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Interviews at NIH

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  1. Featured Interview

     

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    The hiring and interview process went very quickly and it was extremely professional, while also being laid back and friendly. I had 3 people interview me at the same time. My interviewers was courteous and open to answering all my questions. They also offered great feedback, as well.

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  2.  

    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I received an email to schedule an interview. I went into their lab where the group interview was conducted. It was a non-formal conversation between me and the group that worked there. They asked me about my resume, my plans after graduation, my availability to work during the semester, and if I had applied to other internships.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you plan to go into a medical field after graduating?   Answer Question
  3.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Briefly introduce yourself, including your career/professional development and your research interests,
    thereafter devote the major part of your short talk to explaining the research that you want to pursue at the institution at which you are applying.

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  4.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Durham, NC) in April 2020.

    Interview

    I contacted the PI directly with my application. Got a phone interview with the PI within a week. Moved to the second round of interview with a 45 min presentation to the group and talked with other members one by one. Asked for reference letters afterwards. Due to the COVID-19, I didn't have an onsite interview, so I cannot go and look around the whole institute's working space and the surrounding environment.

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  5.  

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    The interview was intense. I met with over 10 different faculty within a single day and spoke with all of them about their different roles. It was a bit intimidating and exhausting. Some interviewers were friendlier than others.

    Interview Questions

    • Gaps in employment <30 days, about the research I did, any questions I had   Answer Question

  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    The interview process was very laid back and consisted of meeting with the lab PI and answering some questions he had. I then toured the lab and got to meet other lab members

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  7.  

    Postbac Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    Uploaded my application materials to postbac research portal. I was contacted by various labs via email and phone within a few weeks. I was interviewed by phone or skype by staff clinicians, staff scientists or PI for 2 different labs. I got offered 2 lab positions. Interview type and style are lab/PI dependent and not universal across NIH.

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  8.  

    Visiting Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    Day long talk with supervisor
    Morning presentation followed by interview with many people in the campus.
    Was told to explain a complex research article
    Tough nut to crack. It was a pleasant experience
    Discussion with all members of the team.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you understand from this figure   1 Answer

  9.  

    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    Talked to a PI over the phone and then had an in person interview with PI. Discussed passed work experience, what the project would be, who I would be working with, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Past experience?
      Have you worked in a wet lab?
      Have you interacted on a team before?   Answer Question

  10.  

    Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Washington, DC) in April 2019.

    Interview

    not too hard, asked about experiences, talked with lab members, had a couples problems they wanted to run through with me, very nice and got back as soon as possible.

    Interview Questions

    • What research experience have you had?
      Why do you want to join this lab?   Answer Question

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