Cours générique

Preparing for a research interview: Support course for research fellowships and grant applications

Dates: Monday 29 January, 9:00-13:00
Wednesday 31 January, a 2-hour mock interview practice session scheduled within 9:00-16:00.

Language of instruction: English

Format day 1: instructor-led workshop focused on tips and best practices, with group discussion, and a meeting with a Curie scholar who will share her experience

Format day 2: “mock interview” practice sessions in a small group of 3-5. This includes giving an elevator pitch, a 10-min talk, Q&A, and group feedback on each performance.

What to prepare: A 7-10 min talk about your research, with 5-6 slides, and your responses to a list of common questions you will receive in advance.

Many scientists say that they lack the skills for public speaking. They feel anxious before an oral interview and later share that their presentation was too nervous, while their responses in the Q&A session sabotaged their application. Yet if done correctly, the interview can be a life-long positive memory. In this course, you will learn how to:

 

1.     1. Highlight the advantages of your work and make your presentation memorable.

2.     2. Target both experts and non-experts on the panel; Make your talk suitable for tired, distracted listeners and avoid ‘conference paper’ text.

3.     3. Learn how to give a 2-min elevator pitch to introduce yourself.

4.     4. Anticipate the typical questions you are likely to be asked; learn how to deal with unpleasant remarks and aggressive panel members; 

5.     5. Use technology and your body language, posture, and voice correctly.

 

Feature: The course will also host a meeting with Ines Drinnerberg, an ERC grant holder, who will share her successful experience of passing the very challenging ERC interview.

 For details of the programme and the instructor’s biosketch, please download the PDF attachment.

(1) Researchers applying for grants and research fellowships with an oral interview as part of the selection.
(2) Researchers who wish to upgrade their presentation skills for conference talks.

First-come, first-served, priority to researchers who are planning to apply to a grant in the foreseeable future

Monday 29 January, 9:00-13:00; Wednesday 31 January, a 2-hour mock interview practice session scheduled within 9:00-16:00.
21 January 2018

Monday 29 January, 9:00-13:00, Chez Marie
Wednesday 31 January, a 2-hour mock interview practice session scheduled within 9:00-16:00, Annexes BDD 3 & 4

22 January 2018