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Updated May 4, 2017
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute.

    Interview

    After sending application, one or two Skype interviews with the boss. Afterwards personal meeting with boss and division in the Institute. Had to present my previous work and talk to current employees.

    Interview Questions


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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Solna, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Solna, Stockholm (Sweden)).

    Interview

    Was difficult to reach the group leader by email (he treats job enquiries as junk email for the most part), so had to call, but he didn't pick up his phone; finally got a secretary to take pity on me and give me his cell phone. From there it was a brieze.

    Interview Questions

    • It really was all very simple and straightforward - I guess prospective PhD students don't typically present to a lab meeting, which I did, as I had been working in a lab elsewhere before and had enough data for it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation possible - same for all PhD students in the department


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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Group interview with a half hour presentation and half hour group discussion. Then interviewed by each member of the group. It is normal to start with a half year internship as research student and then to be registered as PhD student if they are happy with your performance

    Interview Questions

    • Main about previous project and your skills. Nothing strange   Answer Question

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in May 2012.

    Interview

    The process was not so formal then. I contacted the supervisor and asked for an opening and if was able to bring home a grant on their idea which i did then they were happy to take me on after the money was in

    Interview Questions

    • can you do this? The process was not so formal then. I contacted the supervisor and asked for an opening and if was able to bring home a grant on their idea which i did then they were happy to take me on after the money was in. Nice?   Answer Question

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in October 2011.

    Interview

    you start with preparatory course before starting PhD program. sometimes there are many shadow students who have not been registered for many years, but now a days it seems to be more transparent. Before you register as PhD student, you do 6-12 months preparatory program with starting of future phd studies, and then in your PhD registration seminar, you show preliminary data with 4 years program to the committee.

    Interview Questions

    • Your research plan for 4 years will be suitable to finish in time?   Answer Question

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in July 2011.

    Interview

    Experience in the related field is what counts mostly. Secondly being innovative and passionate in your field is also necessary. Having a journal publication and poster presentations will help very much and also of course good communication skill

    Interview Questions


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    Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in April 2010.

    Interview

    The 1:1 interview focused on discussions of my research experience, leadership experience, communications experience and vision for a specific project. The employer was searching for someone who could switch between and integrate different resolution levels involved in project management, from the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of specific experiments, to the recruitment, management and training of team members, to tactical decision making on project directions, and also strategic decision making on long term project development and targeting.

    A presentation to the host laboratory involved explanation of past findings, methodological capabilities and most critically, vision for the future of the project in question. Q and A was open ended but focused predominantly on scientific findings rather than project/management issues.

    An extensive document (fitting a KI pro-forma) was required detailing past research, training, management, and leadership experience. Publication lists, conference and invited speaker presentations, patents/licenses held, commercialisation history, and awards/fellowships/grants were all key parameters for external review by internationally renowned professors.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you envisage the development of the specific (technical development and implementation) project over the next 5 years?   1 Answer
    • How have/would you deal(t) with a situation where a member of the team you are leading is under-performing?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate a 10% increase in the offered salary.

    I would closely consider the technical capacity of KI, given that I have found it to be disappointing, in terms of cutting-edge technical infrastructure. If you're project requires technical access, ensure that it is in place before starting a position - do not accept assurances that it will be acquired later, as this is an extremely slow and inefficient process.


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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Had to work hard to make contact with group leader - they get tons of junk applications, so if you don't hear from them by email, don't give up. Emailed a couple times, no word. Started calling office, no answer. Eventually, after many calls over a couple weeks, was forwarded to secretary who took pity on me and gave me his cell phone number, made contact. At this point he was already impressed which made the rest a lot easier.
    Flew over at group leader's expense. If you visit other group leaders there, say so or they will get very annoyed. Made a research presentation (unusual for PhD studentships), two 1:1 interviews, one with group leader, other with close collaborator in the department. Very straightforward, although I was familiar with the field, no surprises, no brain-teasers. Generally was a discussion of projects, science, and personal history. Offered idea for a project, which was clearly appreciated, although equally clearly not seriously considered. Met lab members who described ongoing projects in the lab. Lunch with the boss and collaborator. Dinner with the lab, minus boss.
    Overall, exciting, fun, interesting, busy, and lots of information to absorb.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Negotiation on starting date only. Salaries are fixed.


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    R&D Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Huddinge (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Huddinge (Sweden)) in May 2009.

    Interview

    I received the phone interview at first and was invited then to visit the place. It was a one-day interview and nearly every member of the group had a brief discussion with me, introducing their work. Finally, I had a private conversation with the group leader about my future work and research topics.

    Interview Questions

    • technical question about your background and main research topics   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)) in April 2009.

    Interview

    I received an email after application stating that my application was under review. A few days later, I received an email for setting up a Phone interview appointment. It was an enjoyable interview and many questions were asked, many general, some on the philosophy of research and some about the practical considerations of the job. Then I was asked to visit the workplace for a 1:1 interview. I made a presentation of a about an hour and was interviewed and got to meet with many people at various levels in the organization. At the end of the day, I was asked for my opinion and consent and also offered the position. It was a very enjoyable process overall. The phone calls were prompt and things were well taken care of.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    It was straightforward, gentle and kind and honest. Totally my type!


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