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Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014
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  1.  

    International Studies Processing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at University of Washington in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Application: I applied online through the UW Hires website, immediately after which I received a confirmation email. However, it was over a month by the time I received a call to schedule an interview.

    Interview: The interview was standard, they gave me a tour of the workspace, pointing out the various library stacks that I would work with and explained the expected responsibilities in great detail. They asked me to tell them about myself, and my past work experience and asked for specific examples in which I solved problems and overcame challenges.

    Interview Questions
    • After an hour long interview they tested me on my transliteration skills.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted another offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior Lecturer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Washington in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks – interviewed at University of Washington.

    Round 1 of interviews started 7:30am ended 8:30pm, included breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Met with 24 people from the school of interest, including Dean, faculty, and staff; Conducted 30 minute lecturer

    Point of first interview to actual hiring is between approximately 12 weeks.

    Nothing difficult really. General questions to get a feel of candidate fit for the culture, specific questions to gauge subject matter knowledge, 30-minute lecturer to evaluate classroom presence.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Washington.

    Interview Details

    professor-interview over Skype, where the professor asked about how I view his research and what I would like to do in future projects. Also asked about was the previous research experience.

    Interview Questions
    • techniques used in prior research and techniques expected in future projects   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Office Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at University of Washington in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Pretty standard interview questions. First was a phone screen, and then a couple days later an email for an invite to an in person interview. The in person lasted two hours, with the first hour being with three people in the office, then a couple one on one interviews. The questions were clear and nothing to throw you off.

    Interview Questions
    • None. They had a sheet with general questions about experience and scenarios you have either had or will probably need to deal with.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    As others have stated, there is no negotiation process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    CLUE Tutor--physics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at University of Washington.

    Interview Details

    After submitting a resume and cover letter, qualified applicants are contacted for an in-person interview. The 90-minute interview process has two stages. The first is a skills test, with which the prospective tutor demonstrates their ability to answer, or at least try to elucidate, physics questions that would typically be asked during a drop-in tutoring session. The second is a panel interview, with the current lead tutor (and incoming, if any), assistant director of ASP, and possibly the director. The panel interview has a typical interview portion ("describe a conflict you overcame..." etc), and a role-playing portion.

    Interview Questions
    • The most interesting question I was asked during my own interview was about how to handle a student who regularly used profanity, violent language, and raised their voice when speaking to tutors. I gathered that this was not abstract, but an actual problem presented by a regular student. (Though, mercifully, this is not a typical problem at this tutoring center.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The minimum pay is set by a collective bargaining agreement, and in four years I never saw any instances of CLUE paying above the minimum. Hours are somewhat negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Study Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at University of Washington in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Approximately five minutes into the interview, the interviewer suggested that the department might not fill the position, but they had another position. The original position was posted because the current research study coordinator was on medical leave. Unless this employee returned before their deadline, the position would be open. Evidently, the interviewer expected the employee to return. Then the interviewer began to discuss the second position, which was administrative with no research related responsibilities.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be interested in a new position that we are, or may be developing?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  8.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Will suggest to contact the professor directly to discuss the potential research project. Also contact her/his current graduate student will be extremely helpful given that professor are usually very busy to reply the emails.

    Interview Questions
    • No tricky question. Make sure you emphasize your research interest.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Program Operations Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at University of Washington in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Online application and email communication for the most part - lovely! Interview process is different dept to dept, tho a creeping trend of "have to ask every single applicant the exact same questions" has appeared and makes interviewing there rather awkward for both sides.

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected - asking about chemistry in a computer support position interview. Supporting social science faculty.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not enough salary

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was not interviewed for this position. What ended up happening was me going to Professor and asking whether he had any current projects available. He looked at my excellent grades then had me work for free for a quarter (3 months) then I was paid for the next quarters. However, my adviser kept telling me that I should have insisted on getting paid for the first quarter as well. So if you are smart and talented (not necessarily in the research area, does not matter) be sure to know your value and don't settle for just anything. There are many willing grad students for research assistantships but not very many that are bright, i.e., can think out of the box.

    Interview Questions
    • The difficulty came in when I did not stand my ground on getting paid right away.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Washington in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online Aug 1, 2013. First contact was Aug 27th boilerplate email, "Dear Candidate...we're conducting 15 minute phone interviews over the next 3 days, if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please choose a time from one of the following 4 hour blocks and we will call you. 15 minute phone interview on was with the Administrator of the department, mostly feeling me out about the (low) pay range. An email followed that day requesting an in person interview the following week.

    Parking is challenging, get a ride if possible. Interview was approximately 1.5 hours long with 3 people, the Administrator I'd been emailing/speaking with previously, and 2 Department Heads. Questions were very standard, read from an HR form, "Describe a time when you faced a conflict with a coworker and how you handled it", "If you were given an assignment and a deadline that you found was impossible to meet...", etc.

    Overall it seemed to go very well. Both Department heads seemed very interested and impressed. Administrator was quiet.

    Got a form email on 9/25/13 that another candidate had been chosen.

    (The position had been eliminated a year previously due to budget cuts. It felt as though I may have been one of several required competitive candidates, so they could bring back the person who'd previously held the position. But this is only a guess.)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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