Administration 101: The First-Round Interview

The Chronicle of Higher Education - So you’ve made it out of a very crowded candidate pool. You are one of perhaps six to 12 semifinalists in an administrative search. What happens next?

Until this point, the administrative hiring process has been largely speculative. During the semifinalist interviews, your face, voice, style, tone, manner, and, yes, the content of your comments are put to direct and personal proof. Of course, if you "pass," the greatest and most grueling test of all arrives next: You go to the campus to interview as a finalist.

David D. Perlmutter is a professor in and dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the "Career Confidential" advice column for The Chronicle. His book, Promotion and Tenure Confidential was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

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