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University of Southern California Graduate Research Assistant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jan 18, 2014
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Graduate Research Assistant
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I applied through college or university and the process took 4 days - interviewed at University of Southern California in January 2013.

Interview Details – 3-4 technical rounds will ask you develop a software product and demo it.
First Round is written test where you will be asked technical theory question on algorithms, datastructure, HTML, CSS , Databases and Aptitude etc.

Second Round will be There will be on the spot question while you demo it.

Third round will be the same as the second round where they will as you to develop a very small working prototype in their office within a couple of hours

Finally there will be face to face interview with others

Interview Question – How will you design a information retrival system for 50GB data in file system (no database querying allowed) to give result within 3sec always   View Answer

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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Southern California.

Interview Details – Basically it is the same as applying for PhD position in any other universities. You take GRE, submit application with personal statement, which details your research goal. It is better to know the faculty in advance or at least know their work by reading papers or contacting them directly. They will call you if interested.

Interview Question – What is your research idea?   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Southern California.

Interview Details – university of southern california graduate school is really friendly in terms of interview. as long as you demonstrate your true passion for your future research and capacity of accomplishing your graduate study (here I mean ph.d), you are likely to be enrolled. and stipend was good too, for graduate student. work and study. what can i say? it is a good choice if you are looking for higher education experience with certain pay.

Interview Question – tell me in detail about your current research project   Answer Question

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Interviewed at University of Southern California

Interview Details – As I was enrolled as an international graduate student, the communication was mainly through emails and phone calls. There were two phone interviews (it may differ across departments) and the questions were focused on my prior research experience with a few technical details. Generally the university treat their student employees nicely, but the working environment and culture vary widely by department.

Interview Question – An technical detail in one of my research projects.   Answer Question

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