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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow Interview Questions

Updated Nov 10, 2014
Updated Nov 10, 2014
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Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Harvard University.

Interview Details

Applied online, there was no interview process.

Interview Questions
  • There was no interview. Job was offered based on application.   Answer Question
Accepted Offer

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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Harvard University.

    Interview Details

    Contacted research group by email. Set up a Skype interview after which requested to come on-site for interview. Gave a seminar on-site and interviewed with group members individually. Long day with meeting a lot of people. Standard academic interview. Nothing special.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to propose ideas for projects. Not unusual in academia. Had to give them some thought.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Long day. Meet with some faculty individually and some lab members through out the day. Gave a department seminar on my research work. Afternoon was filled with more meetings and introductions to different lab members. Was shown around the lab and learned about the research focus and priorities prior to meeting with the Primary Investigator.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you choose your graduate projects to put into your thesis?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Standard post-doc contract.
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Harvard University in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    This depends on the group you will work and your PI. I had no big issues. The interview was more a chat than an interview, since I brought my own fellowship.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Harvard University in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Hiring for postdocs may formally follow some fair process that involves job postings and interviews, but in practice reputation—of the applicant, of the applicant's school, and advisor, and research--counts for a lot more. So if you're coming from a good place and you've done good work, you're in. But otherwise, it might be a struggle to get noticed.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't any difficult questions--they were trying to convince me to accept the job.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Mailed the application to the professor, got a call from people in the lab and scheduled an on-site interview. Meet the whole group and gave a presentation about PhD work.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Harvard University in September 2008.

    Interview Details

    1 hour presentation, followed by talking to lab members. lunch and dinner with the lab. knowing your previous work is important. knowing their work is also important, and so is looking enthusiastic.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Harvard University in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    very casual. Lunch meeting with the 2 professors I was going to work with

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there is very little room for negotiation since the salary is set by NIH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Harvard University in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Contacted the PI directly. We hit it off immediately and I've really enjoyed working in the lab. The PI is very busy, over committed so a lot of the day to day advising falls on the postdocs. There are 6 postdocs, 5 graduate students, 2 undergrads and 2 high school students in the lab.

    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation phase
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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