Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Importance of Thinking like a Colleague at Interviews

The new financial situation the university situation has found it self in has changed the way that job interviews are looked at by hiring committees. In an article on Inside Higher Ed,  Cheryl Reed and Dawn M. Formo, advise graduate students to starting think like colleagues rather than researchers.
The focus is not "I," but rather "we." So, instead of thinking in dissertation defense terms about "what I have done, thought, and said," focus on methodologies that worked in your classroom,students who achieved awards or jobs or stayed in school through your coaching, research projects that you were excited to be part of. This is a subtle shift that can take you from building a case for yourself to engaging in an interesting strategy session about real concerns with potential colleagues....
The current economic downswing makes this focus more crucial than before. The budget crunch is affecting more than just the number of jobs. It’s affecting needs, expectations, and the way you should present yourself in applications and interviews....
Bottom line: We’re looking for colleagues. We’re looking for people who can make it work, right here, right now, right in the middle of all the changes and challenges we face. We need you, and when we score the money to hire someone, we devoutly want you to be that for us. Introduce us to our new colleague.

Full article HERE 
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