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    It's great institute, met a lot of talented people.

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at UC San Francisco full-time (more than an year)


    Lots of smart postdocs from all over the world. Learn a lot from them.


    Depend on the PI, my group was very research orientated, no time for career exploration.


UC San Francisco Interviews

Updated Oct 20, 2014
Updated Oct 20, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at UC San Francisco.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed for 5-6 different CRC jobs, all from online applications. I would typically get contacted within 1-3 weeks of submitting my application, either by email or phone (though I've gotten interview requests up to 2 months afterwards.) There would be a phone screen and then an in-person interview on site. The in-person interview would sometimes also involve the PI/doctor directing the project, or a number of other CRCs.

    There were usually no surprise questions. The people interviewing were, for the most part (with only 1-2 exceptions), very passionate about their work and just looking to hire the most qualified candidate. Interviews typically started with a more detailed description of the research and the position. They asked about my previous work experience, other activities, why I was interested in the job, where I saw myself a few years down the road, other typical things like that. What I found most challenging was honestly coming up with good questions, because the interviewers were generally very thorough in their position descriptions. Many of the interviewers did ask the strengths/weaknesses questions - be prepared with an answer and examples that tie in to the specific job duties.

    For a few of these positions, about a week after the in-person interview, I was asked to send over my references. About a week after that was when I was informed either of my rejection or acceptance (by phone call.)

    One of my interviews for a CRC position was a full hour-long behavioral interview with lots of questions including "three words to describe yourself" as well as the typical "tell me a time when..." etc, etc. I was actually very frustrated with this interview because we did not discuss the position in much detail, nor did the actual topic of research actually get brought up. That was a very disappointing experience, but the thing is, while CRC job listings all resemble each other very closely, each interview varies widely depending on the project and the people involved. Do your research and practice! Being familiar with the particular project is really the most important thing to prepare (as well as being ready to hash out your past in a relevant manner.) For the most part, however, I had good experiences - straightforward interviews with interested people who didn't want to waste time on irrelevant discussions. No trick questions, just honest talking - those were the interviewers I respected the most.

    Interview Questions
    • In the behavioral interview: Tell me about something you would now do differently if you had a chance to go back and change your decision.
      In normal interviews: a case question about what to do when you had to consent two patients but were short on time
        Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    (To clarify, I did not get accepted to all, just one, but declined in favor of a non-research job.)

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

UC San Francisco Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010

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Website www.ucsf.edu
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1864
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year
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The leading university exclusively focused on health, UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved. All four UCSF professional schools, virtually all UCSF graduate programs, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital consistently rank among the best in... More

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