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									            SOE Interviewing
              Presentation

                           1/25/2007

                Edward W. Wolfe


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                   Part I: Prior to the Visit
   What to prepare for/take to the visit
         Travel plans
         Hard & electronic copies (& backups) of your
          presentation
         Copies of the materials that you submitted to the search
          committee (including vita)
         Notes (see next section)
         Clothes & anything you need to look your best (don’t
          assume it will be in the hotel room)




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                   Part I: Prior to the Visit
   Things you should know before the interview
         Who’s who (Dean, Chair, search committee members,
          faculty members, support staff, graduate students)
         Interview schedule/expectations (research presentation
          & who will attend & technology, teaching presentation &
          who will attend, other, who will you meet)
         Orientation of the program (students, degrees granted,
          services provided, classes taught)
         Nature of the position (source of funding, classes to
          teach, teaching/advising load, special circumstances)
         Concerns about my fit to the position
         Fishing questions (pay, political issues, support levels)

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                      Part I: Prior to the Visit
   What to wear
           Something formal that doesn’t draw attention
               My interview was the only occasion where my colleagues have
                seen me in a tie & jacket.
               It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
               It’s difficult to be remembered for what you wore if you wear
                something fairly plain (“Remember … it was that guy who wore
                the Pink Floyd tie.”)




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             Part II: During the Visit
   Example agendas




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             Part II: During the Visit
   Example agendas




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             Part II: During the Visit
   Example agendas




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                  Part II: During the Visit
   Things you might be asked to do
         Research presentation
         Teaching presentation
         Justify your existence




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                     Part II: During the Visit
   Questions asked to the candidate
         Why do you want to come here?
         What makes you a good candidate for this position?
         Courses
               Which of our classes can you teach & how would you teach them
               Ideally, what would you like to teach
               What is your philosophy of teaching
               How do you motivate difficult student X
           Tell me about your research and/or what do you think
            about esoteric theory X and/or have you ever thought of
            Y?
               What are your research interests
               What research projects are you working on now
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                  Part II: During the Visit
   Questions asked to the candidate
         What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
         What contributions can you make to our program?
         How well do you work with difficult group X?
         Describe your personality.
         How long would you plan to stay here?
         What is your greatest accomplishment?
         How do you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now?
         What do you do for fun?
         Tell me about your family (etc.).
         What else can I tell you?


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                       Part II: During the Visit
   Questions to ask the interviewers
           Program
               Students/degrees
               Role of program
           Position
               Classes to teach
               Advising/teaching load
               Source of funding
           Specifics
               Salary, benefits, raises, evaluation process, expectations
               Support & startup funding, moving, reductions, travel
           Personal (Schools, Activities, Spouse opportunities)

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                    Part II: During the Visit
   Research presentation
         Have something worth presenting
         Know who will attend & focus presentation at that level
         High quality materials (no errors, clear, succinct)
         Well rehearsed (script with jokes inserted, timing per
          slide, practice in front of others & in front of camera, etc.)
         Bring multiple copies of your materials (electronic & hard
          copies)
         Bring any personal effects (water, hairbrush, pens, etc.)
         Dress appropriately
         Use humor
         Relax
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                  Part II: During the Visit
   Teaching a class
         Take it seriously
         Teach at an introductory level
         Admit mistakes or gaps in knowledge
         Ask questions of others




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                   Part III: After the Visit
   Know what you want
         Location & Lifestyle
         Salary, Benefits, Retirement
         Partner/Family Issues
         Colleagues
         Politics
         Expectations/Priorities
         Startup Funds/Support




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                   Part III: After the Visit
   Responding to a job offer or rejection
         Be patient
         Be honest




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                      Part III: After the Visit
   Negotiating the offer
           Know what you want
               Have to have
               Want to have
               Would be nice to have
         Ask for specifics
         Take time to think about it
         Timing a reply
         Be careful about saying “no”




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