I just saw that someone posted on the wiki that they completed their "written interview." What is that? Just curious.
Date: 18 Nov 2010 16:57
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I had posted over in the search status area asking the same thing. I've never heard of that before! I'm curious…
It's a set of essay questions that places sometimes use in lieu of a phone interview to cut down the number of people they are considering for an on-campus interview. For places with "dealbreaker" type things (like, if it's a religious institution and they want to make sure you are ok with that; or if they really want to be sure that you know how to give good feedback on writing, if part of the job is to teach a freshman writing seminar), this is a good way to prevent awkward interviews in which it becomes clear that the fit between applicant and institution is totally untenable, and the whole thing turns into a waste of everyone's time.