I will not comment on the applicability of this quote.

“Because no matter where you are in your career, but most especially if you are just starting out, or (god forbid) a grad student, you are, as an academic, insecure, verbose, defensive, paranoid, beset by feelings of inadequacy,  pretentious, self-involved, communicatively challenged, and fixated on minutiae.”

Karen Kelsky, The ‘Be Yourself’ Myth. Inside Higher Ed [link]

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The phone interview!

Figure 1.  This is not what you want to have happen in a phone interview.  Remove all sharp objects & rodents from the room when you take the call.
Figure 1. This is not what you want to have happen in a phone interview. Remove all sharp objects & rodents from the room when you take the call. Credit: Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

The job market season is right around the corner and many of us are preparing our research statements and CVs, all the while trying to keep our productivity up.

A common feature in the current job market is the phone or Skype interview.  As exciting as this interview may be, the phone interview is fundamentally different from the on-campus interview – they want to whittle the long list down before they bring people to the campus for a broader look at their qualifications.  This means there’s less time for you, the candidate, to find out what you need to know about the faculty. It’s all about telling the committee what they need to know about you in less than an hour.  The details that will be helpful in your later negotiation need to wait, except inasmuch as they show you have thought deeply about who you have been as a researcher, who you would be as a peer and mentor, and where you want to be at tenure. [more after the break] Continue reading The phone interview!