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Santa Monica, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1948
Nonprofit Organization
Consulting
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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When it comes to think tanks, RAND might be the brainiest. Founded in 1948, RAND Corporation is one of the leading public policy research institutions in the US, offering analysis and research in such areas as education, health care, national security, science and technology ... Read more

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    Diversity of projects, colleagues, and opportunities.

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    The internal labor market structure can be challenging for some. This structure remains the same regardless of seniority or tenure.

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RAND Interviews

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    Interview

    First contacted by a phone interviewer. Basic questions; describe your past experience, why are you the best candidate for this position? etc. I then received an e mail about a day later and invited me back for an in-person interview. I first met with a human resources representative, Again, same basic questions and she also went over the benefits and the rest of the interview process. Then meet with the Associate Director of Contracts. More detailed questions, not really about my experience or skills but more scenario based. Next people I met with were to co-workers, who I would be working directly with. One person was leaving to another position in the company and the other was taking her position. So, I imagined that I would be filling the open position. More of a friendly interview, some of my favorite hobbies and my negotiation skills and computer skills. Last person I met with was the Director of Contracts. The shortest interview of them all and very similar to the interview with the Associate Director. They informed me that they had another week of interviews left but I would definitely be contacted if I was offered the job or that they were no longer pursuing my candidacy. I didn't receive any correspondence for 3 weeks and even sent a follow up with the Associate Director. I then received a phone call from a human resource rep and she said that they were no longer pursuing my candidacy. They even mentioned that they didn't hire any candidates from the interviews and were going to do another round of interviews which I wouldn't be invited back to.

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    • Most of the unexpected questions came from the other contract administrators, which they had mentioned the found off the internet. One example is, What is your idealistic job and what is your realistic job?   Answer Question
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RAND Awards & Accolades

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  • Best Places to Work, Washingtonian, 2015
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