I have been invited for an on campus interview where there are other psychologists/physicians in the med school that I would be very interested in collaborating with. In fact, the possibility of such work is really my primary reason to seek this position. Would it be appropriate to request a tour/meeting with this individuals during the interview days?
Date: 13 Nov 2014 02:19
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i was given the opportunity to request meetings on the visits i've been on, and took advantage of the opportunity. it was looked at favorably in terms of the response i got (i'm assuming in a "i'm really interested and considering coming here and have done my homework" way).
Overall I agree with above. You need to get some face time with the people you might want to collaborate with if you end up going there. But, be careful to not seem disinterested in the department you're interested in. Once when I was on a search committee my department turned against one of the candidates because some felt the person was way too interested in collaborating with doctors at the med school than with other psychologists in our department. It was a dumb thing for them to get mad about, as that was exactly the type of researcher we were charged with finding. Some people, however, just look for *something* negative to say about any candidate who is brought in or whom they just don't want to hire for some other reason they can't say out loud (e.g., they wanted their area to get a hire but another area got it).
Definitely talk to collaborators, but I echo anonbanon's point that you want to respect the department in which you are interviewing. Last year, I scheduled a time to talk to a potential "external" collaborator after the scheduled interview was complete. So, I got the conversation in without derailing the primary schedule since it seemed pretty packed already.