I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – Contacted by PI after having applied for different position for a brief phone interview. In person interview itself consisted of 1:1 meeting with PI, Assistant Director, and other PIs relevant to the project, tour of the facilities, plus "working" lunch. I was also asked to give a ~1 hour research presentation in an open seminar forum.
Interview Question – Given your very different background, why are you interested in this position? Answer Question
Interviewed at University of Texas at Austin
Interview Details – Based solely on undergraduate research, GPA and test scores
Interview Question – No real interview. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – What an interview is like really depends on the department and how savvy they are at interviewing people. The head HR office is not involved in the process. UT staff are not very well educated about what questions they legally can/cannot ask.
Before being hired, I interviewed for an event assistant position at UT and the woman asked me only a few questions and took very little interest in my answers. I left with the realization that she already knew who she wanted for the position and was just doing the obligatory round of interviews. My assumption proved to be correct, as the rejection letter I received said they had selected an internal candidate.
My interview with my department was a bit tougher. The first round was a phone interview with the Director. This was followed by a single in-person visit to the office which consisted of an interview with the Director alone and then an interview with the department members I would be assisting, then closure with the Director. The team was not very friendly but the questions were fairly standard. I was hired for the position. My teammates are awkward and do not know how to interview people or what to ask. These days we take it fairly easy on candidates with the questions we ask. The interviews are definitely easier than when I was hired. Having the team interview candidates is fairly pointless because while the Director hears our feedback, he hires people whose personalities are similar to his and whether or not it looks like they will stay in the department for a while.
Interview Question – I think the most difficult question is always something along the lines of, do you get along with others, or how do you deal with conflict, or do people bother you. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin in February 2013.
Interview Details – When they first called me concerning the position, I wasn't expecting an on-the-spot interview. They asked me about my work history, why I chose to apply with UT Austin, and if I had any Excel and statistical experience. They then offered me a face-to-face interview.
The face-to-face interview consisted of a 30-minute one-on-one interview with the dean, plus a 30-minute panel interview with the rest of the department.
-Tell us about yourself and why you applied for this position.
-Why did you get a master's degree?
-Tell me about a time you had to handle multiple projects at once. How did you prioritize?
-What did you like about your former employer?
-What's your ideal work environment?
-What do you like to do for fun?
-What would you bring to the position?
-What have you been doing since your last job?
-What are your favorite TV shows?
-Where do you see yourself in five years?
-What brought you to Texas?
-Why are you looking for jobs in Austin rather than Dallas?
-What other companies have you applied for jobs with?
-Out of your former jobs, what was your favorite and why?
-How would your supervisors describe you?
-How would your colleagues describe you?
-Would you be able to work effectively in a team environment?
I then had a Skype interview with the few people that weren't at the office the day I interviewed. It lasted 20 minutes.
After the Skype interview, I know they started to do a reference check, but I have not heard anything yet. It's only been one day, though.
Interview Question – There weren't any unexpected or unusually challenging questions. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – Applied through www.hirealonghorn.com, and was notified of interview selection through e-mail. Scheduled a phone interview which lasted for about 30 minutes. Simple questions similar to a behavioral type of interview. "Tell me about yourself", "What are your strengths?", etc are examples of what you should expect.
Interview Question – What do you know about us? Answer Question
Interviewed at University of Texas at Austin
Interview Details – UT has a curious mix of go-getters and "dead weight" when it comes to staff. Seasoned line managers who have hired people before still depend on a business manager who coordinates local HR to identify the best candidates. It has been common in the last 10 years for 100 applicants to apply for admin positions, so expect a phone interview before moving forward with two rounds of interviews in person.
Interview Question – A manager once asked me who my favorite superhero was. She was trying to get a sense of my cultural fit with the division depending on the attitude with which I answered. UT's central HR department would call this an irrelevant question at best because their main concern seems to be to avoid lawsuits ("minimize risk"), but I think the aim of the question was worthwhile. At that time, she was simply doing the best she could to assess cultural fit in a place where central HR tries to maintain the semblance of cultural agnosticism. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin in September 2013.
Interview Details – Meet with the interviewer. Typical questions such as work experience. Not many technical questions. After a while, the interview got more personal and less professional.
Interview Question – Not really any difficult questions. Just simple work experience questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Recieved an email stating I was offered the job.
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – I contacted the team lead directly. We had a phone conversation before in-person meeting. As my background was fairly matching the group expectations, I had the offer immediately after the in-person meeting
Negotiation Details – As the team leader made it clear that this position would not pay more than what was offered, the negotiation ended at that point.
I applied online and interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – Your future supervisor almost always interviews you. Interviews are usually in their office and very laid back. Interviews usually end with a tour of the office/lab that you will be working in.
Interview Question – Very standard questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was none
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Texas at Austin.
Interview Details – One panel interview. From start to finish (application to interview), the process took about a month.
Interview Question – Each interview panelist utilized behavioral interviewing questions. Answer Question
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