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What You'll be Asked During an Academic Job Interview


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The academic job interview strikes fear into the hearts of graduate students, recent graduates, and postdocs alike. What's so scary about it? Nothing - except that it typically lasts two days, requires one or two formal presentations, includes social events, and interviews with a large number of campus representatives. How can you prepare for the academic job interview for a faculty position at a college or university? Understand the questions that you're likely to encounter and be ready to answer them. So, what questions can you expect during an academic job interview?

  • Describe your research. What are you currently working on? What is your five year plan?
  • What are your plans for publishing?
  • How do you plan to support your research?
  • 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'd teach an introductory survey course in your discipline (or an advanced seminar)?
  • What courses would you like to teach?
  • What course, not currently in our catalog, would you like to develop?
  • How does your research inform your teaching?
  • What are your plans for integrating students into your research?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What textbook would you use in a particular course?
  • What classes have you taught?
  • How do you structure your courses?
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