This is it, the Big One. Probably the most important hour you spend during your interview, possibly the single most important determinant of you getting a job as a faculty member. The letter of application and CV just get you in the door and your references just prove you’re not a monster. The decision to
In contrast with vet school interviews, where the questions can be all over the place, the questions for faculty interviews are usually pretty similar. Here are the important ones I can think of. “Why do you want to work here?” This is almost always asked during an interview, often repeatedly by a variety of people.
I have been reluctant to write this post for a while. Not because I feel like discussing interview questions is cheating. As we have covered before, preparation is expected for an interview- if you don’t research and prepare, you are shooting yourself in the foot. I think my reluctance centers around two issues: There are
At one institution where I was on faculty, we conducted student interviews a few times a year in batches. If I was available, I always participated. The student interview serves fundamentally two functions: Illustrate to prospective students why that institution would be the best fit for them. Make sure that the prospective student is not
Beyond just chit-chatting with people during your interview what, exactly, do you say? How do you present yourself in the most realistic light? I don’t say ‘most positive’ light because I believe you need to be authentic during your interview. If you present yourself as different than you are, you may lead to a bad
I heard a story from a fellow faculty member about an interview they conducted. The candidate showed up on time, but barely knew their interview schedule, didn’t know who they were speaking with, and seemed to barely know the position for which they were interviewing. Needless to say, the candidate didn’t get an offer for
I was on a hike with a friend who is getting ready for a high-stakes interview for grad school. We were talking about various questions which may be asked during the interview. After a few of these back-and-forth, they said, “I’m not sure we should be doing this. I mean, shouldn’t I just go to
Possibly due to poor preparation, possibly due to nerves, and possibly due to ignorance, people applying for and interviewing for faculty positions routinely make mistakes. Most of them are minor, some of them are major. Here are some I have seen (and a few I’ve done myself). Hopefully, by reading this you can avoid them.
I have been putting off writing this post for a while because it’s just so overwhelming. All of your application materials have one job: to get you the interview. The interview is the high-stakes encounter when you are applying for a faculty job. The decision by the search committee is largely based on your performance
Regardless of the position to which you apply, if there is an interview, you need to prepare. Well, you don’t NEED to prepare. But others who are interviewing WILL prepare. Do you want to be competitive with those who are preparing? Then you need to prepare, as well. Failing to prep is prepping to fail.