The PDC offers ad hoc personalised support to postdocs upon request in the following areas (subject to staff availability):
- interview preparation (as interviewee or panel member)
- job application feedback
- general guidance (career planning, opportunities, issues...)
Invited for an interview? Congratulations! The PDC can help you prepare either by organising a mock interview, providing 1 to 1 interview coaching or by sending you examples of questions.
Another great way to prepare yourself for a future interview: volunteer to act as a panel member for PDC interviews! In addition to helping a fellow postdoc prepare for their interview, experiencing the process "from the other side of the table" is tremendously helpful.
PDC Mock interviews:
PDC mock interviews are delivered by Alice and a panel of volunteer postdocs. The mock interview itself is conducted in a formal atmosphere to put the candidate in "interview mode". The candidate is introduced to the panel like at a real interview, practices his/her presentation and gets asked questions (based on "real-life" questions from the PDC bank). After the mock, the panel provides the candidate with constructive feedback on the presentation and answers, including tips and advice to improve and get ready for the big day!
One-to-one coaching session with Alice; like a PDC mock interview but without a panel; for example when the time-frame is too short to organise a mock interview or when no volunteers are available.
When it isn't possible to organise a mock interview or coaching session, the PDC will send you a few questions to help you prepare.
Sit on panels:
Experiencing an interview as a panel member is very useful to learn about the type of questions that are asked, how to answer these questions and even see the successful applications that enabled the candidates to be invited for an interview (if they agreed). It also is very helpful to the candidates and they are always highly thankful to the volunteer panel members.
To volunteer to be a panel member, email firstname.lastname@example.org:
You can book a 1 to 1 meeting with Alice to get feedback on your CV and cover letter for a specific job application.
All you need to do is send your draft of CV along with the job specifications and proposition of dates/times for the meeting (1 h) to email@example.com.
Make sure that your CV is tailored to the job and demonstrates your suitability to the post. For help getting started, have a look at the CVs Postdoc Help Doc.
You can book a 1 to 1 meeting with the PDC to discuss (for example) your career plan, issues you are facing in your job or any topic you deem relevant.
To book your meeting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including the topic you want to discuss as well as possible dates/times.
We are always keen to help postdocs and will do the best we can; it is important to note however that, while we can advise you based on our own experience, we are not trained as career advisors, counselors or mediators.
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