Yesterday I received a call regarding a job I applied for more than six months ago. I've been asked to come in for an interview in mid-September.
Since I'm happily employed for the rest of the academic year, with a slate of interesting courses to teach, it might seem odd that I'm even bothering to interview for this position.
Here's the deal: It's a quasi-academic job (no teaching, but it requires academic research, esp. archival research). It has the words "history" and "science" in the title, and the organization encouraged Ph.D.s to apply. It sounds like wonderfully interesting work, and I'm thrilled to be invited for an interview. It definitely represents several directions in which I'd like my career to go, including work in historic preservation and public history.
But there's a twist: On the day before the interview, the organization is loading all the candidates on a bus and giving them a tour of the sites and facilities related to the position. And then, that evening, there will be a "party" for candidates where we'll meet board members.
Pressure, anyone? I guess it's good to see all the facilities before the actual interview, but having us meet the other candidates and board members seems to up the ante a bit, doesn't it? I'm assuming they'll be testing our ability to schmooze. I'm looking forward to it!
Another important detail: the midpoint of the salary range for the position is three times what I'll be making this year if I teach. And the salary tops out a few dollars shy of six figures. Neat, huh?
I so need a new interview outfit. (Two or three, actually--tour, party, actual interview. Damn.)
Wish me luck in preparing for the interview. I'll keep you posted!