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University of San Diego Interview Questions

Updated Oct 26, 2016
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    Librarian Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of San Diego (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Not well organized, seemed like they were hiring at the last minute and trying to get a body into the role. Interviewing team didn't seem to be communicating with each other.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a difficult boss and how you dealt with the situation   Answer Question
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    I submitted an application online to the USD portal and was called by the hiring manager within 24 hours asking for an interview. I went in for an interview 2 days later where I met with the staff and the hiring manager for the department. I was told I would get a call within the next few days telling me my status. I called the office twice with no response for a month after my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How well do you manage stress? What are your organizing techniques?   Answer Question
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    Conference Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Group interview with skits about how you would respond to specific situations on the job and working together to hire a potential candidate. The individual interview was held by the schedule coordinator and two employees. Some questions were straightforward, others were odd.

    Interview Questions

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Starts with a group interview process. Former employees sit at the tables with you and talk to you. Very casual. Some group questions are asked that are made to see how you work as a team. Second interview is done by director and a couple of former employees. They ask some very basic questions, and it is very casual.

    Interview Questions

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    Student Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA).

    Interview

    I applied online. I was required to submit a work sample prior to the interview. There was only 1 interview conducted with a panel of interviewers. The panel included the hiring manager, another manager in the department, and a peer/someone who had performed some functions of the role in the past. Interview questions were pretty standard and leaned more to motivation/interest vs. prior experience.

    The university in general has a big focus on relationship vs. process. There is an emphasis on serving students in a personalized manner.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of scenario-based questions. Looking to see if you demonstrate empathy, personalized service.   Answer Question
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    Waiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Was interested in working for La Gran Terraza as a waiter. So i emailed the manager asking if there were any open positions, and he had me come in for an interview. The interview was very easy, and the questions were just about work experience. I have worked their now for 1 year and the overall experience has been ok.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your experience as a waiter?   1 Answer
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    Data Processor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of San Diego in November 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview consisting of redundant questions that had little to do with the position applied for. I did not get an offer to interview in person which is ok because the pay offered is insulting ($14 an hour and I have a bachelors degree!).

    Interview Questions

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    Telefunder Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    One interview on phone, for obvious reasons, and a follow-up interview in person. It doesn't so much matter what you say as compared to how you say it. Be charismatic. If you can, reflect on what you like about USD beforehand.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the worst movie you ever saw.

      Now tell me why it's the best.  
      Answer Question
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    Marketing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted the Athletic Director to set up an appointment to speak with him about a possible internship at USD. Interview lasted around 15 minutes with the Athletic Director giving me the contact information of the Marketing Department

    Interview Questions

    • Why was I interested in working at USD?
      Why was I qualified for any type of position?
      General background information.
      What my future goals are and where I want to be in 5 years.  
      Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Persistence pays off.

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    Computer Lab Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Got a quick response via email after I filled out my online application. Very pleased with that, as it took less than 1 week to set up a phone interview. The phone interview went well, and I liked the enthusiasm I received from one male and one female--both leadership--from the IT department. They reached out less than another week later to confirm an in-person interview. Again, I was very pleased. I am familiar with the excess amount of time taken by a lot of educational facilities when it comes to hiring, and USD defied those beliefs.

    On the day I arrived for my interview, I received amiable, kind, clear communication from every employee with whom I interacted, and was beginning to get excited about the prospect of working for USD. I thought the interaction went extremely well among the hiring managers and myself. Most everyone (students included of course), seemed youthful and hip in the department. I felt that I was a solid technical fit, as well as a great candidate for the culture. There were a few minor things with which I was under-experienced, but I felt positive about growing into the role, and quickly adopting any missing "pluses".

    After the interview, I was given a two-page copy of a written test, challenging me with some technical questions which were more overly basic. A couple of them required some memorization of where certain Windows directories are located, where to find network settings, and things of that nature. I utilized the full 20 minutes to fill out my exam. The next day, I sent a thank-you email regarding the positive experience I'd had. No response from that, but that is not uncommon.

    About 10 days went by after the interview, and I hadn't heard a thing. Feeling confident that USD had been on spring break for 7 of those days helped me remain patient. Another 5-6 days went by, and I decided to send a follow-up email just to say hello, and expressing hope that they'd found the right person for the job--and if not, to let me know, as I was still interested. It has now been two full weeks since I sent that email, and I have received no communication at all. I believe it to be proper, kind, and culturally sensitive to at least reply to an email like that, letting the candidate know that they've either moved on, or else-wise.

    Whereas every part of the initial interview went great, the non-responsiveness just blew me away, especially after receiving such initial kindness. I'm shocked that a hiring manager won't even take 5 minutes to reply to his or her candidates, just to say "thank you" or "thanks, but no thanks". I found this to be rather an ungraceful exit to an otherwise positive experience, and that just left me feeling a bit confused and discarded.

    Interview Questions

    • Not necessarily difficult, but a bit unexpected: They asked for the exact location of the User's Outlook directory in Windows 7. Now I know where this is, and I go there routinely, but sometimes the things one does every day are difficult to conjure up. Not a bad question, but I'd recommend on brushing up on things like this via a little memorization.   Answer Question
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