Job market do’s and don’ts: research ‘job talks’

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I’d like to continue our new job-market do’s and don’ts series today by asking search committee members to weigh in on what job candidates should and shouldn’t do in research ‘job talks.’

I wrote one post giving some tips for job talks at teaching-focused institutions in our Secret Lives of Search Committees series, but I think it would be great to hear from other search committee members, including people from research-focused R1 departments. 

Are there things that you’ve seen candidates do in job talks that worked particularly well? Are there particular things you want to see in a good job talk? What about things you don’t want to see? What are the most common features of a good talk or bad talk? Are there any common job talk mistakes you’ve seen candidates make?

Finally, job candidates: feel free to ask search committee members in thread below any questions that you have (and search committees, feel free to answer)!

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