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Updated Apr 9, 2014
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Information Technology Advisor Interview

Anonymous Employee
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in June 2012.

Interview Details – The whole process took about 2 weeks. I applied online through College House Computing's online application, was offered an interview by the manager and assistant manager of the College House to which I applied, and then got my offer a few days later.

The interview process was very formal, but both managers interviewing me were students.

Interview Question – What would you do in the event of a student coming in with a computer that had significant water damage?   Answer Question

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Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant

I applied through other source and 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 Question – The most difficult Question is where do you what to be in five or ten years.   View Answer

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Information Interview Interview

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Philadelphia, PA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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.

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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

Interviewed at University of Pennsylvania

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 Question – Nothing really very difficult   Answer Question

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Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

Interviewed at University of Pennsylvania

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 Question – Did you find you work fulfilling?   Answer Question

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Administrative Coordinator Interview

Administrative Coordinator

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – 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.

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IT Senior Project Leader Interview

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I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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.

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Research Specialist B Interview

Research Specialist B

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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.

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Research Specialist A Interview

Research Specialist A
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in April 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted via email by the principal investigator (PI). We set up for an interview, which was very casual and laid back. Everyone in the department I interviewed in was helpful, as finding my way to the Principal Investigator's office was a task. When the interview was over, the PI promised to get in touch with me within two weeks. I got the job, and the rest is history.

Interview Question – There was none. The interview was very easy, thankfully.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was unable to negotiate.

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Graduate Research Assistant Interview

Graduate Research Assistant
Philadelphia, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in February 2011.

Interview Details – The first part of the application to be a doctoral student involves essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. The letters are crucial and need to be people that can speak to your abilities in an informed way. In February, students are brought to interview and treated to nice dinners and amenities along the way. The school is clearly trying to impress you as much as you are trying to impress it. Most of the weekend involves information sessions, but there are individual interviews with faculty that run more like conversations. It is a really nerve racking experience, but they tell you the whole time, and it's true, that you are already "good enough" by virtue of being interviewed. The interview is meant to evaluate fit- are you interested in the right stuff to be matched up with an advisor that can support you through the process.

Interview Question – No questions, just chatting.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation: take it or leave it. It is the same offer everyone gets.

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