Find a Job in Germany - Job Interview & Salaries

06.10.2021 um 09:30 bis 13.10.2021 um 17:00

Graduate Center - ONLINE

Course language: English

Target Group:

International doctoral researchers who are looking for a job outside academia in the near future.

Information on the participation permit of postdocs can be found here.

German doctoral researchers are also welcome.


Heidi Störr, Career Consultancy “Push Your Career”

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 09:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 04:30 p.m. – 05:45 p.m., Module Job Interviews

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 09:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Module Starting Salaries

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 01:00 p.m., 02:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m., 03:30 p.m. – 05:00 p.m., Self-presentation practice in small groups (You will only attend one group.)

Content Overview:

  • Phases in job interviews
  • Salary negotiation strategies
  • Answering trick questions
  • Practice of the self-introduction in small groups
  • Calculation method for starting salaries


Leaving academia and looking for a job in the industry is an important and sometimes difficult step. Understanding the application rules and the expectations of the company enables you to go through a quickly and successful job-search process outside academia.

Content Details:

Module “Job Interviews - How to master a job interview”

In this online seminar you will get general information about your preparation for job interviews, including suitable clothing, time of arrival and research of company information. We will also discuss content & rules for your self-introduction. You learn more about the classical interview structure and other types of interviews. Furthermore, you receive tips for the salary negotiation phase, typical mistakes and alternative options to substitute a lower payment. Finally, you get to know typical questions a recruiter will ask you and ways of answering them while avoiding common mistakes.

In a subsequent appointment on Oct. 13 you can practice your self-presentation for interview situations and receive feedback in small groups. Appointments for each group will be made during the seminar.

Module “Starting Salaries - How to define an adequate salary”

In this seminar you will get to find out everything about salaries. You will see typical salaries for job starters and criteria which can influence the salary. We will have look on average income of men and women and explore the reasons for the differences. Subsequently, we will practice a salary calculation method you can use to determine a salary for a specific position. At the end various research options are introduced which you can use to find out more about a company internal salary structure.

Related Seminars:

This series “Find a Job in Germany” consist of three online seminars. You can register for each of them separately.


This seminar will be repeated in German in summer semester 2022.


When registering for this seminar you agree to the following terms and conditions:


Registrations are welcome 26 September 2021 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 6 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 12 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.

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