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How to prepare for the questions you get at a research interview

I recently applied for several permanent research positions. The interview were all similar: a talk on your past, present and planned research and some time for questions. I prepared well for the talk ...
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Academic Programme of Work for the next 3-5 years

I have an interview for an academic position, and I have been asked to prepare a programme of work for the next 3-5 years. I have googled but I am not certain what sections should this report include. ...
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When is a reference asked to submit a recommendation letter during postdoc hiring? [closed]

I have applied to a postdoc position at NTNU in Norway. I was invited to an interview and I think it went okay, they indicated that a decision would be reached within 1 week due to the urgency of this ...
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How to be professional when being patronised?

I had an interview at a reputable business school for upcoming MBA intake. The interview was informal and was conducted in the coffee shop on premises. The first issue happened when the interviewer (...
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Is it a good idea to ask for details regarding an interview for a faculty position?

I applied for some faculty position in September 2021, and four days ago, I received an email mentioning that We have now started with the recruitment process and are pleased to inform you that your ...
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What do university professors expect when interviewing a high school student for an internship opportunity? What are some tips?

I have been invited to an online meeting with a professor next week to discuss a year-long internship opportunity. What would the professor ask during the interview? And what kind of questions should ...
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Finally interviewer said all the best what it means? [closed]

I performed well in interview... At the end the interviewer said "All the best" what it means? I'm confused I'm selected for next round or not?
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TT job ad re-posted after I had a fly out - implications? [closed]

I had a second interview for one US college 3 weeks ago and for another 2 weeks ago. The interviewers said they would be getting back to me in 2-4 weeks, depending on how things went internally. I ...
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Why would a post-graduate interviewer care about my knowledge regarding their school?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a master degree and the interviewer asked me questions about the degree and the school in general. Some questions were about the learning method they use, the ...
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Is it a bad sign? Search committee did not ever reach out to references, even before and after campus visit

I did a virtual campus visit interview for tenure track assistant professor positions in an R1 university in the U.S. I think that I aced a job talk and was good with one-to-one faculty interviews. My ...
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Being considered for a PhD program I didn't apply to but then experiencing radio silence [closed]

I had an interview for a Ph.D. Biostatistics program at a US university. Later, I received an unofficial rejection email from the interviewer after I asked him about my status. However, during the ...
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What to do if "fake students" attending the teaching demo of a tenure-track interview do not react to planned active learning techniques of the demo?

I am reading about the importance of the exhibition of active-learning techniques in the course of teaching demonstrations of tenure-track interviews. This paper frequently stresses on the usage of ...
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Cannot travel for second interview for post-doctorate position due to visa issues, will it reflect badly on me?

I am a PhD student from India. I have been called for a personal second round interview for a post-doc position in the Netherlands just a few days ago. The call for the second interview is due this ...
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Question about follow up from faculty interview [closed]

I recently interviewed at a R1 institution in the US. I also had a follow-up meeting with the dean of faculty a week after all interviews had wrapped up. After another week I got an email saying that ...
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What to focus on in a 20 minute research talk?

This is question is regarding tenure-track job (in STEM) interview in the US. I will be giving 20 minute research talk during my on-campus visit for a teaching focussed school. Audience will all ...
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Is it ok to say you want to come to campus interview another day?

I’m shortlisted for a campus interview. I am asked if I can do it in few days. I’m nervous because it is very little time to prepare my research talk and teaching lesson. Can I tell them that the ...
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Follow up meeting with dean of faculty after on-site faculty interview

This is for a US R1 institution. About 2 weeks ago I had an on-site interview for an assistant professor position, and last Friday the department wrapped up interviewing candidates. Today I got an ...
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If you did not get called for an interview, is it safe to assume that your Ph.D. application was not shortlisted? (Please see additional details.)

Last year, I submitted an application to a PhD program at a Canadian university. The university's website says that shortlisted applicants must expect to be interviewed in February 2022. If I don't ...
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Interview question regarding current study program

I have completed my M.Sc. in mathematics in 2020. I want to do a Ph.D. in maths. After my graduation I worked as a trainee teacher at a science college. The salary was not good enough so my parents ...
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How common is it in STEM fields in the US that the tenure track offer goes to the second person in the list?

I had a tenure track interview at an R1 university a few weeks ago, and today the department chair wrote to me that We were impressed with your candidacy and still have the possibility of making an ...
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Does positive feedback during a tenure track campus interview mean an offer? [closed]

I had my first on-campus interview 10 days ago at an R1 university, which is not an ivy but a dream job in my field. I was supposed to give a colloquium and present a research talk about my future ...
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How should I answer questions about what I'm "expecting from my PhD" and "what I'll do after my PhD"? [closed]

I am in the fourth semester of my master's in a poor Asian country and want to do a PhD in pure mathematics in France or Germany. I am asking how should I answer these two probable questions in my PhD ...
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Do PhD interviewers in the USA expect a presentation if not asked?

I just received a 15 minute Ph.D. interview invitation from USC. In the email, they said that they are interviewing to better understand my background and experiences. I was notified just two days ...
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How to get most from this meeting with a "possible" potential supervisor

This question is a related to this question which has been closed. I will explain the whole situation here again and the question is different: I wrote to a prof. on December 15 in Germany whose ...
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How to properly manage unexpected questions in screening interviews?

