Today I share some remarks by a tenured client, who just completed a search at her department, and wrote to tell me about it:
“We just finished doing a job search here and an offer has been made. I wanted to share with you something the last candidate did because I was shocked.
The candidate walked around most of the time she was here with earphones in her ears listening to music. At one point she started dancing in the hall!
She was wearing a dress that looked like she was going out for cocktails. It looked like this, but in two tones (beige and black):
I am not very judgmental about dress, and it didn’t bother me at first, but then it did at the point that she was dancing down the hallway to her own music. I’ll be honest, it freaked some of my colleagues (the science types) out.
Also, she was left in my colleague’s office to prepare for her talk; when my colleague came back into the office she was on my colleague’s computer without permission, surfing the web.
She is very young, but…yikes. I felt like I was back in my son’s teen years.
The grad students also didn’t like her; she was very unengaged at the graduate student lunch.
By contrast, our first choice asked each student what they were reading at the moment at his lunch with them and commented on every book they named. He also asked them what they were working on and made recommendations for readings.
We were blown away by this guy. His job talk was excellent–even the [distant subdiscipline] people understood it; he was just a humble but brilliant guy. After he left I told my students: ‘take note, that is how you do a perfect interview.’
Meanwhile, the ‘dancing candidate’ is still the talk of the hallways. In a very bad way.
I truly wondered who advised her in grad school and almost feel compelled to call her after all is said and done to give her advice. Anyway, I thought you might want to add earphones, cocktail dress, and dancing in the hall to your ‘do not do this on a job interview’ list for grad students.”