Interview’s panic!

I am surely not an expert in giving courses about how to give the perfect interview but, since our Kick-Off meeting, I have realized that this is a hot topic among young scientists so let me share with you what my own experience is (on both sides of the table).
Normally an interview consists of two parts: your presentation and the interview itself.

Let me begin with the first part (and we will reserve a specific post for the second).

In the first part you are asked to give a small presentation about your research and achievements.
Depending on the position you are applying for, it might be good to also add some perspective or future projects you'd like to pursue in case you get the position.

Indelibly giving good talks is a prerequisite for any scientist. The better the talk you give the more invitation you'll get, the higher the stand of your projects (and of course of your CV).
Public speaking is HARD! The good news is, that there is a way to make it easier.
The bad news is: there is only ONE way, and that is: practice, practice, practice!

In my opinion the difference between an interesting presentation, a good presentation and a great presentation, (independently on the results you are presenting) is that in the first case you get people listening because they are interested in what you are presenting, in the second case your audience begins reading email (at conferences) or thinking about something else after 10 minutes and in the third you get their complete awareness until the end. After 1 min talk the person should say “I want to hear more”, after 5 min “I want to read about your work”, after 15 min “I wish I was doing what you are doing".

It did help me to study good speakers, what they do, why they are successful, look at their presentations
(at conferences or videos) and try to reproduce them. TED is a very good platform if you are looking out for
inspiration.

As a suggestion I always tell my students, they should tell their audience a story: "He who owns the
narrative rules the world" (D. Kruger)
I found a very nice presentation given at TED: it explains the idea that giving a talk is like making a journey

 

There are zillions of good links in the net (at the end of this contribution I pick only a couple of them) and you
can also find many opportunities to participate in seminars or courses, during which you are thaught by expert, how to do it best.

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