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    Assistant Professor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Declined Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Metropolitan State University (Minneapolis, MN) in March 2013.

    Interview

    The process was professional, but slow. They started with a phone interview, then once that bar was passed, they offered a campus visit. Of course they reimbursed all expenses, but you have to arrange/pay for all things yourself, then submit for reimbursement. This is neither here nor there, but many other schools will arrange things like hotel or rides to and from, etc. When we went to lunch, all faculty paid their bill separately, something that I'd never seen before, including me as the candidate. I've actually never seen nor heard of a candidate paying for their lunch for later reimbursement. Again, not a problem, and it was clear that it would be reimbursed, but don't be caught off guard if you are expected to pay a separate bill of your own (in all other cases, someone, usually a department head, will pick up the whole tab for reimbursement).

    Everyone was crazy nice, friendly and helpful. They all clearly loved their jobs and the work environment, and the downtown location is fantastic, as far as I'm concerned.

    I was whisked around to meet a variety of people and given a brief tour of campus. I had to do a research talk, but not a teaching one, something that varies widely from school to school (some have you do both, others have you do one or the other, often depending on the emphasis of the school).

    There was a formal interview with the committee that had pre-prepared questions where everyone had their own question or two and they all took notes throughout. It was super-structured, but not hostile or stressful in any way. They were interactive questioners, so you could get a sense if you were hitting on the topics they were looking for. I feel like this format is much more fair than when they are very clinical in offering up open-ended questions with no interaction or possibility of follow-up/ clarification. (e.g., I was once asked at another school what sorts of situations I had taught in. So I talked about different course material, online versus in-class, and different course formats of case-based, project-based, etc. When I finished, the guy said he was wondering what class sizes I preferred, but then they didn't give me a chance to answer and moved on?!?!?!)

    I flew home to complete radio silence after the interview. I sent thank you notes to everyone involved (hand-written, of course). Probably two months passed before I heard a peep. I was warned ahead of time that the school was slow, but I had assumed I had missed the job. Suddenly my phone rang and they made an offer. They claimed that I was their first choice, but I'm not 100% sure the language wasn't parsed carefully to allow them to make that claim. So, when you arrive for the interview, they have you fill out this super-lengthy form that helps slot you into a particular salary scale. The school is unionized, so it's pretty inflexible salary-wise for anything other than direct experience. Anyway, they made a verbal "offer" that was supposedly negotiated upward. The weird thing is that they would not write up an ACTUAL physical offer until I officially agreed to consider the offer (but on the phone that kept asking if I would accept an offer; they have a different understanding of the word than any other school).

    Ultimately, I decided not to accept the offer to make an offer [sic], but it had nothing to do with the hiring process. The weirdness and delays seemed to be 100% at HR and not at the school level. I turned down the position in order to avoid uprooting my family, and it was one of the hardest decisions of my life. I'm sure that whoever they hired in my place will find it a wonderful place to live and work.

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    Reasons for Declining

    See review above, but I declined solely for family reasons. It was a great job with great people in a great city.

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