Universities are advertising now for academic staff to start jobs in September 2016 – are you applying? Perhaps you have already been invited for interview?

Dr Chris Moos (LSE PhD Management, 2015) interviewed successfully last year and is now employed at Said Business School, University of Oxford. Recently he recounted his experience for LSE Careers and passes on some of his best tips here:

You’ve done really well to be called for interview. Don’t lose the opportunity to make a very positive impression now. Spend longer than you imagine preparing for the presentation and the interview questions. Use all the information available to you on the department webpages, the university website and in the public profiles of individual academics. Contact the department to check details of timing, access to IT and any other practicalities that are not clear.

Prepare answers around five meta questions:

  1. What is your personal fit with this role in this department?
  2. What is your research/intellectual fit?
  3. What is your teaching fit?
  4. What is your administrative/service fit?
  5. What impact is your work having in terms of public engagement?

Prepare the presentation meticulously and rehearse it out loud, 20 times! Get the timing precise, shorter than the allotted time. It should be tailored to the job and to the department. Prepare and take enough copies of hand outs for panel members.

On the day you will meet or be seen by many different people; they can all influence the panel’s decision so present yourself as a good colleague to everybody. Sometimes nerves can make a candidate appear arrogant; sometimes they can make you seem more nervous than normal. Practise presenting a confident, professional impact, even if you have to act it a bit.

How LSE Careers can help

We can help you with all stages of your job hunting, whatever stage you might be including if you’re:

  • unsure about your options for after your PhD, wondering whether to quit
  • unprepared for job hunting
  • unable to find suitable vacancies
  • needing feedback on written applications, letters, CV and statements
  • preparing for presentations and interviews
  • negotiating offers

Appointments and events

Use a one-to-one careers appointment to talk through any or all of these with our PhD Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds and browse and book relevant events on CareerHub.