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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in June 2010.
Interview Details – I contacted with the professor, submit a research proposal, got a call from him (a kind of informal interview), and got the position
Interview Question – just casual talk Answer Question
Research Assistant I Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – Recruiter set me up with interview. Interview was quick. Took tour of lab and introduced me to other employees in lab that I would be working with and explained study that I would be helping.
Interview Question – What scientific background do you have that relates to cardiovascular disease or scientific techniques that would help improve the lab? Answer Question
Researcher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – Applied online.
On the day of the interview, met several people for 30min or so throughout the day.
Had a follow up interview with couple of other people on another day.
Interview questions were mostly prior work experience related and approaches to solving current problems, there were some behavioral type questions, but not a lot.
The whole process was completed within few weeks.
Interview Question – None that were not expected for the applied position Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Be aware of the grade scales for the advertised positions when discussing salaries. Also good to discuss and find out career growth and development paths prior to expecting offer.
Postdoctoral Fellow Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University in January 2011.
Interview Details – Reference letter and a phone call interview may be all you need to do;
but when you join the lab, you will be asked to do a presentation about your previous work.
Interview Question – Basically if you have a few good papers, you will get the offer. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation on salary because Harvard University is never lack of good postdocs, so you just accept it.
PhD Student Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Harvard University in December 2012.
Interview Details – Application through the departments. Of course you will need the GRE and good academic preparation from your undergraduate school. Letters of recommendation and some experience in research will take you far. Once submitted, each department will review the applicants and they are invited for interviews.
Interview Question – Tell me more about your previous research Answer Question
Network Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Harvard University
Interview Details – I went in to the building and then checked into the desk. Then after that I went through the door and went into the office. He asked questions about networking.
Interview Question – What is the OSI model? Answer Question
Research Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted a week later to schedule a phone interview. The 30-minute interview was with an HR rep, who informed me that if I was to move on in the process I would begin speaking with the actual managers. I was told to expect a response within 2 weeks, but never heard anything back until I sent an email inquiry, after which I was told I would not be moving forward in the process.
I sensed that the interviewer was not given sufficient information about the position and desired qualifications, leading to a disconnect between HR and the team's management.
Interview Question – None unexpected questions Answer Question
Researcher Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
Interviewed at Harvard University
Interview Details – took 4 weeks. interview was easy. not selected likely because of fit issue.
Staff Assistant II Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Harvard University in July 2013.
Interview Details – Extremely rigorous interview process; six separate ones at different levels before offer made.
Interview Question – How long do you see yourself remaining in this position? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, but they offered the minimum of what I had determined I would accept, so negotiation was not necessary.
Program Director Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person - interviewed at Harvard University in August 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted by an HSPH faculty member who was interested in creating a position in the field of international public health tobacco control. We discussed the position in detail and created an opportunity that would allow me the flexibility to also pursue a mid-career program at the Harvard Kennedy School, which I completed in May 2012.
Interview Question – What is your biggest challenge and how do you address it? View Answer
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Pros: “Awesome work-life balance. You get 15-20 vacation days (depending on your status), 3 personal days, holidays, and the week of Christmas through New Years paid time off. I'm a staff…” “Awesome work-life balance. You get 15-20 vacation days (depending on your status), 3 personal days, holidays, and the week of Christmas through New Years paid time off. I'm a staff assistant/coordinator which means I'm in the HUCTW union. They negotiate our raises, which are automatic and around 3.29% increase per year. You get 12 sick days per year and can use those hours for doctor appointment or to take a dependent to the doctor. You get to take up to 6 classes per year for FREE at the Extension school and Summer School (2 courses a semester). The health benefits are fantastic. I pay next to nothing for my medication and it's easy to get an appointment with a doctor or dentist at the health center on campus. There's also a pharmacy next door. Harvard encourages healthy living, so you get free flu shots and a $150 rebate on health club memberships. Also, management doesn't get on your case if you call in sick. If you are sick, they want you to stay home. The same attitude goes for vacation. I've worked at places that frown on vacations. Not at Harvard. You can take a month off if you have the vacation time and nobody will bat an eye. I could really go on an on about working here. You are apart of a community and there are so many ways to enrich yourself if you can advantage of the opportunities. There's a reason most of my colleagues have worked here for 10-25 years. Like me, they recognize that it doesn't get better than this. We are always surprised when someone does quit (which is rare). The best thing about working here is the people. I have the best co-workers and the best boss. It's a very happy work environment.” – Full Review