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    I have an interview for an AHRC studentship at Leicester uni next week. It's for a PhD in English literature and I have to do a 5 minute presentation, then answer questions from a panel. Does anyone have any ideas as to what sort of questions to expect and how best to prepare? Will the questions be about my research proposal or more about me? I'm really nervous! If anyone has done this before or knows anything that might help me prepare I'd be very grateful for your advice!
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    (Original post by fawn85)
    I have an interview for an AHRC studentship at Leicester uni next week. It's for a PhD in English literature and I have to do a 5 minute presentation, then answer questions from a panel. Does anyone have any ideas as to what sort of questions to expect and how best to prepare? Will the questions be about my research proposal or more about me? I'm really nervous! If anyone has done this before or knows anything that might help me prepare I'd be very grateful for your advice!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc Watch this it will really help!!
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    You've got an interview = they like you. Don't forget this bit.

    As with the application, the most important points to sell are 'why this topic is worth researching' and most importantly, 'why you should pick me to do this'. Be yourself. Smile, and make eye contact.

    Yes, they will ask you questions about your topic, and about your previous academic work. Enthuse about the topic and why you are interested in it. You dont have to have all the answers worked out, just so long as you can explain how you would approach it and why its worth doing. Dont make your answers over complicated, and be honest about what you dont know or are uncertain about.

    Remember, they are on your side - they already like your application.

    Good Luck!
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    Thanks for your replies they're very much appreciated! One more thing - how forma are these things? I hardly ever wear formal clothes and don't want to make myself even more nervous and uncomfortable unless absolutely necessary!
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    You arent expected to rock up in a business suit or 'office clothes'. Wear something neat and tidy that you feel confident in, but certainly avoid jeans, trainers and similar obviously casual/student stuff.
 
 
 
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