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Interview techniques for academic positions


 Actual interviewing techniques in the academic sector vary across organizations and cultural boundaries, but general “rules of thumb” typically will prepare a candidate for any situation they may encounter. If a mentee has not conducted an interview before and institutional career services are unavailable, mentors or groups of peers may wish to practice in front of one another to improve interviewing skills. Academic interviews in many countries include campus visits and may extend over a whole day to several days; candidates should be prepared for the “informal” aspects of such an interview process (e.g., what to say during a dinner with members of a hiring committee).

Useful resources on Interview techniques for academic positions:

Montana State University. (n.d.). How to Interview for a Faculty Position.

Frank, realistic presentation on preparing for an academic interview (also applicable to postdoc interviewing situations). Notes about search committees and what to do while preparing for, during, and after an interview.

University of Southern California Career Center. (n.d.). Interviewing & Follow-Up.

Description of different types of interviews, preparation, typical questions, and writing thank-you notes (with an example). 

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Author: Stephanie Krueger

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Last Updated: October 28, 2021


Editor: Stephanie Krueger Last modified: 28.10. 2021 13:10