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SMU (Southern Methodist University) Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2017
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    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University).

    Interview

    First a group interview with supervisors and other applicants. A question was asked and then everyone would answer in the group. There was a slight introduction to the positions. After, a call-back, another interview with only supervisors. More information about the position was given in this time.

    Interview Questions

    • General questions of competency and interest in the position   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) in November 2016.

    Interview

    This place is the worst! The interview process is so antiquated it is not even funny. I have applied to over 20 positions over the previous four years via their HR website and each time has been a very unpleasant experience.

    The ATS system does not allow you to log in to check the status of any pending applications because after you have applied. It is never updated until you are no longer being considered for the job.

    If a department likes you after HR has forwarded your information to them, you will typically be selected for “pre-screening” where you are asked the general questions below.

    Sometimes question 2 will be worded differently and the department will ask you what you feel the starting salary range is for the position applied. With the recent changes in employment law with FSLA, I recommend always saying the minimum salary is at least $48,000. Many “classified” university positions should at least be at this starting level unless you have to track your actual hours worked.

    If you indicate more for a starting salary, the departments will no longer consider you for the position. Do not try and get a higher salary initially even if you have more than enough of relevant experience and more that just the minimum required level of education. At SMU they try and get employees to start working there for the lowest salary possible and then give them about a 1.5%-3.0% raise annually for cost of living. Sadly many new employees will accept the lower salary to “get their foot in the door” and move to another department or leave SMU after approximately 1.5 years. SMU is the worst!

    Interview Questions

    • 1. What qualifications do you have that uniquely fit the job description in the posting?

      2. The salary range for this position in the current budget year is between $XX,XXX and $XX,XXX. Would this salary prevent you from further consideration of the position?

      3. When would you be available to start the position if you are selected as the finalist?

      4. Describe an event you have planned. Include details about the scope of the event and size of the audience. Include any comments about the budget you had for planning and ways you managed your team to stay within budget and succeed with the goals of the event.

      5. Tell me about a time when you showed initiative to solve a problem at work or to initiate processes that would improve the workplace and/or work flow.

      6. If you are an out-of-town candidate, we are unable to pay relocation or travel expenses. Would this prevent you from taking the position if you were the finalist?   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Interview

    Contacted the professor with my CV and illustrated why I'd like to join his team and what I could do. Then he provided the offer directly without a phone interview. Very unusual experience.

    Interview Questions


  4.  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Interview process involved a phone screening and in person interview with three executives. Interview was fairly informal filled with good discussion and an overall very pleasant experience. Most questions were about prior work experience and some general questions about my overall knowledge of the University and understanding of educational business structures.

    Interview Questions

    • How familiar are you with University/educational business structures?   Answer Question

  5.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    I had a phone interview then they phoned back after about a week to request an interview.

    The interview process was about 3 separate panel interviews with an average of 5 people per panel. They wanted representation from the various departments that the position would be working with.
    They were very thorough.

    I also had to take a skills assessment (spelling, grammar, MS Word/Excel).

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you were not able to complete an assignment on time. How did you handle the situation?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate


  6.  

    Account Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University).

    Interview

    Not bad, took forever to get through the multiple interviews but everyone was extremely nice. If you're applying don't expect an answer right away. They will ask to test your excel, word, and grammar skills so be prepared.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There wasn't any.


  7.  

    Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Interview was 2 day long process. It consisted of emailing back and forth. Once the first screening was complete I was given a day to do class presentation. I lectured in a class that I would similarly be teaching in if I were hired. I was also interviewed by all the instructors currently teaching in the department. In addition to being interviewed by the department dean, and the school dean. So that was 3 sets of interviews in one day.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you teach a specific class?   1 Answer
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    Visiting Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Fly out the previous night, interview all AM and early afternoon, fly back in the evening. The morning interviews were with two professors in the department, over breakfast; the chair of the department; and other faculty, over lunch. Then I taught a class and gave a presentation of my research.

    Interview Questions

    • What sort of seminars would you teach?   1 Answer

  9.  

    Resident Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Applying was easy, not too hard just be yourself and relate your experience in the commons to why you think you would be a good RA. I applied online, and then had an in person interview (everyone gets one) with my RCD. You can only be an RA in your same commons, so you should already be familiar with this person. The interview didn't last very long, and was with the RCD and a current RA. After, they contacted you via email to say whether or not you were accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you contribute to the commons, and they will ask you specific case questions on how to deal with certain instances.   Answer Question

  10.  

    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (Dallas, TX) in October 2015.

    Interview

    The interview is very easy if you are a registered full-time student in SMU. Just have a solid portfolio. People are nice. Sometimes they ask how do you like your school, why you chose smu, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your major. What's your schedule....   1 Answer

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