A job announcement just came up for a school in which I previously had an interview (two years ago). The feedback from my last interview was very good and I enjoyed my visit very much, but they ended up going a different direction. Is it seen as strange to apply again? If I do apply, any advice for how to frame the cover letter (i.e. do I mention that I have already been there and enjoyed my time), etc.
Date: 24 Sep 2015 19:14
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did you get an offer last time that you turned down, or did you take another job first? either way, I'm guessing that's gonna weaken your chances unless they were super eager to hire you last time
I did not get an offer, but was basically told that if the first choice turned them down (she didn't) that I was next.
Apply again, and personalize the cover letter for why it's such a great fit for you. We've certainly had amazing number 2 candidates that we wanted to hire but just didn't have the funds for.
Thanks SearchCommitteeChair. Would you recommend mentioning explicitly that this is second time applying/my past interview?
I would say that you interviewed before and you really enjoyed the place the first time around. Especially given that you had such a positive reception the first time around, this is really a no-brainer in my opinion!
I'm not the SCChair, but that is a tough question. I think I would mention it…you could have different committee members who might not readily remember your name (I don't remember our second choice from 2 years ago). If it were me, I would have that early in the letter. Stating that you are excited to see that a position is open again. You previously interviewed and were impressed with the department, faculty, etc. That would at least catch their attention and get them talking to each other. If they really liked you, then they might jump on the chance to see you again.
I agree: apply again and make all this stuff clear… if the same person who chaired the search last time is not chairing this one, maybe send them a separate email just for the heads up
I mean email the person who chaired the last search. Sorry for being vague.