The viva seems like a job interview from some perspectives. In both cases you might decide to dress smart. Both vivas and job interviews ask questions to explore, at least in part, how great you are.
That’s about all though. The purposes and outcomes are very different. Despite that, there are similar things you could do in both situations to get ready.
- Explore what your panel will want to talk about: for both situations you can know aspects of this in advance.
- Reflect and make notes on the great parts of yourself and your work: think about evidence and how you could explain things clearly.
- Find opportunities to practise answering questions: there may be common questions in interviews to which you could practise answers, but for the viva you can prepare well by finding situations to practise with unexpected questions.
The viva is not really like a job interview, but there’s value in thinking in some of the same ways when it comes to preparation.