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Phd interview travel paid by interviewer - Is it bad form to ask to stay for the weekend?

I have been shortlisted in the Phd application process at a research institution in a neighboring European Country. I have therefore been invited to go there for a serie of interviews, visits to ...
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design student assignments

In a recent interview, I have been asked how to design assignments for an undergraduate course on computer science. Based on my previous TA experience, I did help my supervisor to design students ...
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What questions should I ask a PI in a PhD interview? [duplicate]

I am going to attend my PhD interview online. The PI asked me to present my previous work and a research proposal in 10 min. I made a 8 slide presentation. Is it very big for 10 min? And the other ...
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How to ask good question at the end of lecturer interview

I interviewed yesterday for a lecturer position at computer science. At the end of my interview, the Head of School asked me if I have any questions to ask them. This is my first time to interview, ...
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Should I ask my online PhD interview panel whether my partner can sit in?

I have an online interview for a PhD program via Skype. I want to ask the panel if my girlfriend can join in the interview. She will turn off her microphone and camera, so there will no interrupting ...
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justify the interview development, and validation or testing methods

Is it common/reasonable for reviewers to ask for including a justification or clarification of interview scrip development, and inquire about piloting, or testing the interviews?
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Career progression paths for a Postdoc

I'm preparing for a PhD interview and there is one question that I'm not too confident to answer, which is if they asked where do I see myself in 5-10 years or what I plan to do after my PhD. I know ...
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Ways to tell interviewers you want some time to think about your decision (Employment in Academia)

I am interviewing for employment in academic labs as a computer scientist, one of which a childhood friend is in and has some position of seniority. According to my friend who has spoken with the PI ...
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Undergraduate Interviewing for Research Assistant Jobs- Tips?

So, after having an interest in pursuing a full time position in research to live and breathe research without class commitments in hopes of building a strong skillset, I decided to pursue job ...
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Interviews for academic teaching positions and “diversity”

I am a Masters student in math, who loves teaching, and rather than go on for a PhD would rather teach at a community college. I've noticed in many of the schools to which I am applying the they ...
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Why do professors ask candidates at PhD interviews what specific problems they are interested in?

I am currently interviewing in several universities across the U.S. for PhD programs in computer science. In every one of my interviews so far, there are always 1 or 2 professors that are eager to ...
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How to greet when having a PhD panel interview?

What is the most proper greeting for when you enter a panel of faculty members for a PhD Interview, and what for when you leave? I'm in the UK, in case that's relevant.
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seeking reimbursement after faculty interview

After an on-site interview, should I seek reimbursement for meal expenses that occurred to and fro the interview? They did give me a expense report so I know it is legit to fill it out but just not ...
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How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?

I am the grad student on the hiring committee, and I have been tasked with gathering feedback from grad students about our faculty candidates. All of the grad students were invited to attend each ...
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What questions to expect from Skype chat with potential supervisor for a Masters in Neuroscience?

I am applying to a Canadian University for a Master in Neuroscience. I have contacted a professor and asked for a place at his laboratory even though he only accepts PhD and post-doctorate students. ...
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How many candidates are usually invited for a campus interview?

I am currently a candidate for a few jobs, and have a few campus interviews. How many candidates are typically invited for a campus interview? I am mostly interested in answers for positions for ...
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PhD interview question when you don't know the answer

How should you handle a question in an interview for a PhD program when you don't know the answer ? Should you try to just say something even if this is wrong or just tell the interviewer that you ...
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PhD interview - short (!) presentation

I got invited for a PhD interview to the University of Edinburgh. I was asked in the email to prepare a 10 mins presentation on a recent research I was involved in. I did a sandwich placement year and ...
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What are the chances of admission in to Graduate School in USA after being informally interviewed by a Professor on Skype? [closed]

Two days ago I was interviewed by a Professor I mentioned in my Statement of Purpose for application of MS in CS in USA. It was for 10 minutes, this time had been predetermined by the school. The ...
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How to recognize motivated applicants in PhD interview?

I am going to interview multiple applicants for a PhD position. Previously I had a student which was very smart, but he didn't work hard because he was not motivated enough. He left the job after one ...
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Would a high stack exchange rep make a difference in a job interview?

So, quick background information. I am a PhD student in mathematics going into graph theory. I hope to either do a post-doc or (hopefully!) get a tenure-track position at a research-oriented ...
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How many on-campus interviews (for a tenure track math position) do you typically need to get one offer? [closed]

I was wondering, on average, how many on-campus interviews one needs to get one offer? For those who landed a tenure-tack job, could you please share your information?
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How much depth should I have into a topic before I can claim it to be one of my research interests?

I have been applying to Ph.D. programs in bioinformatics and have already gotten interview invitations from a few of them. My background is mainly on the computational side but I am interested in ...
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Going to JMM (Joint Mathematics Meetings) for Jobs without interview invitations?

Is it worth it (about $1000) to go to the JMM without any in-advanced-scheduled interview invitations?
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Short-listed, but no interview invitation after three weeks - should I follow up?

Applied for a faculty position and was notified three weeks ago that the Faculty Search Committee has placed my name on the short-list of applicants to be reviewed by all faculty in the department. I ...
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How should I thank an interviewer after an interview?

