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POSTPONED: Workshop “Interview Training for Postdocs”, new date TBA


We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Interview Training for Postdocs” by Christelle Linsenmann.

Are you currently working as Postdoc or finalizing your PhD? Do you plan to transition to a position outside of academia, potentially in industry, but you feel unprepared for searching and finding a new position? In this workshop, you will learn and practice career development strategies with a focus on leaving a great impression in your job interview.

Dates: new date TBA
Duration: 2 full days, 9-16h
Location: North campus
Trainer: Christelle Linsenmann

Registration: Please register here and send an email to including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description:

Participants will learn to prepare for upcoming application procedures and especially the different phases and requirements of a job interview. After this workshop, participants can effectively describe their individual job-relevant skills and unique strengths, present themselves professionally in a job-interview and are able to master unforeseen or difficult situations confidently. The workshop focuses on the reflection of individual competencies, practical exercises on frequently asked questions and techniques in interviews and dealing with critical or unknown questions. Finally, participants will develop their own authentic self-presentation. Methodologically, the workshop focuses on a change of input phases, feedback rounds and guided exercises.


Day 1: Your profile

  • Self-reflection on individual interests and competencies
  • Trainer input on the critical incident technique (including practical exercise)
  • Trainer input on interview forms and the most common questions or questioning techniques in interviews

Day 2 (part I): Interview training

  • Trainer Input:
    • The interviewing process
    • Dealing with uncomfortable questions
    • Special elements in interviews
    • Communication skills
  • Practical exercise on situational interview questions

Day 2 (part II): Your self-presentation

  • Trainer input: introduction into personal branding and the “elevator speech”
  • Development of your own “elevator speech”
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