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Queen Mary, University of London
Postdoctoral Research Assistant was asked...26 August 2021

They introduced the institute and the research group, then they asked me to give a 10 minutes presentation on a previous project of my choice. After that, they asked me what experience I had with particular techniques, if I ever had delt with animal-based experiments and if I was willing to learn skills I was missing. They also asked me about my willingness to move in London and how I found previous experiences abroad.

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I presented a project on a subject similar to the research group. I answered honestly, providing examples of techniques, software, and strategies I was familiar with. I also showed interest in learning new skills. I had no issues about moving to London and I had pleasant previous experience away from my home contry Less

Oxford University

Is it OK for me to work with laboratory mice?

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I said yes, despite I hadn't done that before and didn't like the smell (laughter from the interviewers). Less

University of Southern Mississippi

What is your hobby? which is different that I expected.

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Music and sports.

Queen Mary, University of London

Questions are about the previous role and how your achievements could be used in our project

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Just link your past with the requirements of the role

Oxford University

What did you find challenging in your previous employment, and what did you do to overcome the difficulties?

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Disappointment when experiments did not work... Don't remember my answer but it would've been something rather ordinary, like 'trying new approaches'. Less

Oxford University

Why this job? Different field from what I had worked on before...

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I wanted to transition because the new job would be in 'translational research' which I said was 'very inspirational' and 'rewarding'. Less

Oxford University

Tell us about yourself.

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Brief summary of my CV.

University of Dundee

Asking for a presentation including a research proposal, technical questions, how do you see yourself in 5 year time

Cranfield University

What is your career plan after a postdoc?

Queen Mary, University of London

Research experience, location, motivation

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