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    Research Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Urban Institute in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I received an email from an HR employee asking if I was still interested in the position about 4 months after I had applied on their website. They told me to submit a transcript, writing sample, and cover letter for review. I did an in-person interview which took about half a day and involved separate interviews that were 30 minutes each. They said that the people who were chosen to interview me were the people I would be working with if I was hired. I first interviewed with a human resources employee who asked me questions like what did I know about their company as well as some individual questions about my background. I then had to take a 45 minute writing test which involved looking at a graph and writing about policy implications. They told me that the reason for the writing test is because they have hired people in the past who weren't able to do the work. There was a lunch interview after that which I was told was not scored, followed by two more 30 minute panel interviews after that, and then a final interview with the director.

    Most of the questions were basic entry level questions and there were some about hypothetical situations and how you would handle them. In the interviews I learned that the majority of time in the position you would be working independently. The director indicated that the position had high turnover and RAs usually work for a few years before leaving for graduate school or another job. At the end the director just said they had multiple openings and were still doing interviews, so it seemed like they were not interested. I felt they had very high standards for who they wanted to hire. I ended up never hearing back from them.

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Website www.urban.org
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1968
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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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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