In a nutshell, the questions would normally be something like this:
· Why should we hire you? i.e. what’s distinctive about you and why are you a good fit for this job? (code for "how will you fit in with us?")
· Tell us about your current and future research plans?
· Tell us about your teaching philosophy – and give an example of how you handle difficult situations.
· What kind of graduate supervisor will you be? This is especially hard for recent graduates...
· This job involves a fair amount of administration (i.e. convening a large first-year subject). How will you balance the demands of teaching and research?
· What kind of courses would you like to teach?
· Do you have any questions for us?
From your experience, on either side of the interview table, what are the most common pitfalls for job candidates in this situation? What kinds of answers work best? What are the golden rules of academic job interviewing? We have a very talented person who will be the "candidate" in this interview, but it would be great to have some specific examples. Any suggestions and advice are welcome. And then I'll undertake to post an account of the session, with the advice from our expert.