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Updated Feb 19, 2015
Updated Feb 19, 2015
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  1.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview Details

    Emailed and spoke to professors and discussed some projects that I worked on in the past. Explained who I was to the professor in terms of hobbies and interests. They gave me ideas of what their labs do and what I would do in their labs.

    Interview Questions
    • What are some of your past experiences in research? What do you do?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Chemical Engineering Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview Details

    We need to submit essays including all questions which WashU asks. WashU selects student based on GPA, SAT, TOEFL and personal statements. The process was really competitive. All admitted students are very intelligent and diligent. So, be prepared for WashU and your academic life at here.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Office Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview Details

    I was emailed the job posting, and I emailed back my cover letter and resume. About two weeks later, I was asked to come in for a one-on-one interview. A few days after the interview, I was extended an offer.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Executive Secretary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process was fairly simple - some expected questions with a few behavioral-based questions thrown in ... I interviewed for about 90 minutes on a Monday morning and was offered the position the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • None were really unexpected. Tell me about yourself; Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a co-worker, how did you handle it, and what was the outcome? Tell me about a situation that you saved your department money - walk me through the specifics including $'s saved. How did you recognize this was costing the department money? I had read there would be behavioral-based questions so I was prepared.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    PhD Candidate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed with 5 faculty members. Each interview was 30 minutes long. The faculty member spoke for about 15 minutes about his/her research. The rest of the time they wanted to hear about my previous research experience. Find out who you will be interviewing with and read their latest papers and ask questions about their research. They want to know that you can think like a scientist.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had to come up with a project in my lab, given what you know about what we do, what would it be and why.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Server Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Manager was 15 minutes late to a 30 minute interview. When I tried to chat with him on the walk to the meeting room he grunted at me. The entire interview was about 10 minutes long. He sat down and said nothing except to ask about 8 rapid fire tech questions. He wouldn't look at me or talk to me and kept looking at the time on his phone.

    Total waste of time.

    Interview Questions
    • The 8 questions where pretty straight forward IT admin type questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview Details

    I got interview 20 days after application. It was a panel interview. They asked very straighforward questions and spent lot of time on describing job and how I am lacking experience in that particular research area.

    Interview Questions
    • They did not ask any technical questions. It was a very basic interview   Answer Question
    No Offer
  9.  

    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially contacted PI by email also posted a CV on the DBBS website. I received interest from 4 faculty members and was given two offers before accepting one of the offers and informing the other two faculty about my decision. I went to visit and did two interviews on back to back days and received offers from both PIs. The interviews were both full days spent talking with various members of the labs and the PIs followed by a seminar and more chats with other lab members. At the end of the day I met with the PIs and received an offer on the spot from both of them.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation took place as I will be a postdoc on the NIH pay scale.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I met with an employee at the university who passed my resume along. The next day I received an email asking for a phone interview the following week. He asked me about my career trajectory and then spent 20 minutes explaining the position to me (this seemed odd). Then I asked about 5 questions, he told me I was articulate and seemed really smart and if the whole thing was based on our phone conversation, he would hire me. Then things got weird. He spent about 40 minutes critiquing the formatting of my resume, telling me I needed more buzzwords and that there were too many jobs (it's 2 pages, there are 8, they are all entirely relevant). He told me I could resubmit my resume using his preferred formatting although it wouldn't make a difference in hiring. This was the most confusing interview I have ever been on– you cannot tailor a resume to every single person's whims, and if you have zero intention of hiring someone you don't a) schedule a formal interview with them, then b) complain that you're interviewing them, and then c) say if it was based on interviews alone, you would hire but as it stands someone else gave you buzzwords. Ultimately a bizarre, infuriating waste of time.

    Interview Questions
    • He literally asked me zero questions after "Tell me about yourself." The rest was him talking at me.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received an email for onsite interview 20 days after I completed job application. Hiring manager was very friendly but the other panel member never seemed interested in interview and kept telling me over and over that I do not have relevant experience. I may be wrong but it felt like that whole interview was just a formality by the department to complete the requirement of interviewing X number of candidates.

    Two weeks later Hiring manager notified me that they have chosen someone else but she is forwarding my resume to other hiring managers for other CRC positions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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