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Humans can produce more than 250,000 postures and more than 1,000 facial expressions (Axtell 1991). So, you want to make sure you are choosing postures in your interview which convey that you are the best candidate for the position because, when it comes to your body language, interviewers can be harsh. If you are slouching, fidgeting, playing with your hair, looking around or conducting any other inappropriate behavior, you can kiss the job opportunity goodbye. Poor body language is often a reason that candidates are rejected, where 67% of interviewers reported rejecting a candidate because they lacked eye contact and 33% rejected a candidate because they were fidgeting (Undercover Recruiter). A further 21% reported rejecting a candidate because they touched their hair or face during the interview. Your body language is very important. If you don’t control your body language, it can ruin your job search. But, if you take the time to learn how to control and leverage your body language in a positive way, it will give you a major advantage over other candidates.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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If you’ve been invited to a phone or video interview, you’ve already beat out most candidates because 98% of candidates are eliminated by the initial resume screen (Workopolis). If someone takes the time to get on a phone call with you, they are demonstrating that you are worth their time. So, you must take your preliminary or screening interview seriously, whether it’s with a hiring manager, a recruiter, or someone else at the company. You must prove that you are a candidate they want to learn more about. As soon as your screening interview begins, you must be ready to “wow” your interviewers. You need to feel confident. The only way to feel confident is to be well prepared. 89% of executives say being unprepared in an interview will keep you from getting hired (Moneyish). But, how should you prepare for a screening interview? Are there other things to prepare for when you know your interview is going to be over the phone or via video chat? Yes. Do not just “wing-it” for your screening interview, or you can kiss the opportunity for an onsite interview and a job offer goodbye.

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In this Q&A, Tania Biswas, PhD discusses her enjoyment of managing the business side of a lab and being able to make key decisions on a daily basis. She also tells us about how networking was key to her success and why keeping a positive mindset is so important to your job search.

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75% of companies are using video interviews in their hiring process (The Society For Human Resource Management). And, 56% of talent professionals and hiring managers say that new interview tools are the top trend impacting how they hire (LinkedIn). This includes video interviews — both 2-way and 1-way video interviews. Using video interviews and AI can reduce hiring time from weeks to days, and can reduce the number of pre-hire questions from hundreds to just a handful (Deloitte). Many companies are using the combination of video and AI, by using services such as HireVue, to screen candidates. Video interviews are becoming ubiquitous. They are a part of the majority of recruiting and hiring processes. You must prepare yourself well, so that you can execute video interviews properly.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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Do you know why PhDs are ideal candidates for careers as a Patent Agent? Would you like to use your scientific background to work with inventors on cutting-edge innovation? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Ryan Flaherty, Ph.D., who has transitioned from a PhD in Analytical Chemistry into his role as a…

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Having a child to care for does not mean that you need to put your job search aside. It is also not something that you need to hide. There are companies out there who are family-friendly and will support you as a working parent. But sadly, there are also companies that are not family-friendly. 83% of respondents who had children felt some level of pressure to return to work during their leave (Indeed). But, that leaves 17% of respondents working somewhere that fully and completely supported their parental leave. That’s where you want to aim to work. That is where you will find high levels of job satisfaction. 93% of women who are highly satisfied with their jobs rated their company as being family-friendly (Fairygodboss). Meanwhile, only 41% of women who were not satisfied with their jobs said that their company was family-friendly. Clearly, a family-friendly company is correlated with higher job satisfaction.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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While a phone interview may not seem as important as an in-person interview, very few people actually make it to this stage. 98% of candidates are eliminated by the initial resume screen (Workopolis). If you have earned a phone interview, it means you are in the top pool of candidates. Now, it’s up to you to prove that you deserve to move on to the next step. 49% of interviewers know within 5 minutes if a candidate is a good fit, and only 8% needed longer than 30 minutes to make this judgement (Careerbuilder). So, as soon as your phone interview starts, you need to be at the top of your game. You need to show that you are the right candidate. You need to feel confident. And, that all comes down to being well-prepared.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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Do you know what a product life cycle is? Have you ever thought about applying your PhD transferable skills to a Product Manager role? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Michael Papadimitrious, Ph.D., who talks to us about his transition into his current role as a Product Manager and how to best…

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As a PhD, you are a leader. You are comfortable leading the way into the unknown — you did this every time you designed and executed a new experiment. The #1 in-demand soft skill, as reported by thousands of industry employers, is leadership (LinkedIn). As a PhD, you are qualified for a management-level position where you will lead. Industry needs leaders like you to take on management roles and move up the corporate ladder into C-suite positions. In North America, only 2% of CEOs have a PhD (Study.Eu). This is ridiculous. PhDs are experts, leaders, and innovators — they are well-suited to the leadership role of CEO. But, Academia leaves PhDs unprepared for their industry job search and their industry interview process. 73% of recruiters said that they have rejected a candidate because they did not prepare well enough for the interview (Global Recruiter). But, how can you make sure you are prepared enough?

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