Presentation on theme: "Interviewing for Academic Positions"— Presentation transcript:
1 Interviewing for Academic Positions Preparation for your on-campus presentation and interviews
2 How the Job Search Process Works Where are the jobs?How do I negotiate?The Resumeand Letter ofRecommendationThe Conference(Screening)InterviewThe CampusVisitTheOfferWhat affectswho gets aninterview?What affectswho gets acampus visit?What affectswho gets anoffer?What can you do to prepare for each stage?
3 Where Do You Want to Apply? Find out about the openingsTypes of academic institutionsResearch vs. teachingPublic vs. privateLarge universities vs. small collegesResearch the institutions well ahead of time
4 What Faculty Look for in Evaluating Resumes/CV’s Resume/CV criteriaHow would you change your resume/CV?FormatContent
5 What Faculty Look for in Evaluating Resumes/CV’s Letter of evaluation criteriaWho is going to write letters for you and how well do they meet these criteria?
6 What Faculty are Looking for at the Screening Interview Expertise/intelligenceTeaching abilityCollegialityFit with the groupResearchTeachingTemperamentProspects for successProven track recordAmbition/energyLong-term interest in the schoolIndicators of these attributesClarity of presentationAbility to think on your feetThoughtfulness in answering questionsDepth of questions askedDemeanor toward questions/defensivenessAttitudeBody Language
7 What You Can Do to Prepare for the Screening Interview Participate in mock interviews.Prepare handouts (research summary) and resume/CV.Know who will be interviewing you and how your work fits with theirs.Know what types of questions are relevant and appropriate for you to ask.Know what types of questions are relevant and appropriate for faculty to ask.Understand whether the interview is formal or informal.Handouts (Mihram, “Interviewing Guidelines, Tips and Techniques”; Mihram, “Questions You Will Likely Be Asked”; Sego and Richards, “Ph.D. Interview Preparation Guide for Positions in Academia”)
8 What Happens at the Campus Interview? PresentationIndividual meetings with key faculty membersGroup meetings with students (graduate, undergraduate)Meetings with the Department Head (Chair) and the DeanMeals
9 Preparing for Your Presentation Keys to an outstanding presentation (Mihram handout: Plan, Prepare, Practice, Perform, Polish)Know the timeframe and plan your presentation accordinglyWatch presentations of other job candidates and learn what they do well and not so wellPractice your presentation at your own institutionDoctoral StudentsFacultyBasic issues in the presentation (see Sego and Richards)Differences between screening presentation and campus presentation
10 Preparation for Meetings Understand the audienceKnow who you are talking to in advanceAppropriate questionsDifferent questions for different levelsDoctoral studentsJunior facultySenior facultyInappropriate questions
11 Meeting with the Department Head and Dean Understand the school and its trajectory (strategic plan)What kinds of questions are relevant and appropriate for your interview with the Department Head and the Dean?Handouts (Sego and Richards)
12 How the Faculty and Dean Evaluate Potential Candidates Panel discussion
13 How to Prepare for the Screening Interview Breakout session: Mock interviews
14 Preparing for Your Presentation Breakout session: Mock presentations