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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Department was very communicative, faculty were great to speak with, students were very helpful in sharing information about the department and courses. Students were also very responsive by email. Department was very fast in making the decision and letting you know. Visit days are well-organized.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to do basic scientific research and why Berkeley?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Awkward, the colleagues seemed tense as if they didn't want to work there.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Technical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Santa Cruz, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at University of California in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied through UC Santa Cruz's Job Portal and I got hired.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no questions-- I got hired based off of my application.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Programmer/Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at University of California.

    Interview Details

    This was an internal transition. I recall that when I was moving to my new department, there seemed to be an overall anti-new-department sentiment amongst the colleagues I was leaving behind. In fact, one of my colleagues who was due to transition with me pulled out at the last minute. The then-director and his immediate managers were judged to be nepotistic, and people felt that they threw employees under the bus in order to boost their own image within the organization.

    Interview Questions
    • How will you compensate for your lack of knowledge and experience in this field?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at University of California in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Everyone in this office is very professional and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Renewal of Postdoctoral Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of California in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    There is no interview to get the position for the first year of tenure. Allocation of position is entirely based on some ordinary application requirements, research proposal, support of mentor in selected UC campus, and 3 letters of recommendation. To renew the position for a second year candidates present a personal progress report, justification of need to renew the fellowship, and a report by the mentor. While in certain cases candidates are selected for a 1:1 interview (or small panel interview), in other cases the renewal is granted simply after assessment of renewal application, and no interviews are required.

    Interview Questions
    • None. All questions were based on the ongoing research, progress report and academic plans for the future, so no surprises. The interviewee is always in control, as questions pertain to his own work. Interviewer was supportive at all times and offered good "mentoring" tips and advice.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not applicable. The fellowship comes with a closed salary amount not subject to negotiation. It is the same for all fellows across the board (except minor differences by discipline, especially in sciences --biology, chemistry, etc-- where fellows may have greater start costs, need for expensive materials, etc.)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at University of California in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted for a phone interview with someone in human resources. I did well and they called me the next day and asked if I could interview in person within a day or two. As I lived in the opposite end of the state, it was a stretch for me to be able to do that. I wanted the job, however, so I purchased a plane ticket and took a day off work to interview in person.

    The second interview consisted of a group interview with six managers and department personnel. They each took turns asking questions and were all very friendly. I felt I was in sync with what they wanted and they exemplified what I was looking for in a work culture. Lastly, I did a skills test which included internet research and composing mock emails to professors and students. I felt very confident that I had researched the information correctly and composed professional emails.

    Despite having purchased a plane ticket, hotel, and car rental (yes, they were aware of this), I never heard back from anyone. I sent follow-up emails, a voicemail, and was ignored.

    Interview Questions
    • A mother of a student calls you and is frantic that her son has lost his wallet while studying abroad. How do you handle the situation?   Answer Question
    • If you were a type of cheese, what type of cheese would you be and why?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at University of California in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    They went through a series of questions.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    pay

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oakland, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at University of California in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was fairly simple and professional. The interview consisted of two on site interviews. The first interview was with the Hiring Manager and another Business Analyst. It consisted of standard Business Analysis questions about requirement gathering, documentation and task prioritization. Was presented with various scenarios, technical as well as professional, to solve. The second interview was with the department's Sr. Director. Standard HR interview with questions ranging from "Why is this a good position for you?" to "What will you bring to this position?". I was also required to provide with some work samples as well as TWO professional references.

    Interview Questions
    • What would be your approach to a situation for with you require some feedback and you do not have your Manager to guide you?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Farm Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of California in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university website. contacted within 1 week for on site interview. Traveled to location, then had a panel interview followed by the director 1:1 interview. The interview panel were my peers in UCANR, had questions regarding the research I do. I presented a science presentation, followed by on-site writing sample over my seminar topic geared to grower perspective.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe how you would use a split plot design in your field of research.   View Answer
    • Describe the life cycle of 'such and such' organism.   View Answer
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No, they are strict on the compensation- at least with me. They wouldn't go up any more, because I didn't have any post graduate work experience. They at least said it was related to years of work experience. Ph.D automatically places at assistant level step III, more years work experience get higher steps. Tried to negotiate my spousal accommodation, but didn't work either. They hem hawed around on it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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