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Dr. Isaiah Hankel is the Founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist. His articles, podcasts and trainings are consumed annually by millions of PhDs and other professionals in hundreds of different countries. He has helped PhDs transition into top companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Intel, Dow Chemical, BASF, Merck, Genentech, Home Depot, Nestle, Hilton, SpaceX, Tesla, Syngenta, the CDC, UN and Ford Foundation.

Dr. Hankel has published 3X bestselling books and his latest book, The Power of a PhD, debuted on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list. His methods for getting PhDs hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Articles Written By Isaiah Hankel, PhD

#580 Career Leadership With Donna & Isaiah: Indicators of Success & Leveraging Data For Growth

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Get empowered with Donna & Isaiah with today's topic on how to harness AI indicators of success and combine them with your unique human strengths to achieve your career goals.

#579 Why Unemployment Is Low, Except For Overqualified Job Candidates

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Unemployment rates are low and monthly job reports are high. So why can't highly skilled, highly educated job seekers get hired?

#578 Seen As Overqualified? Resume Tips That Will Help

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

To counteract the overqualified label, PhDs should focus on tailoring their application to match the job's requirements closely.

#577 Avoid The “Overqualified” Label. Here’s How

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

This is your chance to dispel any concerns about your overqualification and to demonstrate how your background can be an asset.

#576 Why Employers See PhDs As Overqualified

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Understanding why industry employers may view PhDs as overqualified and recognizing the signs can empower candidates to navigate job applications more effectively.

5 Interview Questions PhDs Always Get (and 5 Questions They Should Ask Employers)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

By the time I started my industry job search, I was desperate. I was nearing the end of my PhD and my proverbial plate had never felt so full. Between final experiments, last drafts, and defense presentations, I had dedicated virtually no time to my job search. The little effort and time I was able put into it felt very arbitrary and unfocused I wasn’t even sure what job I wanted. All I knew was that I needed a job – and fast. Needless to say, when I finally did find myself seated in front of a hiring manager, I…

#575 How Employers Evaluate Critical Thinking

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Showing that you’re not just looking for a job but are deeply interested in the work itself indicates a naturally critical and analytical mindset.

#574 “Why Are You Leaving Academia” Interview Questions

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Answering "Why are you leaving academia?" offers a unique opportunity to showcase your motivations, aspirations, and the value you bring to industry.

#573 Seduce Interviewers Into Hiring You (Not What You Think)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

By understanding how to project certainty through consensus, repetition, ease, and preparedness to defend your qualifications, you can more effectively persuade interviewers of your suitability for the role.

#572 4X Interviewer Personality Types You’ll Face

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

One of the biggest mistakes PhDs make when interviewing is not adapting to the interviewer's communication style.

#571 Train Wreck Interview Mistakes (Avoid These)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Avoiding these mistakes requires self-awareness, preparation, and the ability to adapt to the dynamics of the interview.

Why Hiring Managers Often See PhDs As Desperate (& How To Avoid It)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Recently, I spoke with an absolutely brilliant physicist. She had a decade of groundbreaking research under her belt, was well-respected and well-known in academia, and she was ready to make the move to an industry career.  And she was stumped.  She couldn’t understand why her job applications had been hitting a brick wall for the last few months. Despite her impressive credentials and numerous publications, she hadn’t received a single interview invitation in months.  The worst part? She’d already stepped away from the research and teaching that had been sustaining her financially.  When she doubled back, thinking maybe it just…