Seriously what are they teaching PhD students these days in grad school that want to go into industry? We have had 6 fresh PhDs come in to interview for a post doc position and all of them have been shot down easily on a whim. They have come from all over, from schools in China to Harvard and small little schools you have barely heard of. The quality of PhDs who have applied for the position is very much underwhelming. Yeah your adviser is a big shot, so what? It is good to give a brief discussion of his and your group's work, but don't make it impossible or extremely hard for us to determine what work you actually have done and what work was not done by you but your group. Who your adviser is or who you have studied under may raise an eyebrow for 5 seconds, after that no one cares. You have to show what YOU can do. A PhD today came in and made a huge mistake in his presentation today that even a sophomore in college would have even caught. Seriously do 'famous' advisers actually take time these days to actually advise their students or do they just try to get as many students as possible to have bragging rights and to make funding for their projects easier? Do they even have professional development seminars for fresh PhDs?