There are various sources in the internet in which different general questions one may encounter in screening interviews are reviewed. However, sometimes an applicant may face with some questions ...
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What should I expect in PhD interview in Pure Mathematics

I am a person who completed his master's last year and now I am preparing for PhD admissions in Europe. I am from a poor country in Asia. I have 3 PhD interviews scheduled in last week of January to ...
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Cultural differences and etiquettes to be kept in mind for a PhD interview

I am a student who has completed his master's and I took an year break to prepare for PhD and living in a poor Asian country. I applied to PhD programs in Germany and France this year in Pure ...
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Questions to ask after a PhD interview

I had a PhD interview two weeks ago (engineering program). Near the end of the meeting, the interviewer (a professor) told me if I have further questions I could get in touch with him through email. ...
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How much should this setback be mentioned to admission committee/ potential supervisor for PhD admissions? [duplicate]

Edit 2:My question is not a duplicate of this question: Should I tell my recommendation writers about my self-studying since graduating? Should I also mention my illness and depression? because I am ...
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First round interview - tenure track

I have applied to several tenure track positions and I have gotten a couple of emails saying that I passed the initial round of review and that my application will now undergo a more detailed review ...
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Is an informal postdoc offer in an email by a top UK university relatively secure?

A few days after two rigorous interviews for a postdoctoral position at a highly reputable UK university, I received an email from HR, along the lines of: Could you please send us your passport ...
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Called for a final interview with the university president after a notice of someone else getting hired for the position. Why?

Two months ago I was notified that I did not receive a full-time position. I was also informed of who was hired and why. Two weeks ago I was called for a final interview with the president of the ...
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Very long PhD interviews

Recently I've been invited to a PhD interview, for a three-year program. They are asking me to book two whole days for the interviews. The invitation asks me be avaliable "from 9am on Day X to ...
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Should I contact the PI on Monday after the postdoc interview held on Friday to enquire about the outcome?

I had a second round postdoc interview (and presentation) on Friday at a prestigious UK university. They seemed very pleased with my work and they stated that my research is in line with the needs of ...
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Delayed decision after postdoc interview [closed]

I was interviewed on 17 Nov. The interview should be 45 minutes, but it actually took one hour. At the end of the interview, the PI promised that they will inform me the outcome in two days. But I ...
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Possible red flags in a PhD interview?

So I've recently had a couple of PhD interviews that I was invited to. In the first one, there were several people present for my brief talk, after which they asked me some questions. Then most people ...
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Motivation Interview: Your Cons and Pros. What to answer if I can't find any my cons?

I am going to have "entretien de motivation" (interview of motivation) for a graduate school. There is a high change that one of the questions will be like "What are your pros and cons?&...
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Test of programming skills during postdoctoral interview [closed]

I am going to have an interview for the postdoctoral position in the US which will include the test of programming skills in one programming language. Does anyone know what kind of exercise/difficulty ...
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What should I think after a very positive reply to cold mail?

Recently, I started sending cold mails to profs for upcoming PhD applications. Two of them replied instantly right after my mail: Thank you for contacting me, I am planning taking graduate students ...
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How much time (maximum) can I ask for to think about accepting an offered PhD position?

I am being offered a PhD position at a German institute and I still have a few other interviews planned for the next month (late October). How much time can I safely ask for to think about accepting ...
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Will publishing papers on multiple subjects produce a negative impression on the board members of an interview?

Suppose a researcher holds PhD and is an aspiring lecturer in a particular subject but he has sound knowledge in other areas of studies. Should he try publish research papers on the unrelated areas? ...
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My interview went well but at the end the interviewer said "All the best for your future endeavours". What does it mean?

I was interviewed for an academic job where I pretty much answered all the questions and the interviewer seemed positive. He even shared his contacts for further questions and said there would be more ...
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What is the meaning of a statement regarding the result of interview?

I did an interview for a faculty position around 1 and half month ago. I recently sent a follow up email regarding the status of my application, and the chair of faculty replied that my application is ...
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What are the odds of getting offered a PhD position where I am the 2nd preferred candidate? [closed]

I was just told that I am the 2nd preferred candidate for my most preferred PhD position for which I had an interview some time ago. The position has already been offered to the 1st preferred ...
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Should I discuss the content of pending project proposals in faculty interview?

stackexchange community, I will be having a faculty interview in the coming weeks and I am currently working on my presentation for the interview day, which should, according to their instructions, ...
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What do professors expect during internship interview

A professor has invited me for an interview for an internship he is offering. He has asked me to present a paper(that he chose) for 30 minutes. The paper he gave is an object detection paper which is ...
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Why am I not getting the result of a PhD interview after 2 months

This is a follow up question of my previous post. In short: I had an interview for a PhD position almost 2 months ago. I only heard from them a month later and they said they have not made their final ...
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Questions to expect when interviewing for teaching-focused faculty position

I'm going to interview for a teaching-focused position in a couple of weeks, and I was wondering what kind of questions to expect. I know there are plenty of resources on what to expect in a standard ...
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Can I negotiate for a more senior position than the one specified in the job advertisement in the UK?

I am applying for a job in a public university in the United Kingdom. The job advertisement is for a Lecturer position. I already received an interview appointment. However, I am considering ...
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Does not having yet completed my master's thesis decrease the chance of acceptance for a PhD position?

I had a PhD interview (bioinformatics) a month ago. I was a master student during the time the interview happened and I am still a student. During the interview I was asked when I officially want to ...
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