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University of Cambridge Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Feb 20, 2017
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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge.

Interview

The interview was over skype and lasted about 30 minutes. Nothing about it was particularly difficult; mostly asked about previous research experience, academic awards, etc... The only thing that really bothered me, though, was that they said that they would get back to me in a week and it took an entire month.

Interview Questions

  • Can you tell us about "x" on your resume?   1 Answer

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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?
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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 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
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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
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    Research Assistant Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Two weeks after I had submitted my application, I was called for an interview. I was interviewed by the two PIs and the HR coordinator. Although all I knew about the project was one or two paragraphs at the job description, the interview focused exclusively on how I would go through in solving all the tasks that would possibly be related to the job. They did not ask much about me and my previous experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your understanding of X (the main concept to be investigated by the research project)?   Answer Question
    • How would you structure the literature review for this project?   Answer Question
    • How would you go about writing a bid for this project?   Answer Question
    • Which research questions would you write for the project in a bid?   Answer Question
    • How would you organize the X and Z activities that we plan to conduct as part of the research project?   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 4 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and shortly after the closing date received an invitation to interview. Had to give a 5 minute presentation on a title that was provided, about the research area being studied. Then followed by questions about the presentation, some technical research questions, about my experience/CV, and relating to how I would perform the role. It was friendly and I felt at ease. Following the interview was meant to hear back over the next couple of days but HR mistakenly did not inform me that I was unsuccessful until I contacted a week later.

    Interview Questions

    • What in particular would you like to point out on your CV?   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 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Interview process was good - 2 heads of department and the Research Associate I would be working with. They just talked through my experience, asked me some questions about my exposure to the techniques they were using, my research experience and then explained more in detail about the role

    Interview Questions

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at University of Cambridge.

    Interview

    The interview was quick. Questions were not very technical. I think they take people base on area of expertise. I think it differs from lab to lab. I know some labs ask very technical questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Cambridge in June 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was with the PI and his colleague, and lasted around 15-20 mins. Lots of standard interview questions including "where do you see yourself in five years time" and questions about perceived problems with academia, why I applied for job etc. Only one technical question on cell culture technique used in master's project. Would advise other candidates to re-familiarise themselves with own research projects and be able to explain techniques used well.

    Interview Questions

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Cambridge (Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)) in September 2008.

    Interview

    Phone interview (as I was interviewing from another country)
    Followed by job offer

    The university had agrreed to arrange my visa, but in the end this was not done on time and I had to arrange it myself otherwise I would not have been able to take up the job offer on time. Be aware that the Unversity of Cambridge is very very slow when it comes to administration as there is a lot of red tape to get through.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you apply for this position   Answer Question
    • Although you have the technical experience for this position, you do not have any experience applying it in this field. How will you overcome this?   Answer Question
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