- I've got an informal chat about a job
It’s a research technician position at a university…..any tips on how to impress? Should I offer to do some unpaid work until the posts start date?
See how it goes first!Posted 4 years ago
Go have a the chat and see how it’s going, if you have nothing else to do and it’s not going to cost you much then give it a go or offer to come in for a few days.Tom_W1987Member
I asked to pop in and talk about the job and whilst I apparently don’t have the experience the chap is looking for other qualities that apparently matter as well.
It’s a research technician position at a university…..any tips on how to impress? Should I offer to do some unpaid work until the posts start date?Posted 4 years agoTom_W1987Member
Yeah okay then, I did end up doing a few weeks worth of unpaid work for KCL back in August and then the cheeks told me I came 3rd in the interview. Admittedly I panicked a little in the interview.
At least I can write it down on my cv though, which is always good and it’s a great learning experience.Posted 4 years agojezmeisterMember
Read up on the groups publications and see what sort of work they are actually doing. For techie roles they expect to have to give you some training so the essential and desirable skills they have to put down for the HR bit may be complete tosh.
Being enthusiastic and eager means more than skills in a lot of places. If its research based they already have the funding in place otherwise wouldn’t advertise the post, see if they would prefer an earlier start date from you ie show you can be flexible and want to start as soon as.
JezPosted 4 years agoMosesMember
I’d say, don’t offer to work for free, you’re undervaluing yourself & they may try to offer lower wages. An unofficial chat is a good start, ask what qualities they are looking for, then tell them how you meet those needs. And ask if you can have the job, at the end of the interviewPosted 4 years agoScottCheggMember
I apparently don’t have the experience
Less important than skills, in most cases. The fact you’ve been called in shows interest. If you can show that you are just what they are after you will be solving their problem.
The fact it isn’t a formal interview might play away from your weaknesses.
I panicked a little in the interview.
They may be trying to see how you work with others in the group; so don’t start any fights and you’ll be fine.Posted 4 years agojezmeisterMember
Also ask if they have any publications pending that you can read to get up to date with the work, they might not want to give you a paper thats currently at review but again it shows you want to know more and are aware of the nature of research work.
An informal chat would be a good start point, how many academics have time to kill talking to all candidates for jobs nowadays?
Good luck, let us know how you get on.
JezPosted 4 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
Less important than skills, in most cases. The fact you’ve been called in shows interest.
When I advertise a job there’s always a “call for informal chat” line. If anyone does it’s brownie points in the interview. Plus, I remember how they are on the phone because interviews can be nerve wracking, if someone’s performance is poor at the interview, but I’ve already spoken to them, I’ll bear their earlier performance in mind.
EDIT – and good luck with itPosted 4 years ago
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