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As per title, I'm trying to get a postdoc position in industrial setting (not academic). I had a first 30 min interview and am feeling quite positive about it. It was mainly about my motivation and some questions about techniques I used during my PhD. Next step would be on-site presentation and talking with different dept people. I have a few questions about the approach I should take during this process:
1. The position requires protein production, numerous in vitro biophysical characterization skills which I do have, but not all of them (I have only theoretical knowledge). So all in all, my profile matches 80% of the skills required. I have put this on my CV and the fact that I still got through it seems that it's not a deal breaker. However, any suggestions on how one would talk about missing skills during more in-depth interview? I'm certain that I can learn the missing techniques with time, but I guess I just need a "smooth" way to talk about it during the interview... Maybe putting emphasis on good theoretical knowledge of it would be enough to push through?
2. What do you think would be the best approach to make the scientific presentation about the previous research: focusing on results or rather skills and techniques I used? My PhD did not end up being very successful in a sense that not many positive, publication-enabling results were achieved. However, I had a lot of troubleshooting using multiple methods. I guess at the end of the day, showing skills and the way of thinking would matter more than publications if PhD topic was risky from the very beginning. Considering it's industry, their primary goals are never publications anyway.
Thanks for the tips!
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