I've been lucky to get a lot of advice from people who have recently hired and also those who have recently been on the job market, but all of it has been from people who have spent all their time at R1 schools, and so particularly the advice about questions I would be asked in first-round interviews has been totally different than what I was told to expect.
Lauren's experience here coheres with my own experience on the market. Just about all of my mentors--both in grad school and post-graduation--were people who had only worked at highly-ranked research institutions. Once I got a temporary job at a teaching-focused institution and started interviewing at more teaching institutions each year, it became progressively clear to me that the advice I was receiving was not all that helpful for applying to or interviewing successfully for teaching schools. Make no mistake about it, the values and hiring priorities at teaching schools can be very different than at R1s. And, or so I've heard, things are different still at community colleges. But this raises a difficult set of questions we haven't ever really answered at the Cocoon--the most general of which is, how can candidates best prepare for interviews at different types of schools?
Since we've never addressed this and other related questions head on, I figured now might be a good time to begin a new series: an Interview Tips Series where candidates share the kinds of questions they received in different types of interviews, search committee members at different types of schools share their personal, departmental, and institutional hiring priorities, and so on. My hope is that it will be a helpful, informative series!