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Western Governors University Interview Questions

Updated Jun 4, 2017
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Western Governors University in February 2017.

    Interview

    This was one of the most detailed and thorough academic interviews I have ever been through. Yet it was professional and well handled at almost all levels. The initial recruiter was fantastic, as was the HR manager. I had three phone interviews with them, and each interview lasted a little over an hour. The recruiter and HR person were top-notch and made the interviews go smoothly. There was a combination of behavioral and technical questions, with the focus primarily on behavioral.

    My final interview was with the President of WGU (over the phone). This interview was a little less smooth, but was still well handled. I did find it odd that there were so many phone interviews, which was out of the norm for higher education.

    Also, these interviews were much more "corporate" than I imagined they would be (not a bad thing at all). At each round they asked me for concrete examples of how I managed various aspects at my prior institutions. They wanted more than "talk" and I appreciated that. More universities should ask their prospective employees for hard facts about what they have accomplished.

    Ultimately I did not get an offer, but the interview and the whole experience with WGU left a very positive impact on me. If their other employees are as solid as their HR team, it has to be a great place to work.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of questions about "how" I accomplished very specific things in student services, enrollment management, academic affairs. Not just "what did you do" but "how did you do it?" Also, many many behavioral questions geared at how I would deal with others and in a matrixed reporting structure.   Answer Question

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    Learning Resource Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Western Governors University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Applied online. Received an email from the recruiter three days later and interviewed with them a week after that. Another week later, I received an email from the hiring team in the department to be interviewed by them the following week. The interview was online via webcam and phone call. There were four managers on camera asking questions. I received a rejection notice from the corporate recruiter two weeks after the second interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a qualification you are missing that would make you a better candidate for this position?   Answer Question

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    Student Records Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Western Governors University.

    Interview

    I was emailed extraordinarily vague instructions and found upon arriving that I had no idea where to go or what building to enter. When people from another company finally helped me understand what had happened, I emailed the interviewer to say I did not think the company was a good fit given my hardship. She immediately responded with a very rude, childish, and unprofessional retort. Very glad I went with my gut and didn't waste my time with this department.


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    Enrollment Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Western Governors University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I was told there are plenty of opportunities for advancement. They lied. There is no room for advancement. I was also told that your schedule will be flexible. They lied again.

    Interview Questions


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    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Pretty much was talked out of going for the job because I was not into sports, I had too much experience which was a direct threat to the current infra manager

    Interview Questions

    • How much experience I had with Exchange, apparently they do not have much.   1 Answer

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    Course Mentor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Western Governors University in June 2014.

    Interview

    Was contacted about two weeks after initial application. Had a phone interview about a week later. Was told I would be recontacted near the end of the following month. Was contacted almost three weeks early and asked to present a "content knowledge" demonstration, in any platform, with no further direction. Completed. Was asked how much notice I would need to give current employers and about availability.

    Interview Questions

    • The area being requested was an interdisciplinary studies area where instructors specialize in many different topics. Not having a directed question or a course description (was told one was not available) made this very difficult.   1 Answer

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    Instructional Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Several interview stages with increasingly ranked personnel. Recruiter, Instructional Design Manager, Curriculum Manager, and Learning Design Director. All asked tough but fair questions and were very honest about the company's past and plans for the future. All interviews were conducted via phone or video conferencing. All done from home, but I but Salt Lake City.

    Interview Questions

    • How are you prepared for the rigors of working from home (e.g. work-life balance, sense of isolation, communication across the country/time zones, etc)   Answer Question

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    Course Mentor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) in April 2016.

    Interview

    About two weeks after I applied online I received an email requesting and interview. I made my own interview appointment online with the link sent to me in the email. I was interviewed the very next day via Adobe Connect. Prior to the interview I was asked to test my internet speed to make sure it would work at the proper speed. Once I logged on for the interview I actually had to call the phone number listed on my cell. That surprised me because I had never used Adobe Connect prior to this interview. So you interview with your computer showing you the person, and your phone is used for the verbal part.

    Interview Questions

    • What I knew about WGU.
      What I knew about the position.
      Why I wanted the position.
      If I was willing to travel.  
      1 Answer

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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Was contacted by a recruiter over LinkedIn. Spoke to a junior recruiter on the phone who screened me, then his supervisor. Then I had a brief phone interview with the Marketing Director who invited me to come in for face-to-face interviews with her, the CMO and others. Had another phone interview after with the VP of marketing. They asked for references and were pretty thorough. Offer came in, I submitted a counter-offer which they accepted two days later.

    Interview Questions


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    Student Mentor - Faculty Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Western Governors University (Remote, OR).

    Interview

    Consisted of 5 or 6 separate phone interviews with people at different levels. Not a quick process. The phone interviews varied in length, but it was good to talk with different people within the organization. Some of the interviewers were more engaged in the conversation than others. One of the Program Managers I spoke with was actually driving in his car to go to his mothers house during our interview. Seems this could have been streamlined a bit more as a lot of the same questions were asked, just by different people.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about experience/interest working with adult learners in higher education.   Answer Question

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