Faculty Tips for the Academic Job Interview

Watch this video to learn from four distinguished academic professionals on how to prepare for your academic interview. Presented by the Center for Career Development and the UConn Graduate School.

Note: The interviewer typically seeks to know six things about the candidate.

  1. Is the candidate competent?
  2. Can the candidate work with others?
  3. Does the candidate demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills?
  4. Does the candidate seem friendly?
  5. Could I consider the candidate a colleague?
  6. Will the candidate add something beneficial to our department?

More Tips from Faculty

Pre-Work

  • “Learn everything you can about the institution, the faculty, and the department.” 
  • “Have a sense about with whom in the department you might want to collaborate.”
  • “Gain an understanding about the students attending the institution.”
  • “Be able to talk about yourself and your work in the past, present, and future.”
  • “Practice out loud.“
  • “If interviewing by phone or Skype, practice with a friend to ensure your technology is working properly.”
  • “Participate in a practice interview and ask for feedback on any distracting habits you might have.”
  • “If having a virtual interview, arrange your space to convey your professionalism.”

During the Interview

  • “Know your audience. Are all the interviewers in your field?” 
  • “Provide examples to feature your skills and strengths.”
  • “Convey enthusiasm.”
  • “Limit any distracting habits.”
  • “Ask a clarifying question if you don’t understand what the interviewer is asking.”
  • “Always talk about the experiences and skills that you do have to offer; don’t talk about what you don’t have to offer.”

After The Interview

  • “Do something that you find relaxing.”
  • “Begin drafting thank-you notes and/or emails to everyone with whom you interviewed.”
  • “Use your thank-you notes to more thoroughly answer a question for which you felt you did not initially give the best answer.”
  • “Use your thank-you notes to convey the ways that you feel you would be a good fit with the department and institution.”
  • “Keep a log with any questions that you would like to practice answering with greater competency; also write down what you felt you did particularly well.”
  • “Consider tweaking your presentations and documents based on your experiences using them.”