1/6 If you get invited for an interview, then it means that the organization asking to interview you is genuinely interested in you, your skill set, and what you potentially have to offer. So know this going in.

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2/6 To do well in an interview, you will need to talk about your accomplishments. Talk about your research, what you did that advanced the knowledge of the field, and how you can work well in a team environment.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
3/6 If you have published, or presented your work, talk about it, and discuss why the research you did was impactful. Do not be afraid to talk about yourself. It’s not boasting. It’s selling yourself and trying to get the job

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
4/6 Also, be sure to have questions about the research that the professor or organization interviewing you is doing. Come prepared to discuss it. An interviewee with no questions can come off as seeming disinterested.

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5/6 Have fun with the interview, and leave it all out on the field so to speak. Leave the interview with no regrets. Some folks will get accepted, some will not. Euphoria and disappointment happens to all of us.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
6/6 If you get the position, celebrate. If you don’t, ask for feedback, realize that rejection also happens to even the best scientists, learn from it, and move onto the next one. Do not air your grievances on social media.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter

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