What's it like to interview for a government research position?
April 4, 2011 11:52 AM Subscribe
After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare?
posted by logicpunk to Work & Money (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Since I've been gearing my job search toward academic positions, I feel like I have a reasonable handle on what the interview process is like and what the expectations are in academia. But I'm less sure about what a research position in a government lab involves. My sense is that there is more focus on applied research and less independence than in an academic environment, but I don't know exactly how that translates in terms of the interview process.
I'm certain I'll need to be able to talk about my current research and where it's going, as well as making contact, where applicable, with the research that's already being conducted by the people at big government lab. But what are the topics that are likely to come up that are peculiar to this sort of interview, and what are the interviewers looking for that wouldn't be obvious to someone who's mostly familiar with academia?