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University of Pennsylvania Interview Questions

Updated Nov 28, 2017
229 Interview Reviews

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    Registered Dietitian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in February 2014.

    Interview

    very detailed phone interview to start.

    Interview Questions


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    Cartographer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania in August 2010.

    Interview

    interviewed only once looking forward to hearing from them

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (2)  

    IT Support Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    I applied for the position in early March. After waiting more than a month, I received an automated email informing me that an interview was to be scheduled, and was contacted for a phone screening to occur the following week. The screening delved into a bit of my experience and some of the tools that I used. Then, after a two-week waiting period, I was invited back for a second round of interviews to be held in early May. This interview featured a full hour of reviewing my technical skills followed immediately by about 45 minutes of standard interview operations.

    The most annoying thing about this was the length of time that it took for me to get a yes or no. The final decision was to be communicated two weeks following the second round interview, but it did not arrive until nearly a month later and after weeks of repeatedly reminding the hiring manager, which is unacceptable for a customer service-based department.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your networking experience.   Answer Question
    • Have you ever had to resolve a conflict either with customers or with fellow employees? What did you do to resolve it?   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA).

    Interview

    Technical interview about my previous experience and publications. My career goals? There were multiple sessions wherein presented my work and then panel would ask questions based on presentation. They sent me multiple papers and asked for my comments.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiations. Just one salary offer take it or leave it.


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    Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Submitted Google form and then a 20 min interview. The acceptance rate was about 250 applications, from which about 40 are interviewed. Head TAs lead the interview process. Interview itself is with 2 head TAs- a brain teaser question, explaining of a concept, and then fake office hours.

    Interview Questions


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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Presentation was required and multiple questions regarding your research were asked during the interview. The PI and the post-doc were the interviewers. You have to be prepared to be interrupted during your presentation. In the end of the interview, you will be notified how likely you will actually get the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Please explain mechanism of each step for my synthesis sequence.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Phone technical interview at first. You got the chance to meet all the people who are very friendly in the team. You have to answer question including technical and behavior. The staffs are helpful.

    Interview Questions

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    Administrative Assistant A Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Once you get chosen for an interview, the process for most of the jobs is pretty fast. You may meet with a panel or your main boss. I met with my tri-presidental group, so I had three people on my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any kids (my panel was 70+ and all faculty members, and the lone female asked this one)? This was the worst and dumbest question they asked me.   1 Answer

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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phila, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA) in November 2015.

    Interview

    Phone Screen then chosen to tape a one way video interview (at home) with their preselected interview questions. Answered five questions and had to tape each response before submitting to the HR department. I had to follow up a month later as no notification given (phone or email) to update status

    Interview Questions

    • What types of projects did you lead? Size and scope of project responsibilities and leadership skills   Answer Question

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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Very long interview process. Met with 10 people over 2 days. Everyone is very educated. The interviewers are very passionate about their work. It took about 3 months to hear back about my interview. I've heard some people say it took 6 months.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared to articulate your strengths and weaknesses.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was not much wiggle room for salary. There seems to be a set budget for the salary and they don't move far from the mark. I had to take a 20% pay cut to work here.


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