I am going to an interview in a couple of weeks. I was wondering if it is okay to mention the other places you will be interviewing at if asked. I am afraid that the committee for this small school might think I am not committed to their school if they hear the big name schools I am visiting. Any advice on this?
Date: 21 Nov 2012 20:45
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I can say that in interviews I've been on, I've never specifically mentioned the name of the other places I was interviewing but did state I have an interview next week or had one last week etc., if I was asked. If you're interviewing at a SLAC and have other interviews at R1 institutions, for example, I would also be concerned that listing the R1 schools would imply I'm not committed to an SLAC, but only applied as a backup. Personally, my tactic would be to not state the names of the schools unless specifically asked where (it may be a bit awkward if you are asked specific schools, but won't answer, though I don't think I've ever been asked specifics about where), and if specifically asked where, have a response ready as to why you applied to those big name schools as well as their small school and why their school is more appealing to you—will allow you to focus more on teaching/mentorship etc., which is what you are really passionate about, blah blah :)
I had that situation. I told them the other schools I had interviews at to let them know I was a desirable candidate, but also told each school they were my top choice for reasons X,Y,Z.
That is what I was thinking as well. Seems like it would be a good tactic if all of the schools are R1s. How did that work out for you?
But along with ANONY, it seems like this tacktic might backfire if your interviewing at an R2.
Ringbearer, does this mean you lied to each school (i.e., "but also told each school they were my top choice")? If that's right that is unethical, plain and simple. If instead you simply said that each school has something that you find appealing without lying about that school being your top choice it would probably have the same effect. During my interviews I mentioned that I had other interviews but I never mentioned names.
What if they asked you for names? How would you respond if you dont want to divulge that information?
I think in that case it's okay to say that you would prefer not to say. I know a few people who had multiple interviews and were asked about whether they are interviewing at other places and they just said a vague answer like that they have other options. In general, that seemed to get the message across that they are interviewing elsewhere too but also that they would not like to talk about it in more detail. I don't think people will be upset at you if you tell them that you would prefer not to disclose the other schools. It should be your choice, you don't have to tell them anything.
Yes I told all of them it was my top choice. I'd be a complete idiot not to tell them that. Why would you hire the person who says it's not there top choice, when you have 3 other candidates saying it is there top choice?
I interviewed 5 places and told four it was my top choice because I would have taken any of the four jobs and done so happily. The fifth place I emailed them after the interview to thank them for my time, but telling them it wasn't a good fit.
I mentioned the names of schools that were higher status than the place I was currently interviewing at, but also made it clear why I would take that job.
Ringbearer, it wouldn't make you an idiot… it would just make you honest. Why is that so crazy? All the committees I've sat on (R1s) have been very sensitive to people who over-promise and/or exaggerate. Some candidates get points for honestly admitting weaknesses.