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University Research Co. Interview Questions

Updated Dec 16, 2016
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD).

    Interview

    After applying online and submitting first to a phone screening, I had a fantastic in-person interview with a VP at their Bethesda offices. We spoke for well over 2 hours. Another senior staff member was brought in as well and we had a good conversation about where they wanted to head, and how this position would help drive that strategy. At the end of the interview, I was given a warm thank you for staying so long and agreeing to answer so many questions.
       After all this, I never heard from them again (no offer, no denial, no explanation). I've never experienced that before... very strange. Go figure.

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    Communications Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University Research Co..

    Interview

    Asked for an interview very quickly after sending application. Set up an in person interview (no phone interview) by the next week. Interview went smoothly, and the people I interviewed with were very responsive afterwards. Addressed all of my concerns. Even though I didn't get the job, the process was a lot more pleasant compared to other interviews I've been through.

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    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in June 2016.

    Interview

    After applying online I was called to set up an in person interview at their offices in Bethesda, MD. I meant with three people from the International Development Group. They were very friendly and made me feel at ease. The interview began to feel more conversational. They asked a lot of questions about my resume and I had the opportunity to ask a lot of questions about working at URC. I left feeling great about the interview and the people i had met. It took over 6 weeks for me to finally hear back about the position (with me occasionally check in over the weeks). I'm not sure I would have heard back if I didn't have the email of my interviewers in order to reach out.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your experience with financial management and tracking budgets?   Answer Question
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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in May 2016.

    Interview

    3 people in initial interview, called me without notifying me of interview plan change. Didn't speak about my role in the program or program design at all, just asked me several basic work-style questions.

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    Contracts Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Contacted through Linkedin, followed up with phone calls and emails, then in-person interview. Interview process was pleasant overall, with staff very friendly. Recruiter staff were quite diligent in pursuing me.

    Interview Questions

    • No particular memorable questions...describe the job I currently do as well as the type of person/skills they're looking for and what they hope for the position/department.   Answer Question
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    Technical Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University Research Co. in September 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and heard back within just a few days. The first round was a phone interview which was supposed to last an hour and ended up only being about 15 minutes. They wanted to bring me in immediately for an in person interview, but since there was a conference going on that week, they interviewed me at a hotel instead where the conference was being held.

    Interview Questions

    • I wasn't asked any "typical" interview questions. In fact, I was surprised by how unorthodox the interview was. It was more like a conversation, and they basically just went over projects that I could get involved with which aligned with my past experiences.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    After checking references, I was made an offer and they asked for my salary history at my previous jobs. I was honest, although in hind sight, I could've made anything up as they didn't even bother to check. The HR person I spoke with said that it's company policy to only offer 5% more than your highest salary. However, the reason why they do this is because when they actually offer you 10% more, it makes them seem generous as if they're doing you a favor. Nonetheless, I still declined the 10% offer as it was very clear that they were basing my salary strictly on what I made before, and not actually because of my qualifications and skills. We eventually settled on a salary that was about 15% more than what I made previously

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for two project coordinator positions around December 2014. In February 2014, I was contacted about one. The first step was an immediate interview with the project team, as well as a representative from the team whose other listing I also applied to. The interview went extremely well. I got on well with the team, thought that they were impressed with my experience and my knowledge. The next day I followed up with thank you emails. Then, nothing. I never heard from them again. No thank you for coming in, no notification that they'd given the job to someone else, nothing. Then, in July of 2015 (over 6 months since I had applied to the original two listings), I got an email from them asking to come in for an interview the next day for the other job listing. Needless to say, I did not accept the offer for an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you manage projects that have multiple contractors, describe a time when a contractor was not fulfilling his/her obligations and what you did, how comfortable are you with XYZ, etc.   Answer Question
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in January 2015.

    Interview

    One-on-one interview where you'll be asked to talk about what you know about the company, how much you understand the job description, how your background match the requirements, when you can start working, how much salary you expect.

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  10. Helpful (2)  

    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at University Research Co. (Bethesda, MD) in November 2013.

    Interview

    First round phone interview, second round in-person with SPC & team members followed by an Excel Test, final round was a panel and one on one with the project director.

    The excel test was very difficult, but representative of the work that would be done by a PC. It felt more like a stress test, designed to see how one handled a frustrating and minimally explained task. I think they should keep using it.

    The in-person interview seemed more like they were trying to warn prospective employees away...

    Interview Questions

    • How would you deal with a hostile donor?   2 Answers
  11. Helpful (6)  

    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University Research Co..

    Interview

    Was a lenghty process and they don't know what they want. Very rude during the interview... should have know then that it was going to be insane!!

    Negotiation

    No negotiations... They didn't want to budge. But when I started the job, I found out that they increased the base salary for some people. Was extremely angry. Not only that, but they did not stick to the contracts and lied about bonuses, overtime...

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