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Stanford University Interview Questions

Updated Jan 11, 2018
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    Research Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I don't really remember the interview -- it was brief. I met with a couple people in the lab and they asked about my experience and interests. Most people at Stanford get hired because they know someone or go to school there. That was my experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What kinds of projects or skills do you want to work on here?   1 Answer

  2.  

    Empirical Research Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Stanford University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Applied online and had heard about the post from my school. Was contacted by current fellows to interview for the position and we scheduled a 30 minute phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • It was a situational interview where I had to create a statistical model on the spot.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Director of Finance and Administration Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    I was called in for an interview within 5 days of applying for this position. I possess all the required experience and I was interested in the research the director was doing. I was very excited about the opportunity and I figured this job was the perfect fit given I have previous Stanford experience. However unfortunately the interview team had no respect for me as a candidate. I was required to interview 5 times and they requested to speak on the phone to 9 references! Some of these references they talked to 2x. Having previously worked at Stanford I suggested that if they had concerns to check my employee record, which they did and they found nothing negative. They spoke to my current supervisor who made it clear she wanted to retain me and I was told that every reference I provided was overwhelming positive. I gave the interview team my current job description, current performance reviews and previous comments from over 20 people I managed in the past. After several weeks of back and forth they told me they had selected someone else and wished me the best.

    While I was frustrated waiting for the decision I was relieved when they turned me down because I was able to reassure my current boss that the process was over. However, almost 3 weeks later they came back asking me to re- interview! The whole situation was handled very poorly, all 9 references said they felt harassed during the questioning and they suggested that if I got the offer to be wary as the director was nothing short of rude. I have never in my career felt so disrespected. During the final interview, I was asked all the same questions as the first time around and I was so insulted at some of the comments (about my reputation) that I am relieved that I was not selected for the position. I found out later that regrettably (an internal non-reference) spoke negatively about me, which is why they had concerns. Overall a big waste of time, my references were treated badly, I found out someone I once looked up to as a mentor betrayed me internally, and the amount of disrespect to me during the final interview was unprofessional to say the least. Beware of applying here, there are administrative politics and if you don't play along you are automatically blackmailed. I reached out to the person who gave me the bad reference to try to discuss any concerns but this person replied that they are very busy and unavailable to meet.

    Interview Questions


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    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.


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    PSA Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    technical interview that consisted of 30 short response questions and some true false, then a google hangout interview with the manager. after that i started training with a team of those who were hired

    Interview Questions


  6. Helpful (3)  

    Bing Overseas Study Program Coordinator (Study Abroad) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Stanford University (Stanford, CA).

    Interview

    I had a negative experience and I'm definitely turned off by Stanford. Here's the saga that occurred:

    I applied online in July (heard of the position through word of mouth). First I was contacted by a recruiter a few weeks later and I had to answer a series of short essay questions and submit them via email. About a week after that, I was interviewed by the recruiter (pretty dry questions as a screening process). Close to a month passed and I figured they weren't interested in me but weren't going to tell me. Then the recruiter said they were delayed (this was all via email) but wanted to move forward with me over video. I was surprised because the recruiter was not that friendly, so I assumed I wasn't moving forward. The video interview was about an hour long with 2 people on staff. It went fine and they were friendly. Then, the process just got more frustrating. They had said about a week later they wanted to move forward with me in a final interview in person. Instead of asking me when I was available they gave me 3 options of when to come in. Obviously, I was interviewing for other jobs besides Stanford, so I was busy during all of those times, particularly because they only gave me a few days notice.

    WEEKS went by before we were able to schedule a final interview in person. The frustrating part about this was they would give me 12 to 24 hours to respond and then not reply to me for at least a week or two and it felt like they had pretty much forgotten... Finally, I had an in person interview which was 4 HOURS long with the whole department. I emailed everyone a thank you and checked in with the main woman I'd been communicating with. She never responded. A week passed- I emailed again. Still, NO RESPONSE. Then a month passed and I emailed- NO RESPONSE. I said very politely that I assumed they had chosen someone else, thanked them for their time, etc. Then 2 months after that in person interview, I finally get a generic rejection from the recruiter I talked to in the very beginning. I was in the final 3 and I got this response months later.

    I will never apply to a job at Stanford again. They have a holier than though attitude, and it was very clear to me throughout the process that my time was not even remotely as important as theirs. There should be mutual respect when you are interviewing somewhere, and they just don't have that respect for others. I'm grateful that I realized this, and I'm grateful that I didn't get this job.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years, what areas of international education excite you the most, what is your experience with working with professors, etc.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Research Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process was very simple. It involved understanding your experience and knowledge. Then making sure your interests align with the lab. It was very low stress and pressure.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you interested in this lab?   1 Answer
  8.  

    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    first was a phone interview with an outside recruiting firm. then went to an onsite interview in one week. got called for a second interview the following week.

    Interview Questions


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    Resident Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    There was a lengthy set of interviews and a computer matching system that matched resident advisors with the student staff. I have been happy with the process. It gave students and employees a voice.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Life Science Research Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Submit application, wait a while as usual for a university, then on site interview followed by job offer several weeks later. At this point if your skills work for the job, then the biggest thing is whether or not you can get along with the current employees. You are also interviewing the employers, because we all know there are a few people out there who are a pain to work for, and getting a heads up beforehand is good.

    Interview Questions


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Pros: “University tuition reciprocity program, provided you can make it to your 5th year of employment for your children to use it. 501K was very good.”“University tuition reciprocity program, provided you can make it to your 5th year of employment for your children to use it. 501K was very good.” – Full Review

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