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Columbia University Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2017
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    Lab Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    It was a genome sequencing lab that I interviewed with. I was interviewed by 5 people. 4 of them were the colleagues that I would be working with and one of them was the boss who decide to give me the offer or not

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    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    After applying online, I was contacted by email almost immediately to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was 30 minutes and I was asked about my resume and interest in the position. After the phone interview was the in-person interview. I sat through three rounds of interviews: one with the team I would be working with, one with the director of the office and one with representatives from the entire staff. Lots of situational/scenario questions.

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    Negotiation

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  3. Helpful (1)  

    Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I had a phone call then briefly met with the 2 directors of the program I applied for. The interview process was very casual. I met with one of the directors and interviewed as we walked to a meeting they were going to.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    It was relatively strait forward and not too difficult. First there was a phone interview, and then it was followed by a face to face interview. Then it was confirmed via email.

    Interview Questions

    • Please discuss your previous experience   1 Answer

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    I got invited to the open house, which takes place on the campus for 2 days. I could not make it because I was out of the country and instead did a skype interview. Skype interview was done with one professor, who was very nice and easy-going.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your undergraduate research experience.
      What research are you interested in Columbia?  
      Answer Question

  6.  

    Art Handler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I first spoke with a human resources person over the phone, and then was called in for a face to face interview with the department in person, after which I met human resources on-campus. The interview all seemed to go great, but after three weeks I still haven't heard back from them, even after I emailed asking for any news on their decision.

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    Database Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    A month after I applied, I was invited to do a phone screening with the hiring manager and 3 other people I'd be working with. They asked pretty straightforward questions about why I wanted to work at Columbia and about my experience. About a week later, they called to let me know that I was invited to do the in-person interview on campus. The in-person interview was a whole-day event and I was scheduled to meet with a total of 20 people (not individually; I met with groups of 2-5 people). It was really informal and everyone was really friendly. The process went bad after the in-person interview. The hiring manager said he would give me a decision by the end of October. That deadline passed and about a week into November, I followed up with the hiring manager via email to get a sense of his updated timeline. Got no response. It's been a month since my interview and it looks like I'm no longer being considered. I hate it when employers don't have the courtesy to inform candidates (specifically candidates who had in-person interviews) that they're no longer being considered. So annoying.

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    Lab Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Using the jobs website, I submitted a master application, resume, cover letter and reference list to the specific listing. About 2 weeks later I got an email asking about interviewing. I met directly with the PI and student I would be working for. Where they the questions mentioned below. They described the work I would be doing and asked about my relevant experience and my future plans as I am a recent college grad.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you comfortable working with mice?   Answer Question
    • Describe the techniques you are familiar with in the projects you have previously worked on (animal behavior and basic chem I.e. Prep solutions etc.)   Answer Question
    • Do you have any questions or concerns?   Answer Question

  9.  

    Lab Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Phone interview with a post-doc was followed by in person interview with various members of the lab, including the PI. The interview process with various lab members was part of a larger tour of the lab and the facilities. A lot of time was spent listening to post-docs and technicians explain their work.

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    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Phone call with HR representative; initial interview with direct program staff; full day interview with whole department. Entailed a lot of question and answers, some role playing, leading a demo with the target population, and meeting about 20 staff members. Overall it was similar to a standard academic interview though this was not a strictly academic position. The staff was positive and very aware of how exhausting a full day interview is. Still haven't heard anything after this process - despite the fact that the interview was almost 6 months ago now, which makes the whole thing seem like a waste of time, including a full day's work.

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