Any pointers? I know it is very different from a US interview and I won't be flying out (doing Skype instead). The research presentation is only 15-20 minutes and I have read you should talk about REF stuff.
Date: 23 Feb 2016 15:05
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The interview process is indeed different in the UK. All interviews (either via Skype or on campus) are conducted on the same day and usually you will hear from the chair on the same day or within a day or two about the results.
The emphasis on REF is huge so make yourself familiar with it. They love hearing about collaborations with others so as an outsider you have an advantage. Learn about the department and the university and see if you can identify people you can work with as well.
Also, in most cases only one or two of the interviewers are from the department and there is at least one outsider so don't be too technical in your presentation. Make sure you practice on it and that it fits the time allocated. The time of the interview can be a bit unusual depending where you live so I suggest practicing the talk at that time if you are not used to lecture then.
REF stands for The Research Excellence Framework. It's the system in which departments and universities are assessed every few years. A lot of things depend on that. Universities can get more funding and also if you get high ratings this can help attract better students.
Thank you! I have a colleague that is there (invited to apply for position). I plan on just painting broad strokes and then emphasizing how I can contribute to REF (both in terms of publication rate/quality and the translation/social good piece).
Thankfully the time isn't too early in the morning here in the US!
Anon, they ask similar questions to the one you get in the US, but they might ask some broader questions since the interviewers are not just from the psych department. They want to see how you fit with the university and I suggest reading the mission statement of the university. They also want to know how you can help the department and they will probably ask about both teaching and research so be prepared to tell them what classes you can teach. They also asked me what I see myself doing in the next 5 years so have some answers ready for future research plans.