What can a career consultant provide for you? A near-
thesis-defense grad student contacted me about resume
fine-tuning. As luck would have it, she has been invited
to an on-site interview for a position for which she is
She contacted me about concerns she had for the
on-site interview. For sure, she can consult a
recent contribution about interview prep 1 .
After describing the position, we developed
several strategies that we wish to share:
1. consider bringing some samples and
examples of your experimental coatings,
devices, or test devices to pass around to
your seminar audience.
2. find out who you will interview and who
will attend your seminar. Research them with
LinkedIn and look for common ground for
3. Practice responses to typical questions
paying attention to body language. Consider
practicing using Interviewstream..
4. Develop a list of questions you want
to ask. Write them down on a pad that
you will bring to the interview. Ask permission
to take notes during your interview and have
your questions on that pad.
5. Remember the “don’t ask” questions:
salary, training, publication, benefits and
Do your homework on salary expectations
using the ACS salary comparator. Be
prepared if the question is asked of you.
Salary is only one component of a
6. Stories: remember the acronym SARI-
situation, action, results, implications
7. Negotiations begin after the position
has been offered. Ask a consultant for
input. If you are concerned about starting
date, living arrangements, certain benefits
hold your concerns until you have been
offered the position.
8. If you have dietary restrictions, it is
appropriate to bring them up in conversation
with your host before you arrive (vegetarian,