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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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Job interview for a PhD

I was recently invited to a job interview regarding a PhD. I was told to make a short presentation of a few ideas regarding the project topic. I also have received an overview over the project aims, ...
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Presenting skills in a presentation for a PhD position

I've got invited to a PhD interview in the field of computational physics. In the invitation mail I was told, among other things, that I should present my skills for about 5min. It is my first ...
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Unplanned sequential interviews with different groups [closed]

I have recently conducted a set of qualitative interviews with a particular group. Their interviews yielded interesting info about a certain phenomenon. However, based on the information gathered from ...
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Preparing a presentation for interview regarding a PhD position [closed]

I've got invited to a PhD interview in the field of computational physics at a german university. I was asked in the email to prepare a presentation (5min skills, 15min research achievements, 5-10min ...
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Grad School Interviews with Multiple Programs at same School

I️ applied to 3 programs within the same school (2 of which are joint with another institution). All of the programs are related to my research interests, and the main professors I️ would want to work ...
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What to expect from a postdoc interview for a field rather different from mine? [closed]

I'm currently applying for postdoctoral positions in Mathematics in a field rather different from mine (computational complexity/algebraic combinatorics). It's a broad question, which I am sure some ...
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How do I prepare to Skype discussion for PhD admission?

I applied for a PhD position in stellar astrophysics in Belgium, and I was offered an interview this coming Friday and they said this in the confirmation email: In response to our call, we have ...
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Faculty TT verbal offer made, but no written offer (it's been about 10 business days)

I went through 2 rounds of interviews with a public university in the United States, was given a verbal offer 10 business days ago. The professor who spoke with me said that I should get a written ...
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How to ask, if at all possible, what part of my CV interested the interviewer to interview me?

I'm having a postdoc interview coming up, which is not in my doctoral topic or not so closely related to my previous postdoc research. While applying for it, I thought I'd not called for an interview, ...
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How does one figure out how hard it would be to get tenure in a given department? [duplicate]

Anecdotally, I've heard that it's easier to get tenure in UK/Canada than in the US. I've also heard that some departments have a reputation for denying tenure. Are there statistics about this? (...
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How should I use a five-minute presentation at the beginning of an academic job interview?

I have been invited for an interview for a tenure track assistant professor position. The interview will be conducted virtually. At the beginning of the interview I am supposed to give a five minute ...
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Trial (test) lecture as part of the interview process for a tenure-track position

I have been invited to give a trial lecture for a tenure track position in Norway. This is part of a hiring process that three top candidates have been shortlisted for the interview. The lecture ...
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What are some questions that you can ask your prospective Ph.D. supervisor during interview? [duplicate]

I have an interview with a professor for a Ph.D. position in the US next week. As I was going through the possible questions that a professor can ask, so I was wondering what if they ask me if I have ...
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How do I follow up with a potential PhD supervisor?

I had an interview with a professor 3 weeks ago. He told me that we would stay in touch and probably have another meeting in 3 weeks. I have not heard anything from him in the past 3 weeks so I wonder ...
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Losing hope in securing a decent postdoctoral position

This is my first post in this community, which stems from desperation and what I could only refer to as a state of hopelessness. I completed my PhD in August and have been looking for postdoctoral ...
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Can I read from notes during an online PhD interview?

I am preparing for an online PhD interview soon. I took notes about every possible question that the board would ask me during the interview. My question is : is it totally fine if i had to read from ...
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Declining PhD Interview

I have applied to a PhD position some weeks ago. After thinking about the given topic and institute for a longer time, I don't want to do my PhD there anymore. They want to interview me but since I ...
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PhD Interviews for CSE at US universities

I am a final year Master of Technology Student studying Computer Science. I am planning to apply for PhD's in top US universities. But I have a problem of stuttering. I stutter a lot while speaking on ...
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Past experience seems to be overlooked by future employer in recruitment process: Is that a bad sign?

I have been involved in the recruitment process for a researcher position in Europe and I have been informed I was accepted. However, thinking about how the interview went, I noticed that most of it ...
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Is an invitation to 'chat' about a potential PhD position actually an interview? What am I to expect?

I've been invited for a chat for a potential PhD position by a professor I'm interested in working with. He also wants me to give a short presentation on some experiments I've done in the past that I'...
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Should you answer 'are you interviewing elsewhere' honestly when you don't have other interviews yet?

A bit of context. I am about to get my PhD soon and a few months ago I started applying for R&D positions1 , both in academia and in the industry. A few things to note here: I am interested in ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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How to judge a potential graduate student based on a short interview?

In my department, we typically have many more applications for MS/PhD students than we have open positions, so it is a "buyer's market" from the professor's point of view. Each student ...
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How to follow up on the status of the official offer letter

About 5 weeks ago, I decided to accept a TT assistant professor position at a R1 University in US, and was told to wait for 1-2 weeks for an official (electronic) letter arriving since it would go ...
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How to prepare for an online interview for a professorship position?

Some time ago, I applied for a tenure track professorship in Germany, and was invited to an interview. Due to the current circumstances, the interview will now take place online (via Zoom). Having ...
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Transparency about candidates selection for a post-doc position

I recently applied to some post-doc positions at well-ranked universities whose number of candidates is usually not so large (ca. 15, at most 50). Usually, the recruitment process consists of a formal ...
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Do invited talks given via video-conferencing have the same weight on a CV as talks given in person?

Appreciating that what even counts as an invited talk in the first place for CV purposes will vary by field (links to related questions: Do presentations given during interviews count as invited talks?...
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How to politely turn down an on-site faculty interview offer

I have decided to accept a tenure-track assistant professor offer. But at this moment, I still have a virtual on-campus interview with a different university. It is now the time to inform the ...
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Should I mention I had no funding in my Ph.D experience?

A professor mentioned on his website that his looking for postdoctoral researchers. And he mentioned that interested people should sent a short research statement and added this link. Discuss where ...
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What should I put as the "subject" in an email request for masters research interviews? [closed]

I have to send emails to make an appointment with people to interview them for my Master's research. What would be the best "subject" to put in the email to get their attention and get a response?
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Should I share news of best paper award post-interview (for a faculty position) with hiring committee?

Last week I had an interview for a faculty position. I haven't received any response yet. But today one of my papers received best paper award in an esteemed IEEE conference. Is it professional, and ...
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What am I expected to say about teaching plans in an interview (UK)?

I got short-listed for an interview. I will have to give a 15 minutes presentation and I need to address 1) past and present research; 2) future research; 3) teaching plans. About the position: I ...
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Academic application - how to address lack of citations?

I am applying for an academic position and have been shortlisted. My one potential major stumbling block is in terms of publications. I have a number of them, but none of them are A grade publications....
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How should personal/health be presented when explaining a bad grade at an interview?

For a PhD interview (European paid PhD which requires a MSc), what is the best way to present personal and health issues when motivating a bad grade? To put it in perspective, I have overall good ...
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Faculty interview: 15 min. PPT explaining Teaching philosophy and Research Vision [closed]

I have a faculty interview call that asks me to summarize the following two points in 15 minutes PPT. The interview will be on Zoom. How would you describe your teaching philosophy? With examples ...

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