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University of Pennsylvania Interview Questions in Philadelphia, PA

Updated Jul 16, 2017
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  1.  

    Statistician Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

    Interview

    Most of the interview questions were general and nothing was too difficult to answer. Receiving an offer required multiple interviews and took a bit over two months from the first interview to receiving an offer. The entire process from applying to starting the job took about four months. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe ability to quickly learn new information/processes/technologies   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    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
  3.  

    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.


  4.  

    Grants Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Two Interviews. One with two Grants Managers and then my final with the Director of Finance. It was very straightforward and moved quickly. I got the position through Penn's preferred temp agency, Unique Advantage. It was temp-to-perm.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard questions (greatest strength/weakness, describe a workplace dispute). Nothing inventive.   Answer Question

  5.  

    Technical Director Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

    Interview

    First interview with future boss and his boss
    Second interview with future colleagues
    Final interview with HR manager
    Atmosphere was cordial and engaging
    Once convinced about my credential, interviewers were rather friendly
    Depth of questions was average, since I was very familiar with the software they used and its maintenance

    Interview Questions

    • Describe my experience with software projects   1 Answer
    • My work history   1 Answer
    • Describe my experience in managing direct reports   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Administrative Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Phone screen followed by an in-person interview with a five-person committee. Everyone was very nice, although it can be intimidating to be interviewed by a large panel. The in-person interview took about an hour.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about my previous experience in higher education.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Research Specialist A Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Talk about research, expectations, what my background is, go through the motions, have a tour. Overall it was okay but drawn out. Salary was also mentioned during interview. For this position, an entry level position, it shouldnt be too difficult to secure a good interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience you have with PCR   1 Answer
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    Research Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

    Interview

    The hiring and interview process was very simple; this was for a student position. I responded to an online posting on the school website and was called in to interview with the lead researcher. It was a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Many questions were of the "let's get to know you" type, and fairly easy to answer. Just have a good understanding of your resume and what you've done so far.

    Interview Questions

    • How do your studies and skills relate to [research topic]?   Answer Question

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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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    PSA Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Very easy and laid back not your average interview. I came into the interview more tense than what needed. Interviewer was pretty straight to the point. I would definitely recommend others to apply

    Interview Questions


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