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Oxford University Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated 29 Nov 2014
Updated 29 Nov 2014
17 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Personal Assistant Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview Details

    Received invitation to interview within 2 weeks of submitting my application through the online university system. There was more than enough time to study up on the department and the expected interview questions. The staff were very professional, polite, and friendly when I arrived for the interview. I met with the primary administrative person I would be reporting to as well as 2 of the 4 Professors I would be supporting in the PA position. all the questions were standard - why do you want the job, what do you think will be the most challenging aspect of this position, what would friends say are your strengths and weaknesses, who does your CV demonstrate your fit to this position, do you have experience updating webpages, do you have experience with Microsoft Office (particularly word and excel), etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Please tell us about a time when you had to involve a supervisor in order to complete an important task.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    MSC Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interviewed.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I am a British Academy postdoc, which does not have an interview procedure. It is a two-step process of writing an application and providing a writing sample, on the basis of which a panel decides to give the award. Prior to applying, one must seek support of the prospective employer (Oxford)

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I could negotiate salary to be on the same grade, but higher scale point (made a difference of over £1000) based on my earlier experience. Negotiate!
    Accepted Offer
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    Research Scientist Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford University in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    One Skype interview from the United States. I was interviewed by a panel of six people that wanted to validate who I was and my ability to perform unique and creative research. I received a phone call a few days later informing me I had got the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Improving the current standard for research in Classics.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview Details

    Offered job internally. One interview with group leader.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Salary on offer wasn't great. Chose industry instead.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    writing test 2h, skype inteview, questions in pdf 4 questions

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had to network to get in touch with my doctoral supervisor. Didn't really have to go through a formal application procedure. Was asked a few questions related to my work during the masters and bachelors program, and related to research area I'd work in.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Part-time Clerical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Oxford University in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had worked for the University before, so I was not overly worried. I applied for the post through the University's website. I was shortlisted and invited to interview at the Medical Teaching Centre on South Parks Road. It was an interview panel with 3 people, two of whom were academics. I felt they were most unfriendly in their attitude; did not put me at ease at all. At one point I was asked a question but one of the interviewers kept interrupting me as I tried to answer. I felt literally bullied. The department did not even have the courtesy to tell me that I had been unsuccessful.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you persuade me to provide you with the examination questions that you need to print?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Oxford University in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had one skype interview after I submitted two or three references, transcript, CV, one letter about me and completed one form. The first interesting thing is that they do not require master, it suffices bachelor. The interview was quite informal, they do not ask math questions, but rather which subjects I attended and what I did in bachelor thesis. They was impressed by amount of subjects I did.

    Interview Questions
    • How do I plan gain money, because in March they do not have any money for me. All grants are in January.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Oxford University in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied using the UK online application system, and wrote a personal statement for this. In retrospect I have been told that this should only be focussed on the chosen area of study. Had two interviews for taking biochemistry.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens to bacterial cells vs red blood cells when placed in water? Write and solve an equilibrium equation for the reaction between (two given chemicals). Do you think the high humidity in rainforests is good or bad for plants?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there was none...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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