Sample Interview Questions for an Academic Job
Hiring committees ask a wide range of questions, and it is impossible to know what exactly you will be asked. However, some questions are common. Think about how you would respond to the following:
- How would you characterize your research interests in relation to our department?
- Are there other research clusters or programs in this university with which you would to interact?
- What courses would you like to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels?
- How would you teach a survey course?
- What is your teaching philosophy? What are your teaching methods?
- What kind of assignments do you find most effective?
- How do you think you would relate to students at our (rural/big city/francophone, etc.) university?
- What administrative experience can you bring to the department? Are you willing to serve on committees?
- Would you like to work with graduate students? What kinds of research projects and methodologies might you encourage them to pursue?
Questions you might ask the department:
- What are the students like? Do they come from across Canada? Do they commute or live in residence? What issues concern them?
- Are there faculty or graduate-student-run lecture series, research seminars, or regular conferences?
- Are there any start-up grants or internal research grants for new faculty? Is there travel funding for faculty?
- How are faculty members assessed/evaluated for tenure and promotion?
- Where do most professors live?
See The Academic Job Search for more on the academic job search process.