I hate to be that anxious person that asks "what does it mean when the search committee….", but my anxiety is getting the best of me. Shortly after my interview at this institution, I was asked by someone at the Dean's office to send over official transcripts (Last week). Today, one of my referees told me they called them to check the legitimacy of my references. I am curious if you think this is procedural or it is a sign that an offer is coming my way?? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.
Date: 10 Feb 2015 23:48
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Could just be procedural — I've been interviewed before where the committee contacted references for all candidates after the campus interviews, so I wouldn't read too much into it. (Sorry!). I know we like to look for such cues, but, if 3 years on the market has taught me nothing else, it is that this job hunt is a guessing game and we can't really read into anything! It probably at least means you met their "bar", otherwise they wouldn't have done this next step. But, others might have as well and they could be using this add'l information to help make decisions.
This did happen to my friend right before an offer. Like previous poster said, I guess we don't know whether the other interviewees also had their references contacted. Good luck!!
It's been a while since I was on the search, but I recall numerous inquiries about official transcripts and legitimacy of references. With the transcripts, it varied a lot per institution, although I seem to recall larger institutions having this more automated and definitely procedural (e.g., a dean's office or HR would contact me rather than the search committee itself). In my case, whenever a search committee member actually called one of my references, it directly corresponded to my making the short list and getting a phone interview. The only time a committee member contacting my references didn't pan out was when a search got cancelled due to budget issues.
From being an applicant and search committee member, in general any meaningful contact will come from the search committee before you finish the on-campus interview. After this happens, watch to be contacted by a higher-up with good things usually coming by phone or an email about arranging a phone call.
I had a campus interview almost 2 weeks ago. It thought it went really well and they seemed interested. About 2 days after I returned from the interview, the chair of the search committee emailed me about a possible research collaboration with one of my current students (I'm looking to move to a different school, hence my application/ interview). So, now myself, my student and the chair of the committee at the "new" school are making plans to meet to discuss the project! He also told me that I should hear something in "10 days or less." I also told him that I had another offer, but was waiting to hear from him before I responded. He replied that he fully expected me to have other offers, if not from them then from other places. Ughhh what does this all mean? I feel like a teenage girl trying to figure out if a boy in my class likes me! Some words of advice anyone??