I am in mathematics on the job market. How should I thank my interviewer? Does an e-mail suffice, a verbal thanks, or should I mail a handwritten note? Although I do love writing handwritten notes ...
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What are the best question to ask a committee panel after a PhD interview?

I've a Skype interview for PhD application (it will make me miss one of my classes today.) I've been asked, in advance, to prepare a short presentation and then there would be some discussion with the ...
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How long should I wait after PhD interview in Denmark?

I had a PhD interview last week, the professor send me an email: Thanks for taking the time to participate in the Skype interview. We are a bit delayed in making decisions, but I to get back to you ...
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Why do “everyone suck at their first research interviews”?

I needed to do some research interviews for my master thesis. I study software engineering and in the interviews I ask people about preferences and more regarding a piece of software. When listening ...
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Should I tell the interviewer that I solely rely on scholarship to finance my MBA?

I am preparing for my first MBA admission interview that will take place in a couple of days. I wonder how should I respond if I ever get asked about my plan if I do not get the scholarship I have ...
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Quantum information Science PhD position interview [duplicate]

Recently I got in touch with a professor in the field of quantum information science. I am really interested in the PhD program. After extensively talking with the professor he has agreed for an ...
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How to explain in PhD interview about leaving current PhD due to lack of funding?

I am invited to interview for a PhD position. I am very afraid about the questions which will be asked. However I have a big fear, and it is that I am currently PhD student, started 1.5 year ago. I ...
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Is it unwise to contact the professor directly before getting admitted to a program in US?

In his answer of Details an applicant should include/exclude in an introductory letter to a prospective grad school adviser?, aeismail says If the program in question is in the US, for instance, ...
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Asking professor about certainty of a new opportunity

Recently I had an interview for a PhD position in Germany. After couple of days, I received a congrats email stating that I'm ranked 3rd candidate. Originally there was only single opening in the ...
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What is the time and topic etiquette for a first meeting with a professor to discuss research?

I am meeting with a biology professor to discuss opportunities for an undergraduate research assistantship. I initiated the contact by introducing myself via email and sending him my CV and general ...
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Is it important to dress in formal clothing for a postdoc interview? [duplicate]

Just curious is it crucial? It's one of the reasons I like academia that I don't need to care too much the boring stuff like wearing suits.
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Should I bring a copy of an article I wrote in a science journal to my interview?

I'm currently applying to a combined pre-med/medical program. This program guarantees a spot in the school system's medical school (assuming a certain GPA is maintained etc.). I'm between high school ...
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In an interview, should I greet a professor I know in one of his speech?

In an interview that I'm going to attend, (top) professors from other countries will travel to my country. Because they cannot just come, judge candidates and go home, usually they will have their ...
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I think that I can have the scholarship. Is this confidence or arrogance? [closed]

I will have an interview for my scholarship to study grad school in US next month (taken 30 in total 122). In this month me and other 6 candidates have been gathering together to mock the interview. ...
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Do Australian universities pay expenses to attend a faculty interview?

I have been invited for an interview for a lecturer position at a university in Australia. I am based in Europe at the moment. It is not expicitly clear, at least to me, in the invitation email that ...
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What is the most elegant way to let the recruiting committee know what the applicant has done to make it to the interview?

I live in country "A" (in Europe) and, a couple of months ago, I bought a round trip flight ticket to the US, for family reasons (not tourism). A couple of weeks after I bought the ticket, I was ...
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Postdoc job inteview presentation - slide “livery” / logos and references?

I'm applying to my first postdoc position, and I've been asked to attend an interview that will start with a 5 minute presentation on how I meet the job criteria. The work that I'm going to talk about ...
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How to explain low grades in a phd interview [closed]

I am a recent Masters graduate in nanotechnology and I have applied for a reputed phd position. I will have an interview very shortly. Unfortunately my Masters grades are very bad and I believe that ...
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Max Planck Interviews? [closed]

Does anybody has previous experience with Max Planck institutes? Like in the application they say if short-listed, the candidate will be interviewed in a trip (that they pay for). If anybody have ...
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Interviewing in July - would start date necessarily be September?

I applied for a position with the application deadline of April 30 and was contacted for an interview last week. My interview is in mid-July. Can they reasonably expect a candidate to start in ...
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Interview for postdoc position in mathematics

I have an interview for a postdoc position in Mathematics at a very good university in the UK. The interview committee comprises a maths professor (not in my field, which is analysis of PDEs) and ...
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What is the best way to decline an interview after applying for it?

I have applied to 2 postdoc jobs in the same university and have been selected for a 2nd interview in one before doing the first interview in the other lab. The interviews are set at different times ...
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“Warning signs” that candidates should be aware of during an academic job interview

I know that a big part of academic job interviews is for the candidate to evaluate whether they want to be in the department (not only whether the department wants them). Are there some non-obvious ...
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Should I ask for a confirmation of my interview if I answered late to the invitation?

I have been short listed to be interviewed for admission to graduate school. A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail with four possible time slots, but I coudln't answer immediately because of a ...
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Prof asked to interview me, now I can't get in touch with him - what's the etiquette?

So here's my situation. I'm currently finishing up my masters (and that's a tale for another day) and have applied to a few universities for PhD. Late Feb I was emailed by a postdoc who wanted to ...