So I have three PhD interviews coming up with a panel of academics (either 3 or 4 people)... what sort of questions should I expect other than being able to talk about previous projects undertaken? Any tips for coping with these interviews? One of them is going to be half an hour, which seems quite a long time!
Any advice gladly received!
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- Thread Starter
- 17-01-2010 20:52
- 18-01-2010 20:46
Questions I got asked included "What do you see yourself doing after your PhD?",
"Why do you want to do this PhD?"
"Would you be prepared to do an industrial or international placement and why?"
"What practical experience have you had and what were your findings?" and
"What are your best and worst qualities."
- 18-01-2010 21:44
Not sure if this will help... "How to get a PhD" by Philips and Pugh is an excellent insight into the realities of a PhD - you could consider it pre-research research. <ahem> SP
- 18-01-2010 22:08
Are you applying for a studentship in a particular area? If so, then questions about the subject area are fair game for possible questions. You're not required to be an expert yet (that's one of the points of the PhD), but you will be expected to demonstrate your "interest" in the area.
By the way, you don't simply demonstrate this interest with platitudes like "more and more people are using the internet / impacted by climate change / exposed to internet security problems" therefore we need more research in area x. Instead, you should acquaint yourself with whatever the seminal texts are in the area you want to do research in, form an opinion of what you think are some of the interesting problems, and be prepared to discuss (and possibly defend) these.
- 19-01-2010 11:03
^Like gravementor said, they will definately ask some questions about why you want to get into researching that subject area. Make sure you have read some background papers, maybe a recent one by the project supervisor if possible, and you can then explain what points you found interesting and why you want to explore those further. They will also probably ask you why you want to go to that particular uni (highly rated in RAE, excellent reputation/staff etc) and how you would measure success of your PhD (e.g impact factor of journals published in).
- PS Helper
- 19-01-2010 17:24
Some of the questions I was asked:
"What would you do if a reported phoned you up asking about [such and such a controversial scientific discovery you have just made]?"
"What are your career plans after a PhD?"
"Have you read any papers/heard any talks recently that really excited you?"