NWO/ERC interview coaching
Did you receive the invitation to an interview at NWO or ERC? This means you are an excellent researcher with a brilliant proposal. As your competitors are. In this final stage of the procedure details really matter. A thorough preparation is of vital importance. We would love to help you with that.
We adjust the content and approach of our coaching to the needs and wishes of the individual candidate. For some the biggest challenge is the structure of the presentation, to others it is overcoming their fear of presenting. During an intake meeting we discuss the needs of the candidate and translate that into a timeline. Usually the coaching first focusses on the presenation. We discuss strategy and unique sellingpoints, storyline, and slides (we also design slides). Then we shift the focus to delivery, we work on e.g.: stress, body language, interaction, use of voice, pronunciation, and answering questions.
The above presented timeline is typical of our support of ERC StG, CoG, AdG and other candidates who receive their invitation to the interview months in advance. It consists of a sequence of shorter coaching sessions and slide design. We optionally also take part in mock interviews (or analyze recordings of them). When candidates receive their invitation shortly before the interview (or out of budgetary reasons), we compose a condensed version of this timeline (intake > presentation > delivery). Examples of this are single four hours sessions, two sessions of two hours, and the one day group training followed by two individual sessions for each candidate. In the case of group interviews, such as NWO-Large, or ERC Synergy, we help the PI with their presentation and delivery, but also organize sessions the performance of the group.
When preparing for in person interviews, the delivery sessions are preferably taking place at the location of our clients. In preparation for online interviews (or when in person sessions are not possible, e.g. when the candidate is abroad) we prefer online training via Webex, the platform used for most ERC and NWO interviews.
In the past ten years we trained hundreds of candidates who prepared for their interviews at both NWO (e.g. Veni, Vidi, Vici, Gravitation, NWO-Large) and ERC (e.g. StG, CoG, AdG, SyG).
Trainers: Kick Moors and/or Hermen Visser | Maximum number of participants: 1 | Duration: flexible
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