學術工作面試應作與不應作的事情

學術工作第一關通常是面試,這種面試有可能是學術會議面試,也有可能是電話或skype interview。關於研究會面試,可以參考之前寫的:11月至2月的研討會:學術工作面試的平台研討會面試心得。有興趣了解更多,也可以參考這本書:找學術工作寶典:The academic job search handbook

The academic job search handbook

Modern Language Association 是語言、文學這方面非常大的組織,每年的年會在一月初,是讀語言、文學的博士生找工作的平台,每年都有面試專區與無數的面試機會,每年的年會也有找工作的workshop。如果是讀這些領域又想在北美地區找工作的,千萬不要錯過。
MLA 的網站提供了面試時,應該作與不應該作的事情,我覺得非常有用。不僅在這方面的領域可以看,在其它領域的工作申請者,相信看了也有所助益。裡面方兩部分,一部分是給工作申請者看的,一部分是給面試的人看的。下面僅呈現給工作申請者看的部分。原文呈現,就不翻譯了。重點部分是我加上的,原文沒有。

The Candidate

Do

  • Review job specifications.
  • Research thoroughly departments and institutions with which you have interviews.
  • Be aware that any materials that you have posted online (e.g., on MySpace, Facebook, blogs, public e-mail discussion lists or forums) may be viewed by potential employers.
  • Be aware that it is your right to request specific accommodations to make the interview accessible.
  • Prepare questions you want to ask (e.g., about teaching load, class size, number of majors, range of courses you will teach, library resources).
  • Request of your department some practice interviewing; use the opportunity to analyze your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Allow yourself an hour between interviews if possible.
  • Be prepared to discuss approaches to languages and literature teaching.
  • Think about courses and texts you would like to teach (be prepared to distribute sample syllabi).
  • Be aware of nervousness.
  • Come on time and follow all the usual protocols of politeness.
  • Silence cell phone.
  • Be aware of body language (your own and interviewer’s).
  • Project interest and enthusiasm, speak up clearly, listen attentively, and avoid using terms such as “you know,” “like,” and so on.
  • Maintain eye contact with interviewer.
  • Be prepared for aggressive questions.
  • Answer openly, directly, and honestly.
  • Be specific in both answers and your own questions.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate your language ability.
  • Bring out your strong points.
  • Talk about relevant skills, experience, interests, and goals.
  • Summarize your qualifications for the job.
  • Find out when decisions will be made.
  • Write follow-up thank-you letter.

Don’t

  • Be laconic or loquacious.
  • Be either apologetic or arrogant.
  • Appear opinionated or contentious.
  • Argue with interviewer.
  • Let yourself be intimidated.
  • Volunteer negative information.
  • Downgrade other candidates, jobs, or institutions.
  • Get off the track or ramble.
  • Overstay your welcome.
  • Ask about salary yet.

出處http://www.mla.org/jil_jobseekers_dos

至於學術工作面試要如何準備,我另寫一篇。

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