel at ease. I would definitely consider applying to Penn again.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was regarding the transition to a higher ed environment. I felt I needed the execs to provide me with more information before I could determine what the obstacles might be.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Registered Dietitian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    very detailed phone interview to start.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Great work culture. Competitive hiring process and wonderful research environment. Love the food carts for lunch around the campus.

    Interview Questions
    • How is that you can work along with your wife in the same department   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Phone request for interview. Came for job talk. Everyone was friendly. Long day, but not unlike interviewing for graduate school. Asked back for chalk talk, laid out 1-2 NIH grants. Not that many questions, but that may have had a lot to do with the level of preparation. To some extent they have made up their mind before you get there, so it was mine to lose.

    Interview Questions
    • Just preparing for the chalk talk required multiple iterations and time for preparation.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation was by email. Everything that was said more or less was true. This probably has most to do with the person doing the hiring rather than university policy. Paid for trips back to look for housing. That may have changed by now.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Operations Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    They called for an interview and basically told me that I was to qualified for the job but I had it if I wanted it. It wasn't a high paying position nor did I expect it to be, it was just what I was looking for.

    Interview Questions
    • There are not really any that I can think of, to be honest there weren't many questions at all.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Work Study Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I reached out to the head of the department and found out a time to meet with her. I made sure to do this before the school year started, which helped me get the position. She had vacancies as a result of graduated seniors, so the timing worked out perfectly.

    Interview Questions
    • There were very few difficult questions. I approached her with honesty, and she was very understanding given my position as a student.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Presentation and met with lab personnel

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Lab Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    HR and technical interview with different professors os the department.
    Since I was a student, it was easier for me as most of the professors I interviewed with knew me.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    Talked over the phone and email. Checked my references. Contract signed at the start of employment

    Interview Questions
    • Understanding that the pay would be minimum wage and completely depended on having sufficient grant funds   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 12 months - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    National search for top experts in field. Generally 100+ highly qualified candidates per posting at faculty level. University is highly focused on recruiting diversity in hiring process. Would strongly encourage qualified URM candidates to apply as Univ. is really serious about trying to improve diversity.

    Interview Questions
    • How will you pay your self and everyone else that works for you? (little known fact - University does not actually pay people - faculty pay the University a share of grants (33% of total money brought in) as rent.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Days of big start up packages for junior recruits are gone. Would focus on how to get up and running where you are, then move when your indirect costs for the next 3 years exceed the amount of $ you would need as a recruiting package to make the move.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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