Westat Interview Questions

Updated Jun 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Field Interviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Westat in September 2014.

    Interview

    I was called the next day after I applied online. I did three 30 minute telephone interviews over the period of one week, then flown to HQ in Maryland for a 1 day for in person interview ( all expense paid trip by Westat). I was interviewed by three managers. Then one week after in person interview, I was offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • I had no difficult or unexpected question because I went into interview fully prepared.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate a tiny increase in starting salary.

  2. Helpful (2)  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Westat (Rockville, MD).

    Interview

    I started as SPS (Hourly/temp) and was not interviewed. A project needed temps ASAP so I was quickly recruited. They have you take some skills tests and training specific to the work you will be doing, and a typing test. They also require a background check. When you move to a new project once you are a Westat employee, you may be interviewed by that Project Director and other managers. I've been interviewed twice for new projects. It was with two or more managers and they ask what your interests are and if you would like to do the work they are asking you to do on that project. They ask about previous project work. Once they are done interviewing all candidates they email or call you to let you know if you were chosen and when they want you to start.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you mind doing this work?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation....ever...when it comes to pay. You can negotiate your schedule.

  3. Helpful (2)  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Westat in June 2014.

    Interview

    Well I had a phone interview with Westat and am still in the interviewing process. The phone interview went smoothly. The interviewer contacted me on time, went through what the company was about, and asked me some questions. He then allowed me to answer my own questions.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer basically asked questions about my resume and what I did with each research project I undertook. So I would suggest brushing up on the details of your resume. He also asked me what makes me a good candidate for Westat. He also asked me what were my strengths and weaknesses.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Well, I received a call later asking me to attend an in-person interview.

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    Naep Help Desk Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Westat in June 2014.

    Interview

    I was simple and professional. Two interviewers asked a set of questions, each had one page of questions. Then the second part was to test your technical/customer service skills by using the live chat. The entire interview took 35-40 minutes. The questions were easy, no tricks.

    Interview Questions

    • During the chat a customer will ask you a question and you have to resolve their problem. It can be stressful if you have no experience and you are being watched. But the question usually isn't very difficult. Always suspect a hardware problem before a software problem. The answer is usually too simple.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, everything is set by the staffing agency. You an negotiate a schedule that works for you. They usually hire a month before the job starts. Very low pay and no benefits or security.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Westat.

    Interview

    I was contacted by HR. A series of four one-on-one interviews was scheduled. The series of interviews took 3.5 hours. The questions seemed straightforward to me, with a different emphasis for each interviewer; a mix of questions aimed getting to know each other, understanding my skills, explaining what the organization is like, and what the work would be like. I though the interview questions and approach were very reasonable and straightforward. I liked the people I met. The HR contact seemed good too.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked if I had any special methods expertise, so that I could be included in contracts as a methods expert. I have a broad knowledge of methods but not a specific area of expertise. I thought this meant they would definitely not be able to use me, but they explained that people could also be included as contracts as content area experts, and that this content expertise could be developed on the job.   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Westat.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR followed by a 4 hour onsite interview with project supervisors. Most questions were about my previous work experience and how I handle juggling multiple tasks.

    Interview Questions

    • One guy asked what my weakness was and then berated me after because he felt like I had more weaknesses but wasn't giving in? Very confusing.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Offer was very low but I was desperate for a job.

  8.  

    MCBS Field Interviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Westat.

    Interview

    Applied online, received a call for the 1st interview with the supervisor and then 2nd interview with the regional manager and then I was offered a position.

    Negotiation

    None

  9.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Organized, people-oriented, a bit old-fashioned, but it was personal and professional. It was clear you mattered.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you interested in doing X or doing Y?   1 Answer
  10. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Westat in November 2013.

    Interview

    I applied for a data analyst position and was contacted by the company for a data collector position instead. I was directed to view a video clip on their site. It detailed the Data Collector position and demonstrated major duties. Afterwards, I participated in a phone interview and was told I would need to do cold calling to find participants for survey and would need to collect biological specimens. That was dramatically different than the position I had applied for and I was disappointed with the obvious "bait and switch" tactic used by Westat,

    Interview Questions

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Westat (Rockville, MD) in November 2013.

    Interview

    SPS interviewed me and placed me in an interviewee pool for other departments to review and determine if they wanted to interview me as well. I was interviewed 1 on 1 then was called back for an interview with 3 members of a different department

    Interview Questions

    • Typical interview questions. Tell me about yourself, why do you think you are a good fit, etc.   Answer Question

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