Interviews for tenure-track faculty jobs usually take place at the American Historical Association meeting just after New Year’s, on the telephone, or on Skype. A telephone interview can be nerve-wracking due to the complete lack of body language cues from the committee, but according to History Program faculty members and a Lifehacker blog post, you can make the phone interview work for you with some preparation.
Molly Ford recommends taking advantage of your “invisibility” and using notes to help move through your answers and questions for the committee:
Use notes to your advantage: The best part about a phone interview is that you can have your notes in front of you (and the interviewer can’t see them). So have a copy of your resume, extensive bullet points about the experiences or skills you want to mention, and full list of questions written out ahead of time for use during the interview. You have the gift of invisibility-use it to your advantage!
She also recommends dressing up and using your normal conversation gestures to make the experience less awkward:
Use your hands: It’s okay to gesture while talking, even if no one can see you. Gesturing will make the call feel more like a regular conversation, which will normalize the situation and help to calm your nerves.
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