I'm a bit offended by a recent post on your page by "Sander."
What Sander fails to realize is that we have a wide variety of applicants to choose from, and one way in which we do that is to let those who are really suited to our institution shine. We let them talk. We let them tell us why they want to join us. We let them show us how much they want the job by revealing how seriously they took their job search.
I have asked candidates the same questions Sander found so insulting. I ask for candidates to tell me about themselves because it reveals a great deal.
I ask candidates why they want to join us at Xxxxxxx College because that's going to separate the wheat from the chaff.
What Sander didn't do apparently, is show enough interest in his own job search to actually have thought of these things. I have candidates every year who do a great job of answering those questions. Some ask me probing and intelligent questions about my institution, its students, and its policies.
Those who can't master those meetings with the Dean are likely still on the market.
- Dean Donald