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Teaching Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Accepted Offer
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2014.

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asked about my education and past experience. talked about my
enthusiasm about the job. interested in the power system and power electronics experience. the connections of EV in china helps a lot.

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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in UCLA, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at UCLA (UCLA, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Interview usually start with introducing the professors, requirements of the class, and the time requirement. Then professor will ask about academic background and motivation for the position. The second part would be previous teaching experiences, such as experiences with grading, leading discussion, holding office hours. The last part to ask questions about particular position.

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    Set salary no negotiation.


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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2011.

    Interview

    For teaching some of the larger undergraduate life science classes there is no formal interview, you simply let the relevant administrator know you are interested in teaching one of the classes and what your qualifications are. If you attended UCLA as an undergraduate and took the class yourself it is a big help. Many of the jobs are preferentially given to graduate students in certain departments, so if you are outside one of those departments you will wait for an email confirming that there is an available position. Then there will be a large group meeting with administrators and the other TAs where a details are discussed and scheduling is hashed out. At this point you sign some agreements and verify that you will be available to teach however many sections are required.

    If you have no teaching experience then there is a class on how to be a good TA which is taught concurrently with your first teaching job. This is a relatively low-stress class and it would be hard to fail at this point since they've already committed to having you teach a class. You will learn basic teaching and administrative skills and also attend several seminars relating to sexual harassment and appropriate behavior between students and TAs.

    For smaller classes taught by a single professor it is not uncommon to meet for an informal interview if you are not already familiar with the class and professor. Usually this happens at the professors office or an on campus coffee shop and is more focused on your knowledge of the subject and availability. Once again it helps to have taken the class yourself, but it is also common to TA a class taught by the professor whose lab you work in. If you have neither taken the class nor met the professor before it is unlikely you will find yourself in this position.

    Interview Questions

    • Will you be able to fit 20 hours of teaching work in around your course load?   Answer Question
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