Hi It's me again
I'd like to give an update after the interview. There were three sets of questions I have been asked for.
1. General questions. Everything to break ices and make me feel relax.
2. General and then specific questions regarding team working
All RAs are parts of a team. It's important to prepare good examples from experience such as:
- was it multidisciplinary or international team etc.
- problems encountered, problems solved. Communication between members of different disciplines? Regular meeting / sessions? Presentations etc.
3. Project specific questions.
Proving the experience in requested fields in job description is very good! Show the knowledge in the specific area and talk about it. Show experience, where, when, how requested skills and knowledge stated in CV were utilized. How problems were solved. Creativity etc. The examples from experience, problems encountered, problems solved is what makes a candidate strong.
Also, they took my CV and opened discussion by imagining situations I'd be in. They asked about opinion on how to improve quality of data or new methods that I have even not encountered in literature I read up.
4. Candidate's questions.
Good moment to sell your knowledge from reading on this specific field. How much are you familiar with problems. Opportunity to extend discussion about the field and project, what is the trend / aim. About a project: what data did they already have, how they acquired the data so far, which equipment/ methods, what can be improved. This is IMO where they may be fully convinced that a candidate is the one :)