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Updated Jul 26, 2014
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Getting an Interview  

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Interview Experience  

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Interview Difficulty  

Average Difficulty
80 candidate interviews
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Cambridge, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at MIT in June 2011.

Interview Details Easy get-to-know you interview process, It was informative. It told me about what the project was about.

Negotiation Details – Very easy. Easy back and forth. I brought up having a salary. Then he found something reasonable given my background experience.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Technical Assistant Interview

Technical Assistant
Cambridge, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at MIT in August 2012.

Interview Details I was hired for a biomedical research position in a professor's lab. My hiring process seemed very informal, especially compared with my interviews for industry positions and former job at a company. A week after applying, the PI contacted me, and we had an agreeable conversation over the phone. About a week later, he arranged for some other folks in the lab to meet me, show me around and take me out for lunch. None of the questions were very difficult and I was given the impression that an offer was likely given that I was invited in in the first place. Things moved quickly with an offer; I received a verbal offer from the PI, and he asked for my thoughts, got a sense that I seemed likely to accept, and sent me a formal offer a week later. I was working in the lab 2 weeks after my in-person visit. The process was curiously simple, and I would caution others not to assume this is a reliable pattern from lab to lab.

On the downside of "informal", starting at the lab was a bit awkward. On the plus side, a grad student did take initiative to help me get situated, and someone had put together a welcome packet- more than my others before me had gotten. But there really wasn't much by way of official "orientation" or a clear message or timeline concerning what I needed to do to appropriately integrate into the lab.

Interview Question – Nothing stands out. Nobody really went for the tough questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't really manage to negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Systems Administrator Interview

Systems Administrator

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details Submitted resume through online application process

Was contacted by phone and after brief discussion of the position arranged an interview acouple days later. The in person interview wa slong and involved the manager then a group interview with coworkers. Topics covered wer both social/customer interation, personal organization and priorization, and lots of hypothetical problem resolution and white boarding questions

Interview Question – describe what happens when you type "ping www.google.com"   View Answer


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Development Associate Interview

Development Associate
Cambridge, MA (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at MIT in September 2011.

Interview Details I was brought in for a temp to perm position. This job required you to be personable, so they just wanted to talk and get to know me. The ladies I worked with were very easy to talk to, offered me water or coffee, and generally made me feel very comfortable. The interview lasted about an hour in which they asked about my resume and past experiences and how they were applicable to the position.

Interview Question – They did not ask any of the awkward interview questions. Everything was very straightforward. They asked about my resume and past experiences and how they were applicable to the position.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Technology Licensing Associate Interview

Technology Licensing Associate

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details Applied online and a week or two later was contacted for an onsite interview, no phone screen. Met with three people individually: someone in the position, direct superior, and their manager. Talked a lot about what the job entailed and did some hypothetical situations in the first interview. The second was just about skills necessary for the job. The last was more or less just to get to know each other/additional questions. Very enjoyable process.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Assistant Interview

Research Assistant
Cambridge, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at MIT in December 2011.

Interview Details Application for admission to graduate school needs to be completed online. It requires GRE score, 3 letters of recommendation (minimum), TOEFL score, SOP (statement of purpose). The deadline for submitting the online application is around December 1 for mechanical engineering department. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the admission committee. If successful in getting admission into graduate school, one can talk to professors in their field of interest to join their group as a research assistant.

Interview Question – Getting admitted into graduate school is the hardest part   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Graduate Student Researcher Interview

Graduate Student Researcher
Cambridge, MA (US)

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


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Undergraduate Researcher, Student Interview

Undergraduate Researcher, Student

Interviewed at MIT

Interview Details Student - Asked questions about work, why interested in attending, areas of interest, etc.
Interview relatively short (about 30 - 40 min).
UROP - Asked some questions about background, what sort of things I was interested in, got to interview after sending email expressing interest in working with professor, later applied for funding for project + made a proposal

Interview Question – If you are so interested in <subject1>, why are you interested in majoring in <subject2> instead?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Vice President of Finance Staff Interview

Vice President of Finance Staff

I applied online and interviewed at MIT.

Interview Details 3 interviews. First with hiring manager, then with senior directors. Interview with HR director was particularly unusual with shockingly inappropriate questions. HR team revealed budget for position only to then make offer that came below. Everything was great about the interview except for contact with HR.

Negotiation Details – Non negotiable salary.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Head Corporate Communications Interview

Head Corporate Communications

I applied through another source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at MIT in June 2012.

Interview Details Extremely unprofessional. First of all they have not checked my salary expectations still they have called me over.

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