Harvard University Interview Questions

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
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  1.  

    PhD Student 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 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    No Offer
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    Research Scientist Interview

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

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    took 4 weeks. interview was easy. not selected likely because of fit issue.

    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Assistant II 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 months - interviewed at Harvard University in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Extremely rigorous interview process; six separate ones at different levels before offer made.

    Interview Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Director Interview

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

    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 Questions
    • What is your biggest challenge and how do you address it?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Campus Services Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Applied late spring. Got a Initial phone interview a little over a month later, and then set a time for a face to face with two rounds of supervisor interviews. A lot of questions about how to handle hypothetical difficult situations. And how you have handled difficult situations in the past. A lot of character questions and will probe for the basis of your motivation for the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Grants Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in early August and first contact was made 3 weeks later. A recruiter's assistant contacted me to setup time for a phone screen with the h/r recruiter.

    The phone screen lasted about 30 minutes and all the standard questions were covered. I thought the screen went well and the recruiter told me that while she could not make any promises, as ultimately the hiring manager would decide who to invite in for an in person interview, I definitely had the background and skills they were looking for and she would recommend me for the next stage. She indicated the process was slow and also inquired about any other positions I was considering and my availability to interview.

    That week, I followed up with a thank you note and a question about the position. No reply.
    I followed up 3 weeks later as to the status of the position - I indicated that I was still very much interested but had been invited to another interview and asked if I was still a candidate for the position. No reply. The online system indicated that my resume was "under review".

    I realize the job market is competitive, and I have no problem with not making the second round, they likely had a big pool of qualified candidates. That said, given the context of how things were left and that the recruiter simply ignoring follow up emails left a bad impression of both Harvard the department. How much time does it take to reply to an email?

    As a result of this experience, I withdrew all of my applications from Harvard and ended up pursuing (and ultimately accepting) a position at another university.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    CNS Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Harvard University in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied through OCS and received an email within a few days. Very brief, fit interview. Extremely informal. They know you can run basic operative functions on a computer, so they are just making sure you have communication skills.

    Interview Questions
    • Just basic fit questions. A little background work is a plus.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very flexible. The wage is set, but the hours are incredibly flexible. You set your schedule.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact was through an email inviting me to a group interview. There were two interviewers (senior staff administrators) and four interviewees. We were given impromptu questions about our previous experience, inquiries about particular instances of success and failure, and then given a critical thinking exercise.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of how in a difficult situation you came up with an innovative problem-solving technique.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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