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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Harvard University.

Interview Details – One phone interview with the PI. on-site campus visit and gave a 1 hr presentation. During phone interview with PI, we talked about my interests and possible projects which I can work. He also sent me few research papers so I could study them.

Interview Question – Most of the questions were from my previous work; so, I didn't have difficulty answering them.   Answer Question


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Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed 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 Question – No unexpected questions   Answer Question


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Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University in June 2013.

Interview Details – It was one day entire day interview process.

First, you will usually have a meeting with PI. Then, you will start to meet with other people in the lab.
They will have a crew of people to have a lunch to talk with you as well.
Then, you will give a presentation about your research. After that, you will meet more people.

Negotiation Details – It is a set format, but vacation time was flexible.


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I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – Was asked to propose ideas for projects. Not unusual in academia. Had to give them some thought.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.


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Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – There weren't any difficult questions--they were trying to convince me to accept the job.   Answer Question


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Interviewed at Harvard University

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 Question – normal questions   Answer Question


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Postdoctoral Fellow

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Harvard University.

Interview Details – Applied online, there was no interview process.

Interview Question – There was no interview. Job was offered based on application.   Answer Question


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Easy Interview

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Boston, MA

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.


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Cambridge, MA

I applied through other source and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Harvard University in March 2009.

Interview Details – How I got an interview: wrote email to PI including CV and best publication, asking for possibility of postdoc. Then came for 1 day to give a talk about PhD work, meet PI, and people from the group. Got offer about 3 weeks later.

Interview Question – Questions mostly about former research, no unexpected questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation only about start date.


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Postdoctoral Fellow
Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Harvard University in May 2010.

Interview Details – Responded to email posting of postdoc positions with CV and covering letter. Met with PI when he visited the UK to present his work. Was invited out to US to present my doctoral work in a seminar to the lab

Interview Question – no questions   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiations - set salary based on years of experience.

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