Top Tips for Academic Job Interviews..
Not ready yet to resume full-time blogging, but have enough internet access to reassure everyone that I am indeed still alive, and able at least to reblog this nice article by Bruce Bassett, giving advice to anyone preparing for an interview for an academic position….
Originally posted on Cosmology at AIMS:
We have recently gone through an extensive senior job search for a joint position and the questions we asked the candidates were fairly generic. But I remember my own early job interviews and how badly prepared I was for them, so I thought it might be of interest to list the questions we asked the candidates and the kind of responses panels are typically looking for. At a certain level these questions are obvious as soon as you put yourself in the shoes of the interview panel, and that would be my single biggest piece of advice. Imagine that you are on an interview panel looking for a colleague. What would you be looking for?
Forbes recently crunched recruiter questions down to three core issues: ”Can you do the job? Will you love the job? And can we tolerate working with you?” In the academic context, where permanent positions may see you working with the same colleague for 30 years, I think there is inevitably a little more emphasis on fit and personality (who wants to have to work with a rude genius for 30 years?) although it is important to remember that Universities have to be successful financially, so more and more, the ability to raise funding and to build a department’s profile are coming in as key criteria.
Anyway, here are the questions we asked, which I don’t think anyone will mind me disclosing here in the interest of aiding young scientists. Needless to say these are my own thoughts and different countries and fields may do things differently!