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Stanford University Interview Questions

Updated Feb 9, 2018
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Interview

    The process was fairly fast paced and questions were on par for an academic institution. However, I came away with the feeling that they really prefer to fill internally.


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    Human Resources Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) in January 2018.

    Interview

    There was a 30 minutes phone screen and a week later there was an onsite group interview which also took about 30 mins. The interview process went smoothly, the recruiters were very polite and behaved in a professional manner, the atmosphere was very welcoming. I sent a thank you e-mail after the interview and a week after sent a follow up message. They thanked me for my patience and communicated that they decided to move forward in continuing their search.

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    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    regular interview for a position like this
    scientific presentation with Q&A at the end
    lunch with the lab to further discuss projects in the lab and or future projects
    informal interview for personal fitting

    Interview Questions

    • science questions and personal with other lab members   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    I didn't get past the initial email offering me a phone screening. Because I still have a full-time job as an Executive Assistant for a high tech company I had to write a quick response as to my availability. In my haste, there was a minor type-o. That infraction cost me the interview. My advice is to proofread all of your emails carefully before you hit "send".

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    Alcohol and Drug Educator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    There was a phone interview, followed by an in-person half-day interview on campus. After the on campus interview, I was never contacted by the hiring person again and they never responded to my follow-up email.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you collaborate with colleagues and other staff?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University in November 2017.

    Interview

    By far one of the worst interview experiences I have ever had. A writing assessment was required prior to the in-person interview, I spent quite some time on it throughout the weekend to have it turned in as early as possible. On the day of the interview, it was obvious the hiring manager did not take the time to read the assessment nor my resume. During the interview, the HM was trying to be way over the top with convoluted and hard to follow questions, filled with awkward pauses. He made me feel extremely uncomfortable and wreaked of pretentiousness. I could never see myself working with someone like that. I spent most of the time trying to think of what to say to end the interview. Even worse, towards the end, the HM assumed I spoke Spanish and proceeded to speak Spanish at me, this is illegal and considered discrimination. I was completely in shock. It was just an utter nightmare. I couldn't have gotten out of there faster.

    Also be aware, most of the positions labeled "program manager" are really just high-level administrative assistant positions, do not be fooled by the title.

    Total waste of time. Stanford, please get your act together and start hiring educated professionals who are self-aware and able to adapt to the new and modern hiring practices that are being implemented across Silicon Valley. It's time to wake up and hire real professionals who are up-to-date with the latest business hiring practices.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    It was a phone screen, first step with HR. It was not unpredictable. It was not remarkable. It was pretty straight forward behavioral questions with HR. I suggest you read up and study on behavioral interview questions.

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    Student (Undergrad) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    I applied Restricted Early Action. Interviewed with an alum at a local Starbucks. Was asked about high school experiences, extracurriculars, etc. The entire interview lasted about 45 minutes. Mentioned toward the end that only two of the students he has ever interviewed got accepted.

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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Went through a fairly extensive interview process including pre interview qualifying steps. Spent a full day in interviews requiring the need to take off a day from the current job I held; ultimately to never hear back from the Stanford Team. While I can accept I may not have been selected, common curtosy could have and should have been extended in the form of follow up. I attempted to reach out to the recruitment team to further close the loop and also to extend the professionalism and curtosy of an update on my behalf. This communication went further unacknowledged. Overall, very disappointed and I expected much more. Personally the prestige and brand of Standford as an employer of choice is tarnished from my personal encounter.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you had to intervene or help guide a manager regarding one of their direct reports.   Answer Question

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    REU Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    You apply through the website and rank your top choices. I met with several of the Professors to discuss the projects and make myself more apparent as a candidate. After about a month I heard back and found out which project I had gotten.

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