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Stanford University Interview Questions

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  1. Featured Interview

    Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    It was really pleasant for me to interview with Stanford. People were pleasant, you could immediately like them. Receptionist was helpful to answer your question, I was offerred a bottle of water while I was waiting to be interviewed.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you resolve calendar conflicts?   1 Answer

  2.  

    Computer Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    It's takes half day and other 2 days to finished. Phone interview at first and lab

    interview after which took whole day for me to finished it. One superviser to two team managers

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Peer Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University.

    Interview

    Hiring is done by the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. The interview process includes one personality interview to see if candidates are suitable and personable enough to be peer tutors. The second round is a role-play interview where candidates have to 'tutor' someone, typically an experienced tutor in the subject they are applying for.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me an example of a time where a student reacted poorly to your tutoring techniques and how you overcame the difficulty.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Hourly pay for this student job.


  4. Helpful (6)  

    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2017.

    Interview

    Before interviewing, I was not an insider to Stanford....not an alum, didn't have any personal or professional connections to Stanford. I simply found a job I liked through Taleo and applied. I applied in November 2017 and interviewed exactly one month later. The interview questions were entirely behavioral. I have posted those below and they are verbatim. All my interviews were conducted via phone and Zoom (I lived a few time zones away) so I didn't interview on campus. After five or so separate interviews, I was offered the job and accepted (no negotiation because it wasn't "allowed"). This policy is common for middle leadership roles. Those five or so interviews took place over 8 days. It was a very quick and intense process but manageable. This was not the typical hiring experience...they were looking to hire quickly and have somebody hired in the role before the holidays. I have posted interview questions for the first and second round interviews, with the same person interviewing. The third, fourth, and fifth interviews were with different people but their interview questions were basically the same questions but worded differently. If you aren't well-prepared, these questions will be difficult. I was very well-prepared but a couple of the questions threw me for a loop. At those times, I just asked if we could go to the next question. By asking, I wanted to convey that I wasn't trying to avoid the question but instead wanted to get more time to provide a thoughtful answer. They were okay with that. I really hope this helps and I wish you well!!

    PS. Glassdoor is making me pick a city where I interviewed. I just picked Palo Alto as the city but I as mentioned all my interviews were phone/Zoom out back East.

    Interview Questions

    • a. What is your biggest achievement in your professional career? How did you navigate the process toward that achievement?   Answer Question
    • b. Can you think of a time when your work was above standard and another when your work was below and tell me why your performance was different in those scenarios?   Answer Question
    • c. Can you tell me about a time when a process or operation was done poorly in your organization? How has that process or operation improved since your involvement?   Answer Question
    • d. Can you describe a time when you had to ask a lot of questions to clarify and listen to a customer to identify what their need was?   Answer Question
    • e. Can you describe a time when you did not handle a customer complaint well?   Answer Question
    • f. Can you describe one of the most stressful interactions you’ve had within an internal or external stakeholder?   Answer Question
    • a. Can you describe how you involve team members in your decision making?   Answer Question
    • b. Can you describe one of the most complex problems you’ve been asked to solve?   Answer Question
    • c. Can you describe a good decision you’ve made recently and then one you wish you hadn’t made?   Answer Question
    • d. In your current role can you tell me something that you’ve learned quickly and something that took more time?   Answer Question
    • e. Can you tell me about a time had to work under a new policy or procedure that you didn’t agree with?   Answer Question
    • f. Can you tell me about situation when you had to adjust quickly to a significant change (ie a change in organizational structure, a team member, or priorities)?   Answer Question
    • g. What is the most stressful aspect of your current role?   Answer Question
    • h. Can you tell me about a time when you were overwhelmed?   Answer Question
    • i. What kind of tasks do you feel you spend a lot of energy on what kinds of tasks do you feel you don’t spend a lot of energy on and why? What do you do to maintain your effectiveness when you have a high energy output aspect to your role?   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Filled out the online application and was then first contacted by hum resources. After that I had a series of in person interviews. Three of these were interviews with a group of people. The last was a 1:1 interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you are qualified for this position.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate.


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Stanford University (Santa Clara, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Really straight forward..I just got phone interview and they asked me about my research and the projects that I have done. Wanted to know more in details about one of my project and asked some technical questions related to my project

    Interview Questions


  7.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    One phone call, followed by a technical screen and a set-up in-person interview. Subsequent phone call, but did not get the job. The interviewers were nice, but hard to understand overall.

  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University (San Francisco, CA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    It was straightforward with technical questions related to basic programming skills including C++ and Java. Also had some behavioral type of questions to see how well I could think and reason on the spot. Overall not very difficult

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about how I would improve a specific product that they work on   Answer Question

  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    1 phone technical
    1 in person
    Once that was done waited up to two weeks to get an offer which i did not accept. Overall nice people and nice area. Lots of fountains and stuff like that please let me go through

    Interview Questions


  10.  

    Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in June 2009.

    Interview

    Was simple interview with lab manager there and research coordinator PI.


  11.  

    Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    The process took around 2 months. I was contacted by the head of the lab for a phone screening. A week later, I was asked to do a skype interview. Finally, a few weeks later I did an on-campus interview where I met the head and lab members. Was offered the job by the end of that interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly questions about my resume and experience   1 Answer

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