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Updated Feb 14, 2015
Updated Feb 14, 2015
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    Research Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at University of Southern California in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met a professor whose classes I had attended earlier, and asked to provide an opportunity for working as a student researcher. He obliged, based on my past credentials. My past background in mechanical engineering and my overall high scores in the courses attended at USC, especially those taught by the professor, provided him with the assurance he required to hire me.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at University of Southern California in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    After I submitted my resume through the company online, I was contacted to have an phone interview. Then, processed to have on-site interview and got offer

    Interview Questions
    • What kind contribution can you connect between your PhD study and our company?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    PhD Candidate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at University of Southern California in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    -Submit an application online

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    Taugh
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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Clinician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at University of Southern California in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    Was well known to project manager from working in nearby related facility and was contacted about opening.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your past experience with stressful/multitasking situations.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I wasn't successful at making salary demands but I have learned since that if they really want you, they will find a way to meet your needs. I did request an additional week of vacation (and got it) when salary expectations were not met. This was negociated with the Principal Investigator of the study, NOT the HR department.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Southern California in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my application, I got emails from 3 recruiters. They arranged two technical phone interviews.
    Both interviews consisted of questions about my previous experiences, algorithms, programming. I was required to write codes to implement solutions I suggested to the algorithm/programming questions. Both interviewers were friendly, and especially, one of them seemed to be really experienced: While I was implementing the problem in C, every time I made a small mistake, he noticed it on-the-fly.
    After phone interviews, next day, I got an email saying that interviews went well, and they would move to the next level, which was finding a host for me. It was mid-March and I haven't got back from them (today is 4/19). :(
    When I emailed one of the recruiters, he told me "be patient. there are no guarantee..." So, I'm still waiting, and will see what will happen.

    Interview Questions
    • histogram question   Answer Question
    • reversing UTF8 string.
      condition: you don't know the length of each UTF8 word, should program in C.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Eng Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marina del Rey, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marina del Rey, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at University of Southern California in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    First I applied online thru an agency. Next I had a telephone screening with the project manager. Then I had a group interview in person, where I had to write a mini operating system. Finally I met a director.who will make the final decision. I had also met with two persons in human resources.

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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, they pay 10% less than industry.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Resident Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Southern California in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    To get to the interview stage, you have to take a 2 unit, no credit, prerequisite class: EDCO 030. Your participation and involvement in this class is the most important part of the decision process. Your final for this class is part of the interview process. Then on the actual interview day, dress business-like and prepare for 3 interviews.

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Lab Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Southern California in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    The questions were primarily based on my resume and things related to the Lab and the ongoing research

    Interview Questions
    • How will recognize a particular object moving in space using a regular web camera? Which algorithm would you use for it and why?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in East Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in East Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at University of Southern California in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Began with phone interview followed by a team interview and then two 1:1 interviews. Took a bit too long between steps.

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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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