If you could do your PhD research again, what would you do differently? •
What are the three main findings of your PhD?
What particular areas of our research interest you most and why? •
Why are you interested in this position?
Would you contribute to teaching and what is your approach to teaching? (if the role requires teaching). •
How does your research fit in with the department?
How do you see your career in the future?
What is your best and worst quality?
Describe a situation when your input made a difference.
‘Why are you interested in joining our research group?’
•‘What aspects of our work are you most interested in?’ •‘What methods/techniques have you used in the past: can you give an example of a technique that you find particularly powerful?’ •‘What experience/skills from your previous position do you think are most useful for this project, or to this group in general?’ •‘What methods have you set up yourself in your current/former lab?’ •‘What are the limitations of the main techniques you have used, and how can these be overcome/taken into account?’ •‘What has been the highlight of your research career to date?’ •‘What was the thinking behind your current/previous project; why was it necessary to do it?’ •‘Did you contribute ideas of your own? Which ones?’ •‘Can you tell me about your paper X?’
•‘Which parts of it did you do and which parts did the co-authors do?’ •‘What questions follow from this work and how can they be addressed?’ •‘What are your broader interests in the field?’
•‘How does your work/your current lab's work fit into the bigger picture of what is going on in that field?’ •‘What do you think will change in this field in the next 5/10 years?’ •‘What are your longer term career plans?’
•‘What was the low point of your PhD and how did you deal with it?’ What is your research ‘vision’ and how well does it fit
with what the department is already doing.
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