Various college departments will differ in regards to the amount of time an applicant will spend doing interviews, as well as the structure of these interviews. In most cases the campus visit will last from one day to three days. Candidates will often meet with the Dean, as well as the search staff, faculty, and other students. Because of the time that is required for this scheduling, the candidate will often be limited in terms of time.
During the campus interview process, it is critically important for companies to communicate effectively with the candidate. The campus interview process should be seen as a chance to determine whether or not a given candidate is suitable for the job. This can be ascertained during seminars, formal and informal meetings, and meetings with graduate students.
It is important to bear in mind that the Committee plays an important role in the campus interview process. They are responsible for recommending the person that must come to the campus for the interviews, and it is also their job to provide advice to the hiring officer, along with people that the candidates will need to speak with during visits. The committee will also need to get feedback from those who meet the candidates, and they must organize this information and use it for their final recommendations.
Establishing The Itinerary
The itinerary for a campus interview may be comprised of a number of different principles. First, all candidates must be under the same schedule. This is important because it ensures that all candidates will be interviewed under identical conditions. There are two primary goals of the campus interview, and these are to give the campus an opportunity to meet candidates, and to allow the candidate to determine whether this is an ideal place to find employment. It is crucial for candidates to be exposed to a variety of different people and organizations. The goal is to create a good impression with the applicants.
Having a series of interviews doesn’t do a lot of good if candidates end up turning down the offer due to the stress of visiting the campus. In general, most campus interviews won’t last for more than two days, because the energy of the candidate may lag and their interest in the position could disappear.
At the same time, if a candidate doesn’t have enough energy to deal with the tough and extensive interviews that they will experience during this two day time span, it is likely that they are not qualified for the job. This two day interview process will generally begin with orientation and a meal with the members of the committee.
The Open Forum
Every meal should be a part of the interview process, and no candidate should eat alone. Candidates will also have the opportunity to speak in an open forum where they’re able to discuss their thoughts on major issues connected to the position, and to answer questions which are provided to them by the audience. During the open forum, the committee will generally select a topic, and all the finalists will be expected to address this topic. The presentations may also be videotaped, which is useful for those who aren’t able to attend the event.
In most cases, the open forum will be held in the afternoon of the first day. Once the open forum is complete, the candidates will have dinner. Candidates are generally given thirty minutes to themselves prior to the start of the open forum, and this allows them to gather their thoughts and make any final preparations. All candidates will have a meeting with a person who is performing the job to which they are applying for, and this is important because this individual is most knowledgeable in regards to the details of the job.
Two committee members may also be responsible for hosting a candidate. This means that they will arrange for the transportation, and they will also be responsible for the moderation of the open forum. In the typical campus interview schedule, candidates will be required to meet with the search committee, meet with the hiring officer, and conduct a final exit interview on day two. The candidate may also be required to meet with the provost as well as the president.