“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, December 12, 2010

How to Get That Elusive Academic Job 12—the interview (advanced)

Believe it or not, these are people you're talking with. You might even have a proper conversation with them. You are not on trial. You desperately want a job. Try to get into a zone where you're just sharing ideas with equals. You might even learn something for your work. Take that attitude into the room. These guys may be your colleagues for the next thirty years. They are checking you out, to see if you're an okay human being, mostly. Stay human. In our job the temptation to become a samurai battling all and sundry is overwhelming. Drop that.

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