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Urban Institute Interviews

Updated Sep 22, 2014
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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Urban Institute in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted about three weeks later asking for additional information specific to the role. Another few weeks passed, and I was eventually asked to have a 30 minute phone interview. The interview was pretty average in difficulty. Most questions were specific to the role with some behavioral questions mixed in. A month after the phone interview I was invited to an in-person interview. Prior to the interview I had to submit my academic transcript and writing sample.

    I had four 30-minute interviews with various departments. The questions weren't too difficult but one of the interviews was not very successful since it was conducted by fairly young employees with poor interviewing skills. I thought my interviews were pretty successful and I was looking forward to hearing back about the position.

    Three weeks went by with no response. I even emailed my HR contact requesting an update about my application. I never received a response. The entire process took over three months and required me to dedicate several hours to submit the necessary application materials and to be interviewed. I thought I at least deserved a courtesy email especially since I reached out to the HR contact. I found their hiring process very slow and unprofessional. I will not be applying to Urban Institute in the future, even after I receive my masters degree. There are more respectful urban research organizations.

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Website www.urban.org
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1968
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
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The Urban Institute is a not-for-profit economic and social policy research organization that oversees research projects in such areas as education, health policy, employment, income and benefits, housing and communities, population studies, poverty, and judicial issues. Its Urban Institute Press publishes books and reports addressing social and economic issues from tax policy to prison reform. About three-fourths of the institution's funding comes from the federal government; most of the rest comes from foundations including The Aspen Institute and the California... More

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