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University of Toronto Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Oct 27, 2016
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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience

Interview

A introduction to the concept that I would be working on. Fairly laid back. Prof seemed cool. Asked me for my preferences and what courses I had taken. Also asked me if I am applying for awards and which ones

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    I get the interview by applying through university's website. The professor ask me about my basic backgrounds, like what courses am I taking now and my GPA. Then she asked me about specific programming language I can use. What can I do with those programming language?

    Interview Questions

    • Do u know text mining? Can you use Java to implement text ming?   1 Answer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Was a lovely group of people, a bit intimidating, but a warm welcome. Overall I left feeling confident. They took a long time to get back to me however. I submitted by email and they hired me after a week and a half, but I did not start work for a while.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at University of Toronto.

    Interview

    Applied online, was contacted about a month later for a phone interview. Very fair interview that required you to know how your past skills related and why you were interested in the job.

    Interview Questions

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    You have to talk to the professor and let him know why you want the job. You have to let him/her know that you are in for the experience and you really enjoy the work. You should also mention that it will help you with the practical hours you will need to graduate

    Interview Questions

    • Why you want the position?
      What would you be able to offer to strengthen the team?  
      2 Answers
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I just sent my transcript and a resume to my prof. He contacted with me after 2weeks. We schdulded a meeting in his office. He told me he can find some projects to let me work on during this summer, so i say yes. I also applied nersc scholarship. So he didnt really pay for me.

    Interview Questions

    • What kind of work do u want to do   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Length of the work

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Straight forward interview process with predictable questions. Candidates should simply answer honestly and say that they are looking forward to using their experience for future academic purposes. Also it is important why you want to work for a certain department at UofT. Research assistants can have a broad range of responsibilities so it is important why that particular RA position is important for you. The pay is obviously going to be minimum wage, especially if you are an undergraduate but the experience more than makes up for the compensation. Again I highly recommend this position to any undergraduate student.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to be a research assistant, and why do you want to work for this faculty?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Do it. It is overall a valuable experience to have personally and on your resume. Future employers will definitely regard a candidate with research experience.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Easy, it was a one to one interview with employer, 20 minutes long, not structured. The meeting was in the employer office. I was comfortable prepared many questions. It was a relaxed talk. I didn't have to do any test. It was nice we had an acquaintance. This could have helped in the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to study here?   1 Answer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I emailed the professor my resume and transcript. He replied and invited me for interview. After the interview, he sent me a review article, and asked me to write a summary and some comments.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your previous research experience.
      Why do you chose my lab?
      Why do you like nano-technology and what can be improved and how we can apply it for cancer treatment?  
      Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at University of Toronto (Toronto, ON (Canada)).

    Interview

    Applied online for a non-paid position as a research assistant in the department of chemistry. The application consisted of questions about my subjects of study, GPA, prior research experience. I was asked by the professor to come in for an interview. I was offered a job on the spot after touring the lab and accepted.

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