Purdue University Interview Questions

Updated 14 Sep 2014
Updated 14 Sep 2014
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied online for the REU through the NSF website. A few weeks later, I received an email asking to arrange the phone conversation. The program director told me more about the program and answered my questions. I think she decided to take me before the phone call. Then she arranged a call between me and my PIs where we discussed our mutual research interests.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First, apply online through the Math official website. There will be a 15-page survey for you to fill in. It will take about 20 minutes to finish. We will be asked to provide your basic information, your schedule, your prerequisite courses and a short statement of purpose.

    If you make it through this round, there will be a screening session. You will be provided with a textbook and you will be asked to demonstrate how to solve a problem in front of a judging panel.

    Oh btw, there are tons of workshop for you to attend.

    Interview Questions
    • The judging panel will through you bunch of random questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Electronics Technician VIII Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    The more you have to offer them that they can use and not pay you for the better your odds will be for getting the job. Strong computer skills are almost a must. Job could lead to a programmers position.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask the usual questions, above and beyond, difficult situation, standard questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    English proficiency for international student. Presentation was given during the English course required for people not passing the English proficiency test. The PhD annual review must be at least satisfactory to get the offer. But when the more positions are available than the number of candidates, one can get it without such requirement.

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Shipping & Receiving Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Getting through the initial cut was annoying. For Purdue's automated system, I had to submit a 5 page resume in order to make sure that I had all the keywords.

    Accepted Offer
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    Grad Student, Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    Part of acceptance package

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Purdue University.

    Interview Details

    I had no interview.. just an informal meeting with my advisor... was asked my interests and area of expertise.

    Interview Questions
    • I had no interview.. just an informal meeting with my advisor... was asked my interests and area of expertise.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Purdue University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied to the job online and was contacted about a month later to set up a phone interview. Phone interview was panel interview (4 people) and no difficult questions were asked. A few days later I was contacted and asked to come in for an in-person interview. I flew in from out of town the night before, and had a full day of interviews (panel and 1:1) and campus tours the next day. A few days later, I was offered the job.

    Reasons for Declining

    While the people I would have been working for were wonderful and would have been very supportive and collaborative, I felt the job was a "step-down" as far as responsibilities, instead of an advancement. The salary was also significantly lower than other similar roles at other universities.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Purdue University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview on the phone - 4 people on the call. Lasted about 45 minutes, I believe. Second interview was a "panel interview" lasting two hours - one with peers (6 people I'd be working with directly), one with the management team (3 people). Peers went first. They each took turns asking questions, and after I answered each one, they wrote notes down. They left, and the management team came in and did the same. It wasn't a bad or necessarily intimidating process. I enjoyed the people I interviewed with. But you should definitely eat beforehand, and maybe bring a bottle of water with you. My interview was first thing in the morning, and I kind of faded in the second hour.

    Interview Questions
    • "What does success look like?" It was kind of an oddly stated question.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Just an online application, no interview. Same application as all of the other schools. They inform the people who get accepted first around mid-February, and then it seems that they start to accept others until April 15 as they get some people declining their offers. This is pretty standard for most graduate programs.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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