In this recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, Robert J. Sternberg offers some thoughtful advice to job seekers who are facing an upcoming interview. Doing well in a job interview is often a matter of preparation, not luck. All graduate programs should offer their students mock interviews as a way to prepare for professional interviews.
The 2013 Job Center was a positive experience for the large majority of participants, according to 104 job candidates who responded to our annual survey. Over 86 percent reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their interviews, while also indicating that in-person interviews are invaluable in the process of finding a job in the history profession.
Followers of this blog might enjoy reading this brief narrative of campus and AHA annual meeting job interviews. The comments following the article are worth a glance as well. However one might respond to the article and the diverse commentary, I would like to suggest that the author’s experience points to the utility of attending an AHA annual meeting before one is on the job market (academic or otherwise). We have instituted registration policies and negotiated hotel rates that make attendance more financially feasible for students, especially since transportation costs for the foreseeable future will be defined by fares to a “hub city.”