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Penn State University Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2017
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    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA).

    Interview

    A professor sent a department-wide email asking for graduate students to volunteer to be TAs. I replied with a list of the courses that I was hoping to TA... No response, for two months. I decided to speak directly with the professors of the courses that I wanted to TA, and soon found a good match. No further interview was necessary, the professor took care of assigning me to be his TA, and the checks started rolling in as soon as the class started.

    Interview Questions

    • Will you please TA one of the chemical engineering courses next semester?   1 Answer

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    Computer Lab Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penn State University (University Park, PA).

    Interview

    Received a call from the hiring manager to set up an interview. Went to his office for an interview. Manager was very kind and worked with two other managers. Only got interviewed by the one. Customer service skills are very important as well.

    Interview Questions


  3.  

    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Middletown, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Penn State University (Middletown, PA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    There's no need to stress because interview process was easy. They do not require that much from you. It's an on-campus job, so it is basically they hire on a need basis.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here   1 Answer

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    Clinical Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    there was a one-day long interview process, with the entire department individually, plus group review of me actually teaching a class in the school (on the same day as the one on one interviews)

    Interview Questions

    • what can we answer for you?   1 Answer

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    Graduate Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Talk with the professors about your interest of research areas. Provide evidence of academic strengths in your field. Show your interest and confidence, also commitment to the job. need to write more but not sure what to write about.

    Interview Questions


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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penn State University (University Park, PA).

    Interview

    Technical interview with lots of questions from your resume. Also, they will go through your academic performance and will ask relevant questions from your coursework. Finally, your performance in course project plays a key role.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the course projects that you have done and how can it be further improved?   Answer Question

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    Cocurricular Programs Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    After the application there were two rounds of interviews. The first was with a group of five people involved with or related to the job. The second interview was divided into two parts: one part with the same group from the first interview and the second with administrators.

    Interview Questions

    • The first interview was a behavioral interview. The first part of the second interview was a follow up on answers from the first interview. The second part of the second interview was a more administrative, traditional interview. Focused on qualifications and fit for the position.   Answer Question

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    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I had a phone interview discussing the position and my qualifications. The interviewer concluded the phone screen by asking about salary requirements, which I freely shared. The interviewer then stated that the salary for the position would be in a certain (much lower) range. I was told i would receive a call back to confirm the salary range; several days have passed.

    Penn State publishes job postings along with their salary bands. The range offered by the interviewer is in the lowest 25% of the band. Others have said this is typical Penn State behavior. They only offer in the lowest part of the range and never pay above the midpoint.

    Interview Questions


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    Marketing Strategy Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Penn State University, PA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Penn State University (Penn State University, PA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Started with a phone interview with 7 members. It was a little intimidating but I got a call for an in person interview the next day. I was asked to created a poster and give a presentation on my design process. I then met with the promotion staff and operations staff. Very positive experience.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you respond to criticism?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Wasn't the right fit


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    Research Technologist I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Penn State University (Hershey, PA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I got the interview with the Assistant professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences at Penn State University (Hershey, PA) in September 2016. It was one face to face meeting with the Assistant Professor. I had to wait for the official offer from the HR department in about 1 month.

    Interview Questions

    • The Professor was just basically explained what his laboratory research is doing and such. He asked a question about my experience in research, specifically in designing forward and reverse primers.   1 Answer

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