Tools & Tips | How-To Series
How to Prepare for an Interview
From informational sessions to full presentations, get advice on how to succeed once you land the interview.
From "Tooling Up"
- Conducting an Authentic Job Search – Dave Jensen
Many technical professionals don't like the job search because they think they have to be insincere to do well. Not true, says our Tooling Up columnist.
- Salary Negotiation, Part 1 – Dave Jensen
Once a company has made you an offer, says our Tooling Up columnist, they've crossed the threshold and they really want to close the deal.
- Tooling Up: Salary Negotiation, Part 2 – Dave Jensen
Our Tooling Up columnist provides some nitty-gritty tips and describes some techniques that should be in every scientist's negotiation toolkit.
- The Dreaded Phone Interview – Dave Jensen
The goal of a telephone interview is to reduce the size of the applicant pool. Don't let them screen you out.
- The Real Deal vs. Well-Oiled: Who Gets the Offer? – Dave Jensen
Interviewing advice tends to fall into two categories, both successful over the years, but each selling completely different ways to go about winning an interview.
- How to Prepare for and Succeed at Panel Interviews – Dave Jensen
All of the normal artifacts of a one-on-one interview disappear in front of a group.
- Surviving Tricky Situations: Interviews That Went Wacky – Dave Jensen
To be flexible in your interviewing, you'll need to be ready to bounce in just about any direction depending on how things play out during the day.
- Informational Interviewing: Getting Information You Can Use – David Bomzer
Although the key objective of informational interviewing isn't networking, informational interviewing is networking, in that the contacts you make may end up helping you find a job.
- Buying Signals: Paying Attention on Interview Day Makes a Difference – Dave Jensen
The best interviewers know exactly when to talk and when to listen.
- First Impressions--Are Interview Results Preordained? – Dave Jensen
Perhaps the best advice is that because there's nothing you can do about it anyway, you might as well be yourself.
- How to Get Hired in Academia – A. Fazekas
What are hiring committees at colleges and universities looking for in faculty-job applicants?
- Beating the Interview Odds – Career Doctor
With careful preparation and a positive, enthusiastic attitude, you can convince an employer that you have the right stuff for their vacancy.
- Interview Skills for the Job Hungry – Phil Dee
Expressing a willingness to learn more or admitting a small weakness will make you appear honest.
- Women and Minorities Negotiating Salaries – Lee Kass and Kathleen Gale
If no outstanding minority or female students are identified at the institution, this could be an indication of the departmental and institutional climate regarding underrepresented minority populations.