While applying and interviewing for full-time English professor positions, remember one simple thing: hiring committees want to hire you; they want you to walk into the room and blow them away with your personality, eloquence, and teaching demonstration. Plus, they also know that interviewing is scary and pressure packed–they have all been on the interviewee more times than they’d likely want to remember.
First we’ll talk about what you can expect from a full-time English faculty hiring process, including things you can do help you get the job, and then, we’ll mention some things to avoid doing (at all costs when possible) to help you get the job. And don’t forget we have an article about What to Expect from the Full-Time English Interview Process.
But all said, always keep in mind that you want to “work with the hiring committee” by making it obvious that you’re the right person for the job, whether you were the favorite going in or not. I’ve seen my fair share of “hiring upsets” when an external candidate was hired because the internal favorite didn’t give the committee was what needed to justify selection over other qualified candidates. Use these 6 tips to help you land the full-time job you’ve been working toward.