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WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK AT AN INTERVIEW FOR A FACULTY POSITION? Judith A. Jablonski, Ph.D.1 ______________________________________________________________________ CONTENTS Introduction Before the Conference Formulating Your Questions Questions You Hope You Are Asked What Else to Find Out After the Conference: What Comes Next? ______________________________________________________________________ Introduction As you prepare to interview for faculty positions at the ASIS&T conference, you need to take the time to consider both what you want in a position and what the school in question wants in a person. The conference interview is like a blind date. You want to make a good impression, and you are curious about what they are like; the interview committee is doing the same thing – or should be. The more prepared you are, the better the interview will go. The following includes a discussion of how to think about what it is you want in a faculty position, a compilation of questions to ask at the interview, and some thoughts on how to analyze and think about the job interview experience after the conference is over.

Before the Conference Know Thyself! If you’re at the point where you’re ready to look for a faculty position, you probably have a good idea of what it is you want. Or perhaps you don’t. Now, several months before the conference, is when you need to take the time to reflect on who you are professionally and what your interests and needs are. Knowing these things, you will be in a better position to understand and evaluate which schools might be the best for you (and why you might be the best for them). First, write a list of what your areas of interest are in research and in teaching. Your resume or vita, if you have one, can help you here (if you don’t have one, save these notes; they will help you later when you make one). Then, take the time to reflect on what you need and want in a faculty position. How to do this? Brainstorm, make lists, talk it over with people whose opinions you trust. It’s important to take your time here ~ this is your future you’re considering! Keep in mind that what’s right for someone else may not be right for you. Know yourself before you begin! _____________________________________________________________________________________  WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK AT AN INTERVIEW FOR A FACULTY POSITION? By Judith A. Jablonski, Ph.D.  Page 1 of 9

 

Having a clear sense of who you are and what you want will allow you to evaluate job postings, schools, curricula and faculty from the perspective of how they fit with your goals and needs. Fit is important. It’s the first thing you want to be looking for. Know the Other Based on what you know about yourself, take some time to learn about schools that might be a good place for you. Don’t worry if they’re not hiring; at this point your purpose is exploratory. The kinds of questions you should be asking yourself are: • Who’s out there? What looks like a school I could be happy at or do good work at? What are schools looking for this year? Is what I do something they want? What do I have to offer any given school?

RESUME OR VITA: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? Resume: A resume is a short account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications. • • Typically 1 ½ to 2 pages long. Includes information on your education, previous work experience, and contact information. Its purpose is to get an interview rather than land the job itself.





Vita: A vita is a longer document usually used by persons interested in an academic position. The word vita often used as the shorthand way of referring to the document itself. Curriculum vitae, abbreviated CV, is Latin for “course of a life.” • Varies in length depending on the extent of history of the person. A 20-page vita is not unusual. Includes information on your o Contact information o Education (incl. summary or title of dissertation) o Professional experience (work, teaching, and research)...
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