How to Shine at Your Academic Interview

First hand experiences of preparing for academic interviews.

Here are two articles on academic and research job interview techniques. The first is from Amer Zeidan, MBBS, MHS Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale Cancer Center. He shares his own recent experience of a successful appointment in his clinical research faculty position. His observations are relevant to all science research appointments.

His key points are:

1.  Be prepared to commit a significant amount of time to the interview process.

2. Try not to commit to too many interviews with different institutions

3.  Prepare to adapt to a variety of types of interviews

4. Know your CV by heart

5. Do your homework – research those interviewing you and the focus of the research at the institution

6. Go with the flow

7. Be courteous and respectful

8. Don’t be late

Click here to read the full article.

Our second article on the subject is written for The Guardian by Steve Joy, careers adviser for research staff in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Cambridge.  He has similar advice to offer. He says that although they may be daunting, academic interviews are reasonably predictable and here are his pointers to help you prepare:-

1. Talk to others about their interview experiences

2. Do as much research as you can

3.  What is unique about you (and why is that good for them)?

4.  Identify likely questions

5. Practise your answers orally

6. Get plenty of rest the day before the interview

7. Don’t feel caught out by academic interview questions

8.  Don’t be selective in how you read job descriptions

Click here to read the full article.


Diana Hayes

Diana Hayes

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