I've secured an interview related to a research assistant role at Columbia University, what will help me be prepared going into this?

I've secured an interview related to a research assistant role at Columbia University, what will help me be prepared going into this?
2018-11-17T16:40:56Z 1
2018-11-17T16:40:56Z

Former Research Assistant and Translator at Columbia University

almost 2 years ago
Thanks for your question! Here are a few quick tips, but feel free to ask me more:
  • Try to understand the position very well. Find the job descriptions for the position. If you have been shortlisted for an interview and the employer has not sent you the job description yet, please send them an email and ask them to send you a job description before the interview. If there are things that you do not know in the job description, specifically ask about each and make yourself very well educated about them.
  • Please think about how individual-organization fit/match. What are unique things you would bring to the organization as a research assistant and translator? Do not underestimate yourself. Every one of us is so unique one way or another. Find out about fits and even possible misfits but do not need to talk about misfits until you are asked. Remember in an interview sometimes it is more about how you demonstrate your unique qualities as compared to how many unique qualities you possess. That said, always it pays off if we stick to our integrity and honesty. Please google more about organization-employee fit based on needs, interests, values etc. You might paraphrase your search question in a couple of ways to find access to what you would really need. You can be well aware of this once you learn about the organization, understand where the organization stands, what drives the organization forward and what the institutionalized values and practices at this organization are.
  • There are great videos on you tube about interview skills (possibly relevant to this/such a position).
  • You may want to learn about nonverbal communication skills and be mindful of your meaningful eye contacts and body language communication showing the self confidence that the interviewers might need to see in you.
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