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Interview by fellow PhD students, not the professor himself

I just finished my first Ph.D. interview, but the one who interviewed me is a fellow student. Next week, another fellow student will also interview me. I am just really confused. Is this a sign that I ...
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Got rejected after giving Postdoc interviews for the umpteenth time. Am I doing something wrong or am I just unqualified for jobs? [closed]

I am fed up with getting rejections after rejection. I have applied to over 30 Postdoc positions and got just three interview invitations. I thought I did well in the interview consisting of 15-20 ...
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I have a postdoc interview tomorrow and I think I have overstated my abilities in my CV. How do I address it during the interview?

I received a postdoc interview invitation at a prestigious group under a reputed PI. The professor works in a loosely related field "X" and is looking for people with expertise in the field. ...
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Is there advantage an for a student to know out of the course question in Ph.D. interview?

I am an undergrad student with Physics Major, currently in my last year. I'm from India, and recently I have given my first interview for an integrated Ph.D. in Physics. And there are several ...
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Interview Follow-Up Email Etiquette

I am writing a follow-up thank-you email for a teaching position that I interviewed for at a place where I am an adjunct. If I have had a (good) idea based on something the committee discussed, can I ...
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To whom the follow up email must be sent?

I interviewed for a Math faculty position including with four persons. I want to know about follow up email. Should I send the follow up email for each an every body in the interview board?
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Academic Job Interviews for Asst Prof Positions in Ireland

I have an upcoming interview for an asst prof position in a university in Ireland. I am wondering what questions are asked in such interviews. I am used to the hiring process in the US. It will be my ...
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How to address new information (compared to the submitted application) during an interview?

My question has some similarities to Should I omit some of my qualifications in my application materials to “surprise” with during an interview?. However, in my case, the additional "surprising&...
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Asking about the results of interview

I had an interview for a position in a math department. At the end of interview, is it necessary to ask them about the approximate time of releasing result?
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Is it bad not to answer the “Tell me how you behaved in a situation of conflict with your previous supervisor” question in a PhD interview?

I had an interview where I was asked to tell the committee about a situation where I had a conflict with one of my previous supervisors. I told them the truth, which is "I have never had a ...
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No reply after almost two months since the first interview

At the beginning of March I applied for a postdoc position that was very close to the research topic of my PhD. I also sent an email to the Professor who posted the position in order to persuade him ...
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PhD interview before applications deadline [closed]

Is it a good sign that I was invited in PhD interview before applications deadline? Or it doesn't mean something? Thank you
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

Summary: Signed a contract with school A while waiting for decisions from school B. Now got offer from B, and want to back out of the signed contract with A What is the best strategy to back out a ...
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Tenure track position after campus interview on Apr 19 [closed]

I had a campus interview on Apr 19, and there are other two candidates were interviewed after me in the same week. I sent out a thank you note to the search committee after I finished the interview. I ...
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Does “being ghosted” mean “rejection” after PhD interview?

I had a PhD interview (Computer Science) 3 weeks ago with a German institute. The interview went well and they said they will make their final decision in a week (the latest) and let the candidates ...
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About detemining the time of interview

I have been asked for a faculty position interview. Regarding the time, in their email they have only asked me about my availability for two days without a specific time. I want to know that in my ...
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Faculty job application - search committee chair, dept head, and follow up emails

I recently interviewed for a tenure track position in a public R1 University. There were 4 candidates. The last one interviewed at the beginning of April. Two weeks ago, I have been told by the chair ...
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What type of content (depth/breadth) or structure of slides (PPT) is expected for a short presentation for Asst Professor interview in the UK?

I have been recently offered an interview for Asst. Professor at a mid-tier UK university. I have completed my PhD from a top-tier (Oxbridge) university in the UK and had applied for this position ...
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Editing example written work for PhD opportunity?

For an interview for a PhD, I have been asked to provide 'an example of some written work from a project I have worked on in the past'. I'm assuming this is generally intended to be previous ...
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Invited to a meeting where I will receive a postdoc offer, what should I discuss/prepare the meeting?

I had a postdoc (field is computer science) interview 2 weeks ago. The HR team told me that the panel is willing to offer me the position and want to discuss the details in a 30mins Zoom meeting. This ...
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Can you contact PI (informally) about the decision timeline of the postdoc?

I had a postdoc interview more than 2 weeks ago where the panel told me that they will not be avalaible due the entire next week (Easter holiday) and I should expect a decision a week later (or 2 ...
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Should I wait patiently if the professor asked me to wait for a few weeks?

I am in my final year of PhD and submiting thesis in June. I had an interview for a Postdoc position about 2 months ago and gave an on site talk to the lab. The professor asked me to talk to each lab ...
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Do students get rejected if they did bad on a graduate interview despite having a strong cv? [closed]

Long story short, I did bad in a graduate interview because I was not prepared and I am in a depressive episode but was trying to fight it, I am way better than what I presented myself as, I felt that ...
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What is the name of the interviewing/research technique where one sample generates questions for the next?

I'm aware of imagining there is a technique in qualitative research where responses made in one interview are explicitly used to provide prompts/new questions in subsequent interviews. Does this have ...
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Postdoc interview presentation doesn't explcitly mention a research plan, should I include one?

