The workshop is intended for PhD candidates who seek to develop their career in the international and/or private sector (for instance multinationals, NGO's…).
It will provide participants with information on:
- The different types of interviews (such as: Telephone, Video, One-to-one, Panel, Group…) and the stakeholders involved (such as HR, managers, headhunters…).
- The pre-interview work, such as research needed, review CV vs the job description…
- How to behave during the interview process:
- Promoting their transversal/soft skills, not just their technical skill or scientific expertise.
- Answering the most common questions during an interview process, such as: "why do you want to leave academia", "why did you apply for this position", "what are your weak points", "walk me quickly through your CV".
The training will help the candidates to practice job interviews, benefiting from peers' and trainer's feedback.
The first part of workshop will be conducted with a mixture of presentations and simulation (i.e. one student plays the role of an interviewer and the trainer of a candidate, in order to enhance the learning). In the second part the participants will engage in small-group exercises (3 people) to explore the roles of candidate, interviewer and observer.
At the end of the workshop, a full-class discussion will recap and clarify the essential points and possible questions.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have learnt how to prepare for a job interview for non-academic roles / outside the university. In addition, they will be prepared on how to:
- Understand variety of possible interview formats and get prepared for those.
- Understand the different perspectives of those involved in the interview process.
- Know how to respond to questions concerning their transferable (soft) skills, highlighting both their approach to a problem as well as the outcome.
- Know how to conduct themselves professionally during the interview process.
- Answer the most common questions during the first steps of a job interview.
English level C1.
Participants are very strongly recommended to have followed one of the CUSO courses focused on preparing the CV and cover letter for posts off the academic track (e.g. "Job-Hunting", "Préparer son dossier de candidature pour des offres d'emploi hors académie" ), and/or skills identification ("Elaborer mon profil professionnel"). Alternatively, they may have sought advice from their career centre on these topics. An application for an academic post (university postdoc or similar) will not be suitable for this workshop.
Participants will be asked to send the trainer one week before the training a description of their ideal job and, if possible / applicable, their CV and a motivational letter for a non-academic job they are interested in.
If a participant has already been through an interview, they should also send the most challenging questions they faced. (Estimated work: 2 hours).
Date: Friday, 24th May 2019
Time: from 9 am to 5.30 pm
Location: University of Geneva
Luca Allaria has worked for almost 15 years in the Biomedical industry, in both large (Medtronic) and medium sized (Endologix) companies. In his career, Luca has focused on both the business aspects of his activities, on training and communication. In his international experience, he has been involved in multiple recruitment processes, both with and without the support of head-hunters.
He holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering and an Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) from the IMD Business School in Lausanne. He is also certified as an Education Manager/Director and has taken multiple training courses in communication and recruitment. He is also a certified professional coach by IDC (Institut de Coaching in Geneva).