Harvard University Interview Questions

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
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    University Development Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    There were three stages of interviews for this department: a phone screen, a first round interview, and a final round interview. Each stage consisted of an interview with two people on the Development Strategy Team.

    Interview Questions
    • Why development, and why Harvard for that field specifically?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    So I interviewed for 2 different Coordinator positions. I did not get the first one, but then I got the 2nd position years down the line. Be prepared to possibly be interviewed by people do not necessarily know how to interview. In order to try to see if someone is a good "fit" for the org, it is not uncommon to have the entire dept. in a meeting room with an applicant to just basically meet you and not even really engage/interact with you.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard ones seem to apply, your greatest weakness, experiential ones.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview with the PI. on-site campus visit and gave a 1 hr presentation. During phone interview with PI, we talked about my interests and possible projects which I can work. He also sent me few research papers so I could study them.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions were from my previous work; so, I didn't have difficulty answering them.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    This depends on the group you will work and your PI. I had no big issues. The interview was more a chat than an interview, since I brought my own fellowship.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    The interview was simple for my department. you just do a skype interview. The professor was very friendly and they just wanted to get to know you better. He asked you questions about your research experiences, why you want to become a PhD student, and why the discipline you've chosen.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation Phase
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Assistant to the Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed with the Office Manager and another person to whom I would not be reporting (why?), before interviewing with the Director, who would be my supervisor. During my employment, I found that there were not clear lines of authority, which led to various problems throughout the department, such as jockeying for favor and intense politicking.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked about my religion, which I thought was highly unprofessional and inappropriate.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary and conditions weren't negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was one day entire day interview process.

    First, you will usually have a meeting with PI. Then, you will start to meet with other people in the lab.
    They will have a crew of people to have a lunch to talk with you as well.
    Then, you will give a presentation about your research. After that, you will meet more people.

    Negotiation Details
    It is a set format, but vacation time was flexible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    Contacted research group by email. Set up a Skype interview after which requested to come on-site for interview. Gave a seminar on-site and interviewed with group members individually. Long day with meeting a lot of people. Standard academic interview. Nothing special.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to propose ideas for projects. Not unusual in academia. Had to give them some thought.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Graduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Harvard University in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    There is no interview for Harvard Kennedy School, so it is helpful to hire someone to help craft the essays. All the essays should have a common theme and support the reason why you want to attend HKS. Speaking to alumni and professors ahead of time is very useful. I would definitely recommend a school visit.

    Interview Questions
    • The essay questions leave a lot of room for creativity, so think out your answers carefully. I recommend hiring a coach to help you craft the essay.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online back in February and 3 weeks later got a call to arrange a 30 minute preliminary phone interview. The phone interview only lasted 8 minutes and the interviewer asked very generic questions (Why do you want to leave your job, can you work overtime, can you do this related to the job), so I thought I'd be done after that. However, I got a call 4 days later to set up an hour long interview with three directors the following week on Skype due to my distance from Cambridge. This next interview was difficult. It involved a lot of scenario-based questions related to customer service, management and authority and inquiring about my motivation for the job.

    I didn't hear back for three weeks after the interview, so I sent a message asking for an update. Another week passed and they emailed back wanting to schedule another interview with another director. This was very similar to the second interview with a lot of scenario-based questions and giving examples of my previous work experience. At this time they requested references and a background check, and another interview with the HR director a week later. Two days after the HR interview, I was called with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, but they offered me much more than the minimum for the position, so there was no need to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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