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Interviews at Iowa State University

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Iowa State University.

Interview experience

Based on 77 interviews

Interview difficulty

Based on 86 interviews

Interview process length

Based on 69 interviews
About a week

Interview process at Iowa State University

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 8.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 4.

Interview process length
About a week
About a day or two
More than one month
About a month
About two weeks
Most reported steps
On-site interview
Phone call/screening
Background check
Group interview
Least reported steps
Written test
Take-home/sample work
Drug test

What candidates say about the interview process at Iowa State University

  • Varies from Department to Department.Standard interview involved Dean,Associate Dean,Staff and staff group interview.
    Shared on August 22, 2019 - Associate Professor Extension Education - Ames,Iowa
  • The interview was conducted by the supervisor and two coworkers.
    Shared on November 18, 2017 - Certification Specialist - Ames, IA
  • I was asked why I wanted the safety position and what I could bring to the table. I initially interviewed for a fire safety position but was offered a hood inspector position as they needed that fil…
    Shared on September 28, 2017 - Student Safety Inspector - Ames, IA
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Interview questions at Iowa State University

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • typical ones specific to my discipline
    Shared on April 23, 2021 - Communication Consultant - Grad College
  • Can you do the work that you applied for?
    Shared on September 24, 2019 - Lecturer/Staff Scientist - Ames, IA

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Interview tips at Iowa State University

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)56%
  • They didn’t have a dress code15%
  • Formal (business suit)14%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)12%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)3%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Iowa State University

  • Relax and act naturally
    Shared on May 22, 2022 - Independent Researcher - Physics Hall, Iowa State Universtiy, Ames, Iowa
  • Very easy to get the job, but you won't be treated well once you're employed.
    Shared on November 17, 2019
  • Focus on your willingness to learn new skills
    Shared on November 6, 2017 - Graduate Research Assistant - Ames, IA

The first interview at Iowa State University

How candidates got an interview
  • Other27%
  • Other online job site18%
  • Employee referral15%
  • Campus placement12%
  • Paper application10%

How candidates received their first interview at Iowa State University

  • applied online
    Shared on June 11, 2021 - Power Plant Operator - Ames, IA
  • Filled out paper application and had face to face interview.
    Shared on January 31, 2019 - Grounds Crew - Ames, IA 50011
  • Application
    Shared on December 26, 2018 - Teaching Assistant - Ames, IA

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