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I had a Skype interview yesterday for a faculty job, and the mental video reel keeps replaying over and over in my head. There are several aspects of how it went that left me feeling dissatisfied, which is not a good sign. Since I can't have a do-over for yesterday, it seems like it will be more productive to write out some points so I will hopefully be better prepared next time (assuming there is a next time, but let's not dwell on that).

They wanted to know why I was considering a place that only offers up to Master's degrees, not PhDs. My message was garbled, but what I should have said is that I consider broader scientific education to be a higher priority than training people to the highest level. By some metrics, PhDs are overproduced.

Related to that - I should have asked more specific questions about recruiting and supporting Master's students instead of the vague, open-ended, negative question I asked at the end.

Lastly, when they asked about space and resource needs for research, I needed to say more about my stable isotope and radioisotope work.

Ugh.

But time to stand up, dust myself off, and move on.

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wig
Oct. 18th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Good strategy, and I hope there is a next time -- unless you get a nice surprise and find out you got the job after all :-)
shellynoir
Oct. 18th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps write out all the questions you can think of and have practice skype interviews with your most intimidating friends? In Klingon because it's October.
randomdreams
Oct. 19th, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
Look at it as practice and make the most of negative experimental results!
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