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University of California Interview Questions

Updated Jul 11, 2017
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  1.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    The interview was short. About 15-20 minutes long. They ask you common sense questions and some personality type questions. They usually take very extraverted people so as long as you are a people-person and can speak well, you're good to go. If you apply for cashier, they'll quickly and randomly throw you one small arithmetic question.

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  2.  

    SASC Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of California.

    Interview

    You have to prepare a session on any topic or you can choose from given topics. You are in a room with three other applicants and the person holding the session. Then, you teach about any topic for a few minutes, as if you were tutoring someone. They tell you a little "how-to" beforehand. As long as you are interactive and remember their tips, it should be easy.

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  3.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at University of California.

    Interview

    Some interviews were interested in my skills others were interested in my personality. Overall they seemed very focused on advancing my career as well as finding a good fit for their research team.

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    Event Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of California (Santa Monica, CA).

    Interview

    Was called without warning for a phone screening interview by the supervisor for this position. We had a brief conversation with two questions, then I was asked to schedule an in-person interview. Second interview was fairly standard, though I was warned towards the end that working with the Executive Director can be very frustrating and difficult at times. I was then asked to schedule a final interview (with pre-interview Administrative test). At the final interview, I took the admin test first and was asked to leave when I missed 2-3 errors on a proofreading test with 40 or so errors total. The Executive Director would not meet with me, though I was previously told this test was a formality. A candidate with twice the experience requested was turned away because of a few missed errors on a proofreading test. Overall, an exceptionally callous and short-sighted way to treat prospective employees. My brief glimpse of the organization tells me this is likely quite a difficult and tedious environment in which to work.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked how I would handle various problematic scenarios around event management.   Answer Question

  5.  

    Cooperative Extension Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hanford, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of California (Hanford, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    4 steps in 4 hours (8 a.m. - noon). 1) 20 minute presentation about a program I would develop to address a need in the community 2) Formal interview 3) Tour of Facility and Meet County Directors 4) 30 minute timed writing assignment

    Interview Questions

    • What is sustainable agriculture?   1 Answer

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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University of California (Davis, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Overly complicated, yet informal. Seems to be up to individual departments, not standardized. You may reach out directly to principle investigators/faculty members and express your interest in their lab.

    Interview Questions

    • I was mainly asked to contribute to developing ideas for and writing a grant proposal that would cover my salary. This will obviously be dependent on your area of expertise, and you should research the lab ahead of time and be prepared to contribute to their specific projects.   Answer Question

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    Accountant Affiliate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Riverside, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at University of California (Riverside, CA) in December 2015.

    Interview

    First interview was a panel, 4 individuals, one manager, lead from our department, a general accounting representative and an individual from Human Resourses in December of 2015. The second interview was conducted because our returning supervisor came back so a second interview was conducted to include the second candidate for the position. Another set of interview was conducted for several other candidates, I did suspect that my former supervisor upon her return was given specific instructions as to what candidate should be picked for the position in line with the requirements needed to fulfill the requirements of the new open position.

    Interview Questions

    • It was a structured question and something related to inter personal relations with your co-worker or supervisor.   1 Answer
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    Fellowship, Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at University of California (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    Send application directly to professors of interest. The professor/department will recruit by inviting applicant to visit the laboratory facilities and meet others in the department. Candidates are usually required to give a 1 hour seminar talk, describing past research, techniques.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to give a 1 hour seminar talk on past research   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is room for negotiation, however salaries are standardized by the NIH, depending on your field of study. Post-doctoral research can be long hours, but it is flexible.


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    PC Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of California in November 2015.

    Interview

    It was fairly informative and easy, because it felt more like a conversation for me. I asked a lot of questions and got a lot of positive feedback and a tour of the facility after the interview. The process seemed seamless and the people how interviewed me took their time in answering my questions. I recommend doing your research and knowing what you did in your last job. Experience always helps because it adds weight to your narrative.

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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at University of California (Riverside, CA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Their was no interview process I was hired by my research advisor. There was no interview process I was given the job and all I had to do was accept it.


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