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Duke University Interview Questions

Updated Feb 21, 2017
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    Admissions Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Group Q&A, presentation, case study, meeting with Dean, meeting with assistant dean. You meet with the hiring manager at the beginning, provide basic info about yourself, give a 30 minute presentation on a topic of your choosing in front of admissions team, take part in case study in front of team, meet with dean of admissions, meet with hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you reconcile a student you like personally, but isn't academically rigorous?   1 Answer
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    Staff Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online, was automatically notified it was now with the manager 9 days later, phone interview less than a week later, asked to come in person another week later. Interviewed in person and met at least 10 different staff members from different areas. I spent over 4 hours on campus. I wish I was told it would take up my whole day. Ended up having to pay for my own parking and since it was during lunch time, I was really hungry halfway through the day. 20+ days later, I was emailed that I did not get the position.

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    Faculty Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in February 2014.

    Interview

    30 minute initial screening with many of the faculty members in the department. started with basic questions about you and your research. then, harder follow-up questions related to your research. finally, some shorter questions related to teaching and intended research contribution/specialization moving forward. more than other groups that i interviewed with this group seemed to focus on personality fit and overall future research agenda heavily as compared to groups that were primarily interested in current experience.

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    Reasons for Declining

    in the end preferred a different location, although i found the south to have many charms

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    Student Affairs Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in February 2011.

    Interview

    phone interview, then brought to campus. given a tour and met a lot of people. Really its just a meet and great to make sure you're not crazy and are a decent person

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Duke University.

    Interview

    The interview process involved meeting with a variety of directors and administrators over the course of two days and included a presentation to a large group as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner groups. Each meeting was peppered with questions regarding real and hypothetical situations, gathering feedback on how I would respond to each situation were I to be in the position. Interviewers took copious notes during my interview, and it turns out, an internal candidate who was in the interview process had already secured the position. I gave two days of free consultation to tell this person how to do the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions revolved around student situations, surveys, and general dealings within the university.   Answer Question
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in March 2009.

    Interview

    interview was professional and cordial. Interviewed with three different faculty members and several graduate students. Duke paid for a nice meal as part of my visit.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation for a doctoral program

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in September 2010.

    Interview

    It is like any other university with SOPs, GRE, Recommendations.etc

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    PhD Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Duke University in February 2017.

    Interview

    The first round is the skype interview which seems more like an informal conversation about your research and a chance to know more about theirs. It is useful to be thorough with your research accomplishments ie be very technical! Make sure you've gone through your CV and that you've revised technical findings from all your past projects.

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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Duke University.

    Interview

    This was a very straightforward and friendly interview, casual and low stress. I had little to no prior experience in office administration but the interviewer was kind and appreciated my experience in the arts.

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked about prior experience with office administration as well as dance.   Answer Question
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Duke University (Durham, NC) in February 2013.

    Interview

    After you submit your application to PhD programs in December, usually Duke would start invite people for onsite interviews at mid-January to early Febuary. There will be a little flexibility of choosing the date of your onsite interview, Duke will cover your flight and hotel expenses.

    You will be able to name the 3-5 faculty members you are interested in and Duke will do their best in obtaining the interviews. Each faculty member will talk to you for around 15 minutes, during which they learn about your past experience, research interests and also introduce you to their research. Make sure you ask enough questions to help you determine whether you would see yourself working with this specific professor in the future. You will also have the oppportunity of talking to the current graduate students in the program through social hangouts (remember this is also part of the interview too as the current students will be asked to redflag anyone not fit for the program after the interview). It is always helpful to ask the current students on the research areas of faculty members in the program, and have a glimpse into their mentoring style if the current students are willing to share this information.

    A great match = research your are interested in + mentoring style that fits your preference + supportive student body that are also intellectually stimulating. Duke overall is more laid-back than other universities, but some PhD programs within Duke can be more intense.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. What did you do for your master/ undergraduate thesis?
      2. Why are you interested in research topic XXX?
      3. What do you like about Duke?
      4. What do you want to do after graduating from the PhD program?  
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