Post academic interview

Post Academic Interview: 3 Things to Avoid

November 6, 2017

After the completion of the academic interview, waiting for the decision in regard to whether you were successful in securing the desired position or not can be a nerve-wrecking time indeed. The worst thing about it is that you can wait for the decision for more than a month and that can drain a lot of your precious energy that could be otherwise spent on something much more productive than worrying. So, how to act during this stressful period to preserve your energy? 

List of Things to Avoid after the Interview

  1. Don’t panic. The longer you wait, the harder it gets to keep your thinking positive. Nasty thoughts, such as ‘I’m definitely not the one for this position, and if they haven’t contacted me by now, they don’t need me’ or ‘Evidently, I’m so bad that they don’t even want to tell it to me’ may conquer your mind. Such thoughts as these are influenced by uncertainty and come from the troubled and tired mind. They definitely can’t be trusted. Don’t think that all your interviewers should care about is you. Surely, they have other important responsibilities, and most probably they need some more time to carry out an appropriate decision. It’s important to remember that academics are busy people and it is difficult for them to coordinate their schedules. Chances are they simply haven’t met yet, because they haven’t found the suitable time to organize the meeting and discuss the interviews that have happened recently. So, don’t listen to the “monkey-mind” if it starts talking nonsense to you.
  2. Don’t be afraid to call. If you haven’t heard from your interviewers for more than one week, there’s nothing wrong in calling the institution or department where the interview took place and asking about the status of the hiring process. Maybe, one of the academics is on holiday or there are other reasons for the hiatus. You never can tell, before you call and find out. Don’t worry – it will not harm the hiring decision in any way, but it will definitely give you some peace of mind.
  3. Do not be idle. It’s pointless to just sit and wait near the phone – it will not make it ring. Better indulge in something useful like.
  • Continue your work. If you’re a lecturer or a post-doctoral researcher, you definitely have a lot of tasks to do. 
  • Apply for other jobs. Don’t limit your world to just one position – there are a lot of other options that you can try. Of course, there’s no use in applying for every position you see, but it is definitely worth investigating other roles that might fit your life priorities and career ambitions.
  • Pursue personal projects. Maybe, you wanted to work on your personal website or prepare a culinary marvel in the kitchen? It’s much better to do this than to let your mind go too idle. 
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