PhD interview

posted
12-Oct-17, 20:41
by bignige
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posted about 5 days ago
Hi all,

At 56 years of age and not having been involved in academia since I attained a Masters in 1994, I have a Skype interview with a Senior University lecturer - on Monday.

Submitted a pretty basic (and short) proposal as part of the application process

How should I prepare? What am I likely to asked?

And, equally, what should I be asking?

Any help much appreciated!

N
posted
12-Oct-17, 23:12
edited about 4 minutes later
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posted about 5 days ago
Congrats! Know your own proposal inside out. Questions... why you want to do a PhD, what skills you think you need to have to do a PhD, what will be the impact (e.g., change in practice, development of theory etc - as relevant) and output (e.g., publications, dissemination to x, y or z) of your PhD...

I am struggling to remember what else they asked me! Specifically, in your case, I think they might be keen to ascertain whether you will be able to successfully get back into academic work (since your Masters was in 1994) and how clued up you are about how things are now in your field compared to then. Something I would want to ask you about if I were on the panel is why now? What is driving your desire to return to Higher Education now and do a PhD? This is potentially a very good question as it could give you the opportunity to really convey your passion and interest in the topic.

Re your questions to them. What do you want to know? About the support/resources available? Will you be funded to attend relevant conferences (it would be a plus if you could name one or two that are relevant in your chosen field)? Are there departmental seminars where you will have the opportunity to hear about related research and present your own?

Just treat it like a job interview.
posted
13-Oct-17, 09:01
edited about 10 seconds later
by SallyK
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posted about 4 days ago
well done for getting the interview. As Tudor Queen says, treat it like a job interview. I too am a "mature" PhD student, and the one stand out question I remember was being asked what my post PhD plans were. I laughed and said it was a high class problem, and that today I was focused on being awarded the place to study! I then did add that I was interested in lecturing etc. I must admit I've always hated this sort of question in any job interview, but it often comes up, so have an answer ready.
Good luck, remember to see in your experience as a benefit.
posted
13-Oct-17, 18:05
by bignige
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posted about 4 days ago
Thanks for both comments.

Can you be offered lecturing jobs whilst studying for a PhD - but without a teaching qualification (eg: PGCE)?
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13-Oct-17, 18:09
edited about 12 seconds later
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posted about 4 days ago
No problem. Yes - I have friends who lecture part time. Think it is a rarity though - TA work (teaching on seminars/tutorials) is more common.

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