Interviewed at University of Pennsylvania
Interview Details – give a presentation of about 45 min and talk to PI and group members, usually takes an entire day.
Interview Question – that will be different for everyone Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in November 2009.
Interview Details – One day interview process. Two people interviewed me and then showed me the lab.
Interview Question – Protocol questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. It was a set salary.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in June 2012.
Interview Details – Typical Postdoc interview. Was asked by the PI to come the following week. Spent about 5 hours speaking with graduate students, MD/PhD students and the PI about their research and what the lab was like. Spoke indiviually with the PI for quite a while about available projects. Presented my thesis work in a 1 hour seminar.
Interview Question – The students are very bright and asked very detailed and difficult questions about my thesis work. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Postdoc---there is no negotiation.
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in January 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online received a call for an interview 3 days later.
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – None really. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 months - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.
Interview Details – I approached them for a special clinician-scientist position, invited me for an interview with several people. I met with all the standard people for the job and I could also select people to meet with them in the first and second interview. All interviews were one to one, no standardized questions.
Interview Question – No strange questions asked Answer Question
Negotiation Details – like nothing
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in November 2011.
Interview Details – Two people interviewed me. They had 4 questions. What's your teaching philosophy? Have you had a troublesome student how did you deal with it? Walk me through a recent lesson plan. What courses are you interested in teaching? Are you open to other courses?
I got to ask my questions in the end
Interview Question – Troublesome student question caught me off guard I guess Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I wasn't able to negotiate anything
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in December 2010.
Interview Details – Contacted lab PI after seeing a job advertized on Nature Jobs
Heard back within a few days
Skype interview arranged within 2 weeks (I was interviewing from Europe). I gave a research presentation (1h with questions) and then talked with the PI (45min) and one postdoc (30min).
In person interview 3 weeks after Skype call. They flew me over Saturday - Monday. Explored the city Sunday with a senior lab member (felt like an interview anyway!) Interviews with multiple lab members the whole day Monday. No social activities, but this is unusual for Penn, usually new recruits get taken out for dinner and have lunch with grad students and postdocs.
Interview Question – What are your career aspirations? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, but later learnt from another postdoc in the same lab that she'd negotiated her salary, based on previous (non-postdoc) experience.
Should've negotiated more time off to go back to visit my family in Europe (we only get 10 days/year).
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in September 2012.
Interview Details – I got an email about a month after I'd applied. I met with two women who were super nice and the interview was so casual. They asked a lot about why I wanted the job and a lot about my previous position and what my goals were (they are really interested in people who want to continue their education with UPENN)
Interview Question – They asked what aspect of my previous job I didn't like the most/wouldn't want to come up in this position. I didn't have a good answer for that. Answer Question
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