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1 The Academic Job Market Graduate Student and Postdoc “Summer Camp” Day 3: The Interview Chicago Center for Teaching– grad.uchicago.edu

2 The Academic Job Market Graduate Student and Postdoc “Summer Camp” Day 3: The Interview Chicago Center for Teaching– grad.uchicago.edu

3 The Academic Job Market Graduate Student and Postdoc “Summer Camp” Day 3: The Interview Chicago Center for Teaching– grad.uchicago.edu

4 grad.uchicago.edu Winning the Academic Interview (in 10 minutes)

5 grad.uchicago.edu 1’-2’: Look the Part WOMEN  Gray/Brown Suit  Color Can Work  Easy on the Jewels  Pants vs. Skirt  Heels vs. No Heels MEN  Gray Suit  Blazers can Work  Tame the Beard  New Leather Shoes  New Belt EVERYONE  FIT, NOT $$$$.  Haircut  No backpacks  Wear it all first  Ask for honesty

6 grad.uchicago.edu (Prepare for the Elements)

7  In the Week(s) before: -Do homework -Record yourself -…in front of a mirror -Practice with partners -Develop questions -Know: Your research Your courses Next project Mentoring Tricky questions grad.uchicago.edu 3’-5’: Prep  24 hours before: -Arrive in town with time to spare -Check out location -Sleep (but caffeinate) -No conference trolls -Read something unrelated to the job market—even enjoyable—on the morning of your conversation. -Goldilocks zone

8 grad.uchicago.edu 6’-8: In the Room (It May Get…Weird).

9 grad.uchicago.edu 6’-8’: In the Room  Win in Five Seconds -Smile / Energy -Handshake-ready  Eyes up -Where? -Bridge of the nose -Keep them level  Posture -Hands at side -Minimal gestures -Feet flat -Back straight

10 grad.uchicago.edu 8’-10’: Answer Formulation  Elements of strong answers: -Brevity—two sentences instead of three -Articulating broad stakes of the question -Addressing opposing views -Positive accounts of your department/experience  Other indicators of confidence to faculty: -Rephrasing a question to clarify -Tying answers to previous questions or comments -Taking a moment to think about an answer

11 grad.uchicago.edu 3’ for Questions

12 grad.uchicago.edu Workshop/Practice  Groups of 3  One Packet/Group  Introductions

13 grad.uchicago.edu Workshop/Practice  A  B, B  C, C  A  Feedback -Positive / places to improve -Regroup after 10 minutes, repeat -Research/Teaching/General


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