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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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Tips for job applicants: your cover letter is too vague and long

What do you study? I simply want a few words first off that tell me what you do. You would not believe the number of letters that give me paragraphs on everything ecological, evolutionary, bioinformatic, transformative, and biodiverse and yet … Continue reading

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Please send your job application materials and reference letters only to the official address

When we hire we want a brilliant, creative, collegial scientist. We also want someone who helps with all the tasks a community of professors has to do in a department. This is not so easy to evaluate. One of the … Continue reading

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