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Penn State University Interview Questions in State College, PA

Updated Nov 3, 2017
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    DDAR Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA).

    Interview

    Submit a resume, and about a 3 page essay. Then you can get selected for the first interview with the HR team and if you make it through that you will be assigned a college unit, or units, to interview with. Is a very long process but I was lucky enough to be selected and its been great. summer in state college is so worth it and you learn so much about the school. do your best on every aspect because it is surprisingly competitive

    Interview Questions

    • A time you had to deal with adversity and how you over came it   Answer Question
    • Give an example of a time you had to show leadership   Answer Question
    • HINT: some how talk about how you are an attentive listener   Answer Question

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    Graduate Student Research Assistant Interview

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

    Interview

    It was very intense. We were to meet with more than 5 faculty members and talk to them. They can range from mild to aggressive. Be prepared about your previous research and also study up on the professors and their area of expertise. They will ask you about how much you know about them

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly about research interests, and what you foresee working on in the program   Answer Question
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    Associate Director Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Telephone screen followed by a one day set of meetings. Meetings were with numerous individuals, a committee or two, a presentation, and then an exit interview with the decision makes.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked if anything had happened to make me more sympathetic to the needs of others.   1 Answer

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    Opp Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    A multiple person interview. I interviewed in front of 4 people getting asked a question from each person. It was informal and the questions were not hard behavioral. At least 2 of the people in the room were who you could be working for.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time you worked in a team and were challenged   Answer Question

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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


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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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    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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    Undergraduate Researcher (ARL) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Penn State University (University Park, PA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Very laid back interview and was encouraged to wear casual attire as the interview would take place during a tour of the lab. The person interviewing became my supervisor and project manager once hired, so first impressions were important. It seemed like it was very important to them that I be able to speak candidly and comfortably with them as peers and fellow researchers. They walked me around all parts of the lab that I would be working in to ensure that I was comfortable with the environment.

    Interview Questions

    • How comfortable are you working on a project by yourself or with a small team of fellow undergraduates without direct supervision?   Answer Question

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