I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Washington University in April 2012.
Interview Details – Had a brief 15 minute conversation in which I was asked about my adademic experience and previous work experience.
Interview Question – What lab skills you you possess? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Couldn't negotiate due to being paid by a government grant.
The process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in April 2012.
Interview Details – It was very short, mostly they just relied on the resume.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, set rates
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in March 2012.
Interview Details – Interview was set up through an internship coordinator as part of the summer internship requirement of our program. Interview was not behavioral but rather consisted of them talking about the position, the organization, and some of the opportunities available to expand the scope of the learning experience during the internship. Topical issues relevant to academic medical centers were touched upon and would be useful to bring up in a question.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Washington University in January 2012.
Interview Details – A friend posted the job on a developer group message board. I fit the skills, so I applied. Within 12 hours, the scientist who ran the lab contacted me to schedule an interview. Within 1 week, I interviewed on site. The scientist asked about my experience, but didn't have many technical questions. The lab was just a cubical farm in a medical office building. It didn't seem like a fun place to work. Within 1 week, he contacted me with an offer, which was 25% too low. He was limited by what the university would pay, but offered to create a special position with his startup to meet my salary requirements. I was still interested and went to meet the team. The team I would be guiding was collectively very intelligent and educated, but lacked engineering discipline. They claimed to have newly adopted agile methodologies and were very accepting of new technologies (clojure, scala, python). I scheduled a team pairing session for 1 week later. When pairing, I discovered they had not implemented any agile practices as they initially claimed. The team wrote no tests and had little communication.
Interview Question – How would you improve quality of the product? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – They claimed to have newly adopted agile methodologies and were very accepting of new technologies (clojure, scala, python). I scheduled a team pairing session for 1 week later. When pairing, I discovered they had not implemented any agile practices as they initially claimed. The team wrote no tests and had little communication.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in July 2011.
Interview Details –
Some departments at Washington University use a behavorial assessment (Activity Vector Analysis-AVA) for assessing a candidate's behavioral fit to a position. Based on your word selections to a couple of questions and a short description of yourself, the tool creates a candidate profile. The profile consists of descriptions of natural behavior, natural tendencies, operating styles, and ideal environment.
About four days after applying online, I received an email from the hiring department that my application had been received along with instructions for completing the AVA. After I completed and submitted the AVA, I received an email the next day with interview times.
The interview was a one-on-one situational interview with the hiring manager. Many questions such as:
* Tell me a situation in which you had to make a difficult business decision
* How do you deal with changing priorities?
* Do you prefer to handle one task or many?
I would suggest the best way to prepare for a situational/behavioral interview is to research interview questions and spend a couple of days writing out your responses. In doing this exercise, it will also ensure that you will have good examples of your work experiences to talk about during the interview that relate to the questions being asked.
The process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in March 2011.
Interview Details – I applied for and interviewed for several jobs at Wash U and overall they suck at getting back to you. People rarely give contact information and if you ask for a way to get in touch with them they refuse. If you are lucky enough to get the info for a follow up, they sometimes just don't answer you back. I have gone on interviews with them where the interviewer has been down right mean, talking about how apparently incompetent I am. What I don't understand is if they don't think I'm a good fit why even call me for an interview? I think they have a quota of people they have to interview before they can hire someone.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Washington University in December 2010.
Interview Details – The process was very fast- I was contacted within two days of submitting my resume via email by the department head. I was then given an interview and my references were checked. The interview started with questions about my background and experience. Then I had to review material and work out the situation and discuss it with the department head. Afterwards I was contacted via email to discuss the course I would be teaching.
Interview Question – How would you improve this test case? View Answer
The process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in September 2010.
Interview Details – Met with five different faculty at Wash U. Had an hour long interview. Very free and mostly related to what I have done in the past and what is the ongoing work.
Negotiation Details – No negotiations
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Washington University in August 2010.
Interview Details – Interview was very casual. I went on a tour of the facilities. There were very limited questions about my qualifications asside from some questions about very specific skills/techniques. There were too many personal questions that I felt were not relevant.
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate for the position
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Washington University in July 2010.
Interview Details – I sent my credentials to the Graduate Dean and then was called within 48 hours for a phone interview. I also sent my credentials via the online application process via the HR offices. I was interviewed in 16 different meetings during eight onsite invitations. Because I live in STL the process was perhaps more protracted than if I lived out-of-town. They took a lot more care than the Fortune 100 companies I interviewed with and was hired within for much higher paying jobs with management responsibilities.
Interview Question – There really were no difficult nor unexpected questions. The style of interview was primarilly behavioral and I had much more experience than was needed to provide comprehensive answers based on empirical examples. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Academic negotiations leave very little wiggle room since the vacations are liberal already and the salaries are typically constrained within very small bands. The exception to this rule are for senior faculty and senior administrators. However, in all cases, there are rarely incentive compensation opportunities and certainly no stock ownership possibilities.
Pros: “Highly interactive and collaborative environment with research scientist at the top of the field. In the graduate program they push you to excel in every way and prepare you for a thriving career in biological and biomedical science” – Full Review
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