Sample Interview Questions
- How would you describe your teaching style? Can you describe what a typical class would be like in an introductory course? What changes have you made in your teaching on the basis of student feedback? Be prepared to teach a class.
- Please tell us about your experience in supporting a diverse student body. Why does this matter, and how does one demonstrate commitment? How do you ensure that your curriculum is relevant to students with varied experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities?
- What would you define as your “area” of scholarship? What plans do you have underway for future research and publication? How does your teaching inform your scholarship and vice versa? Be prepared to make a 30 to 40 minute presentation of your research to be followed by a period for questions.
- Tell us about some of your most successful partnerships.
- Tell us about a time when you witnessed someone intimidating or harassing another person. What did you do? In retrospect, what might you have done differently?
- If a research technician challenged one of your lab protocols, how might you respond? If a staff member in the Business Office questioned one of your perfectly valid travel expenses, how would you respond?
- Tell us about a time when a colleague or employee “let you down.” How did you react? How do you work to ensure that commitments to you get honored? Our work can be difficult and stressful. What do you do to ensure that you keep your emotions in check?
Asking questions designed to determine candidate characteristics should also be included, though search committee members must be cognizant of their individual biases and the human tendency to look for people “just like us” or those that are “a good fit.”
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