MIT Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 24, 2014
Updated Aug 24, 2014
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    Associate Director, Alumni Communications Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    I applied through MIT's website for a position at the Sloan School of Management. The recruiter contacted me and we set up a day/time for a phone interview. On the day of the interview, I had a private spot scoped out to conduct the call and had all my talking points printed out - I was ready. Then I received a call on my cell, didn't recognize the number, but out of habit, answered it. It was the recruiter calling 1/2 hour early! Needless to say, I was thrown off, but didn't feel as if I could ask her to call back so I went to my spot and proceeded. Basically I was thrown way off my game, didn't stick to my talking points and flubbed the entire interview as a result. Despite this, I still sent a thank you note and follow up email weeks later to inquiry about my status. As you can guess, I was not invited for an in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked about social media experience, which is a common question. But although I work with the team at my current job who handles social media to manage communications through these channels, the fact that I was not the one who hit the send button was deeemd an unacceptable answer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at MIT in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Easy get-to-know you interview process, It was informative. It told me about what the project was about.

    Negotiation Details
    Very easy. Easy back and forth. I brought up having a salary. Then he found something reasonable given my background experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Technical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at MIT in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was hired for a biomedical research position in a professor's lab. My hiring process seemed very informal, especially compared with my interviews for industry positions and former job at a company. A week after applying, the PI contacted me, and we had an agreeable conversation over the phone. About a week later, he arranged for some other folks in the lab to meet me, show me around and take me out for lunch. None of the questions were very difficult and I was given the impression that an offer was likely given that I was invited in in the first place. Things moved quickly with an offer; I received a verbal offer from the PI, and he asked for my thoughts, got a sense that I seemed likely to accept, and sent me a formal offer a week later. I was working in the lab 2 weeks after my in-person visit. The process was curiously simple, and I would caution others not to assume this is a reliable pattern from lab to lab.

    On the downside of "informal", starting at the lab was a bit awkward. On the plus side, a grad student did take initiative to help me get situated, and someone had put together a welcome packet- more than my others before me had gotten. But there really wasn't much by way of official "orientation" or a clear message or timeline concerning what I needed to do to appropriately integrate into the lab.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing stands out. Nobody really went for the tough questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't really manage to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Systems Administrator Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume through online application process

    Was contacted by phone and after brief discussion of the position arranged an interview acouple days later. The in person interview wa slong and involved the manager then a group interview with coworkers. Topics covered wer both social/customer interation, personal organization and priorization, and lots of hypothetical problem resolution and white boarding questions

    Interview Questions
    • describe what happens when you type "ping www.google.com"   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at MIT in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was brought in for a temp to perm position. This job required you to be personable, so they just wanted to talk and get to know me. The ladies I worked with were very easy to talk to, offered me water or coffee, and generally made me feel very comfortable. The interview lasted about an hour in which they asked about my resume and past experiences and how they were applicable to the position.

    Interview Questions
    • They did not ask any of the awkward interview questions. Everything was very straightforward. They asked about my resume and past experiences and how they were applicable to the position.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technology Licensing Associate Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and a week or two later was contacted for an onsite interview, no phone screen. Met with three people individually: someone in the position, direct superior, and their manager. Talked a lot about what the job entailed and did some hypothetical situations in the first interview. The second was just about skills necessary for the job. The last was more or less just to get to know each other/additional questions. Very enjoyable process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at MIT in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Application for admission to graduate school needs to be completed online. It requires GRE score, 3 letters of recommendation (minimum), TOEFL score, SOP (statement of purpose). The deadline for submitting the online application is around December 1 for mechanical engineering department. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the admission committee. If successful in getting admission into graduate school, one can talk to professors in their field of interest to join their group as a research assistant.

    Interview Questions
    • Getting admitted into graduate school is the hardest part   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Wrote an email with my cv; then skype interview about what they're doing and what I'm going to do there; had to provide 3 references that were checked; got applied after references were spoken to

    Interview Questions
    • I knew one person there that was interviewed before; I told him that I could conduct some research on a different university. He obviously told them about it, so they asked me what I would do there and why I would prefer to work here.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Undergraduate Researcher, Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Student - Asked questions about work, why interested in attending, areas of interest, etc.
    Interview relatively short (about 30 - 40 min).
    UROP - Asked some questions about background, what sort of things I was interested in, got to interview after sending email expressing interest in working with professor, later applied for funding for project + made a proposal

    Interview Questions
    • If you are so interested in <subject1>, why are you interested in majoring in <subject2> instead?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Vice President of Finance Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at MIT.

    Interview Details

    3 interviews. First with hiring manager, then with senior directors. Interview with HR director was particularly unusual with shockingly inappropriate questions. HR team revealed budget for position only to then make offer that came below. Everything was great about the interview except for contact with HR.

    Negotiation Details
    Non negotiable salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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