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Interviews at Penn State University

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Penn State University.
Interview experience
Based on 208 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 206 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 171 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at Penn State University

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
About a day or two
30%
About a week
21%
About two weeks
20%
More than one month
16%
About a month
12%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
63%
Background check
40%
Phone call/screening
40%
Group interview
25%
Presentation
10%
Least reported steps
Problem solving exercises
7%
Written test
4%
Take-home/sample work
1%

What candidates say about the interview process at Penn State University

  • It's very long and you are up against a diverse talent pool, but it's worth it on the end.
    Shared on March 30, 2020 - Human Research Tech - Hershey, PA
  • High level professional and faculty positions are always processed by HR and search committees. Staff support needed by each department are interviewed and held by department directors and HR.
    Shared on July 31, 2019 - Financial officer - Schuylkill Haven, PA
  • There is one interview after the application is submitted.
    Shared on February 6, 2019 - Resident Assistant - Wyomissing, PA

Interview questions at Penn State University

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • What type of positions I had held before.
    Shared on April 19, 2018 - Supervisor - Erie, PA
  • What concepts I enjoyed the most in the class, my study habits, how would I handle student questions.
    Shared on November 19, 2017 - Learning Assistant - University Park, PA
  • About work experience,being able to handle fasted paced job,working around students,able to handle upset or angry students
    Shared on October 16, 2017 - Resident Hall Ultitly Worker - Reading, PA
Interview tips at Penn State University
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)53%
  • Formal (business suit)22%
  • They didn’t have a dress code16%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)9%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Penn State University
  • Do your research on the specific group or department you're interviewing with at Penn State - it is NOT a monolith and there can be significant differences between departments, even within one college…
    Shared on March 2, 2020 - Technical Communications Specialist - State College, PA
  • Be your authentic self.
    Shared on March 19, 2019 - Ballroom Dance Instructor - Erie, PA
  • Be confident
    Shared on April 16, 2018 - Finestra Editing Lab Assistant - State College, PA
The first interview at Penn State University
How candidates got an interview
  • Other26%
  • Other online job site21%
  • Employee referral16%
  • Campus placement10%
  • Recruiter contacted me7%
How candidates received their first interview at Penn State University
  • Visited the professor who was hiring
    Shared on October 16, 2019 - Student Teacher Supervisor and instructor - College Park, PA
  • In person at the office of the Dean of the college
    Shared on March 26, 2018 - Assistant professor of Mathematics - 4000 University Drive McKeesport, PA 15132
  • College application and audition process
    Shared on February 5, 2018 - MFA Assistantship - State College, PA