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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Cleveland, OH) in January 2012.

    Interview

    not to difficult. simple to answer. My school has an internal selection process which helped people to find a way to get involved. it determined if the fit was right for you. More specifically it assigned you to a specific institution for reserach in Germany where you could bridge oppurtunities with other countries' participants.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at max planck   1 Answer

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute in May 2011.

    Interview

    Three rounds in the application - online application, panel presentation and one to one interview. Quite tough and they generally ask questions related to your past project and CV. Mostly looking intelligent people with high level of motivation for research. They generally look for good research experience. Apply to the researcher, which suits your past research experience. Please don't apply to everyone. In one to one interview, mention them how you will be useful to the research group and why you want to join them.

    Interview Questions

    • technical questions and feedback to your past research projects   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    please negotiate about salary and stipend, if you get selected.

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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Munich, Bayern (Germany)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Skype Interview. Easy questions were asked: studies, personal abilities, reasons why I wanted to become part of the team, expectations.

    The intervier was my future supervisor so he also gave me a firsthand insight on the project, the team and the institute itself

    Interview Questions

    • Studies
      Technical abilities
      Stengths and weaknesses
      Motivation
      Language abilities (German/English)   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bremen, Bremen (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Bremen, Bremen (Germany)) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I was offered the position shortly after I did a 3 month internship with the institute. The people were quite friendly and encouraging. I was asked about my knowledge and general understanding of certain techniques that were relevant for projects. The interview was short and informative, and I was mostly given a general idea about the project and what I would be working on.

    Interview Questions

    • What kinds of molecular techniques are you familiar with?   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute in March 2012.

    Interview

    I made an online application. Then had a telephonic interview a week later, and was invited for a face to face interview. Before the interview I made a short presentation about my research till date, and then had a discussion with the PI and some others in the group. It was pretty informal, they were happy to answer my questions. I was told they would inform me if I was to come back for a second round, but I had no message from them at all after the interview.

    Interview Questions


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    PhD Student - Stipend Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Munich, Bayern (Germany)) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Overall it is pretty smooth process. I have 6 interviewers in the lab. They are honest and nice to talk about the working environment and pro/cons during their phd career

    Interview Questions


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    Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute in November 2009.

    Interview

    Mostly it's your prior experiences and publications which are important.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Fair

  8.  

    Forschungsassistent Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cologne (Germany)
    Accepted Offer

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Cologne (Germany)).

    Interview

    Sehr offenes und ehrliches Bewerbungssystem. Alle Kandidaten, auch Betriebsangehörige, mussten vor versammelter Mannschaft Gruppenpräsentationen in einem Seminarraum halten, der Bewerbungsprozess war hart, aber fair

    Interview Questions

    • Wie sehen Ihre Pläne für die nächsten 5 Jahre aus?   1 Answer

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    Doktorand Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart (Germany)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Ich habe einfach eine Mail geschrieben gefragt, ob es eine freie Doktorandenstelle in dem Unternehmen gibt. Und nach zwei Tagen erfuhr ich, dass sie mich zu einem Gespräch mit dem Firmenchef einladen wollen. Ich bekam zwei oder drei Routinefragen gestellt, zum Beispiel "Erzählen Sie mir bitte etwas über sich!" und "Warum möchten Sie Ihre Forschungen auf diesem Gebiet fortführen?" und "Warum haben Sie sich gerade für unser Institut entschieden?" Hinterher wurde ich per E-Mail informiert, dass ich für das Forschungsprogramm zugelassen worden sei und sofort meine Arbeit aufnehmen könne.

    Interview Questions

    • In meinem Fall gab es keine Fragen, die man nicht hätte erwarten können.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Ich wurde nach meiner Verfügbarkeit gefragt. Über das Gehalt wurde ich nicht informiert. Es ist immer gut, für Transparenz zu sorgen und selber zu fragen.


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    Doktorand Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Max Planck Institute (Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Es kommt auf die Gruppe an, oft nehmen sie von den Doktoranden und den Master-Studenten so ziemlich jeden, sie haben auch keine andere Wahl. In Einrichtungen, wo die Leute kaum wissen, wie man ein Interview abhält, halte ich eine Einschränkung bei der Anzahl der Wörter im Interviewprozess nicht sehr hilfreich.

    Negotiation

    Man bekommt ein Test-Projekt zum bearbeiten. Es ist zwar schwer, da durchzufallen, aber in einem Fall habe ich es schon gesehen.


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