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Five reasons to hire you for our open faculty position

Hiring is one of the most important things we do. A new hire is a colleague for years, possibly decades. The new professor will figure out things we don’t know, will even completely change the way we view a major … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: why we don’t agree on the top candidates

Here are the steps we take in choosing whom to interview, in case you are just tuning in. First, each person on the search committee read about a third of the applicants. Two people read each applicant. Then each reader … Continue reading

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Update on phone interviews: a list of actual questions!

Here’s a list of actual phone interview questions, kindly provided by a colleague who just shone on a phone interview. He said it helped a lot to practice and to have some notes written out, though he did not use … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: what we want to hear on the phone interview

Against all odds, you have an interview! Don’t order the spinach salad! Oh, wait, it’s a phone interview? Hmm, how does that work? I remember a giggly trans-ocean interview from Rice in which the faculty all crammed into my office … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: we ranked into categories, not into a line

Even the most collegial people can get stubborn if they feel they are not being respected sufficiently, or if they feel they are being ignored. This is a dynamic that serves no useful purpose on a search committee, so I … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: how the department decides whom to hire

Hiring a colleague for the coming decades is the most important thing we do. We want to get it right. We want someone who knows how to get research on great ideas done in the foggy jungle of daily tasks … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: how I read your file on the first pass

It is not easy to read hundreds of job application files, so it is important to have a system. I do not know if other people use my system or not. Most probably they have their own system, but we … Continue reading

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