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Interviews at UC San Diego

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at UC San Diego.
Interview experience
Based on 122 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 119 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 110 interviews
About a month

Interview process at UC San Diego

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
About a month
24%
About a week
20%
More than one month
20%
About two weeks
19%
About a day or two
17%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
67%
Group interview
47%
Phone call/screening
44%
Background check
42%
Drug test
22%
Least reported steps
Written test
7%
They have no interview
2%
Take-home/sample work
0%

What candidates say about the interview process at UC San Diego

  • Had a great interview wirh the hiring manager Alex and was told as long as my reff(which they did) checked out I'd be hired one of my friend's work at UCSD that's how i got the initial interview.
    I ne…
    Shared on May 6, 2018
  • I interviewed with TES and the hiring manger on the phone. It was very easy and quick. I was hired in 45 minutes!
    Shared on September 14, 2017 - Senior Analyst, Strategy and Innovation - San Diego, CA
  • The MSO spoke like a robot, I didn't know if she was serious or not. Not very personable.
    Shared on August 31, 2017

Interview questions at UC San Diego

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • What is your future research plan and what is your scientific vision in the field?
    Shared on May 22, 2019 - Postdoctoral Scholar - La Jolla, CA
Interview tips at UC San Diego
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)52%
  • Formal (business suit)31%
  • They didn’t have a dress code11%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)5%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)1%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at UC San Diego
  • Try to relax and be yourself (e.g. don't overthink or overanswer)
    Shared on April 10, 2019 - FILM PRODUCTION CONTRACTOR - San Diego, CA
  • When interviewing, be sure to ask why the position is open, and how many people have left and why. Ask how many time sheets you have to fill out. Ask how many hours you are expected, besides regular…
    Shared on December 13, 2018 - Programmer Analyst - La Jolla, CA
  • Be respectful and have good manners.
    Shared on March 18, 2017 - Marketing and Event Planning Intern - La Jolla, CA
The first interview at UC San Diego
How candidates got an interview
  • Other online job site27%
  • Other19%
  • Employee referral16%
  • Paper application10%
  • Recruiter contacted me8%
How candidates received their first interview at UC San Diego
  • TES, is the Temporary Employment Services on campus. It's the best way to get your foot in the door and make contacts who will later hire or give you a reference for another position.
    Shared on December 6, 2018
  • I applied and was offered an interview
    Shared on October 5, 2018 - Student Lead - La Jolla, CA
  • I was referred to the hiring manager by a friend who previously held the position
    Shared on October 17, 2017 - Organizational Dynamics Instructor - San Diego, CA
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