Me again, and I feel a little stressed out. I have an interview for a PhD this Wednesday that I very much want, but only just noticed an discrepancy- My MSc is due to finish this September, and the PhD is set to start this September too! The thing is, at first I thought the supervisors were okay with this, but then i realised- the CV i have given them says i finish my MSc in August rather than September. Literally, just a one number mistake from a '9' to an '8' (as in August being -/08/14) and it was genuinely a mistake.
Now I'm worried it will look like I've actually lied about the dates and it will effect my interview if they ask about it- what should I do? Also, will my degree ending in September mean that I can't be considered for a degree starting in September (there has been no agree on the actual start date in September)?
I think you need to be honest if they ask. Try to find out the start date as it may be towards the end of the month.
There were people at my institution finishing off their masters when the PhD started. So it may not even be an issue. I take it it's not the same institution?
HI, don't worry about this. This is unlikely to matter.
Many students start their PhD without finishing their MSc.
They will probably ask this again in the interview and you can just say that you made a mistake on the CV and it actually finishes in Sept. They may not even notice you said Aug anyway. They won't think you are lying.
A few weeks either side won't make any difference - especially if you don't actually have anything apart from a poster presentation! Most PhDs start at the start of term, in some unis this is the 3rd or 4th week in Sept and in some it's the 1st or 2nd week of October. You can just clarify this in the interview. Also I know several students that started 2 weeks, a month etc after the official start date too.
Try not to worry so much! Look up strategies of preventing coming across as nervous in interviews, because it's really important to appear confident.
As others have said, it is unlikely to matter. Really. Do not waste any energy thinking about this. If it comes up in the interview, explain. If it doesn't, just leave it and negotiate afterwards if you are made an offer.
A week or two's shift in start date for a PhD rarely matters. You might even want to think about giving yourself a proper week off in between the two.
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