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


Use a one-to-one careers appointment to talk through any or all of these with our PhD Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds.


Come to some of our PhD/research staff events:

Hear from two successful alumni about how they made the transition to work after their PhD, one in academia and one in the private sector, at Using your time effectively as a PhD student. PhD students are constantly making decisions about how best to use their time. This seminar will help you to understand the range of skills and experience you can gain while doing your PhD, to help prepare you for your career after LSE.

Friday breakfast: Careers in research – as part of the LSE Careers breakfast networking sessions, we are hosting ‘Careers in research’ involving employers including ECORYs (a leading European Research and Consultancy company) and TNS BMRB (a social research company).

McKinsey & Company Careers Cafe: MPhil, PhDs and Post-docs – Amy Challen  (LSE PhD ​2013) is currently working as a Manager for McKinsey & Co in their London office. She invites you to have coffee with her and to learn more about management consulting and/or why she chose McKinsey after completing her PhD.

Finding and applying for research fellowships – develop your understanding of finding and applying for research fellowships in academia. Dr Joseph Downing (LSE PhD 2014) will recount his experience of successfully applying.

Corporate Experienced Hire Networking 2016 – a unique chance for students with two or more years of full-time professional work experience to network with corporate employers and learn more about their organisations and the experienced hire roles they are offering.

USA academic job market masterclass – are you interested in academic roles in the USA? Need help understanding the US academic job market? Still learning how to present yourself effectively? Dr Karen Kelsky explains all.