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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Jul 2011 – Reviewed May 14, 2013 New
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Applied online, didn't hear anything for a month or more then I got an out of the blue phone call. Did a quick phone interview, just basic questions was told that I'd hear back if they were interested. Heard back a week or so later, went in for an interview about a week after that.
Interviewed with one of the supervisors. Interview was fairly strait forward, was told that my references would be checked and they'd get back to me. All of my references were checked (though I believe they we're unable to reach at least one), and I was told to come back in for a background check (finger prints etc). After the background check I sort of assumed that I "had" the position but I didn't hear back for another 3 weeks. I contacted them several times and was told that certain HR people were on vacation and that was delaying the process. Finally got a call back and was told that training would take place in two weeks, I was also told that i would need to do a drug test before training (I was never explicitly told that I had the position during this time period).
Overall a very poor hiring experience. Time from application to hiring was at least 4 months, time from first contact to hiring was at least 3 months. Communication during the process was poor. I think it's worth mentioning that all of this was a for a part time position paying $8.25.
Hiring practice varies enormously from department to department, this occurred within the VCU Police Department.
Interview Question – What's you're greatest weakness (I can't believe people still ask this stupid question). View Answer
Negotiation Details – None.
No Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Oct 2012 – Reviewed Oct 23, 2012
Interview Details – 4 interviewers, very conversational and relaxing
Interview Question – Where else are you interviewing Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Jan 2012 – Reviewed Jun 29, 2012
Interview Details – Everyone around campus said it was hard to find research that pays, mostly this is true, but not if you go search at the MCV campus. I just walked into a research building and they asked if I was there for the lab tech interview, I said no. However, even with no knowledge or experience they asked if I wanted to work there because they were in urgent need of a lab tech. I got hired after 2 interviews (about a 2/3 week period). The first interview was over the phone to get background and basic information. The second interview was to come in and meet the faculty at the lab, tour, and a skills test.
Interview Question – What experience to do you have working in a lab such as this one? View Answer
Negotiation Details – They offered to pay $10-14, I said $12 to take the median pay, and they accepted the offer and I accepted the job!
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Mar 2008 – Reviewed Jun 23, 2012
Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was thorough determining if the candidate was a good fit for the department. They asked tough, but fair questions to truly get a sense for the applicant
Interview Question – What kind of research experience do you have? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Apr 2010 – Reviewed Apr 17, 2011
Interview Details – Make sure your application ends up in the right hands. Mine was lost. I filled out another one and then was called in. I was given a panel interview by 3 student assistants. Then on the spot without warning they asked me to do a mock workout. They invited students in the building by announcing it over the loudspeaker. I started a routine with about 12 students who had come down for the class and before the warm-up was over (5 mins) another instructor showed up to teach a class, so we had to stop and leave 11 students with an incomplete workout. I was then hired on the spot. Strangest thing I ever went through.
Interview Question – What is your background in health and fitness Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I didn't really what they were paying, I wanted to teach and I wanted to teach at VCU.
No Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA Jul 2010 – Reviewed Aug 30, 2010
Interview Details – Interviewed with a research group at VCU's Massey Cancer Center. Immediately following the interview I received a phone call to confirm that I had received the job and am their selected candidate. Additionally, I would be receiving my offer details from Human Resources shortly. A week later, they changed their mind and opted for another candidate without any intimation. Human resources gave ambiguous responses and the researchers I worked with didnt respond to any correspondences. Highly unprofessional behaviour. I would not recommend this employer for anyone looking to establish a career in science.
Interview Question – Interview experience at VCU? View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Manassas, VA Aug 2010 – Reviewed Aug 14, 2010
Interview Details – Asked questions based on area of expertise, which course you liked the most/least, why Micron ?, tell me about yourself etc.
Negotiation Details – Was offered, I guess a fixed package. Did not negotiate.
No Offer – Interviewed in Richmond, VA May 2010 – Reviewed Jul 19, 2010
Interview Details – The interviewers were very rigid. I really could not get a feel for how they were receiving the answers I was providing. The phone interview lasted about 30 minutes, and it was a total disaster. The took the majority of the questions from the 10 questions they sent for me to elaborate on.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Nov 6, 2012
Interview Details – Inteview process very lengthy; hiring process very lengthy; typical "government" setting; too many chiefs and not enough Indians
Interview Question – Why choose VCU? View Answer
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
No Offer – Reviewed Aug 21, 2012
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I was contacted very quickly after applying (two weeks). My interview was set up and I made my preparations. The actual interview was held by a panel of three people. One person if I remember correctly was the actual Registrar, one was the first line supervisor of registration and records and another was some dude man looking guy who seems to have just rolled out of bed, hit his bong, realized he had to conduct interviews that day and then got an attitude because of it. I was a little shocked at how casually dressed they all were. Dude man's polo shirt apparently had been balled up in a corner for the last 2 months. I was discured to figure out that the large stack of papers that was on the interview table were the question sheets for the other applicants in which I estimated to be about 60 other people or something. In the future, they should place that out of the interviewee's sight.
The questions were your typical interview questions that reveal if you are the candidate they are looking for. The only thing that I did not like about the entire process was that they told me they would inform me of their decision in two weeks and I never heard from them again. Needless to say, I did not get the job lol
Interview Question – Do you have experience using the Banner Student Information System? View Answer
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