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Research Assistant
Cambridge, MA

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Harvard University in October 2010.

Interview Details – I asked a professor if they needed a research assistant in the lab, and they said yes. My interview was informal and they liked that I was enthusiastic and had an interest in the field. I'm not holding a student RA position that lasts for a few months, but I've been working here for a few years. They went out of their way to get me in even though I didn't reach all of the qualifications.

Interview Question – Why do you have a low GPA?   View Answer


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Research Assistant
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Harvard University in December 2009.

Interview Details – Submitted a letter and resume in response to a job posted on Harvard's ASPIRE website. Was then contacted by HR for a first round interview (screening process, very basic and brief), which was followed by a second interview with the executive director and a professor of the specific research program that posted the open position. There were at least 3-4 weeks between each event (applying, interviewing, and receiving job offer) and the overall process, from applying to starting the job, took about 4 months.

Interview Question – What is my long term career plan and how does this job fit into that plan?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation for salary, which was low at best, given qualifications and experience.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Research Assistant
Framingham, MA

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in February 2012.

Interview Details – HAd a phone interview intially and then had a check with references.It was an easy process adn we had like a discussion about the projects in the lab.The proff was friendly..And then had the next round of interview after almost a month and got the offer

Interview Question – Describe the masters project you worked on?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

I interviewed at Harvard University in December 2012.

Interview Details – They scheduled a phone interview with me and it went fairly well. No unexpected questions. Just technical and routine checking about previous salary and why I left my job. Waiting for an on-site interview call.

Interview Question – Be prepared to answer why you left your previous job. Nothing was difficult to answer. I just had a phone interview and am waiting for on-site interview call.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Harvard University in February 2010.

Interview Details – After using the student employment site, I both applied through the site and emailed the contact listed directly expressing interest in the job. I was then contacted via email to come in for a 1:1 interview. After meeting the department head for about 15-20 minutes in person during which my experience and availability were discussed, I received an offer a few days later, again by email.

Interview Question – What relevant experience do you have to this department (Engineering), if any, and why are you interested in this position?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – N/A-the compensation was clearly outlined before the interview.

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