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Harvard Informational Interviews

In order to promote internal career growth and networking, all of Harvard’s HR offices are offering informational interviews on the third Thursday of January through June of 2019. The following description from the Harvard HR website explains how the interviews work, how you can sign up, and what you should do to prepare:

Current Harvard and administrative staff (you must have Harvard Staff ID to participate) are invited to participate in one on one Career Conversation Meetings Across Harvard. They take place at local HR offices on the third Thursday of each month (except December) from 2-4 p.m. Upcoming dates.

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Thursday, June 20 2019

What can you learn by attending a Career Conversation meeting? These sessions give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local HR officers and learn more about Harvard’s schools and departments, including key initiatives and work environments. They help you to explore your career interests, expand your professional network and strengthen future applications. Learn more in this FAQYou must sign up in advance (ideally two weeks ahead of the date you would like a meeting) for these one-on-one discussions by submitting a brief questionnaire to the local HR office that you wish to meet with directly. You will receive a confirmed time for a 15-30 minute meeting. Click here to submit a meeting request and to see the list of participating schools and units.You may attend one or all of these sessions by visiting different schools or central departments. (Please schedule only one meeting per month.)

You must prepare in advance for these sessions. Read the Preparation Checklist for details and review these Quick Resume Tips so that you have an up-to-date, effective resume to bring to the meeting.

If you are a current Harvard staff member and have questions related to Career Conversation meetings, please contact mycareerquestion@harvard.edu. For external candidates, please refer to the How to Apply for a Job page.

Resources to Prepare for Networking

The following resources and tools help staff prepare to make the most of networking opportunities, like Career Connections. You’re encouraged to take advantage of these materials to become a more agile and confident networker:

Preparing For Career Connections across Harvard – Ideas for before and after networking
How to Prepare as an Internal Candidate – Online Course in the Harvard Training Portal
“Tell Me about Yourself” Statement Template
Networking: Presenting Yourself in the Best Possible Way – Recorded webinar