The Joint Committee on Employment Opportunities runs a help desk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings each January, this year in San Diego. We’ll be there next week 10-5 on Wednesday and Friday, January 9 and 11, 2013. We help with the big and the small, from looking at resumes, doing mock interviews, and discussing likely questions to checking over your attire to be sure your hair is in place and your garments not suddenly askew.
Speaking of questions, some likely ones are:
Can you describe your research? Be able to give a brief description.
What resources would you need to continue your research program?
What background would students need to be able to do research with you?
Which courses that we offer are you able to teach?
Is there anything you can’t teach?
Given the opportunity, is there a course that you would develop for our program? What would be the required prerequisites?
Are you involved in or interested in any outreach?
Do you have experience with students from diverse backgrounds?
And the big two:
Do you have any questions for us?
Please note that it is not proper to bring up salary and benefits at an initial interview. You should be selling yourself in what you can do for them and not trying to find out what they will do for you. Be sure to be specific to the school or industry to which you are talking and not answering in generic terms.
May everyone’s job search be successful.