I applied online. I interviewed at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals (San Francisco, CA) in May 2017.
The interview process began with a phone screening with a supervisor. I was then asked to come to the hospital to interview. The interview itself was extensive, and lengthy. Mostly dealing with questions that have to do with your personality type interacting with other team members, supervisors, and patients. Also there were questions about how you handled very difficult situations during your times of employment in the past. After the interview you're asked to job shadow for an hour or so to get the feel of the job a bit and be able to talk to some of the working techs and see how they feel about it.
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So, you’ve identified job postings in industry (or other sectors) that you want to apply for. How do you go about preparing your application materials?
Start by Reading and Analyzing a Job Description
Highlight and use key words from the job description to create a targeted resume and cover letter - and get noticed by the hiring manager and HR. View these annotated samples to:
- Tailor your application to a job description that is broad.
- Tailor your application to a job description that is very detailed and includes a lot of bullet points
Tailor Your CV/Resume
- Download slides from Bill's Lindstaedt's talk Job Hunting in Industry - Marketing Yourself With Your Resume
- Resume strategies for PhDs
- Spin a resume bullet point to highlight different soft skills
- A series of articles about writing a winning industry resume
Note: Please do not copy the text verbatim. It is unethical and unwise, as several employers recognize our samples. Instead, for extra help, please schedule an appointment for an in-person, Skype or email review.
- These samples have been generously donated by UCSF students, postdocs, and alumni to offer you ideas about how to present your own skills and experiences. We make no claims that they are perfect, but we offer them as useful examples.
- Notice that section headings and descriptive language are different from academic CV’s.
- Take a look at all the samples to get an idea of different formats, even if you are targeting a specific career path.
Sample cover letters
Notice that the documents are shorter and less formal than academic cover letters.
Are you clear on the strategies you'll need to put together an effective application package?
If so, go to the next step: Interviewing for Jobs Outside Academia. Learn how to find out what's expected and prepare for the interview.