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Graduate Student Researcher
Cambridge, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 months - interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details – - Initial contact per Email (included resume, previous work experience, etc.)
- three recommendation letters were necessary
- followed by a Skype interview
- after that personal invitation for an interview
- The interview was relaxed and easy going. Mostly talking about former work experience and how this matches with the group. Evaluation of possible projects. No in depth scientific questions.

Interview Question – I am getting 8 applications each day. Why should I hire you over the other applicants?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Teaching obligations are negotiable.


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Graduate Student Researcher Interview

Graduate Student Researcher
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in October 2011.

Interview Details – Wrote an email with my cv; then skype interview about what they're doing and what I'm going to do there; had to provide 3 references that were checked; got applied after references were spoken to

Interview Question – I knew one person there that was interviewed before; I told him that I could conduct some research on a different university. He obviously told them about it, so they asked me what I would do there and why I would prefer to work here.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate

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