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1 Interviewing for Academic Positions Preparation for your on- campus presentation and interviews

2 How the Job Search Process Works The Resume and Letter of Recommendation The Conference (Screening) Interview The Campus Visit What affects who gets an interview? What affects who gets a campus visit? The Offer What affects who gets an offer? What can you do to prepare for each stage? How do I negotiate? Where are the jobs?

3 Where Do You Want to Apply? Find out about the openings Types of academic institutions Research vs. teaching Public vs. private Large universities vs. small colleges Research the institutions well ahead of time

4 What Faculty Look for in Evaluating Resumes/CV’s Resume/CV criteria How would you change your resume/CV? Format Content

5 What Faculty Look for in Evaluating Resumes/CV’s Letter of evaluation criteria Who 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/intelligence Teaching ability Collegiality Fit with the group Research Teaching Temperament Prospects for success Proven track record Ambition/energy Long-term interest in the school Indicators of these attributes Clarity of presentation Ability to think on your feet Thoughtfulness in answering questions Depth of questions asked Demeanor toward questions/defensiveness Attitude Body 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? Presentation Individual meetings with key faculty members Group meetings with students (graduate, undergraduate) Meetings with the Department Head (Chair) and the Dean Meals

9 Preparing for Your Presentation Keys to an outstanding presentation (Mihram handout: Plan, Prepare, Practice, Perform, Polish) Know the timeframe and plan your presentation accordingly Watch presentations of other job candidates and learn what they do well and not so well Practice your presentation at your own institution Doctoral Students Faculty Basic issues in the presentation (see Sego and Richards) Differences between screening presentation and campus presentation

10 Preparation for Meetings Understand the audience Know who you are talking to in advance Appropriate questions Different questions for different levels Doctoral students Junior faculty Senior faculty Inappropriate 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


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