I have a couple phone interviews lined up and think I'm ready to field the search committees questions. I'm having difficulty really figuring out which of my own questions are appropriate for the phone interview versus waiting until if/when I get to a campus interview? What do you think would be appropriate question to ask during the phone interview stage?
Date: 28 Oct 2014 01:04
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Asking them about the locations and quality of local stripclubs is probably something you'll want to wait till you are in person to ask.
Choose your top 1-5 questions in terms of both what you want to know and what will make you sound the best to them (mostly the latter), showing engagement in the school (e.g. asking about something specific to them.) You are probably allotted a 20-30 min slot, which they will spend most of the time asking YOU questions. There might be time only for 1-2 questions from you.
That said, some phone interviews are ones you just talk to 1-2 people rather than a large committee. In that case, you might be able to go on for 45 min or so, in which case there will be lots of time for questions.
Here are some I ask:
- teaching load
- tell me about the students at your school - interests, what do they hope to do afterwards, etc.
- how do they envision the position teaching wise
- support for labs
- students in lab - types of mechanisms for this
- grad students, postdocs, etc.
- how much a push for external grants
- possible internal grants
btw I apply to SLACS and R2s
Ask about collegiality — what type of colleague are they looking for? What evidence of collegiality is there in the dept/college? I have learned a lot from evasive and open responses to this…
For SLACs I've always asked some version of the "tell me about the students in the department" question, both in terms of what majors end up doing (e.g., are there lots of pre-med/pre-grad-school students, heavy clinical interest, etc.) and in terms of unique challenges (such as a broad range of educational backgrounds/preparation, lots of first-generation college students, etc.). No offers yet but it seems to go over well, so ya know, grain of salt. :)
Sometimes I've even explicitly asked what sorts of resources the school has to support diverse students (first-generation, underrepresented minority groups, women in STEM, etc.) because any school with a program is probably proud of it, and it shows you're cognizant of diversity issues (but I'd avoid doing that unless you know for sure the school has *something* so you don't make the interviewer feel awkward).