I’m a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) student in an Indian university. Recently I’ve written an entrance examination IIT JAM (Joint Admission Test for M.Sc.). On the basis of my rank I’m shortlisted for Integrated Ph.D. program in Mathematics at IISER Mohali (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research).

I would like to prepare for my interview. What kind of questions are generally asked to potential Ph.D. students by programs that conduct interviews before admission? And does anyone have more specific insight into questions asked by IISERs or other mathematics programs?

I’m a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) student in an Indian university. Recently I’ve written an entrance examination IIT JAM ( Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. ) . On the basis of my rank I’m shortlisted for Integrated PhD program in Mathematics at IISER Mohali (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research ) .

I just want to know what kind of questions , they ask in interview at IISERs.

Could someone please share experience ( If one attended ) !!

I am a postdoc at an elite univ, with Phd, MA, and BA all from an elite ivy. I was told by a close friend who is an internal contact at a prestigious university in my dept that the search chair (his close friend) plans to Skype interview me. That was Tuesday. its now Friday, haven’t heard a thing regarding scheduling the Skype interview. I asked my contact, he said to wait a few more days, then email a reminder to search chair. Do you think this is a spoof, or is there a chance they are truly going to Skype interview me???

I’m having trouble seeing why search chair would lie to his close friend (my contact)…

I was interviewed on-campus for an assistant professor position and was told that I would be contacted this week for the result. Yesterday, I received an on-campus interview from another university to be done in 3 weeks. I am excited about both positions and do not know how to respond the second invitation. If the first institution offers the position, I am going to accept it as they will not wait for my decision for a couple of more weeks. But I also want to see my chance and the possible offer of the other university. I just don’t want to spend their time and resources for me if I receive an offer from the first university. Is it possible to ask for an accelerated interview by telling the truth? or any other suggestion? Thank you.

I have two related questions. Here’s the situation: I have 3 postdoc interviews at the same university and I scheduled them within the same week for obvious travel reasons.

Question 1: should I mention to all parties that I will be doing other interviews at the university? I only ask because two are in the same department, so it would be awkward if I crossed paths with one while being given a tour by the other. And should I take one of the positions, I would no doubt encounter the others later.

Question 2: I am offered reimbursement for travel by one of the interviewers. I did not ask for reimbursement for the two others nor did they offer (yet). I am not traveling exclusively for the lab offering reimbursement, so is it appropriate to accept?

Question 2A: If I do accept, and another group offers reimbursement, can I recommend that the costs be split somehow? There’s no reason for one group in particular to pay for everything.

I have had multiple situations (ok, well only two) where after what I thought to be a positive Skype postdoc interview (in one case, two interviews), my follow-up questions/requests have been completely ignored. I’ve sent 2-3 follow-up emails spaced over weeks with nothing in reply. In one case it’s been over a month. The weird thing is that the email exchanges prior to the interview(s) to set a date/time happened very quickly and were enthusiastic. I thought the interviews went well and they said certain phrases like “you seem to have very relevant skills and interests.” I made sure to thank them in follow-up emails and I asked a few more logistical questions about their group that time did not permit in the interview. But nothing in reply.

Maybe they decided they didn’t want to hire me. That’s fine, I get it. But I’m very frustrated with this because its seems to be so unprofessional. If they don’t want to hire me, why not give me the courtesy of saying no so that I can move on? The field is not that big, so it is very discouraging that I would now have two groups that I need to avoid.

My question is if this is typical for a group leader to just ignore emails like this if they don’t intend on hiring an applicant? Or is it possible that they suddenly became very busy and aren’t able to answer emails?

I had a Skype interviewer with a potential postdoc supervisor, and he mentioned that those who passed the first Skype interview will be informed after he interviews all people, which is around 2 weeks prior to a second formal interview held at his institute.

As I am in another country and will need 2-3 weeks to apply for a visa to go abroad for the second interview. And if I am told the results after he finishes interviewing all people, I am very likely not able to obtain a visa in time for the scheduled second interview.

Could you please give me suggestions on how should I write to tell him about this situation without being rude. Thank you very much!

Suppose one is happy at one’s institution until something happens that makes it impossible to stay given one’s strong ideological beliefs. Is it a good idea to mention these beliefs if they are the main reason for wanting to move?

For example:

  1. “Why do you want to study at this university?” Because this university is in Russia and I approve of Putin’s actions as President.
  2. “You’ve worked at this institution for 10 years. Why do you want to leave now?” Because it’s in the UK and after the Brexit referendum, I no longer feel welcome here.

Nothing special about these examples; one could equally have “I want to leave Russia because I disapprove of Putin’s actions as President” etc.

I tag this with “academic life” because it could apply to any decision to move.