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University of Pennsylvania Interview Questions

Updated Dec 13, 2014
Updated Dec 13, 2014
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    I was in a different department interviewing for that department in front of a panel of six. A panelist took my resume back to her department for the position that was open in her department. I was call in for my first interview a week or so after the interview with the panel and the second the week after that. Was hired and I've been here in the College Advising Office ever since (16 years). I'd start to interview with other departments after not being able to go any farther in this department.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult Question is where do you what to be in five or ten years.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Information Interview Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    The process was a very good one. I made connections and talked with very knowledgeable people. They were very open and extremely helpful.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied online through the university career portal by searching for the jobs I was interested in. I got an interview call from one of the employers after a week or so. The interview was quite simple, was just asked to go over my resume and justify why I wanted that position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    This was a rather informal process. I e-mailed many professors who worked in the area of what I was interested in. After that, I met with several professors. This professors was interested in what I was doing and was willing to work with me to help him with his research project. So far, he has been a great mentor. I met with him several other times in order to make sure that our interests aligned.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Graduate Assistant Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed over the phone. Very easy process and seemed like a good fit. Interviews vary in intensity by department.

    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Coordinator Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application through the electronic system and talked with members of the department. I had one group interview and was offered the job later that day. Overall, it was actually a pretty quick process.

    Interview Questions
    • I was not asked any question that i would describe as difficult to answer. Overall, the interview was very friendly. I did not feel like I was being grilled or pushed until i made a mistake.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Senior Project Leader Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 10+ monthsinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    Most communication was via email. There were two rounds of in person interviews. The entire process took almost (no joke!) one year from initial application to start date.
    Interviews were pretty laid back and unstructured and included some phone screens, one on one and then a panel or two. Once interviews were complete it still took over a month for an offer to be pulled together.

    Interview Questions
    • Candidates are quizzed more on technical expertise than management/leadership skills though the latter is more relevant to the position in question. It's a very good indicator of what the current management values and how the place really runs.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Salary range was pretty much set. Benefits (PTO etc) are not negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    give a presentation of about 45 min and talk to PI and group members, usually takes an entire day.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Specialist B Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Pennsylvania in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    They often like to give med students or people that already work for Penn Medicine preference when it comes to final interviews. Therefore, it is helpful to know some one within the department.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe all the steps of (xxxxx) protocol. People don't typically memorize trivial procedures   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Academia doesn't pay great but they have very attractive benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Medical Technologist Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process for the laboratory is really dependent on management. My experience was very relaxed, my supervisor made it easy. He was very knowledgable and was the kind of person that cared about the bottom line, not to say he didn't care about the staff, he did. He just wanted to make sure the work was getting done and done well, any other petty things didn't matter to him. He was great.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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