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Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview Questions

Updated Jan 9, 2017
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Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

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

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in July 2016.

Interview

I was called by my professor and it was one to one interview. I just had to present my previous dissertation work. It was very simple as it was for postdoctoral position. I was just asked questions based on my presentation and topic.

Interview Questions

  • Are you interested in pursuing your career further in academics   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Columbia University

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Interview

    I send a letter and my resume to the PI saying that I would love to join the group. Got some friendly answer so I went to new york to meet in person. Interview was rather informal, just a short chat with the PI and lunch with the rest of the group.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you want to stay in academia?   1 Answer

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The interview took one entire day plus dinner. I presented a 30 minutes talk of my former work.
    Afterwards I talked to everybody in the lab. The whole process was very intense, but very informal. There were no unexpected questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in August 2013.

    Interview

    I got an interview invitation within a day after I submitted my application. The first stage of the interview was with a fellow post-doc. It was very lengthy (an hour and half) and we discussed also very technical details of my knowledge of the specific subject and of the work I will be doing. The second stage was with the PI, I gave a presentation, it was liked very much and interrupted halfway.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked my family status, and whether they need to do something about the 2body problem. (Vary positive but it came out of the blue for me)   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Two skype interviews and an in person presentation. There were many questions about the research I had completed previously and a focus on where I saw my career heading. I also had to write and submit a mock research proposal and three letters of reference.

    Interview Questions

    • What research projects I had in mind and also asked me to write a mock proposal on anything I wished.   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Columbia University in January 2013.

    Interview

    Set up interview with administrative assistant. Interview lasted from 9-5 all day with a presentation at lunch time. Met with other post docs in the lab. Met with PI and discussed potential projects.


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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist 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 July 2012.

    Interview

    emailed the PI, wrote back after 1 week. 2 weeks later on-site interview and offer same day.
     gave a 1 hour presentation in front of the lab. overall very nice experience

    Interview Questions

    • tell me about your research   1 Answer

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in January 2012.

    Interview

    I met in a group setting with the principal investigator and lab members. I then gave a presentation and spoke one-on-one with principal investigator and lab members. I had lunch with the principal investigator and traveled there for one day and did not stay overnight. Overall, it was a very positive process.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your career plans   1 Answer
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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University in September 2009.

    Interview

    Slow.

    Interview Questions


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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Columbia University in March 2009.

    Interview

    It was a casual and easy experience. During the first day, I gave a presentation about what I did during my phd, followed by QnA. Then I was assigned to talk to each postdocs in the lab. Especially the ones in the area that I'm interested in. Got home, wrote a thank-you letter to the PI and express that I'm interested in working there. And got invitation of 2nd interview right away. This time I was mainly talking with the group that I will be working in. At the end of the day, the PI has offered me the job!

    Interview Questions


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