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2018年博士研究生面试常规英语提问及应对回答汇总

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2018年博士研究生面试常规英语提问及应对回答汇总

 

英文提问

Question 1Tell us more about yourself.

Do say:

Ive always been interested in discovering how things work, but my time as an undergraduate opened my eyes to the excitement and wider benefit of science. I had the chance to do some original research on my Masters and thats inspired me to take up the challenge of a PhD. Im also a keen hiker and amateur naturalist, so Id love to combine my studies here with the chance to visit the local area.

Don't say:

I was born in a small countryside city of Jiangsu Province. My first dog was called Wangcai. At school my best friend was Liming. I like reading and listening to music in my spare time. My favourite colour is blue.

 

Question 2What made you choose to do a PhD?

Do say:

Ive enjoyed my academic work so far, but I really feel Ive got more to offer as an independent researcher. Im also passionate about this subject and dont feel enough attention has been paid to the questions Im looking to address.

Don't say:

I cant think of anything to do with my Masters, but my current tutor says Im clever enough for a PhD.

 

Question 3What do you plan to do after you complete your PhD?

Do say:

I feel my PhD project can open up new lines of inquiry for this field and want to use it as the foundation for a fruitful research career. But, Im also interested in the wider development opportunities included in this doctoral programme. I want to be an academic, but Im happy to keep other options open.

Don't say:

I expect someone will give me a job doing more research. Thats what PhDs do, right?

 

Question 4What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Do say:

I feel that Im a good written communicator. My existing academic and professional work demonstrates an ability to put forward ideas clearly and concisely. I think this will help me manage the weight of information my PhD research needs to cover and the challenge of producing an effective thesis. But, Im not always as organised as Id like to be. I want to address this as part of my postgraduate training and hope to take advantage of classes and development opportunities early in my doctorate.

Don't say:

My greatest strength is that I have no weaknesses! And my only weakness is that I have no strengths. Hang on...

 

Question 5Are there any training needs you can identify ahead of your PhD?

Do say:

Im really interested in communicating my research to a wider audience, but dont know how best to go about doing this. I think the training module on public engagement will be a big help to me, both academically and more generally.

Don't say:

Im really bad at interviews. Do you have a class for that?

 

Question 6What makes you the right candidate for this PhD?

Do say:

Ive been interested in this topic since the final year of my undergraduate degree. This lead to my choice of Masters and helped me pick my dissertation topic, which I really enjoyed. Im really excited to now go on and do some sustained research in this area as a PhD student. 

Don't say:

Well, it's quite difficult to find a good job without a doctor's degree...

 

Question 7What difficulties do you expect to encounter during this project?

Do say:

I can see that some of the archival material Ill need to examine for this project may be difficult to access. My first task will be to request permissions, arrange visits and develop a system for recording my findings. Im hoping to undertake training in archival practices and seek advice from my supervisor as I develop these key skills early in my project.

Don't say:

Yeah, I know a PhD is hard, but Im just going to see how I get on.

 

Question 8Why have you chosen to study a PhD at this university?

Do say:

Ive looked at lots of opportunities in this area. I feel that this project is the best of its kind, combining a unique research angle with a training programme that will meet my professional needs. I was already familiar with the work of my prospective supervisor and their research has greatly informed my own development as a scholar. Im eager to combine my work with theirs and make use of the facilities the university has put together for this project.

Don't say:

I did my Masters here and already have a flat in the city.

 

Question 9What can you bring to this research group?

Do say:

Im eager to take advantage of the facilities and expertise this university has to offer. But I also want to contribute with my own expertise and enthusiasm. My previous work has given me the skills to make the most of the material involved in this project and Im motivated to take up new training opportunities as relevant. Ill be proud to be a part of this department and would actively seek to represent it through my own publications and other research outputs.

Don't say:

I have a Bachelors and a Masters in this subject so Im quite clever.

 

 

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