The Language of Academic Job Interviews


This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and new residents prepare for teaching and research-focused job interviews in North America. The workshop highlights cultural differences in the recruitment and interview process and introduces specific strategies to respond to common interview questions. Participants will have an opportunity to practice responding to interview questions during their mock-interview and will receive feedback from peers and the instructor.


By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • identify and prepare for cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal interview language
  • respond to interview questions in a way that highlights personal strengths and accomplishments.

What to expect

One 2-hour session where interview strategies are presented and one 2-hour mock-interview session.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at present.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
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  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

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Typically offered each year in December, April, and July.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Completion Requirements

To complete the program, students must attend and engage each day, complete one mock-interview and engage in feedback discussions with a small group of peers.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication

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“Some skills that I learned in this workshop: 1) listening to the hidden question being, 2) breaking down the question to answer more deeply, and 3) gaining competence handling challenging questions and how to redirect the answer to show my strengths.”

“The practice interviews are very effective, in the sense, that it provides a rare opportunity for us to study the verbal and non-verbal aspects of the interviewee and the interviewer. The workshop effectively targets specific interview language which I find extremely useful. I've learned ways to articulate my examples to attract the interviewer's attention while not sounding too aggressive or hostile.”