I've been invited for a second visit to a university where I interviewed a few weeks ago (1/2 day campus visit) that will involve an interview with the dean (which didn't take place on the first visit) and a brief meeting with the department chair. I've been told I'm one of two top candidates. Can anybody here on this site give me some advice on how to best prepare for these meetings? This is for a TT position to teach in both MA in counseling and BA in psychology programs in in a highly desirable location. Thank you in advance for your help!
Date: 20 Apr 2012 14:00
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Congratulations, anon! Being one of the top two is a tremendous achievement in this job market. They would not have invited you back if they did not feel that you were somebody they would be comfortable making an offer to. So, your job on this second interview is to express genuine enthusiasm for the position. The last thing a search committee wants is to make an offer to a candidate and undergo weeks of negotiations that ultimately fail, by which time they have lost out on their second choice yet also desirable candidate. So, if I am interpreting your post correctly and this is a job you'd happily take, make sure that attitude shines through. Let them know that the location is highly desirable to you, and don't be afraid to explain why. Smile a lot. Ask questions that reveal you are envisioning yourself living in the community for a long time.