Based on the conversations I've had during interviews and from speaking with friends of mine, it seems like in my area the same 7-9 candidates are getting all the R1 interview invites. Is there any way that chatter amongst SCs might bias schools with later deadlines to go after the candidates that the other schools want? Of course, a small minority of candidates cannot take every job, making it more likely that there will be a "late" market this year.
Date: 02 Dec 2011 20:23
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Absolutely. A faculty member at an R1 was just telling me that this happens all the time, especially amongst R1s. He said that he got an interview (and an offer) at a school after a member of the search committee chatted with someone from a school that he'd just interviewed at. The member of the search committee was curious, so he pulled out this faculty member's file and invited him to interview. With so many candidates, a little attention is sometimes the thing that can make a person stand out. And let's face it, in psychology, we know that we will want something more if someone else wants it.
Yes, this happens all the time and it is very annoying. It's like going on tour for these prized candidates. Hogging up all of the interview invites. I want to point out that this SC chatter can backfire if the superstars aren't careful.
For instance, some of them who have an outstanding publication records will apply EVERYWHERE, even to schools have no intention of every going to—they'd rather be unemployed. Such schools assume that the interest is genuine and bring the superstar to campus. When I was in graduate school this happened a few times (I went to an R1 institution). There was one candidate in particular who was clearly NOT interested in the least , and you could tell the second you met him. He was very dismissive and arrogant. The faculty were pissed beyond belief at the end of the 2 day interview and, trust me, word got around quickly about him at other schools.