I've had three interviews so far, first one toward end of February. I'm wondering how to best keep in contact with people in the search committee to make sure they remember me or are aware I continue to be very interested in the position? I did of course send out thank you notes after my visits and I'm always told "feel free to contact me with questions". Problem is that I find it difficult to come up with relevant questions at this stage having already asked all the most important questions and received plenty of information during campus visits and remaining questions seem relevant only if I received an offer. I'm wondering what people recommend to do in this situation - just to sit and wait or keep some sort of correspondence going but then what is appropriate to say in these emails given the uncertainty? I don't want to appear desperate and yet I also don't want people to think I'm not interested (the SCs in my first and second campus visits asked me about other places where I was going to interview). Any advice would be appreciated!
Date: 22 Mar 2011 15:49
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I know this is tough advice to take, but leave the search committee alone. These are busy faculty members with good memories (they can certainly keep track of a handful of campus visitors), so resist the temptation.
Thank you notes are enough, and the 'feel free to contact me with questions' is a prototypical polite ending, which can also serve as a "contact us if you get another offer and need to know where we are at in our process so we don't lose you if you're our first choice". Unless you have relevant news for them (e.g., considering another offer), then there are no important questions left.
If it makes you feel better, I never communicated with folks past the thank you emails and got four job offers (out of five campus interviews). Heck, I forgot to send thank you notes to anyone at one place because I had back-to-back interviews and I still got an offer. Emails don't matter, the campus interview matters. You are well past the point where anything you do now affects the decision process—just distract yourself with work and the company of good friends (and wine) in the meantime.
I totally agree with the above poster, with one caveat- I recently had a major article accepted for publication, so I sent a quick email to only the search chair (she and I had a good rapport going during my interview), and let her know that the article was accepted. She then forwarded the email around, since I got a congratulations from another committee member.
I only sent this around because it was so major- if it was a minor article, I would have just left them alone.
Ah yes, I do have to caveat my own post in line with Anony's-major grants are OK to update too (especially if that institution would potentially getting some overhead money if they hire you). However, the caveat to the caveat is that you have to deliver this news with some social skill-only to one person on the search committee that you have a rapport with (like Anony did). Otherwise the email might come across as high-maintenance, desperate, or arrogant, which are all qualities people don't want in a potential new hire. If they were curious about your other interviews, then that is good news that they know you are potentially wanted by others and busy traveling (this only serves to increase your perceived value). This process is disturbingly like dating, so be yourself and play it cool.