I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – I applied online through Harvard's online application system. I received a phone call one week after application submission, from the position recruiter, asking to schedule an initial 30-minute phone interview. The recruiter scheduled the interview to occur exactly one week from the time of this scheduling conversation (i.e. two weeks after application submission). While I declined to continue after the first round phone call, the recruiter had indicated subsequent steps would involve a phone or in-person interview with management and then a phone interview with HR.
Interview Question – All questions were quite standard: Tell me about your education and experience; Describe a difficult situation you've encountered in the workplace; How do you handle change in the workplace, i.e. staffing changes?; etc. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I was offered an opportunity to interview in the second round, but I declined due to salary needs.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in October 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online and received an email for an in-person interview 2 weeks later. This interview was 1:1 with a Director. Pretty standard questions, lasted 45 minutes. I was contacted about 1-2 weeks later for a second interview, which was with the same Director, the current Faculty Assistant and an Associate. Again, easy and standard questions. This was followed up with a writing exercise.
After 2 interviews and a writing exercise, I never heard from them again. I emailed the Director 2 or 3 times with no response. I also learned that they hired an individual with a BA with no experience in this specific field when they specifically told me they wanted someone with a Master's. Overall, very unprofessional experience.
Interview Question – Standard interview questions - Why are you interested in this position? How does your experience align with the specific responsibilities of the position? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – I applied online and received an email about 3 weeks later asking me for a phone interview (I was based on the West Coast at the time). The interview questions were fairly basic - lots of questions about transferable skills (ability to understand and communicate research findings, manage projects, work with faculty) but no real content-based discussion. The second phone interview came about a month later with the same person I originally interviewed with and the center Executive Director. Largely a rehash of the first interview. Finally, they flew me out for a day to see the office and meet them in person. No other members of the team were there, and I didn't have to answer any questions - just basically listened to them talk. All in all, the most frustrating part of the process was definitely the lengthy process - pr over 2 months when all was said and done - and then they asked me to move across the country within 2 weeks.
Negotiation Details – I negotiated for moving expenses and they covered them. Salary was very fair, and benefits are great.
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Harvard University in April 2012.
Interview Details – Interviewed with group director, CTO, project managers and staff. Internal process as I was already an employee at HBS.
Interview Question – What would you do if a faculty member freaks out on you? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – After having worked with faculty in the past - I didn't want to do so in the future b/c they are hit or miss (I worked with GREAT faculty and lucked out - many aren't so good).
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – Application via the Harvard Website - Group Interview (4 candidates and 2 interviewers - Individual Interview (2 Interviewers) - 90 minute skills test (testing copy editing, internet research, powerpoint) . It takes a long time to hear back from the online application , and then it all happens rapidly.
Interview Question – The questions were all behavioral-interview questions. Perhaps the toughest questions always involve past criticisms of your work. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in March 2013.
Interview Details – 1) 30 min Phone Screen
2) 3 rounds of in-person interviews (first round was scheduled approximately 2 weeks after the initial phone screen, with the subsequent rounds ocurring over a three week period.
Interviews were each 30-45 mins in length and encompassed an individual from every department that the role would ultimately interface with. Interviewers generally asked insightful questions.
Interview Question – largely general questions on experience, how it fit with the role and a few behavioral questions. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Harvard University.
Interview Details – Applying online is very easy. Phone screening by HR, followed by one or multiple interviews (depending on school and department) with hiring team. Study Behavioral Interviewing as it is the preferred format of interviewing at Harvard. I found the most helpful thing in getting jobs at HU was displaying passion for the position. HU relies on having people who are VERY dedicated.
Once you are in, you are in. Transferring is very simple and it is easier to get an interview if you are a current employee. If you are a member of the union, they can assist in getting you interviews.
Interview Question – Anything starting with "Tell me about a time..." Luckily I had studied some talking points because for every job I have held at HU, these have been the types of questions asked. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Not a lot of negotiation. If you have other offers, you can get them to pay you more. A lower percentage of people get hired at HU than get accepted to go to school there, so unless they LOVE you, you do not have a lot of leverage.
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Harvard University in May 2009.
Interview Details – I saw the job posting and emailed the head of the department to express my interest. I went to the office for a 30 minute interview. There were no hardball questions, I think that they just wanted to make sure that I had basic interpersonal skills and had the foreign language skills that the job required.
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I took the offer without negotiating. Hmmm... maybe I should have negotiated.
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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
Interviewed at Harvard University
Interview Details – Informational interview, then position created
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, standard salary
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