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Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Boston University.
Interview Details Two rounds of interviews. First was with HR and one hiring manager with basic job interview questions. Second interview was with three senior staff and had more behavioral and industry specific questions.
Interview Question – What are the three biggest challenges in higher education today? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Offered me what I stated my current salary was and negotiated for slightly more.
Program Manager CSC Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Boston University
Interview Details I have always had positive interview experiences for student positions at Boston University. The CSC office is no different. The Director and Asst. Director as well as students in the interview make you feel welcome and like you are worth their time. This immediately put me at ease and allowed me to focus on crafting my responses instead of my nerves. Further, they find places to relate to you.
Interview Question – They always try to put people at ease by asking them something like what song describes you or who would play you in a movie. This isn't something I generally think about so I just said the first thing that popped into my head, which probably didn't make any sense. Answer Question
Business Professional Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston University in January 2012.
Interview Details I applied online through the university careers website and heard back about a week later. There was an initial human resources phone screen where about 10 standard questions were asked about work style, experience, and overall work history. I then had an in-person interview with the hiring manger.
Interview Question – One of the questions was related to finance and forecasting which I was unsure how to answer as that is not my specialty and I was unprepared at the time for it. Answer Question
Research Analyst, Institutional Research Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Boston University in April 2014.
Interview Details I had two interviews total for this position. I met with several very nice people from the office, which demonstrated to me how nice of an environment the office seemed. The only drawback to this process is how slow they are to get back to you, which is fairly common in higher ed, at least (not sure about other industries). Still waiting to hear back...
Interview Question – Questions were normal or typical- nothing out of left field. Answer Question
Senior Financial Aid Advisor Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston University.
Interview Details one interview with management. second with hr. very nice people. seems like a great culture to work in. asked relevant work experience questions. focus on award processing. the position seemed to have a great work/life balance. second interview with hr. this was negotiation of salary and find out more about benefits and agreement before offer can be made
Interview Question – normal detailed interview questions. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – for better paying position
Secrer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston University.
Interview Details Quick and easy.
Interview Question – Parents often complain about additional charges- How would you address their concern? View Answer
Contract Office Worker Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Boston University in November 2013.
Interview Details Applied for position directly on the Boston University Website. An in person interview at the office after the first email. I had the interview in a friendly environment. Once offered position the first day I had to go to HR to do paperwork. It was a direct hire at Boston University.
Interview Question – Your ability to work in a close setting with others. Ability to take corrections on work. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The position was straight forward no negotiation.
Administrative Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Boston University in September 2010.
Interview Details The hiring and interview process was pretty simple. It usually takes departments a long time to get back to you, but once you do, they try to onboard pretty quickly. It really depends on the department you are interviewing with. You will only be interviewed by the home department not by an HR representative for BU.
Interview Question – I really hate this question but it is always asked: What is your greatest weakness? I think it displays a lack of creativity but it's always used. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiating is very unique from department to department. You should try to find out whether or not the position you are trying to get is a grant-funded position or otherwise. The grant-funded positions do not have ANY leeway and there will be no promotions once you get in. Otherwise, you may be able to negotiate. I will say the offers and pay are really low especially compared to other universities in the area.
Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston University in July 2010.
Interview Details Hiring process was typical, with an application and 2 interviews. The process was not long.
Interview Question – Very few unexpected questions. I was asked to pick my questions from a list - which made me think I was being judged on the questions I picked and my answers. Answer Question
PhD Student Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Boston University.
Interview Details General PhD applications with most of the details on the department webpage.
There are two streams: Post-Bachelor and Post-Master. PB is generally five years for ECE department, while PM is usually 4.
Online application requires personal statement of purpose, reference letters from previous professors, GRE General Test, (English exams if your first language is not English, and in some cases can be waived), Transcripts, and other supplementary materials.
It is also help to contact professors you are interested to work with.
Interview Question – Personal Statement should address issues including research interests. It is not a detailed research proposal, but one has to demonstrate genuine research interest, possibly via showcasing past experiences in relevant fields (study, project or internship). Answer Question
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