In our open job market thread, a reader writing under the handle 'Lisa' asks:
What are the mistakes that candidates commonly make during (now) Skype interviews? I had 2 Skype interviews this year but I was not selected for on campus interviews. Now I wonder, what did I do wrong?
Excellent questions. What do you all think?
I think the reader's final question ('what did I do wrong?') cannot be answered without more information about how the interviews in question actually went. This is because -- and I think this is important for job candidates to know -- it may be possible do nothing wrong in an interview and still not be selected for a campus visit. How? Well, one possibility is that the hiring committee might have a strong favorite heading into the interview process, or even multiple candidates at the very top of their list--in which case the candidate(s) at the top of the list may simply remain there and so and be invited for a campus visit, even if nobody "did anything wrong" in their interviews.
As to the first question ('what are common mistakes...?'), I think it might be best to just open this one up for community discussion, as I am having a hard time thinking off the top of my head of anything besides the obvious: among them, don't ramble, be very well-prepared (practicing answers to potential questions rather than "winging it"), knowing basic details of the job you are applying for (including how you might teach courses in the listed AOC), and so on.
Anyway, what do readers think? What are the most common mistakes job candidates make in Skype interviews? It might be especially helpful to hear from past or present search committee members, but also to hear from placement directors and job candidates (I've heard that program placement directors sometimes receive feedback on their students' interviews, and that sometimes applicants ask for and receive feedback directly from search committees).