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University of Toronto Interview Questions

Updated Jan 7, 2015
Updated Jan 7, 2015
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  1.  

    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to TA job postings. The corresponding professors contacted me by email to arrange an interview if I was selected for that stage. I believe only their preferred applicant is interviewed for quicker hiring, but one professor said he was interviewing others as well. The interviews were short and informal, often focused on education and experience with the subject being taught and the role of a Teaching Assistant. Developing a rapport helped because you work directly with them and represent them. Skills like detail orientation and reliability are also important. Availability is huge, always asked about in my experience.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you handle a student disagreeing with their mark?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The wage is set in the collective agreement and very favourable. However, we did discuss number of hours expected after I accepted the offer, which was signed by both of us to determine the pay I received.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Information Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    Apply at the door, simple interview process for work-study.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview was about an hour long followed by a skills test.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Programmer/Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    Hired through the u of t portal. they asked varied in depth and semi structured questions. Try to be prepared with past experiences prior to interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  6.  

    Summer Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at University of Toronto in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was in a different city and we skyped without video. Typical resume questions

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    initial communication

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    Written application, writing sample, questions about research interest

    Interview Questions
    • What comparative policy issues I consider to be most important in pol. sci.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    For Undergraduates only:
    Submit an application to Professor along with the transcripts. Prof interviews regarding basics of the field of research. Once Prof. agrees to take you, send subsequent application to NSERC Canada, which requires acceptance signatures from the Prof. Based on the academic performance and prof recommendation, NSERC processes limited number of applicants each year.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Toronto in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Get to know the professors in the department you are interested in. Having a personal connection beforehand with some professors will greatly help you in the TA selection process since you will be well-known in the department. Your relevant course grades will be important, so make sure you do well in those.

    Interview Questions
    • Just getting to know the professors beforehand, if you are a shy person by nature you will not do well in a teaching position!   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    MAsc Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview Details

    First I applied for the university through University of Toronto's website. They asked for CV and a letter of interest.
    Then I visited some of the professors in the related department (optional) to find out if any of them is willing to get a master student. The first professor interviewed me and sent me to another professor and so on. At the end I was interviewed by four professors and told that I will be contacted after more thinking and reviewing my undergraduate grades and projects.
    I was offered by one the four professors who interviewed me previously and I accepted the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Design a related question and answer it. (like an exam question and I was expected to answer it on the blackboard)   Answer Question
    • What are the major related projects that you have done in undergrad and what technical and theoretical challenges you have faced?   Answer Question
    • What tools and software do you know?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation room
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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