I'm safely in a postdoc for another year so I only applied to a few places that I thought I would be a good fit with. I got invited to come out for an interview in the UK. This is an exciting development because I'm assuming that this place is very serious about me and I might be near the top of their shortlist since they are spending quite a bit of money to evaluate me. However, someone told me that an institution might fly someone out from another country just to compare them to their local first choice or that there is some quota of foreign applicants that must be seriously considered. Has anyone on this list had experience with being flown overseas for a campus interview? Or has anyone ever been on a search committee where they had to decide whether or not they were going to spend the money to invite someone out who was low on the shortlist?
Date: 28 Apr 2011 22:08
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They are serious. It's hard for UK schools to hire non EU people currently. Be prepared though if you're not already, the UK academic interview is a completely different species of animal.
Congratulations on the interview invite! They are serious. As Zorro says, the campus interview process in the UK is quite different from how things are done in the US. Typically, all final candidates are called to campus together on a single day. A research presentation is expected and sometimes they may ask for a teaching demo as well. Generally the whole Dept. will be invited for the research/teaching presentation, and this will be followed up with an interview with the search committee (you'll sit across from the "interview board" and answer questions). If they take you out to lunch, it will probably be with all the other candidates! The "winning" candidate will hear from them pretty soon- sometimes the very same day. You won't get much time to consider the offer, and the job start date can be at any time during the academic year (so not necessarily in Aug).
I should add that I was invited overseas, but couldn't travel at the time- so, they did a phone interview with me and I gave my research presentation over the phone! It was a case of excellent fit, and I ended up being offered the job even though they had never seen me.
I was invited for an interview in the UK last year, and I was hopeful of the same thing as psyche. In the end, the whole time they had intended to hire their own post doc, but still flew two of us over from the US. I found that a little odd, but it was still a great and interesting experience for me.