Job Talks & Short Lists

Job Talks & Short Lists

DTM Staff Scientists
January 31, 2013

If you are after an academic job, then getting on a short list of interviewees is the first goal. That said, departments differ greatly in how they organize hiring. Some departments, such as those in the UK, have group interviews, some have no official short list but instead use their seminar list as a giant rolling admissions of a sort, and some start with a phone interview (you might also want to practice these, and get a Skype account and learn to use it). These differences underscore the central piece of advice: every talk is a job talk. There is no such thing as an informal talk, even though some faculty in a department may ask you for one. Furthermore, it's a good idea to treat every moment of a campus visit as part of the job interview, even the social/casual moments.