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Questions tagged [interview]

About oral examinations for academic job applicants or students

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What kind of questions should I expect in an human resources (HR) manager interview? [PhD]

Firstly, I was interviewed by the prospective supervisor who asked me technical questions about my research interests. (he gave me a green light) Now, the HR manager has called me for a Skype and a ...
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How bad are typos in PhD interview emails? [closed]

The typo I'm talking about is literally one wrong letter.
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solution to questions of lab equipments and funding search during faculty interview [closed]

In a faculty interview, when asked about how to prepare for lab equipments and how to search for funding, how to answer, esp for postdocs having no experience in these things? This is spoken in a ...
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strategy to test a professor's research ability in an interview

Some professors might have many papers and a high reputation, but aren't necessarily good at theory/maths/research hard skills. In a face to face or video interview, what will be the best strategy to ...
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Purpose of humanities PhD interview for less prestigious program?

everyone— A quick and vague question. I've applied to 9 English PhD programs this cycle at institutions that vary greatly in prestige. Only one of them, the least prestigious program, requires a ...
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Second round interview for a postdoctoral position

I have applied for a postdoctoral position at a university in Ireland, and have done an interview with the professor who advertised the position. After three weeks from the interview, I sent him an ...
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Is it common to perform a campus interview before asking for letters of recommendation [closed]

I was recently invited to an on-campus interview after having a skype interview. I noticed, after checking with my referees, that this particular school did not request letters of recommendation for ...
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Why is a job interview needed if I am the only suitable candidate for a research-assistant position?

I have recently applied to a research-assistant position at a university in the European Union. I got admitted into the interview. However, I am the only suitable candidate to this job, as I could see ...
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What is a typical dress code for campus interviews on west coast state schools? [duplicate]

The question says it all. I am shortlisted for a campus interview at a state school in California. I was wondering about the dress code? Should I wear a suit or would it be too much? EDIT: It's for ...
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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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Potential advisor ask for a paper review as a part of interview process, any difference between journal and conference paper?

I am applying for graduate studies in CS, and one of my potential advisors asked me to review one of his papers (listed on his homepage) and send him back a single page report. (discussing strengths ...
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Etiquette for academic job interviews in Ireland

I am scheduled for an interview for a Lecturer position at a leading Irish university in a couple of weeks. I am trained, and have a job in the North American academic system. Thus, I am well versed ...
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Talking about accepted offer in job interview [closed]

I accepted an offer and after that got an iterview opportunity from my dream company. In the interview they had asked me if I have deadlines coming up. I informed them that I had to accept another ...
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Presentation of 'relevant research' for a postdoc interview, when switching fields

I have been invited to interview for a postdoc position, and as part of the interview I've been asked to give a 30 min presentation of my relevant previous research. This particular position would be ...
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Invited to interview for several postdoc positions - how to proceed?

I'm currently in the process of applying for postdoc positions. So far I've applied for four, and to my surprise I've been invited to interview for three of them (1 phone, 1 Skype, 1 face to face) so ...
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Is it okay to clarify to a PhD interviewer about a question that I was hesitant to answer then, but am not now?

Today, I had a PhD interview and the interviewing professor asked me about my plans after completion of PhD. I clearly stated that I wanted to fund my own startup and setup my own venture, to which he ...
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What do professors really want in a PhD student in Europe?

Background: I have done my masters in computer science/artificial intelligence. I want to do my PhD related to data science, applied machine learning. I do not have degree from world's top ranked ...
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Is it typical for a candidate for a fixed-term, part-time postdoc to be flown long-distance for an interview?

I am a recent PhD in the US and applied for a part-time (65%), fixed-term (2 years) postdoc (official title: "Scientific Assistant") in Germany. They are willing to fly me out for a job talk and ...
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What is the “chalk talk” at job interviews?

It was only recently that I heard about the academic "chalk talk" at job interviews (from biologist friends). As I understand, this is a closed-doors talk the applicant must give to the existing ...
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How to politely ask when will be the interview

I applied for a PhD position 2 weeks ago, and got just a short response after a week: "We will soon contact you for an interview". Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I applied and no one contacted me ...
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If interviewing for a postdoc by Skype, how to get a feel for the lab culture?

I have recently applied for a postdoc in the USA, and because I am on a different continent any interview that I may be offered will almost certainly be by videoconference. I assume that at postdoc ...
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Postdoc interview follow-up: HR or PI and how should I approach the conversation?

I had an interview about 4 days ago for a postdoc in Scandinavia. The interview went well, from what I could tell, and the committee seemed approving and pleased with my answers. I am thinking of ...
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Postdoc: internal v. external candidates. Can I expect a fair process? [closed]

I have recently interviewed for a Postdoc position in a Scandinavian country, where the short-listed candidates have access to ranking and comments on how they were selected. I saw that the other ...
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An interviewer has asked for a copy of an unpublished manuscript I'm writing, is it safe to do this?

