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RAND Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2017
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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at RAND in July 2014.

Interview

I was contacted about 2 months after I applied online. When I went to RAND, I spoke with a series of research scientists and was asked to discuss my thesis, the writing sample I had submitted, and talk through my research experience. Everyone was very friendly, it wasn't a normal behavioral interview at all. I had a lot of friendly conversations about my interests and experience. I also had lunch with current employees in the position I was applying for. It was a very nice experience all-around; I was disappointed not to receive the offer a month later.

Interview Questions

  • I was asked to explain why I chose specific statistical analyses in the data analysis section of my thesis. I wrote it and spent a lot of time on it, so I didn't struggle responding. The research scientist asked detailed follow up questions about specific analyses I mentioned.   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at RAND (Washington, DC) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The hiring process was very straightforward. I applied online, was contacted within three weeks about coming to DC for an interview, and interviewed the next month for the position. The interview was conducted over the course of one day, with 8 30-minute one-on-one interviews with research directors, as well as a lunch with individuals who had the position for which I applied. I was very impressed by everyone who interviewed me and found the process smooth and enjoyable.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked by several interviews to name specific projects/reports published by RAND and analyze their content, as well as provide my own opinion on the research.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There wasn't really room for negotiation, but the offer was very fair.


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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at RAND (Santa Monica, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process involved a full day of multiple interviews with research staff on site in California: 3 interviews in the morning, a lunch, then 3 interviews in the afternoon. I was asked about my interests, what drew me to RAND, my research, and what I'd like to accomplish after my term (RAs are hired for a specified period of time).

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at RAND? What are your specific research interests at RAND?   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at RAND (Arlington, VA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Interviews with several PIs about general projects and expertise. Answered basic questions about what I was interesting in, and my existing research projects in college. PIs mostly were senior researchers with whom I would be working.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most pressing question for national security in the next five years   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at RAND (Santa Monica, CA) in May 2008.

    Interview

    All-day interview meeting with all levels of people, from HR to Research Assistants and Researchers. Everyone is very polite and encouraging and wants to see what you bring to the table and if you are a good fit with the culture. While everyone is very busy with their own work the atmosphere is very cooperative and you get the feeling that they love what they do.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about your research experience, educational background, etc. Pretty standard but thorough.   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at RAND (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Did not get an interview - but would like to comment on my experience as an applicant.
    It seems there is no updating/feedback process in place. After calling up multiple times to get status updates on my application it still was not possible to receive information about whether I was being considered or even a simple update on the process. I was told to hear from them but nothing came from it.
    I can understand that application processes can take longer, but I think the overall process would improve if applicants would be kept informed; especially since they also have to meet many requirements, e.g.: providing a writing sample.
    If an applicant puts time and effort in an application, I think RAND (Cambridge branch) should do the same.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at RAND in January 2010.

    Interview

    Seemed pro forma and that they were required to post the position but already had someone they wanted to hire. Totally uninterested , box checking, no response to topics/questions/attempt at any convo. Came away with the impression that job was posted strictly for CYA purposes. Clubby.

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