Monday, June 20, 2011

Philosophy Graduate Mock Interviews

Mock interviews are designed to help you prepare for your first interviews for positions in philosophy departments. Usually this happens  early-mid December. Apparently the best way to prepare for them is to read about what real interviews are like and practice with friends. 

Your mock interview should prepare you against THIS sort of humiliation.
(don't lie about your AOS or AOC)

Many of the comments HERE are quite useful. They give you a good idea about what to expect and where to be alert.
For example because they are friendly don't relax you guard or think you "aced" it.

From Duke University's sugestions from Duke Philosophy Graduate Placement Guide

Prepare for your mock interview in December before the APA.  You will 
need to have your dissertation spiel ready and to work up something to say 
about your teaching “philosophy,” experience and abilities.

And suggestions about preparation:
 The best way to prepare to this stage of the interview, prior to having your mock interviews with departmental faculty, is to pester friends to mock-interview you, with the dual aims of tripping you 
up dialectically, and throwing philosophical questions at you from left field.

More about preparation from CUNY's Placement Services FAQ
 Practice being interviewed:
Most departments fill their job vacancies only upon meeting and interviewing a number of prospective candidates. For this reason it is best to learn how to present oneself to one's best advantage in an interview. This is a skill best worked on before the interview when a prospective job is not at stake. To help you prepare for your interview, the Placement Officer can set up a mock interview during which some faculty members from the Placement committee (or chosen by the Placement committee) will "interview" you, asking the sorts of questions that are typically asked of job candidates.
You will learn how you field different sorts of questions, the sorts of things you should be thinking about (for example, how you would answer the question of what you would include in an introductory philosophy course for non-majors; how you would explain your thesis to members of a philosophy department to which you may be applying but who do not work within your particular field of interest; how you would construct a seminar around a particular topic that you might be asked to teach). At the end of the mock interview, the interviewing faculty will talk with you about the strengths and the weaknesses of your performance and answer any questions that you might have.
From what students have told us, the experience of the mock interview is one of the most helpful services that the Placement Committee offers. It gives you critical, but constructive and supportive feedback on a part of the job search process that is often one of the most harrowing for candidates.



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