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The Job Was Mine Until These 5 Unexpected R&D Interview Questions

Undercover Recruiter found that 33% of interviewers take only 90 seconds to determine whether they’ll hire you. As an employer myself these days, I can confirm that sometimes, 90 seconds–or less–really is all it takes This does NOT mean you can drop your guard after the first 5% of the interview! While some interviewers may privately decide to hire you almost right away, it’s still possible that you’ll struggle with a key question and change their mind for the worse. Especially when the questions catch you off guard and you end up looking confused or unprepared. Employers want R&D specialists who can manage their time effectively and work independently. They want problem solvers, and they want to know what kind of scientist you are when crunch time arrives. Any scientist can work under smooth conditions. Industry employers want a researcher who knows how to manage inevitable failures and turn dead ends into doorways. Bloomberg research indicates that among industry employers, the most desired traits in job candidates include strategic thinking, leadership skills, communication skills, analytical thinking, and creative problem solving. So what does this mean for PhDs? Specifically, what does it mean for R&D hopefuls heading into their on-site interviews?

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5 Ways PhDs Sabotage Their Own Job Interviews

If you’ve been selected for an interview, the employer knows you have the skills to do the job. But the interview is the last step – the point where they weed out candidates they don’t want. It’s your final opportunity to shine, so look at your interview strategy. Is it time to change things up?

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What The 'Flow' Of Your PhD Level Interview Process Will Look Like In Industry

Hiring is up. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been for 50 years and according to Execu-Search 55% of candidates were interviewing for more than one position at a time. This means that you, as a job seeker, have power to leverage in your job search. This is especially true because you are a PhD. You should be going on multiple interviews, getting multiple offers and then choosing the job that is the best fit for you. Data from Express Employment Professionals show that 42% of job applicants rejected a job offer because it was not the perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to reject an offer if it’s not right for you. It’s normal. Both you and the employer are making a huge investment when you join the company. Harvard Business Review reported that on average a company will spend $4,129 on hiring per job. The company wants to know that you are the right fit, so you will likely have several interviews with one company. There will be as many touch points as possible to assess whether you are the right candidate for the job. So you need to be ready.

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5 Ways PhDs Sabotage Interviews & Lose Out On Job Opportunities

In the current market, hiring is way up. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been for 50 years and according to Execu-Search 55% of candidates were interviewing for more than one position at a time. It is a candidate driven market. But, those hiring managers are still making the choice about whether or not to hire you. Once you are at the interview it’s your chance to prove that you are a great person to work with. They know you are qualified, that’s why you are at the interview, what the don’t know is whether you will be a good fit for the company. A Jobvite survey found that 49% hiring managers rated conversational skills as most likely to influence hiring decision at an in person interview, reported by Devskiller. Hiring managers are placing your ability to have a conversation and communicate as a key factor is whether or not they hire you. The employer is thinking well beyond your technical skills once you are at an interview and you need to realize this. How are you preparing to shine at your next interview?

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Make A Great First Impression With These 7 Interview Attire Tips For PhDs

From the moment you enter the grounds of the company, your interview has begun. Everything from the way you act to the way you are dressed will factor into the hiring decision. And you don’t get a second chance. According to an article published in Psychological Science, people decide if someone is trustworthy within 100ms. So the way you present yourself the very first time you meet someone is of the utmost importance.

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How PhDs Can Use The STAR Method To Ace Your Industry Interview

You are being judged from the moment an employer learns about you as a potential candidate. Before they even speak to you, they will check your resume and your online profiles. But you are a PhD, so you look great on paper. You are highly qualified and skilled. But, the interview is the key next step, because employers don’t want to hire you just based on your skills, they need to know that you will work well at their company. And according to Undercover Recruiter, 33% of bosses know within 90 seconds of an interview if they are going to hire someone or not. You must be ready as soon as you set foot onto the company’s property. They will immediately start to evaluate your fit for the company culture.

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Your PhD Is Not Enough – 7 Articles To Increase Your Business Acumen And Get Hired In Industry

Your technical skills as a PhD might get you in the door for an interview or a phone screen, but it’s not enough to get you hired. To be the one candidate who gets hired, you must have a solid understanding of business. Business intelligence was on the top 20 list of in-demand skills (LinkedIn). When companies have a pool of talented job candidates, having a solid understanding of business can make you the top candidate. 41% of Chief Human Resources Officers cited business acumen as the most lacking skill when sourcing new talent (Consultancy UK). And, 65% of business leaders said that a lack of business acumen strongly inhibits the execution of company strategies (BTS). Bottom line, businesses need employees who are business savvy. If you develop strong commercial and business acumen, you can be a great asset to a company. Your PhD makes you a highly desirable candidate. And, a solid business understanding will put you right to the top of the list.

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Top 10 Articles To Help PhDs Ace Their Industry Job Interview And Get Hired

51% of employees are looking for a new opportunity (Gallup). That means you are competing against lots of other people to get hired, so you must know how to stand out. You must understand what hiring managers are looking for in top candidates. How do you stand out from the other candidates? How do you show your value as a PhD? By thoroughly preparing for your interview. By investigating what the company is looking for in a new hire. By learning how to communicate your skills. 72% of CEOs are worried about job candidates not having key skills (Glassdoor). You need to show them you have the right skills and show them your commitment. And, “show” means more than just what you say verbally. In an interview, your body language is saying a lot about your personality and your level of competence. 67% of executives reported rejecting a candidate because they lacked eye contact, 33% rejected a candidate because they were fidgeting, and 21% of executives rejected a candidate because they touched their hair or face during the interview (Undercover Recruiter). It sounds harsh, but it’s true.

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I Made 7 Ridiculous Errors At My Onsite Interview. Here’s What They Were.

You’ve made it to the in-person interview stage. Now is when you can really shine and show the employers why you are the best candidate, because many of the top skills employers want are difficult to convey on paper. The most sought-after transferable skills are leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management (LinkedIn). The way you perform at your in-person interview can demonstrate whether or not you possess these in-demand skills. The skill you will be able to demonstrate best during an interview is communication. Simple communication mistakes can lead to rejection, where 50% of hiring managers would not hire someone who spoke negatively about past employers and 33% would not hire someone who didn’t give specific examples when answering questions (Careerbuilder). Non-verbal communication can be an opportunity killer too, where the same survey found that not smiling was a huge issue for 44% of hiring managers. At the onsite interview, the evaluation becomes about more than just your skill set.

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I Lost A Job Offer Because I Didn't Apply These 5 Strategies

The biggest thing to remember is that if you have been invited for an onsite interview, then the company is seriously considering hiring you. So, you need to be seriously prepared for the interview. Only 2% of candidates are called in for an interview (Workopolis). By getting to the interview stage, you have already proven that you are a great candidate and the company has invested in you. So, in your site interview, you need to go above that — you need to impress them further so that investing in you seems like the right choice. Because, hiring is expensive. The average cost to hire a new professional is $7,000 but, depending on the role and company, this cost can increase to $25,000 or more (Berkeley). How will you prove that you are the candidate they should invest in?

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