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University of Cambridge Interview Questions in Cambridge, East of England, England

Updated Aug 15, 2017
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)).

    Interview

    I applied online, using the University's own online system. I was required to ask three different people to send my prospective group reference letters on my behalf. This was done by email. Got an email confirming that my application was received. After a few weeks, I was notified, also by email, that they would like to invite me for a personal interview in Cambridge (they covered the costs with travel and accommodation for one night). After one week, I received the job offer.

    The interview took just over an hour, and it was not easy in general (the interviewers were absolutely polite, but the questions were tough). I consider it to have been a fair interview.

    Interview Questions

    • They sent me papers I needed to read in preparation for the interview, and asked me many questions about them. This was to assess my competence and experience in the field. Then, they asked many technical questions related to the methodologies and tools that would be used in the work to be carried out. Some questions of general nature were also asked, such as "Why do you want to leave your current place and came work here?".   Answer Question

  2.  

    Student Registry Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online through the university web recruitment page, then received an email notification that I had been successful and would I like to attend an interview, for which I confirmed that I would and attended a face to face 40 minute interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you apply for this role?
      What are the challenges that you think you will face in this role?   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Overall time from application to interview: 2 weeks.

    Interview was face-to-face, with the P.I. and a postdoc, followed by a lab tour with one of the other PhDs in the team after the interview

    The interview covered experience, technical knowledge, and personal attributes (organising your day, dealing with conflict, etc.). The interviewers were happy to answer questions at the end as well. Overall, not a bad experience, though the post-doc was a little brusque.

    Interview Questions

    • What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
      What are the steps of a PCR?   Answer Question

  4.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online after seeing the job advertised on jobs.ac.uk. I received an invitation to interview approximately 4 days after submitting my application. The interview was conducted by a panel of 3 people and the questions were competency-based.

    Interview Questions

    • What challenges would you expect to come with this job and how would you overcome them?   Answer Question

  5.  

    Systems Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in September 2016.

    Interview

    First, they send some emails and after they ask to you about a presential interview. In presential interview firts they ask about CV and other jobs in my CVs and after you have a test that it consist in a code review

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in August 2016.

    Interview

    The HR sent me an email asking to solve a specific problem. My solution was fine and I got the technical interview. Friendly environment and interview. During the interview we talked about my previous jobs and technical skills. We discussed the solution to a problem they asked me to solve.

    Interview Questions

    • Software design for external services   1 Answer

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Interview process was highly formal in front of a panel of academic and administrative staff. Interview was brief, with questions focused on the role's requirements. Expect to be asked if you have any questions, and that your response will be taken into consideration as part of the application process

    Interview Questions

    • What sociological methods do you have experience in using?   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Accounts Payable Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Applied through the recruiter, and it was temporary position, so it happened very quickly. First, they went through your CV first, past working experience and your recent job position. Then, they asked basic accounting questions and some situations what you would do. Also, it involved competency based questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself. Are you comfortable work independently?   Answer Question

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was with the research team but an HR member was also present in the room. The whole research team seemed very unenthusiastic and cold. I'm very good with people and I found it incredibly uncomfortable in there. No difficult questions, just standard "Tell us what relevant experience you have", "What do you know about XXXXXX?" etc. They honestly seemed to have no interest in my answers. Easy questions, difficult people. After half an hour of questions, I went to the lab to demonstrate I can use a Gilson. Safe to say I didn't get the job.

    Interview Questions


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    Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)).

    Interview

    First round written application of proposed project and CV, second round written application with more details on project ('long short list of 12'). This was followed by an interview day (shortlist of 5) - consisting of a presentation in the morning (anyone could attend except the other shortlisted candidates); lunch (with everyone in the department and the interview panel); interview (7 on panel). The final day was very exhausting but the job offer came that evening.

    Interview Questions

    • What's so important about this archaeological project?   1 Answer
    • If you were offered this job would you accept it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Salary is based on experience - university wages are straightforward.


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