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    Great expectations, mostly fulfilled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than 3 years)


    -Great resources
    -supportive peers
    -freedom and encouragement to pursue goals


    -hierarchical leadership
    -lack of faculty-staff communication
    -poor directional leadership at the school level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level and mid level goals do not seem to align creating uncertainty. Academics do not like uncertainty and may even resent it.

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Northwestern University Interviews

Updated 31 Oct 2014
Updated 31 Oct 2014

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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Evanston, IL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Evanston, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Northwestern University.

    Interview Details

    Applying to graduate school is a complex situation that is detailed in blogs and books available all over the internet. The key point for a social science position was to make sure I had developed a connection with the research faculty I wanted to work with beforehand. After applying, I was invited to a 'visiting weekend' where the applicants get to meet and chat with faculty and current students. This is usually a full-day (or more) of meeting and interviewing with multiple people in the department; which feels much more like a meet and greet than an interview. This is fairly standard practice for graduate recruitment, and is used to assess fit between the applicant and graduate program. In general, I had a very smooth interview process and found out the decision a few weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • This was a fairly relaxed interview process, but one difficult question I did receive was to justify my desired methods for research that I wished to pursue.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They offered the standard package that was (from my understanding) not actually negotiable. It was fairly competitive with offers I had from other universities, so I accepted.
    Accepted Offer

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Headquarters Evanston, IL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1851
Type College/University
Industry Education
Revenue £1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year

What's NU? With its main campus in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Northwestern University (NU) serves its 16,500 students through around a dozen schools and colleges such as the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Medill School of Journalism. Its Chicago campus houses the schools of law and medicine, as well as several hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center. With a faculty of 2,500, the school has a student-teacher ratio of 7:1. NU is home to several research centers and community outreach programs; it also has a branch in Qatar. It is the only... More

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