Sharing a job interview experience

I had an interview for the lecturer opening at the M. P. Birla Planetarium on the 15 of February, 2016. I spent two days preparing for the interview. In this blog entry, I am sharing my experience with the audience, thus they can get an idea of how it went.

February 15 was a Monday. I was asked to show up at 2:00 pm. I got there at 1:45 pm. I showed my call letter at the main entrance of the planetarium. I was asked to have a seat in the seminar room at the planetarium. There were two other applicants waiting there already. I was called in at 2:25 pm.

There were four people at the interview panel. The first interviewer asked me to introduce myself. He also asked me a few follow up questions. Dr. Duari, the director of the planetarium, asked me a few technical questions to check my knowledge of Astronomy and Physics. He first asked me where the headquarter of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) was located. Then, he asked me whether I had heard about finding an evidence of the gravitational wave and what exactly it was. The third interviewer asked me where I reside and how long it took me to get there. The fourth interviewer asked me about my computer skills. I was done with the interview at 3:00 pm.

Overall, it went well. I was offered the job on the 25 of February, 2016. I turned down the offer due to career advancement obligations. If I had to go through the same set of questions, I would probably invest time on preparing a good introduction about myself. I think my introduction was sketchy because I did not get to highlight some of my major accomplishments.


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