Why should you ask questions?
during postdoctoral interviews
You applied for postdoctoral positions and you are now starting postdoctoral interviews with your potential future lab? Great!
As you know, you will be asked a lot of questions by your future P.I. during the interview to check if you are a good fit for his laboratory (Check the most common questions asked to postdoctoral candidates during interviews), but please remember that is it as much important that you ask questions too!
Why is it important to ask questions during postdoctoral interviews?
You should not select a lab just because it has a great reputation in your field and publishes in high-impact journals, it is as much important that you evaluate if the lab work environment and organization, as well as the PI/mentor management style are a good match with your career goals and expectations, but also your work/life-balance expectations.
Every postdoctoral candidate has its own set of criteria regarding its expectations about the postdoctoral experience and the interview is the perfect time to ask all questions you want to. Remember that you should interview the PI and the lab as much as they are interviewing you!
PostdocInUSA has composed a panel of 35 questions that we think would be important to ask by postdoctoral candidates during interviews.