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NIH Interview Questions

Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at NIH in September 2015.

    Interview

    It was really just that I emailed the PI. We talked over the phone. I was in the DC area and so came to the lab and gave a presentation. It was pretty informal. Overall great experience

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    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in September 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was very brief and a bit unfocused. The director was not able to describe specific job tasks. The future direction of the position, which was newly formed due to division expansion, was not given. The interviewer could not give desirable expected skills and expertise. It seemed that a candidate had already been chosen, and that the interview was being done simply to fulfill an EOE requirement.

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at NIH (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    3 rounds. All taken by senior developers. The last round is in a conference room taken by six to seven developers. Mostly questions about your experience and resume. Brush up the concepts for each technology listed on your resume

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    Budget Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD).

    Interview

    Very common questions. Behavior type interview. Examples include tell me about a time when? People are very nice and friendly. The hiring process is lengthy. The background check is what takes the longest.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with somethibg difficult how did you handle it   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    The interview was quick and painless! It was a panel-type interview so that I could meet my potential co-workers before starting the job. We toured the lab and then talked a little bit. I also had questions prepared for the panel. Everyone here is obviously really sharp, but I was surprised how nice and welcoming they were too.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me to summarize my past work experiences and explain how they relate to the position   1 Answer

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    Junior Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in August 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview first with a couple of folks. Went very well. Was immediately asked to come in a few days later for a visit/face-to-face interview. That also went very well. Got to meet my potential co-worker as well and talk 1-on-1 with him. They called about 2 hours after the in-person interview and offered for us to continue moving forward, initiating the background check and reference check. Both checks were passed, though the process terminated from there. NIH kept me up-to-date with all information regarding the status of the job throughout the process, and what the next step would be. Despite not working out, it was an overall very positive experience. Every person I met was extremely kind and welcoming.

    NOTE: I was offered the position, though it unfortunately fell through due in part to the third-party contracting service. It was to be a temporary/contracting job.

    Interview Questions

    • This job requires 'xxxxx skill.' Describe your experience/skills revolving around it.   Answer Question
    • How would you describe some of your strengths and weaknesses?   Answer Question
    • (If you're applying for a job that you don't have a degree in): tell us why you changed fields from the one you originally went to college for.   Answer Question

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    Post Baccaleurate IRTA Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in August 2015.

    Interview

    If you have skills they need in the lab, they will come and look for you. The process was pretty lay back for me. since they needed my skills are their lab. So they asked some general questions "what makes you chose (your degree)", how many hours have you done(_), then they go on and introduce the campus and the opportunities around NIH. Since I already knew that they need me ahead, so the process was just a run through.

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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at NIH (Rockville, MD) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on USAjobs.gov, and was contacted approximately 2 months later via e-mail. The interview took about an hour, and was very specific concerning the job title. Questions were not "typical" interview questions, but tailored to previous experience in contracting. The interviewer described the position in detail, and I felt that he spoke more than I did during the interview. I was required to submit a writing sample beforehand.

    Interview Questions

    • I was given a spreadsheet of costs and asked specific questions pertaining to the spreadsheet.   Answer Question

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    Lpn Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (New York, NY) in August 2015.

    Interview

    The process started with a phone screening.
    I had a group interview. I was able to express my expectations and the team in turn shared what would be expected of me.
    Next was the extensive background screening.

    Interview Questions

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at NIH.

    Interview

    I emailed a PI expressing interest in their lab and asked if they had room in their lab for a summer intern. I attached my resume and cover letter. About a week later, they emailed me back to schedule a time for the phone interview. After some back and forth due to some problems with communications I was able to get an interview. It was fairly simple just asking about my experience and interests.

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