“For a Ph.D. candidate entering the job market, the advice to simply appear confident and comfortable in an interview may seem impossible. You may be nervous to leave your program and enter the world of work in general, and the added pressure of finding a position to support yourself and possibly your family aids in the anxiety.”
Kristy Sherrer, UCLA Career Center
As a PhD student, how have you prepared for the job market? You have spent several years in the lab working on projects, reading research articles, and writing publications, but have you actually prepared for the next step… the dreaded interview?
In her Inside Higher Ed article, UCLA’s Kristy Sherrer offers 5 keys to successful interviews.
- Know your Skills
- Persuasively Articulate Your Skills
- Strengthen Your Image
- Prepare for the Performance
- Positive Self-Talk
Kristy highlights the importance of preparation going into an interview setting while providing examples of leveraging your skills and developing your image in a positive manner. Treat your interview as a performance and exude a calm confidence to deliver your best.
The Career Center offers several professional development servicess specifically tailored to Biomedical & Life Science PhD students. Check out their Spring Quarter offerings including Career Exploration, Networking Strategies, Writing Effective Cover Letters, Nailing the First Impression, and more.
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