(Closed) Bees who work at or for a university, what were your interviews like?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Asia:  Good luck! I love working in higher ed:)


Depending on the position you’re interviewing for, try to have some mock scenarios handy (if it’s in admissions/advising, WWYD if X happened, etc.). Tech experience is usually a plus too – try to find out if they use Banner/PeopleSoft/Whatever and read up a little bit about it.

Post # 5
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ah, I was going to comment but I only have experience/knowledge about prof interviewing, which is a lot different than admin interviewing. Good luck! I hope you get it!


Post # 6
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I work in student affairs, and positions at my level are typically day-long interviews… I hope you don’t have to deal with that! I’d brush up in tech skills, have some situational examples and be confident. Good luck!

Post # 7
13102 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@crayfish:  Same!  I was going to comment about interviewing for university labs (which I found to be no different than any other research interview), but I don’t know anything about university admin interviews.

Post # 9
9120 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never had any unusual questions that I can think of. 

I’ve done lots of panel interviews though.  Usually they just switch off asking questions.  I know the process of how they decide on candidates though, at least here.  So if there are multiple people on the hiring team they all will rank the applicants though I imagine the highest person would have the final say.

As PP mentioned, look up the software they use to see if you’ve used it before.

Post # 10
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Good luck!! I love working for universities! I hold an admin position and the interview process for me wasn’t bad at all. My first interview was about half an hour and it was with the manager and program director. Honestly, I mostly talked to my manager about football haha. They just asked me basic interview questions, nothing really specific to the department. My second interview was a group interview with the rest of the staff which was hilariously awkward because none of them have any interviewing skills. So they mostly just sat around and smiled at me. I work for a professional program but the office environment is very chill. I don’t know if my experience is typical though 🙂

Post # 11
2533 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m commenting to follow- seriously considering looking into a university admin. position when we return from the wedding!

Post # 13
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work for a major public university and have also worked for a major private university, both in minor research analyst positions.  One interview was a technicality because I had already been hired, and the other was over the phone because it was a remote position.  I’m sure yours will be more formal.  I have had a fairly formel panel interview though and I liked it more than the individual interviews I had.  Somehow it was less awkward because there were three other people who I could have a possibility of connecting to, rather than just one.   It was also more conversational than one on one interviews I have had.  

Post # 14
9120 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Asia:  Where’s the interview at?  I work at KU but we use PeopleSoft

Post # 16
9120 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Asia:  Ah, no I’ve never used it. We use PeopleSoft.  I always found it annoyng when companies wanted extensive experience in certain software programs such as that or even PeopleSoft.  It’s not like they are hard to learn!! Smile  I’ve also seen plenty of applications that ask for a degree and then experience in Microsoft Word or Excel…like really?  How do you get through college not knowing how to use these types of programs?!

I think if you read up about the software and are able to discuss what it does that would be a good idea.  Even if you know a little about it, it will make you sound knowledgable, which will be a good thing.

I like working in higher ed though.  We get lots of vacation time!  At least I do!

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