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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.

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I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in March 2010.

Interview Details – Chat with supervisor by phone, then in person interview a few weeks later. The interview was pretty standard but casual - my supervisor was wearing a t-shirt and jeans! Pretty low pressure. I was prepared, having researched my supervisor's work beforehand and asking the appropriate, informed questions, which every academic candidate should be sure to do.

Didn't get a chance to see the office or culture.

Interview Question – What do you plan to do with your clinical degree/license?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations needed - my supervisor worked hard to get me a higher than average salary because I had unusually extensive work experience for a postdoctoral fellow.

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