Interview and job application skills

Provider: Trainer: Roser Pinyol. Interviewers: Salvatore Cappadona (CRG), Luca Cozzuto (CRG), Josefa Gonzalez (IBE), Pilar Rivera (CEXS)
For:Senior PhD students and junior postdocs

The course will help scientists prepare their CV and cover letter to apply for a scientific position, and prepare for a job interview by participating in mock interviews with principal investigators.

DAY 1: The workshop will start with a general introduction on how to write a successful CV and cover letter. Participants’ CVs and cover letters will then be discussed in plenum. In a third step, participants will discuss and try to improve their CVs and cover letters in groups.

DAY 2: Participants will be interviewed by principal investigators and they will receive feedback from the PI’s as well as the other course participants. Together with a round table discussion and a panel mock interview, this workshop will help participants approach their interviews with more confidence.

Study commitment:

Please note that this course requires some preparation and there will be also some homework between sessions:
- Before the course: Participants will have to submit his/her CV and a cover letter before the 8th November. Instructions about how to write the CV and the cover letter will be sent out by mid October.
- Between sessions: Following day 1, participants are required to submit a revised CV before the 24th November. Participants who do not fulfill this requirement will not be eligible to take part in the mock interviews (day 2).


Roser Pinyol is research scientist at IDIBAPS & entrepreneur at BIOcomuniCA’T.

"Really recommended! Very useful for future job applications" Edition 2016.
"Great preparation for interviews" Edition 2015.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
Next edition in Autumn 2018

Participants need to bring a laptop.

For any questions or comments please email

Finished editions:

17th November & 1st December 2017
4th & 18th November 2016
1st & 15th December 2015
7th & 21st November 2014
20th and 27th November 2013
26th September & 5th October
23rd November and 14th December 2011
Tuesday 14th December 2010