Hi everyone! Yesterday I had my first (and only by now) skype interview for a PhD position... I think it wasn't good, I didn't answer 1-2 questions and I think I gave them some answers on why I would like to do a PhD that they didn't like. Is normal the feeling that everything went bad? It really upsets me!
Update: yesterday I received an email which says that they want a 2nd skype interview. I think it sounds positive (I thought it was an awful interview), but now the question is: what will they ask? In the 1st interview they asked me about exams I did on my bachelor and master degrees, my thesis, the reason why I want to do a PhD (generally speaking) and in which research topics of their department I'm interested in. I don't know anything about the exact project because they didn't tell me what that will be. So, again.. What will they ask? I'm really confused, because I thought they would have said yes or no to the application.. I'm sorry for my blabbering, I'm just anxious!
Definitely a positive sign that they've asked for a second interview; I doubt they would bother to do that if they weren't seriously considering you.
Maybe it'll be similar questions but a chance for different people to interview you before making a final decision? Or they might ask more detail about your research interests, longer-term career plans, why you want to work in this department/university/with this supervisor etc specifically. Whatever happens, just be as positive and enthusiastic as you can - and good luck :)
Thank you Ephiny!! I'll try to stay positive and thank you for all the suggestions about the questions they will ask, maybe as you said there will be different people interviewing me. This forum really helps me because I know there's someone out there who is (or was) in a similar situation!
I had a 2nd interview too, which they used to narrow it down. Getting through the 1st one means they think you have what they want. In my 2nd one they asked me identical questions to the first one! I was a little thrown and didn't elaborate as nicely as I did in the 1st one, which I regretted. They may have asked me the same questions as this time the big wig of the department was present, and he hadn't heard my responses previously - even though the rest of the panel had!
I would say try not to sweat and just go for it. They obviously like you so just be yourself again and be prepared (for some new questions but also potentially for some repetition - since there may be new people, or the same ones with short memory spans).
It's great that you have a 2nd skype interview. It clearly means that you made an an impact in the first one. This is where anxiety doesn't help - your appraisal of the first skype chat certainly didn't match theirs which is great. Just stay positive for the 2nd one and as relaxed as you can be and I'm sure you will be fine.
Thank you Tudor_Queen!! I've just done it: there was only one professor, who is the one I talked with in all the e-mails, and he also interviewed me the first time, but he said he wanted to talk again. He asked me approximately the same questions and he told me I'll have a definitive answer by the end of tomorrow. I don't think it was a good interview though...
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