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Updated 31 Jan 2015
Updated 31 Jan 2015
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    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
  2.  

    Vice President of Finance Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied 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
  3.  

    Technical Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    No interview

    Negotiation Details
    Received similar offers from multiple universities. Invited for a tour and visiting faculties.
    Accepted Offer
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    Head Corporate Communications Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at MIT in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Extremely unprofessional. First of all they have not checked my salary expectations still they have called me over.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    MIT Media Lab Undergraduate Researcher Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at MIT in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Earlier in the Spring, I emailed a bunch of labs in the Media Lab for a UROP for the summer. I received very few responses, one of which was from the lab I worked in, which told me they didn't have any open positions, but they would email me if anything came up. The last day before the UROP application deadline, I emailed them again, and they had an open position. I went in that day, and they gave me the job after a few talks with the professor and the grad student I would be working with. So I got the position.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate, as they were not paying me - it was through the MIT UROP office, which has a set wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Student Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at MIT in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was applying for a student position at MIT. I was interviewed by a graduate who worked in cognitive science. I was in high school at the time and had no prior interview experience. I thought the whole experience was a bit awkward; we didn't find too much common ground to talk about.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Student Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at MIT in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    it was quite nice and informative and i really enjoyed that plus the environment was quite cooperative and comfortable. i made a good impression and i am quite optimistic about the result :)
    i will advise all to be confident and mature about their interview and by being mature i mean to say be prepared mentally and physically for the interview and don't try to be what you are not. its always the best choice.

    Interview Questions
    • what do you really want to do in your life   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    be confident and natural
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Technical Associate - Sponsored Research Staff (Temporary) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at MIT in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I spoke with the supervisor while a fellow lab researcher listened in, and later the director of the lab group stopped by very briefly. They mostly asked me questions about my technical background based off of my submitted resume, and there was also a simple, open-ended question about the experimental problem the job entailed to assess my thoughts and approaches. Later, I was shown an experiment in progress similar to what I would be working on. The interview was mostly informational in nature, and took 30 minutes total.

    Interview Questions
    • Suppose the driver of a push-button ignition vehicle finds his/her vehicle is suddenly accelerating out of control. What would their first reaction be? What improvements need to be made to today's systems to address this?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    BA Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Anonymous Employee in Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Application Details

    interviewed at MIT in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Three interviews and an aptitude exam

    Interview Questions
    • Given a scenario and how you can handle the client's requirement   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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