I have a trip coming up that will take me close to my top choice school right around the time that they would likely be doing interviews. However, at least according to the Wiki, they haven't sent out interview invites yet, so presumably they are still reviewing applications. Is it weird to send the search chair an email notifying them that I will be in the area? On one hand, it seems really presumptuous, but on the other hand, it seems very considerate, since it would spare them the cost of flying me out if they were planning to interview me anyway. Thoughts?
Date: 16 Oct 2012 19:32
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Is the job market does not pan out for you this year then considering visiting people at schools you are interested in. Maybe not for a department talk but a lab talk would be good. Just tell the P.I. that you would like his lab's feedback on your work.
Last year I was on the market and did exactly what your describing. I was going to be in the area and I told the search committee chair, and I got the job! Granted I had already had a phone interview when I told the search chair.
Bringing people to campus is expensive, some committees would jump at bringing a qualified candidate on campus for nothing.
New_asst - I agree but it has to be done under the right circumstances. This seems reasonable after a phone interview. But making this request prior to receiving a phone interview is like telling the popular kids, "hey.. I heard your having a party this friday… I will be around the area during the party so let me know if you need help setting up."
I got a call for an interview once at a very nice SLAC. Days later I heard from a nearby lower level SLAC that they wanted me to come for an interview too. I told them I would be in the area. They preferred that I fly home, then fly back for their interview. Go figure.