Competing Against an Inside Job Candidate

What if you are applying for a faculty job and suspect there is an inside candidate. Are you concerned?

If you are, it might be because the idea of competing against an inside candidate makes you feel less qualified. Then your mind might get to wondering if the selection committee is only interviewing external candidates to satisfy a hiring policy. That could lead you to terminate your application without ever finding out if the institution is actually more interested in filling the position with an external candidate than the internal candidate who is qualified but not a very nice person. These types of thoughts are common but they do absolutely nothing to help you leverage what you do have to offer an institution. To learn about ways to feature your competitive advantages and to position yourself as the top choice, read the full article here.

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By Kay Kimball Gruder
Kay Kimball Gruder Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services