As posted by Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals:
Songbird (hey, that’s me!) just had an interview for a "vague and interesting" possibility, and More Cows than People is
doing campus visits for doctoral programs. There always seem to be a
few RevGals applying for new positions, and I just got my first call
for this year’s preliminary interviews for college teaching jobs at the
American Academy of Religion meeting in San Diego coming up in a few
weeks. It’s for my dream job among this year’s offerings, and I am
flipflopping between excitement and nervousness. So please keep your
fingers crossed and say a little prayer for everyone facing such
conversations, and share your thoughts on the wonderful world of
1. What was the most memorable interview you ever had?
Probably the one for my current position. I found out many interesting things about my ministerial profile. And I felt a powerful energy throughout the interview, giving me a sense the job might be right.
Have you ever been the interviewer rather than the interviewee? If so,
are you a tiger, a creampuff, or somewhere in between?
Yes indeed. I have been on a number of search or hiring committees. I think I am usually one of the kinder faces in the room, although I do know how to ask a frank question, graciously, when needed. (Iron fist in a velvet glove, you get the picture.)
3. Do phone interviews make you more or less nervous than in-person ones?
I was *very* nervous as I drove home the other day before my phone interview. I worried about the phone going dead, the dogs barking, a knock at the door, and the difficulty of assessing the response of the person on the other end of the line. I’m not sure I was more nervous, but it was odd.
4. What was the best advice you ever got to prepare for an interview? How about the worst?
People give you advice? 😉
5. Do you have any pre-interview rituals that give you confidence?
I really don’t. Use the bathroom, drink some water. Pray. And for heaven’s sake, breathe.