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Invitation to Phd Position interview at a German (small) University in Physics [on hold]

I am invited to an interview at a physics work group in small German University. The professor secretary told me, that she is going to reimburse the travel fee. I was told by some friends that they ...
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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 ...
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How to book a flight for faculty interview with no knowledge of available budget?

I read that universities invite candidates and ask them to book a flight. If universities don't specify the amount available, can candidates select any airfare? Should the candidates ask or just book ...
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When to book a flight for a faculty interview? [duplicate]

A friend of mine got an invitation for an interview late April, so he was thinking should he book the flight now, or wait until last few days, in case he was invited for another interview. However, ...
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What should I put in the “about me” section of an academic job talk?

The question says it all... I know I shouldn't put personal details, I'm thinking something like: How I got into my field My interesting career path Hobbies Half of my work is collaborative and half ...
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Should interviews be arranged by less-preferred schools first?

I read that some candidates will arrange their interviews by not placing the preferred ones at the beginning. How that is possible? Do they wait for few weeks to know all their interviews and then ...
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verbally accepted offer; got a second interview call

I was made a verbal offer for a job at a college, which I accepted over the phone. I haven't got the written offer and I have not signed anything yet. I was informed the written offer will be sent to ...
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Should I disclose my mental illness and medication in a PhD position interview?

While I was doing my PhD in my previous position I was diagnosed with a mental illness. I started medication however as a result I could not concentrate very well and it made me quit my previous ...
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What to do when university has not yet reimbursed travel costs for a job interview?

A few months ago, I visited a university for a tenure-track interview in computer science. Before my visit, I received an interview policy sheet from HR stating all the usual things (economy flight ...
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What questions should I ask when I visit labs for potential post-doc employment?

I am approaching the end of the tunnel and starting to look for my options beyond the PhD. The few contacts I have initiated have been positive so far and I will be visiting some labs in the coming ...
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Difference between HS & college math teaching

I have been teaching math at HS level for some years, for this Fall I am applying for instructor job at local community colleges. Because of my background, I anticipate that the interviewer will ask ...
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Interviewing at nth choice school after being accepted to first choice school

When I was applying for PhD programs, I got into my first choice school. Some time later, a school that was lower-ranked but still a good school offered me a Skype interview. Should I have declined ...
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When is the typical end of interview invitations for faculty positions?

Is there a date when interview invitations stop going out? Some said that interview invitations will come between mid-Jan and mid-Feb, so can an applicant assume that by March or mid-March there will ...
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Interviewing for a PhD with intent to reject the offer if admitted elsewhere

I made several applications to Universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. One of the universities in Europe asked me for an interview which I attended several weeks ago. I felt like they dedicated ...
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What to do if professor comments on candidate's age in an admissions interview?

I'm 34. I received a degree in computer in 2008 and have been running a business ever since. Recently, I decided to apply for a postgraduate program in healthcare in January. To show that I was ...
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one on ones during campus visit

Do all schools have candidates at tenure-track campus interviews meet extensively with faculty members and administrators one-on-one? Are there schools where it is customary to devote a campus visit ...
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What is appropriate male attire for a professor job interview? [duplicate]

Someone I know has been invited to a round of on-campus interviews for a philosophy position. What is appropriate attire for the interview? FYI, this is a man who is interviewing for a tenure-track ...
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Can applicants answer faculty campus interview questions while checking their notes?

During faculty campus interview, is it possible for applicants to check their notes from papers or laptops, or should everything be memorized? In other words, are faculty interviews open book or ...
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Is it OK to mention a two-body problem during a tenure-track interview, if getting the job would actually resolve the problem?

I'm having an upcoming phone interview for a tenure-track position and I expect that I will be asked the usual "Why would you want to work here?" question. Apart from reasons relating to the research ...
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Question about phd interview gone wrong

Recently I had an interview for a phd in computer science. In the application I was able to choose multiple thematic categories, so I decided to apply for complex event processing, as well as ...
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What is a good way to tackle difficult technical questions during graduate interview

I went into an engineering graduate school interview totally unprepared today and may have totally wrecked it. The interview began like any other interview. The professor introduced his area of ...
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What are the common signs that a graduate interview has been a success or a flop

I am not familiar with the graduate interview process. Are there signs during and after the interview that student will be able to tell whether he or she will be accepted or rejected in into the ...
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What is a good answer for an interview question “Why do you want to teach at this teaching university?” (when there are several others nearby)

Assume there are 3-5 teaching universities near each other. What would be a good answer for an interview question : why you want to teach at this teaching university? To me I see no difference and ...
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Is it appropriate to ask professors to give you a mock interview?

Suppose that an undergraduate student is preparing for interviews for Ph.D. positions in natural sciences. Is it common/acceptable to ask a professor with relevant expertise and familiarity with the ...
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How to respond to “How much funding will you bring?” as an interview question for a faculty job?

What are the possible answers for such interview question assuming a new graduate with no funds! How much funding you will bring to the department?
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Is it fine to ask who are the search committee?

I saw that some friends know who are the search committee members before their interviews. So would it be fine to ask the department who are they? And if it was fine, why the department didn't mention ...
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How to reply to an academic interview invitation?

What is the recommended way to reply to an academic interview invitation? And would there be a difference in response if the invitation was sent by a faculty or a staff? Should it be very short or ...
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How could one prepare for a telecon interview for a government lab?

Suppose that, after applying to a publicly advertised position, a person gets invited to an interview for a regular (not time-limited) scientific job at a national scientific research laboratories in ...
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Should I omit some of my qualifications in my application materials to “surprise” with during an interview?

I am applying for a fellowship so that I can pursue a PhD in the US. The selection process includes an interview for shortlisted candidates. I'm a guy who prefers to save the best for the last in ...
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Dealing with adversarial grant committee members in interviews

I'm applying for a grant to research topic foo using bar as my working hypothesis (and it's not really something controversial: a lot of things are easier to deal with if you assume that bar is true). ...
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Interview for pure math graduate program

I will have an interview for my graduate school application in the coming days. I don't have much research experience but I am taking a few graduate courses which are related with the potential ...
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How to handle off-topic questions during an interview for a PhD/academic position?

While offering an answer to another question on this site (this one if you're interested), I was reminded of a particularly challenging experience that occurred during my interview process that might ...
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Is it more acceptable to list interview talks on CV if they're also part of a seminar series?

Consider someone invited on a job interview (in the sciences) at a university or a national lab or something of that sort with a regular seminar series. As part of the interview, the person is asked ...
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What can I expect from a Skype interview for PhD admissions?

I contacted a lecturer from my alma mater. He replied me a few days later that he had funding, explained me his project and application process and even attached a detailed research proposal. He asked ...
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I have an article in the field I am just interest and has no overlap with my major. Should I mention it my SOP?

Related questions: Should one mention multiple, albeit somewhat unrelated research interests? Should I talk about a unpublished paper in my SOP? Besides physics as my major, my other interest is ...