I was invited for a postdoc presentation of 10 minutes. The title of the presentation is "Challenges and Opportunities in problem Z". The email didn't give any other information whether I ...
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From post-assessment to interview in a faculty recruitment in Denmark

I have heard about cases in Denmark where candidates for a faculty position got through an assessment by some committee members as "qualified" but did not get interviews eventually. What is ...
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I was invited to an unexpected and urgent second postdoc interview (in less than 24h) - Is this fair?

I had postdoc at a top 10 university in the world. The email of the first interview said I should expect questions around the job description. The first interview was very smooth and I felt very good ...
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PhD interview: Why in particular us? [duplicate]

I have applied to a very well-known institution for PhD in Europe. They evaluate students first and then match them with advisors, so this is not a position with a specific supervisor; an admission ...
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The hiring process for a postdoc position in the US

I need a piece of advice. I found an interesting postdoc position one month ago. I applied all required documents (CV and cover letter) and 4-5 days later I was interviewed by the group (including ...
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Why am I getting rejection in PhD admission after interview?

When I was in my bachelor's program, I applied to three universities in Europe for masters. My two first choices accepted me and offered me funding for my masters studies which is competitive (2 ...
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What does 'soon' mean in PhD applications?

I had a PhD interview on 8th March. One of the interviewers told me they will let me know the decision 'soon'. I had the impression that the interview did not go bad. It is been more than a week that ...
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What Is A Typical Computer Science Ph.D. Interview Like?

I had my very first-ever interview for a Ph.D. position (program analysis) in computer science in Germany today. Well, after sending my application, I was asked to prepare a two-page research ...
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Long Interview for Visiting Assistant Professorship [closed]

I'm having my second interview for a VAP position so I'm looking to see what the Deans might ask and what I might ask them. The position is in photojournalism and I'm teaching my first class at ...
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Should I offer to give a presentation in a postdoc interview if not requested in the invitation?

I was invited to a 30 minute interview for a postdoc position. The only details given about the interview was to learn about my interests and background as well as learn about the lab I am ...
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A PI gave me 2 days to accept his offer after I mentioned I still have another interview. Is this normal?

Last week, I had a postdoc interview for a "senior" role. They call it senior because they've asked me to lead on a (perhaps the) research problem. For the interview, they asked me to ...
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I recieved a postdoc offer but I still have another postdoc interview. Should I accept or cancel? [duplicate]

This month, I have number of postdocs interviews planned. I just passed the first one and I did really good, the PI just send me an informal email telling me that I did really good and I should expect ...
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Is it ethical to reach out to other postdocs about the research project before the postdoc interview?

I have a postdoc interview at the end of the month. I found a researcher's profile that's been working on the same research project I applied for. I am thinking of sending her an email or a LinkedIn ...
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Graduate Recruitment weekend: faculty interview - research area mismatch

I have been invited to graduate recruitment weekend at a school (PhD applicant in biomedical imaging). I have been told about an interview scheduled with one of the faculty members. But my background ...
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Should I contact a potential PhD supervisor who strongly encouraged me to apply after not having heard from my application?

I have applied to an interdisciplinary program in a very top US university. My undergrad is in one of the fields involved. Back in November, I contacted a potential PhD supervisor (sending him my CV). ...
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Hearing back after an academic interview in the UK [closed]

I had an interview for a lecturer position at a UK Russell group University 2 days ago and haven't heard back yet. From previous experience, I am usually given a call within 24 hours of being ...
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What to wear to a tenure track faculty Zoom interview (men)?

This interview is at a liberal arts college and will be 15 minutes. Is it necessary to wear a suit to this sort of interview or is it okay to wear a dress pants, dress shirt, and a tie? Update: There ...
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Is it still true that CS PhD programs don't do interviews?

I'm currently an applicant and have tried to read extensively regarding this topic. It seems to be the consensus that "interviews are rare for CS PhD programs." However, observations from ...
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Is Fundamental Groups (Algebraic Topology) sufficient for graduate programme interview? [closed]

Is Fundamental Groups sufficient for graduate programme interview? Suppose if someone is going to complete master program and planning to do PhD. He/she is doing preparation for PhD interview(viva)....
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I didn't hear back after a postdoc interview. Can I set a deadline for a response?

I was invited for an interview for a postdoc position at a research institution in another country. At the end, the panel told me that the HR will reach out early next week. I didn't hear back from ...
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PhD interview advice! [closed]

I have received an invitation to interview for a PhD position and have been asked to present past/current research in a 10 minute presentation. I am currently doing a masters but am more comfortable ...
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How do I approach a postdoc interview when my background is not same as the professor's?

My PhD research was applied mechanics. I used commercial finite element analysis software to simulate thermal spray process. My research did not involve developing any weak-form formulations or any ...
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Did I make a mistake in being too honest in the PhD interview?

I had an interview on Tuesday on a PhD topic and during the interview I was a little nervous. I regret saying that I don’t like machine learning since the PhD topic requires using machine-learning ...
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How long should your answers be for a postdoc interview?

I have a postdoc interview, I found a video that talks about the most common postdoc questions where the person says "the general rule of thumb is that all your answers should start and stop ...
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Can I ask to start my postdoc remotely during an interview? (Postdoc is in the UK and I live in another country)

So, I was invited for an interview in England, which is currently on a national lockdown at least until January. They send the invitation email when the lockdown was a regional thing, but they ...
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Do you need to know in detail the last papers of your future PI in preparation for a postdoc interview?

I have an interview for a postdoc position next week. The project was running for 9 months or so and they already have some preprints out. This specific position says that the researcher will work ...

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