Great advice on the application and interview process in academia from Jon Dantzig, the chair of the faculty recruiting committee at UIUC's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department.
Tips on getting and succeeding in job interviews for academic positions in mathematics, from the AMS/MAA Employment Register to campus interviews. The advice is skewed to those searching for a job at liberal arts colleges.
By Dave Jensen, Science's Next Wave. "Perhaps the best advice is that because there's nothing
you can do about it anyway, you might as well be yourself. There's something liberating about
the idea that you don't really have to perform, to pretend to be something you're not."
Courtesy of Pomona College's Career Center.
by Dave Jensen, ScienceCareers. "Telephone interviews can be one of the most uncomfortable
pieces of the job-seeking puzzle. For one, there’s none of the human warmth that can (some of
the time) make an interview tolerable or even fun. Instead, your fate is being decided by a
tinny, disembodied voice on the other end of the line. Still, employers resort to these
interviews because they are a necessary step, primarily for cost reasons. Without them,
companies would overburden themselves interviewing candidates face to face who could have
been disqualified much earlier on."
by Guy Kawasaki. "Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so
here’s the inside scoop. Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright
deny what I’m saying, but if you use these tips you will stand head and shoulders above most
by Eugene Lerman at UIUC. Useful advice on how to give a successful job talk at a research university.
"As a doctoral student or postdoc seeking a professorship, your academic job talk may well be the most important presentation you will ever give. An excellent talk can get you the job, while a poor one will almost surely eliminate you from contention."
Science's Next Wave. "For many of us the first time we face the scrutiny of a 'serious'
interview panel is when we try to convince a department to take us on as a PhD student. You may
have run the interview gauntlet before then, for summer jobs for example, but the stakes--a
career in science, or not--have probably never been so high. And as you progress--applying
for postdocs, fellowships, and (whisper it!) permanent academic positions, the pressure
just keeps piling on."
"Most people, young scientists included, believe that job interviews are a one-way process.
You, the interviewee, present yourself as well as possible, while the interviewer carefully
evaluates you in relation to all the other finalists. That is only half the story."
Experts in academia and industry offer practical advice for job-hunting scientists.
"If you have been selected for an interview, you have obviously impressed your potential
employer - your next challenge is to maintain their positive perception of you in the
Interview Questions - Turning negative situations into positive ones and how to explain
these in interviews
"You just got word that you landed a job interview with a company that really interests you --
only there's a slight catch. You won't be meeting with your interviewer(s) face to face.
Instead, you'll be taking part in a phone interview, the results of which will determine
whether you're invited to meet with company representatives in person."
The interview is going along smoothly. You're psyched that "this may be the one." And then it happens. Out of nowhere. "Are you considering having children?" Or, "How long has your family been in this country?" Or, "Your people place a high value on that, don't
they?" Or, "You've done amazingly well for someone in a wheelchair." Here's how to handle the situation, courtesy of Job Hunter E-Zine.
"It is becoming increasingly common for presentations to be delivered as part of the
recruitment process, enabling employers to assess your talent for effective organisation,
your communication skills, and your ability to collate and analyse information."
"In any interview, even one wrong turn can change you from a dream candidate to a potential
nightmare. eWEEK rounds up 10 errors that could cost you your next callback."
It's the moment you've been waiting for. You have managed to get an interview for a coveted...