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Smithsonian Interview Questions

Updated Aug 27, 2018
51 Interview Reviews

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    Contractor Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Smithsonian (New York, NY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Spoke to department head who needed assistance. Discussed work required and I made proposal on how I would handle it. Contract was offered to me within a few weeks after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Will I be able to accomplish work needed within a certain time frame?   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (3)  

    Museum Technician Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Initial contact and interview were clear but informal. The person conducting the interview was detailed about the expectations of when, where, and who of the interview including the dress code (which was informal). A single in person interview was conducted with introductions (after the interview) to other members of the work unit.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer asked technical questions directly related to the mechanics of doing the actual job. Although potentially difficult, these are questions that a person interviewing for this position would be comfortable answering. In fact I found the interview easy and relatively low stress (if such a thing is possible).   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Ha! There was no negotiation. I was contacted by the HR department with the job offer (position and starting salary being offered). The negotiation consisted of either accepting their offer or declining employment.

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    Internship Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    The interview was friendly and laid-back. They calmed my nerves. The employees clearly love their job and it showed. It went so well and, luckily, I got the position. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, really.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your greatest weakness?   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian in March 2016.

    Interview

    It was an informal interview over the phone with two employees at NMAH. Very friendly and generally wanted to get to know you. The entire interview took around 30 minutes. I heard back within 2 weeks of the interview offering me the internship.

    Interview Questions

    • The overall questions weren't difficult to answer. They asked me about me resume, classes I was taking, and my digitization and research experience.   Answer Question

  5.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian.

    Interview

    I applied online through SOLAA. Two months after submitting the application, I received a phone call and was asked if I was still interested in the position. A few days later, I was offered the internship and I accepted.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and got a phone interview, which was all that was required for the job. Different departments might have different hiring, but it's pretty easy for an intern.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC) in August 2017.

    Interview

    There were two rounds of interviews. The first was a very general conversation so they could get to know my background, the second was more specific behavioral and technical questions related to the role. Once they reached out about the first round interview, it was just a few weeks until I had received an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time you collaborated on a team, and describe how your contribution to the team improved the end results.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Phone call interview lasted for less than 30 minutes. The interviewer only asked one question, then introduced Smithsonian and the position to me. The whole process was easy and casual.

    Interview Questions


  9.  

    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Smithsonian (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    This was fairly simple. So long as you had the appropriate qualifications and a work ethic it seemed that they could accept you. The questions were very much along the lines of where you want to go in life. The interview was over the phone and was not stressful at all. As for after the acceptance there was a simple background check and everything else was fairly straight forward.

    Interview Questions

    • I wouldn't say that there was anything truly unexpected.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Smithsonian in March 2009.

    Interview

    interviewed by supervisor.


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