Preparing for your academic job talk, what’s at stake?

You’ve submitted your application for your next role, it was brilliant, and now you’ve been invited to the interview stage. There is much to do in terms of preparation, and part of that preparation is to prepare a talk on your work. There is a lot riding on this as you will be judged at various levels, such as how well you communicate the research you’ve done, and how you communicate your future research vision, as well as what kind of colleague you will be.

There are various things that you can do to help prepare for the talk, and things you can do during the talk to position yourself in the best light possible. Professor Rik Reiss at Stanford University has a post on his site in which he cites a piece from Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This post lays out the factors to consider before, during and after your talk. There are details on what questions you should consider answering in your presentation, and the format and timing using an example time allocation of 45 minutes.

Click here for a link to the full post.

This article was updated July 25 2018.

Diana Hayes
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