- Research the institution and the department; read the University Catalog and mission statement
- Know who you will meet- ask for a schedule of your interview prior to the day of the interview
- Research the individuals you will meet- you may be asked if you are already familiar with some of the faculty and their research
- Be able to articulate your research and teaching style in detail and in summary
- Be prepared to describe your research to experts and non-experts (students, faculty, deans)
- Practice your presentation and anticipate questions you may be asked
- Take extra copies of your CV, samples of your work, handouts for presentation
- Pack more than one interview outfit (some interviews take place over two days); wear comfortable shoes- day long interviews could include a campus tour
- Ask in advance the type of multimedia will be available for your presentation
- Prepare backup for your presentation if technology fails- ie- save on a disk and in your email, provide handouts
- Be prepared to discuss your future work
- Limit alcohol intake during any social event during the interview process; do not drink alcohol if additional interviewing will take place after the event
- Prepare and ask THOUGHTFUL questions
- Ask for business cards from those with whom you interviewed to follow up with a thank you letter and with any additional instructions agreed upon at the interview
II. Sample Questions
Tell us about yourself.
Why do you want to work here?
How do you stay up to date in your field?
What professional associations are you a part of?
Why should we hire you?
What are your professional goals?
What contributions would you make to our department?
Describe your research. What are you currently working on?
What is your five year plan?
Where does your interest in this area come from?
What are your plans for publishing?
How will you seek funding to support your research?
In what journals do you plan to submit your research?
What is your teaching philosophy?
Describe how you would teach an introductory survey course in your discipline (or an advanced seminar)?
What courses would you like to teach or develop?
What are some of your teaching techniques?
How is your research incorporated into your teaching?
How do you structure your courses (or if you have not taught before, how would you structure your course?)
Questions to Ask in an Interview
For each meeting (Deans, Department Chairs, Graduate Students), you should be prepared with thoughtful questions that demonstrate your interest in the position and preparation for the interview.
How often are departmental meetings held?
Who is eligible to vote on departmental decisions?
What kinds of technology are available in the classroom?
What are the department's plans for growth and hiring?
What sorts of programs are available for new faculty (orientation, mentoring,)?
How do graduate students select their advisors?
Where do graduate students go upon completion of their degrees?
What non-teaching expectations are there?
How important is research when it comes to tenure and promotion?
III. Articles of Interest
The Academic Job Interview Revisited
Asking the Right Questions