Friday, February 5, 2010

First Impressions: Job Interview

I have been rereading my old posts on my job interview process at the MLA conference. (Yes, I'm weird enough to reread my own writing on a regular basis.) In those posts, I described some of the most disconcerting experiences I'd had as a job candidate for an academic position.

I was surprised to discover that most of the weird experiences I described came from the very institution that ended up hiring me and where I am now happily employed. This just goes to show that first impressions are not the most credible ones.

Of course, the people who interviewed me must also have a lot of funny stories to tell about me. Once, for instance, I forgot the name of the university that was interviewing me. OK, I didn't really forget, I was just too lazy to check before the actual interview. The following dialogue then took place.

Interviewer: So what makes you want to work at XXX University?

Me: Where?

Interviewer: XXX University. [Pause] That's our university.

Me: Oh! Right. [Long pause].

Interviewer: So?

Needless to say, after this phone interview they felt no desire to meet me in person.


Anonymous said...

You aren't on the market again, are you? All this talk about job interviews looks suspicious. :)

Clarissa said...

I'm not but a very dear friend is. His stories bring back memories of my own.