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Brigham and Women's Hospital Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2014
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Administrative Fellowship Interview

Administrative Fellowship
Boston, MA

I applied online - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in November 2012.

Interview Details – There are six rounds of interviews in three hours with past fellows and three vice presidents. Talking with the vice presidents was a pleasure and exciting experience. The culture there is to pursue excellence. People there are highly educated. Their recruiting process is very professional, e.g. they mailed the detailed interview schedule and some of their brochures for us to understand the organization.

Interview Question – How is the Deland fellowship distinguish itself from other fellowships in other hospitals?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Lab Supervisor Interview

Lab Supervisor
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in January 2009.

Interview Details – I met with Co- Director and was interviewed for 15 minutes before being offered the position. I was not fully prepared for the expectations of the position but when you are in a competitive environment you have to expect that. It took a few months to connect with enough people to develop the network I needed to properly complete the projects I was assigned to complete. It was a challenging experience both as a Lab Supervisor and as a manager.

Interview Question – I found that communication was not straight forward. Often individuals were not clear about their timelines.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I wanted to get my foot in the door. I accepted the position knowing I was worth more. One has to be realistic when you are in a very competitive organisation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Licensed Practical Nurse Interview

Licensed Practical Nurse

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in April 2012.

Interview Details – I submitted an online application with HR. Within about a week, I heard from a nurse recruiter who asked me some basic questions over the phone about my past experience and what i was looking for in a future position. She told me she'd forward my application to both the manager for the job I applied for and for a few similar positions that we discussed. She called back the next day to schedule am interview for two of those positions. The job I actually took included an interview with my future direct manager and the nursing director. A week later they called to schedule a phone interview with the practice's medical director. After the phone interview, I was called by HR to "follow up" at their building, which turned out to be the job offer.

Interview Question – Talk about a past project or team experience that did NOT go well. How could you have changed things?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None. They have a pay-scale that corresponds to years of experience. It's pre-calculated with little wiggle-room.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Lab Technician Interview

Lab Technician

I applied in-person and interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Interview Details – The interview process was straightforward but somewhat lengthy-- a brief meeting with the lab director and a tour was followed by several meetings with different groups of lab techs (1-4 people at a time) who each asked similar questions. Understandable enough because the lab is quite busy, but I believe the interview took about two hours. Great work environment, though; everyone was very friendly throughout the process. Despite trying to get in touch with the director, I didn't hear back about the position until about six weeks later (though I'm sure if I'd been hired it would have been sooner).

Interview Question – Questions were pretty standard, but I was also asked about past lab experience, familiarity with specific tests, etc.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Fellow Interview

Research Fellow
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in February 2010.

Interview Details – Consisted in a Phone interview and 1:1. Technical questions.

Interview Question – Long term career plans   View Answer


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Transplant Coordinator Interview

Transplant Coordinator
Boston, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in November 2011.

Interview Details – I first met with the head surgeon and administrator .
The next day, I met for 4 hours with various members of the team. Very organized.

Interview Question – Why was I applying where I had no experience in the field?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Assistant Professor Interview

Assistant Professor
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in January 2010.

Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted a couple of months later for an interview. The interview process involved two separate site-visits. During the first visit, I met over 2 days with faculty of my current department, the head of the department, and gave a research presentation of the science I had already done. They took me to dinner and the next day I had another full day of meetings and a "chalk-talk", where I presented work that I might like to do if I came there. Approximately a month or so later, they invited me back to spend another two days talking to people, but not giving any presentations. The offer came a month or so later.

Interview Question – Why do you think this is the right place for you to start your independent research career?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Uncomfortable negotiation. They wanted to offer me less then other places. But I was able to negotiate a bonus to be used for housing, money for moving expenses, and salary.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Assistant I Interview

Research Assistant I
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in January 2014.

Interview Details – It took a while to schedule the interview, but it was a very informative experience. I spoke to about 7 people, some of whom were very friendly others who were a bit more terse. They also seemed a little miffed about the idea of me applying for grad school in a few years. In the end they decided they wanted someone with more technical experience.

Interview Question – The answer (not the question) threw me on this one. "Why do you hope to do working here"
I gave an answer about how I enjoyed the research they were doing, and how I wanted to contribute. I also said it would be nice to start to make a dent in my college loans. His answer "Well, that's not a good plan. Boston's an expensive place to live and we don't pay much."
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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Technician Interview

Research Technician

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Interview Details – I first had a phone interview with the Research Tech who'd I would be taking over for. I was asked about what previous research experience... research techniques I was proficient at... my long term plan...what I liked most about research.

In person interview with the PI I was asked the information above as well as what my weakness was.

All in all, typical research technician interview questions.

Interview Question – What excited me about research?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Technical Research Assistant II Interview

Technical Research Assistant II
Boston, MA

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Brigham and Women's Hospital in August 2010.

Interview Details – The job posting was found on craigslist (in 2010) and my CV/cover letter were promptly responded to. I traveled to Boston for an onsite interview and was told I was "over qualified" for the position. I was unexpectedly asked to interview for a different position under a different supervisor. Overall, the interview process was quick and painless. Despite interviewing for a level two position, I was then offered the job as a level one due to lack of experience. I used this position as a spring board, gaining much needed skills and real world experience. Great for entry level work, but don't plan on staying long.

Interview Question – Some of the tasks you'll be required to perform are routine and monotonous. How will you deal with such routine tasks?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation allowed

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