Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
An onsite visit followed by phone interview, lots of tech questions. The PI and lab members are very nice and friendly. By the end of the interview, they showed me around their lab. Overall it was very good experience.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA).
Application completed, interview with hiring officer, another associate that I would work closely with and Manger of the Department. the interview questions were standard for the time but now with BEI (Behavioral Event Interviewing) questions, I would find it more interesting and challenging. At the time I was hired additional testing was not mandatory for a Coordinator position but now testing is pretty standard (i.e. software testing, writing sample test etc.). Competition was and remains stiff so presenting yourself as a knowledgeable and competent professional is a must.
- How would I handle someone who was trying to extract confidential information out of me. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
The first round began with a short half hour phone interview with prospective boss. Then once that level was passed there were multiple rounds of in person interviews with multiple interviews in each round. Given that i did not know the structure at the time it made it more difficult to figure out which types of questions were best for which interviewers.
- How would you deal with a situation where a client was not happy with something and needed a resolution? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 5 days – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Bala Cynwyd, PA).
If you are related to some one you get hired especially if you have no experience. They give whites with a blank resume professional level positions while minorities with great resumes and education are given clerical positions. They interview for the process but give position to management's family members regardless of qualifications. HR doesn't like to be contacted or asked any questions and take great offense when contacted.
- is there advancement opportunities 1 Answer
Very important get what you can get because they don't give raises you only get cost of living increases some years which can be 10 cents or 15 cents.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
The initial interview was short and concise. The manager asked a few questions about customer service and my education background. During the second round of the interview, the supervisor of my manager attended and asked me questions regarding my resume.
- Most questions the manager asked were expected questions. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
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.
- Just preparing for the chalk talk required multiple iterations and time for preparation. 1 Answer
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.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 12+ months – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
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.
- 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. 1 Answer
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.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in September 2013.
The process was a very good one. I made connections and talked with very knowledgeable people. They were very open and extremely helpful.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 days – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in July 2013.
Interviewed over the phone. Very easy process and seemed like a good fit. Interviews vary in intensity by department.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day – interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA) in June 2013.
the HR will contact by phone interview, then they will help you set up on-site interview. you don't need be dress up very formal. interview process will take at least a day. You will meet a group of lab members, you also need prepare a presentation. They will ask you a lot questions about your previous work. The whole process is very stressful.
- why you choose to work at University of Pennsylvania? Answer Question
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