Top 10 interview mistakes

Whether you are going for your first postdoc role or taking the next step on the diverse path of academia there are a few common mistakes you should avoid at each of your interviews that will help to set you in the best light possible.


1. Winging the interview
2. Dressing inappropriately
3. Poor body language
4. Not switching off your mobile
5. Talking too much
6. Not talking enough
7. Fuzzy facts
8. Answering the wrong question
9. Bad mouthing previous employer
10. Forgetting to follow up – with a thank you

Click here for more detailed advice on how to avoid these common pitfalls in your interviews.

One early career researcher who spent five months in search of his role took the time to collate his reflections and advice for others embarking on the same process. Philip Guo, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester says that the main piece of advice he would give is “Strive to engage, not to impress.” Click here to read his full blog post and to access his downloadable PDF.

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