Washington University in St. Louis Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2015
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    Research Patient Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    HR takes a long time to get info to the right places. I have a PhD and wrote papers, but they still made me take an office skills and typing test. Once your info made it to the department hiring manager, I received a call for the interview. I applied in May and was hired in October. Received a call in Sept from the hiring manager, so HR sat on my application forever. They are known for this.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were expected. Handling confidentiality. Can I learn to take blood pressure. How would I handle having to reorganize what someone else poorly organized.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. I was at the top end of the pay scale. I asked for what I made at a previous position and received it. However, not the typical salary for this position.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in March 2014.

    Interview

    I was notified via email by the School of Medicine Dept of Oncology that they wanted to interview me for an exciting opportunity but would not disclose the job. I managed to figure out through the external applicant site that I was being considered for a job that I applied to nearly 4 months ago, (late Dec 2013).

    I was interviewed over the phone the following week with standard interview questions, several of which were unrelated which is to be expected. The first question I was asked was why I wanted to work for WashU, and why I specifically wanted to work in a position where most people quit within six months of hire. The interview ran for a good 30min and I was asked when I could start if I was offered a job on (undisclosed) date. I was informed I'd be contacted in the next two weeks if they were interested in moving forward with me, which they weren't.

    A note about WashU, I'm a recent MPH graduate, and for the past year have applied to 70 jobs with this company. I networked at job fairs, was in direct contact with HR staff and was even offered help by the School of Medicine's chief of staff. None of this helped at all, and the hiring manger I spoke to seemed surprised that I had applied to more than one position with the University. (Note: I asked her what job I was being considered, and the response was "Oh, you've applied to more than one job?") I was also asked what salary I was looking for and stated I'm happy with the posted range. The hiring manager then asked me to provide the salary range for the job claiming (said person) didn't know what it was.

    I have no clue how you could ever get a job at WashU. Maybe you need to be famous, maybe you need to be a relative of a current employee, or maybe you need to have all the luck in the world.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want a job where most people quit within six months?   1 Answer
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in March 2014.

    Interview

    The interview is pretty simple since I got my Ph.D., meet with several professors. answer several related questions. The most important thing is that your skills matched what they expected.

    Negotiation

    interview, get the offer, negotiate some benefits.

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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Phone interview, long interviews with multiple managers. Interviews lasted over an hour. The hiring process included meeting with human resources, a urine test and a hair sample was taken for drug testing. They cut out a significant chunk of hair and the employees who were involved in this process could not have possible been any ruder. In addition to the interviews, references were checked, all that were listed.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. I was told it wasn't an option.

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    Librarian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    Went relatively quickly for an academic library. I submitted an application and heard back in about a month that they wanted to schedule a phone interview. Phone interview with the search committee was about 30 minutes long and they asked technical and job-duties-related questions. I was invited for a campus visit shortly after. The visit was 1.5 days and included a series of group interviews, a presentation and open Q&A, and dinner and lunch. I got a job offer a week or so after they checked references. There was absolutely no room to negotiate salary or additional benefits. They do offer a good relocation package-- visit to find a place, pack and move, no storage or temporary housing though.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no terribly difficult or unexpected questions. Most were related to job skills and trajectory of career. Some personality/working style questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No flexibility to negotiate. They were very firm on that.

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    Laser Lab Monitor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis in August 2013.

    Interview

    You could send an email to the manager to express your interest about the job. And then you have to wait the manager to make a decision and receive another email to inform you are be selected.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    Filled out and application and got an email saying I was accepted

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was none. 7.50

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Interview

    I learned abou the opening through my friends who I went to a course in Woods Hole. Coincidentally, there was a diversity recruiting event for the postdocs which i got. First, night I spend dinner with the PI as ice breaker. Then followed by full day of interview with lab members and seminar on my thesis project. As soon as I got back home the PI called and sent me an offer letter for the position guaranteeing 5 yrs of my salary with his grant.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing in particular my PI and I hit it off immediately.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much, as many people know postdoc salary is relatively non-negotiable. I should have checked about the annual raise because while my first year pay was significantly higher than NIH minimum my pay for subsequent year was lower than NIH std (~$300 raise/yr compared to $2,000-2,500 in NIH)

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I just emailed the principal investigator. Some of the senior students also work in that agency. So they are pretty familiar with our student cohort. Got an email expressing interest to talk in-person. Mainly discussed the current research projects to see if I am interested in working on them. After a week, I followed up and got the job.

    Interview Questions

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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Initial application online, then telephone interview, then first in person interview followed by panel interview.

    Interview Questions

    • None, all questions were the standard interview questions.   Answer Question

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