In Person/On Site Interviews

After the phone or virtual interview, the next step is to be invited to visit the institution and interview in person. The potential employer may pay for your trip, though in some instances you may have to pay yourself. Carry the employer’s contact information and essentials (such as a computer for presentations) with you in case of travel complications.  

You may spend part of a day or a couple of days with potential postdoc mentors and colleagues. Be ready to talk about your research background and current research and career interests. Ask everyone questions about their work and experience to show that you are curious. 

For some, these long interview days meeting lots of new people and talking can be taxing. If this sounds like you, plan some strategies to help you recharge during and after the interview days. This article’s advice on attending conferences is applicable to day-long interviews