Friday, November 15, 2013
Dr. Amelia's Pro Tips for Job Searchers.
Thank you for your interest in the Hamster Fur Department. We are so pleased to welcome you on campus this week. Here are a few tips for ensuring your success:
1. If we ask you what classes in the major you can teach, don't make up classes that we don't offer and probably won't ever offer. We all have dreams. However, we work in reality.
2. If we ask you about a 5-year research trajectory, it's fine to give broad strokes of the types of questions you are interested in. We're really interested in making sure your ideas are feasible in our environment. If you can't answer that question without referring to "my advisor" in every other sentence, you have a problem.
3. Similarly, if you can't describe your own dissertation to a relatively skilled, experienced and even interested audience, it's a problem.
4. We get it - the interview schedule is packed and you are tired from your trip. If you tell us that more than 4 times in the course of the day, most likely a problem.
5. We asked you if you have special food needs so we could accommodate them. If you said you have no issues, but then proceed to berate the nice student waiting on you for the lack of gluten-free items, you might have a problem.
6. We realize that an interview goes both ways. If we ask you what we can tell you, and you tell us "Well, I haven't really looked at your web site, so I should probably do that first," you might have a problem.
We picked you because we liked, you, kid. Don't make problems for yourself.