Interviewed at University of Utah
Interview Details – Asked typical questions about how I handled a difficult situation.
I applied online and interviewed at University of Utah.
Interview Details – Heavily weighted by transcripts and letters of recommendation. Indications of past success are huge. Candidates with some previous graduate school experience have an advantage.
Interview Question – What do you want to work on? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Virtually no negotiation. Not much flexibility in what students can haggle.
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Utah in February 2009.
Interview Details – Typical grad student interview, but they send acceptances the week following interviews, which is a great benefit.
Interview Question – Why not another university? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – N/A
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at University of Utah in March 2010.
Interview Details – Interviewing at the University of Utah to join their Molecular Biology PhD program is a really great experience. They know they're competing with Harvard, Stanford, etc (much bigger and more well-known schools), so they try to compete by showing off the city and the outdoors opportunities, and also by showing off the wonderful faculty and students at the U.
Every interview candidate has a chance to go skiing/snowboarding at Brighton and to meet with pretty much any faculty member they want to.
Interview Question – Describe your desired research program. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at University of Utah in September 2013.
Interview Details – I’ll first start off by talking about the initial application submission. I wasn’t sure if the University of Utah used an automated filtering system/automatic data extraction function with their electronic applicants, and seeing as how I was using a PDF for my resume, I had to call the employment department just to make sure. They informed me that actual humans do review each application, so anyone who submits a PDF or other in-extractable document type need not worry about this.
After submitting my application, it took about 1.5 weeks to first hear back from the hiring manager. She was very enthusiastic and requested that I submit a marketing proposal as part of the first round of interviews. I won’t get into the details of it, but she did provide some guidelines for what was to be included in the proposal. I was given about a week to complete the proposal and submit it back to her.
It took about another week or week and a half to hear back from her again. I was very excited to have been selected to meet with her and a few others in person as part of the second round of interviews. I assumed at this point that there were only less than a handful of candidates they were seriously considering, so I felt confident. However, the second round interview was frankly, grueling. I’m not sure if this is an institution-wide procedure, but I was required to do a 15-minute presentation to the team I would be working with, followed by half an hour of panel interviews (by the same team of people), followed by another 45-minute interview with just the hiring manager and the director, and finally, to wrap up the TWO HOUR ordeal, a 20-minute writing test, which was to write a short marketing piece on the spot.
This was the first time in my career that I’d experienced an interview process such as this one. I understand that a top institution would want to hire the best of the best (well, what company wouldn’t), but is it really necessary to make the candidate do a presentation AND a panel interview? Definitely seemed a little too bureaucratic for my taste. Not to mention, I definitely felt that dialogue was not encouraged. It was simply answer-the-question-answer-the-question-answer-the-question. No time to really have a real, human discussion.
To satisfy the bonus points, I’ll give my two cents on the people and company culture. From what I picked up during the in-person interviews, the atmosphere definitely seemed a little more serious than what I’d imagined. One thing I emphasized several times throughout the interview, was that in my previous experience of being a student at the University of Utah, everyone I’d met who’d worked there seemed so happy and proud of what they did there. Ironically, the people interviewing me hardly seemed happy or proud at all. But maybe this was just a departmental issue. I can attest to this observation because during my presentation, I took a “joke break” and cracked a few jokes to lighten the mood a little, and I got a poor, disheartening response from the team. But the way I see it is, I probably wouldn’t have been a good fit there anyway if I wasn’t allowed to be myself.
Oh, one last thing: I spent around a good 24 hours in total preparing for a job that I wouldn't even get in the end (from brainstorming for the marketing proposal and putting it together, to preparing for the interview, to spending two hours at the in-person interview). I won't say it was a monumental waste of time, but... well, you get it.
Interview Question – What do you think are the top three barriers for non-traditional students or students of an ethnic minority to successfully attain a higher education? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at University of Utah in December 2009.
Interview Details – Hired because I knew the lab manager and had lab experience, was a telephone interview, went very smoothly.
Interview Question – How long are you wiling to work here? This job requires 6 months of training and you will only be hired if you can commit at least 2 years, I would prefer 5. View Answer
Interviewed at University of Utah
Interview Details – Fairly simple and straight forward. Had to highlight all of my experiences and why i wanted to work in that field.
Interview Question – If you could write an autobiography what would the title be and why? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at University of Utah in December 2012.
Interview Details – I applied for the job of teaching assistant online along with applying for Masters degree here at Uni of Utah, I think they give you preference if not only your academic records are good but also you mention on the application that you won't be able to attend school without getting the TAship.
Interview Question – Once they have reviewed and approved your resume submitted online, you are assigned to some professor and then he asks a few simple questions related to the course you will be TAing, nothing difficult. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied online - interviewed at University of Utah in July 2008.
Interview Details – Depends on the Department, usually a phone interview, then a interview or two.
Interview Question – Depends on Interviewer - usual questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Departments will always blame human resources for the amount of money they can offer you, but Human Resources only suggests a range based upon your experience. The department can choose to pay you whatever they want.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at University of Utah in July 2008.
Interview Details – The interview process is similar to may graduate programs with the exception that the University of Utah offers several additional benefits, such as skiing, and hiking that are often used to help entice students to come.
Interview Question – Didn't have one. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I asked if I could come here and they said yes.
Pros: “There was a lot a very good mentors in the lab. The lab had a very collaborative atmosphere. People were always willing to help each other out. There also were very flexible with my hours” “There was a lot a very good mentors in the lab. The lab had a very collaborative atmosphere. People were always willing to help each other out. There also were very flexible with my hours” – Full Review
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