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Psychometric Testing – What are they and how to approach them?

Congratulations, you’ve been invited to interview – but the letter states that you will asked to take a psychometric test. Don’t panic – read this simple guide to know what exactly this means and how to perform well.

Presentations at interviews

Presentations are a common part of the recruitment process for graduate, research, teaching, consulting and other professional roles across a range of sectors.Whether you have had a lot or limited experience in delivering presentations...

What Interviewers Really Think

We’ve all been in the position of the early-career interviewee, nervously looking across the table at a number of academics who seem accomplished and established in their careers. But what about the interviewers on such occasions?

So, Why Do You Want This Job? Answering Killer Questions

Everyone knows that there are a number of interview questions that can stop an interviewee dead in her tracks. These can be both general, and ones that relate specifically to the academic environment. Here are a few pointers to get you...

Top Tips For Answering Competency Questions

Competency questions are those which focus on particular behaviours or skills you will need to demonstrate in the role. These are usually clearly identified in the person specification and job advert.

Additional Tips for Getting Shortlisted

Getting short-listed for a job requires a combination of luck, perseverance, and ingenuity, but the following are some places where you can actively increase your odds.

Post Academic Interview: 3 Things To Avoid

There is a period of limbo between having an academic interview and being told whether you have been successful and thereby offered the position, or not. This can be a nerve-wracking, uncertain time, not least because there is no defined...

Conquering Interview Nerves

“The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.”(…..the better you are at...

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

There are few interview questions that strike fear into the heart of an interviewee as much as the dreaded “why did you leave your last job”? Whether you were fired because of incompetence or had a boss that made Cruella de Vil look like...

Preparing For An Academic Interview

When interviewing for a faculty position there are four topics that will inevitably arise. You may be instructed ahead of time to address them as part of your formal presentation, or they may be asked during a question and answer period,...

Preparing For A Professional Job Interview After The PhD

After navigating for years within the academic profession, you may be concerned about the types of questions to expect in a professional interview. Will they be surprised that after years of training you have decided to do a ‘U-turn’ in...

Academic Job Interviews: Top Tips for Success - Google+ Hangout on Air Summary

To help our jobseekers improve their job interview performance jobs.ac.uk ran a FREE 60-minute live online video event on Thursday 12th June 2014 including Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists.

Facing Up To Panel Interviews: 5 Helpful Tips

One interviewer across the table is tricky enough—who wants to face five? But the truth is that panel interviews offer you a better chance than single-interviewer arrangements.

10 Top Tips for Interview Presentations

If you have succeeded in getting to final interview for a professional job in Higher Education, the chances are that you will be asked to deliver a short presentation to the panel.

Struggling At Interviews?

Focus on the 3 p's. For many job seekers the mere thought of an interview can render you with sweaty palms and sleepless nights. From what to wear to what questions might be asked, there's plenty to get in a panic about. Whilst there’s...

Interview question: What’s your biggest weakness?

It’s an old classic and a question that seems to have had plenty of interviewees struggling, but should this question cause so much worry? Well, today we’re going to have a look at the different types of answers and offer some useful...

What advice can you give on some tricky issues?

Generally, all interview issues are potentially tricky. What makes them less so is having a plan so that you don’t leave yourself open to being caught out.

How can I ensure I make the most of my personal qualities?

This article looks at how to make the most of your personal qualities.

What can I do to prepare for the unpredictable?

To an extent, you can prepare for anything; you may not have a specific answer up your sleeve, but you can have a strategy, even if it’s only to take a breath to organise your thoughts. Not all the questions in this section are...

Interview Tips: The Latest Advice Part III

The final part of our series on successful academic interviews covers general advice. Even if you are well prepared for the presentation and panel interview, sometimes nerves or unexpected events can throw your best laid plans into chaos.

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