The paper is one I'm working on as part of my current role for which I'm not the PI. Is it safe/sensible to share this with my interviewer? I don't have any published articles at present, so I assume ...
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Tips on answering “What can you do to enhance our department?” and “Why are you a good fit?” type of questions in job interview

I am preparing myself for a job interview for a lecturer position. According to many articles on academic job interviews, a common question to be prepared for is that " what can you do to enhance our ...
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What is meant by a Personal Interview for Junior Research Fellow

I have been invited for a personal interview for the recruitment of Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics in Space and Application Center. I read about personal interview questions for jobs in ...
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PhD student working as a substitute teacher | interview tips

Our university is looking for a substitute teacher in Computer Science and I have an interview for the job this week. My academic profile is making me a little bit nervous and makes me think that I ...
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview?

I have been asked for an selection interview by a Professor in Australia for Ph.D. position (cancer research group). This position is really important for me so I want to give my best. Can anyone ...
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Can this be one of my acceptable answers for “why do you want to study a PhD”?

Obviously, I will mostly speak about my experience performing research at an undergraduate level and in internships and how I wish to undertake a PhD to improve my lab technical skills and contribute ...
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How to interpret a postdoc rejection letter?

Few days ago I appeared in a postdoc interview. The PI was very much impressed with my resume and the interview went very well. The PI asked me when do you want to join. The next day he asked ...
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How to condense academic CV in one slide

I am giving in the next days a presentation to a UK university, as a part of an interview for a post-doc position. The PI of the lab asked me to put one slide at the beginning with my academic CV. ...
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Postdoc interview with many inquiries

I was invited for a postdoc interview. It was 1h 30min long with 2 professors (via Skype). After the interview, they asked me to present at their lab meeting in the next 2 weeks (optional, about my ...
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Is it reasonable to say I'm not happy at my current position at interviews?

I am working as a research fellow at a University in UK. Its a two year contract with no chance of extension or renewal. Although I have 1 year left, I have considered not staying for the second year, ...
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Should I follow up after an interview? [duplicate]

It has passed one week since my postdoc interview. I was asked to send by e-mail two reference name and I was told I would 'probably' be contacted by some other members of the research team. Till ...
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Do I need to explain my reasoning when choosing between two offers

I have been lucky enough to have been offered different professor positions in different universities. Both departments have made a lot of efforts to try and convince me to choose theirs (who gets ...
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Hostile interview process feedback— what should I have done? [closed]

I applied to a TT faculty job and got interviewed for a joint position between Computer Science and Education departments. The on campus interview started off well, with the CS people being very ...
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How should I handle questions about family/spouse on the job market?

According to the (US-centric) "The Professor Is In." Facebook live podcast it is illegal/problematic to ask a candidate in a job interview about family - specifically, it is a problem to ask about how ...
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Is it rude to take all the time allowed to make an offer decision?

I've been made an offer for a position that I will likely accept. I've been given a week more time than planned (at my request) to make a decision, which makes it possible to attend a campus interview ...
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A proper response to an interview question for PhD admission

What is a proper reply to questions like "Describe your operational knowledge about (some course, i.e. quantum physics)?" I have taken few courses about quantum physics but it's not a big deal for an ...
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Unusual presentation for a postdoc interview on topic “How would you manage the lab”

I have done postdoc interview-presentations before and usually you are asked to talk about your past research projects and/or your research/teaching expertise/background. But the requirement from most ...
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How can I get a postdoctoral position in neuroscience after completing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering?

I recently completed my PhD in mechanical engineering and have been applying for postdocs in neuroscience for the past 5 months. My field is dynamical systems theory and statistics, so I look up ...
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Bombed an academic interview, should I do anything about it?

I had an interview a few days back for a grant for graduate studies. The interview panel consisted of various judges including some of the most renowned and well known researchers/professors in my ...
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“Pushing” a search committee for an answer?

I had a job interview (Skype) for a post-doc at university A last Thursday, which I think went well. They say they would take 1 week to 10 days to get back to me. I had applied to other positions ...
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How to politely decline a postdoc after the interview, when another postdoc is maybe still in game (same institution)

I applied to two postdoc positions to two different groups at the same institution. I've got to the interview stage for the first position. After the interview, they want my opinion, if I still want ...
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Should I follow-up about poorly answered questions in an interview? [duplicate]

I had an interview today (my first one) for a teaching stream position at a college, and I'm unhappy with a couple of my answers. Should I just consider the matter closed and send a follow-up email ...
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How do employers verify academic transcripts?

Employers often ask job candidates for their transcripts (official or unofficial). How can employers truly verify that what you have submitted is in fact real? Will they send your transcript to the ...
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I applied for a PhD but was rejected after the interview. How do I request feedback?

I interviewed for an advertised PhD and got an email thanking me for interviewing but advising that I wasn't successful. They encouraged me to apply for PhDs at other colleges and their college. I ...
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faculty interviews - timing/conflicts

I was interviewed on-campus for an assistant professor position and was told that I would be contacted this week for the result. Yesterday, I received an on-campus interview from another university to ...
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Multiple interviews and reimbursement from the same institution

I have two related questions. Here's the situation: I have 3 postdoc interviews at the same university and I scheduled them within the same week for obvious travel reasons. Question 1: should I ...
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Am I being ignored after an interview?

I have had multiple situations (ok, well only two) where after what I thought to be a positive Skype postdoc interview (in one case, two interviews), my follow-up questions/requests have been ...