From the Other Side of The Hiring Process: Broad Institute Recruiters

Article by Louise Lassalle, Life Design Educator for Chem BE and Material Sciences at the Life Design Lab We met with two recruiters at the Broad Institute: Nicky Munnelly and Kate Bazile. They answered student questions about resumes, interviews, and even conducted a fun role play!

Why is the Broad Institute is a great place to start a scientific career?

Kate could not say enough great things about the benefits of starting a career at the Broad Institute!

  • An interdisciplinary, collaborative environment that combines the curiosity of academia with the scale of the industry.
  • Access to an amazing network of physicians, scientists, and engineers across Boston.
  • They have a strong mentorship culture to guide you on your journey.

To learn more about the Broad, check their website: Entry-level title examples: Associate Software Engineer, Associate Computational Biologist I, Research Associate 1, Project Coordinator, Operations Coordinator. Check more here:

What makes a good resume?

  • Give some context around your skillsets. Did you learn it during a class? Research project?
  • Highlight the time commitment for a specific role or project.
  • Research the experience needed first, then complete with relevant leadership/volunteer experiences.

How to best prepare for an interview?

  • Prepare your story and then connect your past experiences to this job position.
  • Prepare for difficult questions, like “Tell me more about your weaknesses?” Here, recruiters want to get an idea of how you learn and if you are self-aware. At Broad, they want to make sure they have the resources to train you well in the areas you need help with.

How to best navigate an interview?

  • Engage with them and show excitement. Prepare questions for the recruiters to show your interest.
  • Take some time to think about difficult questions.
  • If it’s a difficult technical question, explicit how you would get to this answer.
  • Find the balance between humbly bragging and being confident about the skill set you bring. Be honest.
By Maren Gonzales
Maren Gonzales Communications Associate