Preparing for an interview is vital if you want to succeed in securing a new position, and having a mock interview can be an important component of your preparation.

The Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre will arrange mock interviews for postdocs who have been shortlisted for fellowships, academic positions and positions outside of higher education. We organise rooms, coordinate availability of panel members, sit on the panel ourselves, choose appropriate questions and provide feedback to the interviewee. In addition to a mock interview with the PFDC, it is recommended that you arrange a mock interview within your department if you would like to focus on technical aspects of your application.

Having a mock interview was mentioned as being a highly valuable experience by many who have undertaken them through the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre.

Comments include:

“The mock last week was excellent practice.  It was really helpful to be put on the spot with questions I hadn’t already considered – I reused some of those answers on the day – and especially for the positive feedback you gave me, saying I should be confident.”

“I believe the mock interview was quite helpful and many questions were asked during the interview that I have been asked during the mock so I would recommend it to everyone.” – JRF applicant

“I am writing to you about the interview which was held this afternoon. I think that it went very, very well!!! ...without your advice it would not have gone so well. I was confident, positive, smiling, and I enjoyed the interview very much!”

“Many thanks again for all your advice and support; it has been so useful and instrumental in securing these positions. I couldn’t have done it without your help.”

To book a mock interview please complete a Mock Interview Request Form, and email it to the PFDC-Support team. The PDC may not be able to accommodate bookings requested with less than two weeks’ notice

To experience being on an interview panel and have the opportunity to see ‘the other side of the table’, volunteer to be a panel member on our mock interviews by contacting