In 2015, after working for nearly two years in Daejeon, South Korea, I sought work elsewhere. In
response to my application, a group in the University of Oxford Physics Department asked me to
interview. In order to prepare for my interview, I researched the group’s publications, as well as
their current and former members. I noticed that one of the former members attended a university
which several of my Korean team members also attended, so I asked my team members if they knew her. It turns out, they did, and she was now working for the same institution where I worked, but in a different sub-organization.
In order to have a better idea of the group with which I was interviewing, I decided to contact her
with the help of my colleagues. We spoke on the phone for a short time, and I described my situation.
She gave me some basic advice which helped for the interview. We also agreed to meet up if I
received an offer so that we could further elaborate on the details of the group and position.
With my experience (and recalling her advice during my interview), I was offered a position. Before I decided to accept the position, I met with their former group member one more time so that I could gain further knowledge as to the nature of the group. She told me both the good and the bad parts of the group, and with that, I made an informed decision when I decided to accept the position.
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